The Cancer Prevention & Population Science (CPPS) program conducts research to define etiologic factors underlying health disparities in the urban-rural continuum. Our approach is team-oriented and translationally based that covers the entire cancer continuum—primary prevention, early detection, laboratory research, clinical trials and applications, diagnosis and treatment, quality of life,  and survivorship.  Our research activities include evaluating primary and secondary prevention measures, understanding molecular factors associated with the development and optimal management of cancer, and assessing community-based strategies to improve cancer outcomes.

Research in the CPPS program is organized according to our social ecological model that progresses from discovery to intervention to dissemination.

The program has three focus areas:

  • Defining cancer risk factors at the molecular level through understanding cancer epidemiology and gene-environment interactions.
  • Reducing the burden of cancer through community–based research, testing interventions addressing highly prevalent and disproportionate cancers, and their risk factors in our communities.
  • Identifying determinants, biomarkers of risk and prognosis, genetics, and lifestyle factors to enhance screening and treatment of cancers.

Program Co-Leaders

Mayumi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D. Joseph Su, Ph.D., MPH

Mayumi Nakagawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Joseph Su, Ph.D., MPH