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American Cancer Society Researchers

Here at the American Cancer Society, the world’s best and brightest researchers relentlessly pursue the answers that help us understand how to prevent, detect, and treat all cancer types. And that critical research, combined with our effective community-based anti-cancer initiatives, allows us to put those answers into action.

The Society's comprehensive research program consists of two divisions: intramural research programs, headed by Elizabeth Ward, PhD, and extramural grants, headed by William H. Chambers, PhD.

Society Research Leadership

The American Cancer Society Research Leadership Team is the senior-most team responsible for promoting the Society’s mission of cancer prevention, early detection, and quality treatment through cancer research and education.

Epidemiology Research Program, Intramural Research

As a world-class program on epidemiologic research of cancer, the mission of American Cancer Society’s Epidemiology Research Program is to conduct and communicate high quality epidemiologic research to advance our understanding of cancer causes, prevention and survivorship and thereby reduce the burden of cancer.

Behavioral Research Center, Intramural Research

The Behavioral Research Center (BRC) conducts original behavioral research to reduce cancer disparities, modify cancer risk behaviors, and improve cancer outcomes and quality of life among cancer survivors, caregivers, and the general population. They also provide behavioral expertise to inform American Cancer Society (ACS) programs, services, and strategic activities.

Surveillance and Health Services Research Program, Intramural Research

The goal of the Surveillance and Health Services Research (SHSR) program is to analyze and disseminate population-based information on cancer occurrence, its causes, prevention, and treatment and survival, and thereby strengthen the scientific basis for prevention and cancer control nationally and globally.

Statistics and Evaluation Center, Intramural Research

The Statistics and Evaluation Center (SEC) is a shared resource of professional statisticians and evaluators that provide support to investigators in the Research and Health Promotions departments at the National Home Office, as well as mission delivery and income delivery staff throughout the Society.

Economic & Health Policy Research Program, Intramural Research

The Economic & Health Policy Research (EHPR) Program conducts original research on international tobacco control with particular emphasis on the economics of tobacco control and policy relevant research.

Extramural Grants

The Extramural Grants department reviews and administers both Research Grants and Health Professional Training Grants (HPTGs). HPTGs include both grants and scholarships awarded to nurses, physicians, and oncology social work professionals. As the nation's largest private, not-for-profit source of funds for scientists studying cancer, the Society focuses its funding on investigator-initiated, peer-reviewed proposals.

The Extramural Grants department is headed by William H. Chambers, PhD, Senior Vice President, Extramural Grants.

Research and Clinical Research Professors

The American Cancer Society Research Professor and Clinical Research Professor Awards are the most prestigious research grants made by the national program. These grants provide flexible funding for full-time investigators in mid-career who have made seminal contributions to cancer research and who will continue to provide leadership in their research area.

American Cancer Society Nobel Laureates

The American Cancer Society is honored to have supported 47 investigators before they went on to win the Nobel Prize, considered the highest accolade any scientist can receive. This is a tribute to the Society’s Research program and the strength of its peer-review process.