Research and Training Grants in Colon and Rectal Cancer

We support an Extramural Grants program that funds individual investigators engaged in cancer research or training at medical schools, universities, research institutes, and hospitals throughout the U.S. Following rigorous and independent peer review, the most innovative research projects are selected for support.

Spotlight on Colon and Rectal Cancer Grantees

The following are just a few of the our current colorectal cancer investigators.

Jennifer Weiss, MD, University of Wisconsin

Weiss is conducting research to inform the creation of a toolkit that will help healthcare systems nationwide increase their colorectal cancer screening rates.

Connie Arnold, PhD, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

Arnold is testing different health literacy interventions to increase colorectal cancer screening among low-income and underinsured populations.

Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, PhD, University of Illinois

Tussing-Humphreys is exploring why obesity increases the risk of colorectal cancer. Obesity, especially in women, is associated with changes to the way the body metabolizes iron, which in turn leads to inflammation in the colon. To learn whether this chain of events is a reason that obesity increases colorectal cancer risk, she is investigating the effect of two diets designed to reduce intestinal iron exposure versus a control diet in obese women.

Clinton Allred, PhD, Texas A&M University

Allred is researching the role of estrogen in the suppression of colon tumor formation. Allred is also studying dietary compounds that act like estrogen, called phytoestrogens, which may lead to the development of recommendations that will enable patients to alter their diet in an effort to reduce risk of colon cancer.

From Our Researchers

The American Cancer Society employs a staff of full-time researchers who relentlessly pursue the answers that help us understand how to prevent, detect, and treat cancer, including colorectal cancer. They investigate associations between lifestyle and colon/rectal cancer using data from the ongoing Cancer Prevention Study II (CPS-II), which the Society began in 1982. They are also conducting a new multi-year cancer prevention study, CPS-III.

Colorectal Cancer Research Videos

Watch our videos to learn more about our colorectal cancer research.