At ACS since 1997
As Senior Director, Daniela Dudas, MPH, leads a team responsible for the development and implementation of data collection and participant communication processes for the American Cancer Society's two large prospective cohort studies, CPS-II and CPS-3.
She provided key input into the design of the SAS-based tracking systems for CPS-II and CPS-3. These tracking systems are still maintained by Dudas and her team and continue to be used to track all participant-related data and activities.
Since 1997, all data collected from surveys and mortality linkages through the National Death Index (NDI) have been de-identified, prepared, and released to researchers (at ACS as well as collaborators) by Dudas and her team.
In addition, Dudas manages all survey-related budgets and continues to provide guidance to the process of maintaining and increasing participant engagement in CPS-3.
Research Focus and Accomplishments
Dudas joined the ACS epidemiology research program in 1997 as a summer intern and 4 weeks later accepted the position of epidemiologist in the study management group. She has worked with that group for over 2 decades and has played a role in all major decisions involving data collection, processing, and maintenance for the CPS-II and CPS-3 cohorts, as well as the planning and execution of CPS-3 recruitment.
She is also responsible for ongoing National Death Index (NDI) linkages and creating datasets with mortality data to be used for epidemiologic studies. Most recently, Dudas played a major role in the planning and launching of the CPS-3 participant portal pilot.