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Research We Fund: Extramural Discovery Science

Clinical and Cancer Control Research

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Scientific Director: 
Joanne Elena, PhD, MPH

Senior Associate Scientist:
Sabrina Times, PhD, MPH

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Research in this program focuses on studies in humans that investigate how to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer. Special emphasis is placed on studies relevant to diverse populations, with respect to age, gender, disability status, ethnicity/race, nativity and immigration status, geography, income, language, social class, and sexual orientation

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

  • Applying novel screening tools that more effectively detect cancer
  • Implementation science studies to accelerate the translation of evidence from research into practice
  • Innovative methods and technologies to promote and sustain behavioral change
  • Analysis of longitudinal data to identify factors associated with cancer risk and survival
  • Advanced statistical methods and machine learning to interrogate multiple large databases for risk prediction and prognostic modeling
  • Access to care, cancer care delivery, and palliative care research
  • Health equity research to uncover the root cause of inequities based on the social determinants of health and applying strategies to achieve health equity
  • Strategies to increase and diversify participation in clinical trials

Glossary for Nonscientists

Featured Term:
Social Determinants of Health

Non-medical factors that influence health, the ability to function, risk for health problems, and quality of life. These include conditions in the environments where people are born, live, work, play, worship, and age as well as the social, economic, and political systems that shape those conditions of daily life. Social determinants of health are closely linked with health disparities.