Population Science and Cancer Control

Ensuring that the strategies for preventing and detecting cancer are as effective as possible.

Dr. Ethan Halm and Dr. Celette Sugg Skinner
(l–r) Drs. Ethan Halm and Celette Sugg Skinner

The Population Science and Cancer Control Program’s most important achievements reflect partnership with community stakeholders and health systems to impact processes that will reduce cancer disparities within the catchment. The overall goal is to generate research discoveries addressing cancer burden and disparities in our catchment area. Main scientific themes and specific aims are cancer prevention and screening, with a developing theme in cancer survivorship. Cross-cutting themes are cancer disparities, health services research, and clinical and population informatics harnessing data in the EMR for observational and interventional studies.

The researchers in this Program have specific emphasis on cervical, colorectal, esophageal, and hepatocellular cancers. Program membership includes faculty from the Cancer Center’s research affiliation with the Dallas Regional Campus, UT School of Public Health.

For more information on the Population Science and Cancer Control Program, please contact the co-leaders:

Program Themes

  • Cancer prevention research includes study of biomarkers and behaviors (e.g., biomarkers for colon and hepatocellular cancers and risk prevention behaviors)
  • Screening for early detection of colon, hepatocellular, and esophageal cancers (e.g., population-based screening for colon cancer, screening for hepatocellular cancer, and screening for esophageal cancer)