Cancer Prevention and Population Science

The Cancer Prevention and Population Science (CPPS) program conducts collaborative, hypothesis- and evidence-based, translational cancer prevention and control research that covers the entire cancer continuum—primary prevention, early detection, laboratory research, clinical trials and applications, diagnosis and treatment, quality of life and survivorship.

In a continuing effort to integrate science into the CPPS program, research is now organized according to a cancer control conceptual model that progresses from discovery to intervention to dissemination.

The program has 3 scientific goals:

  1. Identify determinants, biomarkers of risk and prognosis, genetics, and lifestyle factors to enhance screening and treatment of cancers.
  2. Use laboratory-based molecular and experimental cancer prevention strategies to disrupt pathogenesis using synthetic and natural compounds, and lifestyle changes.
  3. Reduce the Latino cancer burden through community-based research, testing interventions addressing highly prevalent and disproportionate cancers and their risk factors in the Latino population.

To accomplish each of these goals, basic and population scientists across the spectrum of disciplines represented in CPPS are engaged in intra- and inter-disciplinary research aimed at translating prevention strategies from the laboratory to interventions and programs meeting needs in the unique South Texas community.