The scientific goal of the Cancer Control Program is to foster population-based research that will lead to a reduction in cancer morbidity and mortality in South Carolina while providing scientific evidence and novel cancer control interventions that can be applied beyond the state’s borders. The Cancer Control Program investigators have made substantive progress toward this goal, primarily through focused research efforts in two major themes – generating novel insights and approaches to tobacco control and addressing cancer health disparities.
The Cancer Control Program members work collaboratively to: 1) conduct and link research that identifies behavioral risk factors predisposing individuals to cancer development; and 2) translate these findings into cost effective, sustainable interventions to modify risk factors. Furthermore, the Cancer Control Program members are working with government and community leaders to disseminate these evidence-based strategies to impact the cancer burden in South Carolina.
Chanita Hughes-Halbert, PhD
Featured Research Project
Innovative Interventions Show Promise for Adolescent and Adult Smokers: The HCC tobacco control group continues to be at the forefront of treatment outcome research among both adolescents and adults. The vast majority of smokers initiate smoking during adolescence, creating a national imperative to develop effective prevention and cessation strategies to arrest the onset and development of nicotine addiction. (MORE)
Featured Program News
Q&A with Marvella Ford, a two-time breast cancer survivor and MUSC cancer researcher
Dr. Ford has been in the news quite a bit lately! Check out the links below to see her interview with Post and Courier and her youtube video interview with MUSC public relations.
Dr. Katherine R. Sterba, receives the Developing Scholar Award in the category of Clinical Sciences at this year’s Faculty Convocation.
In, 1985, the Medical University of South Carolina established an award to recognize junior faculty who have made outstanding contribution to the research mission of the University and to promote the continued development of these scholars. Recipient are those who have successfully demonstrated the capacity to compete for extramural funding while they are still in the formative stages of their careers and who demonstrate exceptional promise. Candidates are nominated by their peers, must be faculty members holding the rank of Assistant Professor, and must have been on the faculty for at least two, but no more than six academic years.
Congratulations to Dr. Katherine R. Sterba!
Dr. Matthew Carpenter Appointed Co-chair of the Addictions Medicine Initiative
Within the Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Carpenter was appointed in January 2013 co-chair of the Addictions Medicine Initiative. This 12-18 month task force will restructure the addictions-related research, clinical, and education and training programs at MUSC. Currently, these activities and programs are scattered across several buildings and divisions within the department. Addictions Medicine, inclusive of tobacco research, has long been a significant strength at MUSC, including a number of institutional and individual research training grants. However, across over 70 faculty and staff, addictions sciences has grown enormously, resulting in inefficiencies. Dr. Carpenter will co-lead efforts with Dr. Robert (Bob) Malcolm to integrate these faculty, programs, and resources into a single Addictions Sciences entity.
Dr. Katherine Sterba Awarded American Cancer Society Grant
Dr. Katherine Sterba was awarded a five-year career development grant from the American Cancer Society at a reception on February 6th, 2013, at the Department of Public Health Sciences where she is an Assistant Professor. The title of her Mentored Research Scholar Grant is "Transitions After Treatment in Head and Neck Cancer Patient-Caregiver Dyads." Dr. Sterba is a behavioral scientist affiliated with the Hollings Cancer Center’s Cancer Control program. Her research focuses on the development and testing of survivorship interventions to improve outcomes for individuals with head and neck cancer and their family caregivers. (MORE)
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