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.
Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences | College of Medicine
Dr. Hughes-Halbert holds the AT&T Distinguished Endowed Chair in Cancer Equity which is supported by the South Carolina SmartState® Center of Excellence in Cancer Disparities. Dr. Hughes-Halbert’s research goal is to identify sociocultural, psychological, genetic and environmental determinants of minority health and health disparities and to translate this information into interventions to improve equity among racially and ethnically diverse populations and other medically underserved groups.
Dr. Kelemen’s research interests include understanding how environmental modifiers influence genetic susceptibility for cancer risk and prognosis, identifying early biomarkers for cancer and identifying and understanding how molecular subtypes of tumors respond to treatment and survival. She serves as the Principal Investigator of a large population-based collection of ovarian tumors, which provides opportunities to investigate hypotheses related to differences in lifestyle factors and prognosis, treatment response between different histological types of ovarian cancer, tumor biomarker prevalence and associations with prognosis and frequency of recurrent somatic molecular alterations across different histological tumor types.