Cancer Control Research Program

 Cancer Control program themesThe Cancer Control Research Program at Hollings Cancer Center aims 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 program consists of 25 population health and physician scientists in nine departments within the colleges of Medicine and Nursing at MUSC. The state’s high cancer incidence and mortality rates, influenced in part by health disparities and historically high smoking rates, have shaped Hollings Cancer Center’s mission, goals and priorities.

This is most apparent in the research conducted within the program, which is focused on two predominant themes: tobacco control and cancer health disparities.

Program members work collaboratively to address these themes through three specific aims:

  • Identify behavioral, psychological, clinical and genetic risk factors that predispose individuals to cancer development and poor outcomes
  • Translate scientific discoveries into sustainable, cost-effective, evidence-based interventions that modify risk factors
  • Disseminate and implement evidence-based interventions into clinical and community-based practices, and help guide and inform public policy

Program Co-Leader

Dr. Matthew Carpenter

Matthew J. Carpenter, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

College of Medicine

Academic Focus

  • Tobacco Control, Smoking Cessation, Nicotine Dependence
  • Cancer Prevention & Control
  • Behavioral Medicine

 Research Profile

Program Co-Leader

Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

College of Medicine

Academic Focus

  • Identifying sociocultural, psychological and environmental determinants of minority health and health disparities
  • Disseminating efficacious strategies into clinic and community settings

 Research Profile

Featured Researcher | Linda E. Kelemen, ScD

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.

Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program

The Geographical Management of Cancer Health Equity is a national program designed to facilitate collaboration, cooperation, information- and resource-sharing, and capacity-building among cancer health equity researchers, trainees, outreach workers, and organizations, with the key goal of advancing cancer health equity research and training. Hollings, along with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center coordinates these efforts in GMaP Region 1-South.

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