Cancer Prevention & Control

Scientific Goals

The goals of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program are to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality by:

  1. Scientifically identifying and addressing modifiable risk factors and other risk reduction strategies, such as chemoprevention agents in adults and children, especially among high-risk underserved target groups;
  2. Conducting innovative research to improve screening and early detection technologies and overcome barriers to screening, also among underserved populations
  3. Understanding and addressing health and healthcare issues associated with cancer survivorship, including end of life care. 

Focus Groups

The program has three Cancer Care Continuum Research Focus Areas, and one Integrated Focus Area, which cuts across the cancer care continuum themes, focusing on high-risk/underserved populations.

Care Continuum Research Focus Areas – Programmatic Themes

  1. Prevention/Risk Reduction:   Investigators working in this focus area are conducting research on adult and childhood obesity reduction, health promotion in occupational settings, smoking cessation and the use of dietary supplements (omega 3 fatty acids) to reduce the risk of breast and prostate cancer, which has been an important area of collaboration with investigators in Program 3 (Solid Tumors).   Additional innovative epidemiology research has focused on the influence of nicotine on lung cancer development as well as several studies on molecular epidemiology.
  2. Screening/Early Detection:  Members in this program are working on innovative screening research for breast, cervical, colorectal and prostate cancer screening.                             
  3. Survivorship/Quality of Life: Research in this focus area is very diverse and includes studies of adult and children patients with newly diagnosed cancer, studies of adult and children patients actively undergoing treatment, studies on cancer survivors post treatment and cancer patients receiving end of life care. 

Program Leader

Kerri Winters-Stone, Ph.D.

Program Members

Researcher Research Area

Becker, Thomas M., M.D., Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • cancer epidemiology
  • Cervical neoplasia
  • American Indian
  • Alaska Native
  • Community-based participatory research

Bennett, Jill, PH.D.

Special Interest:

Bubalo, Joseph S., PharmD

Assistant Professor of Medicine  

Carney, Patricia A, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Breast cancer screening
  • Mammography
  • Cervical cancer screening
  • Colorectal screening
  • breast cancer research

Eldredge, Deborah, Ph.D.

Director, Quality/Research/Magnet Recognition Program, Patient Care Services  

Fennerty, Brian, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Gastroesophageal reflux

Fromme, Erik K., M.D., M.C.R., FAAHPM

Special Expertise:
  • Pain and symptom management

Ganzini, Linda, M.D., M.P.H.

Special Interests:
  • Psychiatry (General)
  • Psychiatry (Geriatrics)

Gonzales, David, Ph.D.

Lab Page

Special Expertise:
  • smoking cessation
  • smoking cessation pharmacotherapies
  • nicotine vaccine
  • cancer prevention
  • COPD

Gregg, Jessica, M.D., Ph.D

Assistant Professor of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine, OHSU OHSU — General Medicine  

Hersh, William R, M.D.

Lab Page

Special Expertise:
  • Biomedical and health informatics
  • Information retrieval
  • Search
  • Health information technology workforce development
  • Educational technology

Jansen, Lynn A, Ph.D.

Special Interest:

Lee-Lin, Frances, Ph.D., R.N., O.C.N., C.N.S.

Special Expertise:
  • cancer Screening
  • asian Americans
  • health disparity
  • immigrant health
  • Survivorship

Lyons, Karen S, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • family care
  • symptom incongruence
  • couples
  • family communication and  relationships
  • survivorship

Marks, Daniel L., M.D., Ph.D.

Lab Page

Special Expertise:
  • All aspects of pediatric endocrinology including growth
  • puberty
  • thyroid
  • diabetes and adrenal disorders; pediatric obesity; failure to thrive

McWeeney, Shannon, Ph.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Statistical Genetics
  • Computational Biology
  • Network Reconstruction
  • Statistical Methodology for functional genomics data
  • data cleaning and data integration

Mori, Motomi, Ph.D.

Head, Division of Biostatistics Director, Biostatistics Shared Resource, OHSU Cancer Institute Director, Biostatistics & Design Program, Oregon Clinical and Translational Research Institute  

Morris, Cynthia, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Special Interest:

Nail, Lillian, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N.

Professor and Senior Scientist  

Nelson, Heidi, M.D., M.P.H.

Special Interest:

Nicholson, H. Stacy, M.D., M.P.H.

Special Expertise:
  • Childhood cancer and blood disorders

Orwoll, Eric S., M.D.

Special Interest:

Pommier, Rodney F., M.D.

Special Interests:
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Myeloma
  • Breast Cancer
  • Colorectal Cancer
  • Pancreatic Cancer
  • Sarcoma

Raber, Jacob, Ph.D.

Professor, Behavioral Neuroscience?
Professor, Department of Neurology
?Affiliate Scientist, Division of Neuroscience, ONPRC  

Shannon, Jackilen, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Special Expertise:
  • cancer prevention
  • diet
  • epidemiology
  • prostate cancer
  • breast cancer

Slatore, Christopher G., M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Tobacco
  • Communication
  • prevention
  • chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Lung Cancer

Spindel, Elliot, M.D., Ph.D.

Special Interest:

Steiner, Elizabeth, M.D.

Special Expertise:
  • Early detection of breast cancer

Thuillier, Philippe, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of PHPM, OHSU Cancer Research Center Adjunct Research Scientist - CROET  

Vetto, John T., M.D., F.A.C.S.

Special Interests:
  • Breast Cancer
  • Melanoma

Winters-Stone, Kerri, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, School of Nursing  

Wood, Lisa J, Ph.D., R.N.

Special Interest:

Zheng, Christina, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Knight Cancer Institute, Bioinformatics Shared Resource  

External Program Members

Researcher Research Area
Jeffery Fellows, Ph.D. Kaiser
Mark C. Hornbrook, Ph.D.
Carmit McMullen, Ph.D. Kaiser
Victor Stevens, Ph.D. Public Health & Preventative Medicine,
Sheila Weinmann, Ph.D.
Public Health & Preventative Medicine,

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