The Cancer Control Research Program has 27 members from six departments at the Keck School of Medicine, School of Social Work, and the Annenberg School of Communication. It includes faculty on the Health Sciences Campus, the University Park Campus and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). It is supported by $7.5 million per year direct costs in peer-reviewed support of which $2.8 million is from the NCI. It has published over 576 cancer control research papers over the last five years, of which 33% are intra-programmatic and 27% are inter-programmatic.
This Program is organized into five research foci: 1) Smoking and Substance Abuse Prevention; 2) Diet and Exercise; 3) Chemoprevention; 4) Patient Care and Survivorship Research; and 5) Other (including HIV/STD for cervical cancer prevention, health promotion, and cancer communication technology). The five foci of the Cancer Control Research Program are tied together under two larger umbrellas, cancer control with an emphasis on behavioral interventions and cancer control with an emphasis on modifying biologic and behavioral risk factors.
In addition to the five research areas, three new areas, which are already represented in the Program by separate research studies, are proposed for expansion in the next five years: cancer health disparities research, cervical cancer prevention, with links to Central America, and cancer control research on the built environment. Two additional important Cancer Center activities are incorporated in the Cancer Control Research Program: the Cancer Control and Epidemiology Research Training Grant which is an NCI funded T32 grant, and community outreach which is largely focused on serving underserved populations and the Spanish speaking community through the Cancer Information Service, the National and California Latino Tobacco Networks, and the Statewide Hispanic Tobacco Education Network.