University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Control Research Program

The Cancer Control Research Program has expanded significantly in recent years. The program currently has 37 members from six departments at the Keck School of Medicine, and four other schools at USC: Dornsife College of Arts and Sciences, Social Work, Annenberg School of Communication, and Cinema. It includes faculty on the Health Sciences Campus, the University Park Campus and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). In FY 2013 it was supported by $9.7 million per year direct costs in peer-reviewed support, $2.8 million of which is from NCI. An additional $2.7 million from NCI was awarded to the Program in September 2013. It has published over 560 cancer control research papers over the last four years, of which 26% are intra-programmatic and 17% are inter-programmatic.

This Program is organized into two primary research foci: 1) Determinants and Intervention of Cancer Risk Behaviors, including tobacco use, alcohol use, diet, and exercise; and 2) Prevention and Care in Cancer Patients, including issues surrounding chemoprevention, patient care, and survivorship. Each of these foci are interwoven with crosscutting themes of: a) advanced methodology and technology; b) cancer health disparities in diverse populations; and c) cancer health communication.

Additional research areas, which are already represented in the Program by separate research studies, are proposed for expansion in the next five years, among them: behavioral genomics, mobile health, survivorship registry expansion, and tobacco regulatory science. 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 efforts which focus on reaching diverse, underserved populations in the Los Angeles catchment areas targeted by the Norris.

Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program