Cancer Control & Population Science

Program Leader:  Linda Cook, PhD

Linda Cook, PhD

Linda Cook, PhD

Through center-wide transdisciplinary research collaboration and coordination, and community-engaged outreach efforts throughout the New Mexico catchment area, the Cancer Control & Population Sciences Research Program (CaC) fosters and coordinates cancer control research activities of the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC). Through strategic planning and evaluation and the conduct of research directly assessing the challenges and opportunities of our catchment area, CaC leads innovative research that aims to generate new knowledge to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity, mortality, and disparity, particularly among New Mexico’s multiethnic,rural, and underserved populations.

With a focus on overcoming New Mexico’s significant cancer health disparities, the Program’s themes and specific aims include:

The specific aims of the Cancer Control Research Program are:
Aim 1. Cancer Risk Assessment and Prediction: To discover the behavioral, environmental, genomic, and social factors associated with cancer risk and develop biomarkers to assess and predict risk.

Aim 2. Risk Reduction, Screening Determinants, and Interventions: To identify multi-level factors (system, provider, patient) associated with primary and secondary cancer prevention behaviors, and, to use this knowledge to develop and implement interventions addressing these factors in at-risk populations.

Aim 3. Survivorship and Post-Diagnosis Outcomes: To conduct research on the influence of behavioral, social, environmental, provider- and system-level factors on cancer survivorship, cancer care delivery, and postdiagnosis outcomes, and implement interventions that address these factors.

The Program is comprised of 28 members (19 Full; 9 Associate). As Dr. Kinney will be leaving UNMCCC in the summer of 2018 to assume a new position at Rutgers University, the Center is actively recruiting a new Associate Director for Cancer Population Sciences.

Their work is supported by $20,863,275 in annual direct cost funding, of which $14,582,616 is peer-reviewed and $3,948,619 is from NCI as of April 1, 2018. The discoveries made in this Program have resulted 70 publications over the past year, of which 27% are intra-programmatic collaborations and 20% are inter-programmatic collaborations; with a total overall collaborative rate of 39%.


Cancer Control Researchers