The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded $7.6 million to Washington University in St. Louis to create a research center that will find ways to implement proven cancer-control interventions among rural and other disadvantaged populations in 82 counties in Missouri and Southern Illinois.
The Washington University Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control (WU-ISCCC) seeks to eliminate cancer disparities with “rapid-cycle” studies that put findings into practice quickly. It will be led by a team of researchers from the Washington University in St. Louis – Brown School Public Health Programs and the School of Medicine. A key partner will be Siteman Cancer Center, which serves some of the most under-represented populations in the U.S.
“This new Center will build many bridges between the Brown School and the Siteman Cancer Center,” said Dr. Mary McKay, Neidorff Family and Centene Corporation Dean of the Brown School. “It will be a model for transdisciplinary, team science. Most importantly, it will reduce the risk of cancer and improve health equity for disadvantaged populations in an 82-county area of Missouri and Illinois.”
The WU-ISCCC will be co-led by Drs. Ross C. Brownson and Graham A. Colditz. Dr. Brownson is the Lipstein Professor of Public Health at the Brown School and the School of Medicine. He leads the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis and is a co-director for Prevention and Control at Siteman Cancer Center. Dr. Colditz is the Niess-Gain Professor and Chief of the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery at the School of Medicine. He is the associate director for prevention and control at Siteman Cancer Center and has led the Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities since 2006.
The program is supported by funding provided through the Cancer Moonshot. SMFriday Letter Submission, Publish on October 18