DNA Sequence

The work of the Cancer Control and Population Science (CCPS) is organized in two central themes:

  • Translational cancer predisposition genetics
  • Cancer behavioral and outcomes research

Within these themes, the central scientific goals of the program include:

  • Improving understanding of cancer family history to inform gene discovery efforts and genetic counseling of patients and their potentially at-risk relatives
  • Pursuing cancer susceptibility gene discovery and evaluation, with an emphasis on high-risk and intermediate-risk susceptibility genes and an analytic interest on rare sequence variants
  • Improving risk communication, risk reduction, and surveillance among members of intermediate-risk and high-risk families
  • Advancing risk prediction through gene-environment epidemiology
  • Identifying and testing strategies to ameliorate cancer disparities with a focus on Native American, Latino, and rural and frontier communities
  • Identifying, testing, and translating strategies to improve treatment, symptom, and quality-of-life outcomes across the cancer continuum

Program Membership

HCI Cancer Center members enjoy a variety of benefits, including eligibility for leadership roles in the Center, institutional funding opportunities, and scientific/administrative support.

News Highlights from the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program

Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors
Apr 23, 2019

Air Pollution Poses Risks for Childhood Cancer Survivors

Poor air quality days significantly increase the risk of hospitalizations for respiratory issues in young survivors of cancer, according to a study conducted by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) and published in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. ... Read More

Together We Care Compassionately
Mar 01, 2019

Together We Care Compassionately

Approximately 500 patients visit the outpatient clinics and infusion center at Huntsman Cancer Institute each day. Our patients rely on our clinical teams and staff to provide safe, efficient, and high quality care during each clinic visit. In this letter from Don Milligan, director of outpatient services, highlights recent efforts to provide the best care possible.... Read More

Working Together To Engage Every Community
Mar 01, 2019

Working Together To Engage Every Community

In summer 2018, Huntsman Cancer Institute established a Community Advisory Board (CAB) to increase community outreach and engagement and address health disparities through collaboration. The 38 CAB members represent government organizations, safety-net health care and health systems, comprehensive cancer programs, community organizations focused on the underserved, business and religious leaders, elected officials, and cancer patients, caregivers, and survivors.... Read More

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