Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

Prevention and Etiology

About the Prevention and Etiology Program

AHCMCC2 - Image - 180x272 - DeAnn LazovichAHCMCC2 - Image - 180x272 - Anne JosephProgram co-leaders:

Anne Joseph, M.D., M.P.H.
DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., M.P.H.

The scientific goals of the Prevention and Etiology Program are to understand biological and behaviroal factors in the etiology of cancer, to reduce behaviors that may lead to cancer or the enhance behaviors that decrease cancer risk, we have strong research in the following themes:

  • Pediatric and adult cancer epidemiology
  • Cancer risk reduction
  • Cancer diagnosis, outcomes, and survivorship

Using a mulitdisciplinary approach to accomplish these goals, the program brings together investigators from the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health, Medical School, College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences, Hormel Institute, and from the Minnesota Department of Health. The program is composed of 60 research program members representing 17 departments and 9 schools or colleges.

The program's multidisciplinary projects include:

Selected Research Studies
Program Meeting Schedule
    Research Program Members
  • AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Jasit Ahluwalia

    jahluwal@umn.edu
    612-626-3378

    Jasjit Ahluwalia, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.
    Health inequities and improving health of underrepresented populations; nicotine addiction and smoking cessation in African American tobacco users

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Sal'Absi Mustafa

    malabsi@umn.edu
    218-726-8332

    Mustafa al'Absi, Ph.D.
    Relationship between tobacco use and stress, with emphasis on examining psychological mechanisms of stress and pain as potential pathways through which stress may increase health problems and tobacco addiction

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Bruce Alexander

    balex@umn.edu
    612-625-7934

    Bruce Alexander, Ph.D.
    Health effects of occupational and environmental exposures including large occupational cohort studies requiring complex exposure reconstruction, studies of asbestos- and dust-related diseases, and involving multidisciplinary collaborations with statisticians, epidemiologists, toxicologists, industrial hygienists, physicians, chemists and molecular biologists

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Allen Michele

    miallen@umn.edu
    612-625-4760

    Michele Allen, M.D., M.S.
    Tobacco prevention

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Sharon Allen

    allen001@umn.edu
    612-624-2446

    Sharon Allen, M.D., Ph.D.
    Tobacco use in women; the role of ovarian hormones in short-term smoking abstinence in premenopausal women and the effect of exercise on smoking cessation outcome in postmenopausal women

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Kristin Anderson

    ander116@umn.edu
    612-626-8568

    Kristin Anderson, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Pancreatic cancer etiology with a focus on meat-borne carcinogens; analysis of common cancers in a prospective cohort of women, the Iowa Women's Health Study

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Arikawa Andrea

    aarikawa@umn.edu
    612-624-3050

    Andrea Arikawa, Ph.D.
    Nutritional science and cancer; bioactive constituents and their effects on health as well as lifestyle modification and their effects on energy balance and cancer, specifically biomarkers of breast cancer risk

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Sudipto Banerjee

    baner009@umn.edu
    612-624-0624

    Sudipto Banerjee, Ph.D.
    The application of Bayesian methodology to biostatistical applications, including classes of survivor models and cure models appropriate for analyzing datasets that show a significant portion of cure among subjects

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Nelli Bejanyan

    nbejanya@umn.edu
    612-624-6982

    Nelli Bejanyan, M.D.
    Clinical interest is the treatment of hematologic malignancies and blood and marrow transplantation; research interests focus on prevention and treatment of disease relapse following stem cell transplantation

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Anne Blaes

    blaes004@umn.edu
    612-626-8138

    Anne Blaes, M.D., M.D.
    Cancer survivorship, focusing on quality-of-life and vascular outcomes in cancer survivors

    sally.bushhouse@state.mn.us

    Sally Bushhouse, D.V.M., Ph.D.
    Dr. Bushhouse is a cancer epidemiologist who directs the Minnesota Cancer Surveillance System for the Minnesota Department of Health. She is a key community partner in the ascertainment of cancer cases for population-based epidemiologic studies.

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Bradley Carlin

    carli002@umn.edu
    612-624-6646

    Bradley Carlin, Ph.D.
    Development of methods and software for hierarchical Bayesian models for complex biomedical datasets; methods for geographically-indexed datasets (especially disease mapping and for the design and analysis of adaptive multicenter clinical trials, especially in cancer

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Chu Haitao

    chux0051@umn.edu
    612-625-2138

    Haitao Chu, Ph.D.
    Statistical methods for the design and analyses of continuous biomarker assay data, mismeasured and missing data, and correlated data analyses in both observational studies and randomized clinical trials, and hierarchical Bayesian modeling using Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) computational methods

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Timothy Church

    trc@cccs.umn.edu
    612-625-9091

    Timothy Church, Ph.D.
    Detection (screening) and prevention of cancer; methods for clinical trials and epidemiologic studies, including estimating screen parameters from randomized and observational studies; identifying, assessing and adjusting for early detection bias in case-control and cohort studies; selection effects and adjustment in clinical trials analysis; and Bayesian approaches to trial design

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Sean Elliott

    selliott@umn.edu
    612-626-7099

    Sean Elliott, M.D., M.S.
    Improvement of cancer survivorship by addressing the adverse effects of surgery and radiation to the urinary tract

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Jean Forster

    forst001@umn.edu
    612-626-8864

    Jean Forster, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Community approaches to chronic disease prevention: public health policy to reduce the population rate of chronic disease risk factors in adolescents, health disparities related to issues of class and race, and the role of prevention policies and area-level factors in addressing these issues

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Simone French

    frenc001@umn.edu
    612-626-8594

    Simone French, Ph.D.
    Social and environmental influences on eating and physical activity behaviors; community-based strategies for eating behavior change; adolescent nutrition and physical activity.

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Fu Steven

    fuxxx016@umn.edu
    612-725-1979

    Steven Fu, M.D., M.S.C.E.
    Tobacco-related health disparities; best practices for improving the delivery and utilization of tobacco dependence treatments among diverse populations, including racial/ethnic minorities and veterans; the study of the mechanisms of health care disparities as a guide to developing and evaluating effective, evidence-based interventions to eliminate health care disparities

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Gaugler Joseph

    gaug0015@umn.edu
    612-626-2485

    Joseph Gaugler, Ph.D.
    The longitudinal ramifications of family care in chronic disease; the effectiveness of community-based and psychosocial interventions for care-giving and their disable elderly relatives; social integration in long-term care; developmental and mixed methods approach to data analysis

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Rahel Ghebre

    ghebr004@umn.edu
    612-626-3111

    Rahel Ghebre, M.D., M.P.H.
    Cervical cancer prevention in underscreened and underserved populations of women.

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Lisa Harnack

    harnack@epi.umn.edu
    612-626-9398

    Lisa Harnack, Dr.PH
    Development of improved methods and tools for assessing food and nutrient intake and its association with health outcomes including cancer; evaluation of public health strategies for obesity prevention

    harr0547@umn.edu
    612-250-0863

    Andrew Harris, Ph.D.
    Preclinical pharmacology of nicotine and other addictive drugs: developing animal behavioral models using cigarette smoke exposure or tobacco extract to more accurately stimulate tobacco exposure in humans;  studying factors contributing to the earliest stages of nicotine and opiate physical dependence;  understanding role of withdrawal and other factors in individual differences in vulnerability to drug use

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Dorothy Hatsukami

    hatsu001@umn.edu
    612-627-1808

    Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D.
    Nicotine addiction and is treatment; tobacco product evaluation and methods to reduce tobacco harm, including reducing nicotine in cigarettes; constituent analysis of tobacco products, developing biomarkers of toxicant exposure and toxicity

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Deborah Hennrikus

    hennrikus@epi.umn.edu
    612-626-8646

    Deborah Hennrikus, Ph.D.
    Methods to promote use of smoking cessation resources to groups of workers who have high smoking rates; effectiveness of low-intensity work safety smoking cessation intervention for small manufacturing companies; how to promote use of smoking cessation benefits offered by Taft-Hartley Health and Welfare funds to union members in blue collar and service jobs

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Susanta Hui

    huixx019@umn.edu
    612-626-4484

    Susanta Hui, Ph.D.
    Quality of life of cancer survivors, with a focus on breast cancer and transplant survivors; development of a radioactive calcium tracer for earlier detection of bone remodeling; targeted radiation therapy

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Robert Jeffrey

    jeffe001@umn.edu
    612-626-8580

    Robert Jeffrey, Ph.D.
    The effectiveness of obesity management intervention efforts aimed at the population as a whole can be effective in achieving weight loss or prevention of weight gain; non-educational factors related to diet and exercise choice, such as fool availability and price

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Johnson L'Aurelle

    joh02745@umn.edu
    612-624-5430

    L'Aurelle Johnson, Ph.D., M.S.
    Pediatric oncology;effects of chemotherapy in cancer patients and how responses differ depending on genetics and other factors

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Anne Joseph

    amjoseph@umn.edu
    612-624-9499

    Anne Joseph, M.D., M.P.H.
    Smoking cessation and health services clinical trials; new methods to engage and maintain smokers in treatment

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Kotlyar Michael

    kotly001@umn.edu
    612-625-1160

    Michael Kotlyar, Pharm.D.
    Tobacco dependence, including the relationship between stress and smoking; optimizing use of pharmacotherapy in assisting with the smoking cessation attempt, and evaluating newer smokeless tobacco products

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Shalini Kulasingam

    kulas016@umn.edu
    612-624-7554

    Shalini Kulasingam, Ph.D.
    HPV and cervical cancer, cancer screening, vaccines, decision modeling, cost-effectiveness, design and conduct of studies to evaluate screening tests

    AHCMCC2 – Image – 70x80 – Karen Kuntz

    kmkuntz@umn.edu
    612-625-9333

    Karen Kuntz, Sc.D.
    Decision analytic modeling for prevention, screening, and treatment of cancer, particularly colorectal cancer; simulation modeling; post-diagnostic surveillance strategies

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Harry Lando

    lando@epi.umn.edu
    612-624-1877

    Harry Lando, Ph.D.
    Smoking cessation with a focus on high-risk, medically compromised populations

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Melissa Laska

    mnlaska@umn.edu
    612-624-8832

    Melissa Laska, Ph.D., R.D.
    Cancer prevention through obesity prevention and nutrition promotion; obesity prevention during the transition from adolescence and young adulthood; behavioral, social and environmental influences on weight-related behaviors, with a secondary line of research in the area of neighborhood food access

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - DeAnn Lazovich

    lazov001@umn.edu
    612-626-9099

    DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Cancer epidemiology and cancer control, from prevention through survivorship; causes and prevention of melanoma skin cancer; indoor tanning as a behavior and in relation to melanoma development

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Hee Lee

    hylee@umn.edu
    612-624-3689

    Hee Yun  Lee, Ph.D.
    Culture-based cancer health behavior, quality of cancer care and life, and development of a psychosocial intervention for Asian American cancer survivors; development of new media approaches (e.g., mobile applications) to increase cancer screening among Asian American women

    lesag002@umn.edu
    612-347-5118

    Mark LeSage, Ph.D.
    Pre-clinical models to examine environmental and pharmacological variables that modulate the addiction-related behavioral effects of stimulant drugs in animals, with an emphasis on nicotine and tobacco to better understand the mechanisms involved and tobacco and other drug addictions; development of science-based tobacco control policies

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Jennifer Linde

    linde074@umn.edu
    612-624-0065

    Jennifer Linde, Ph.D.
    Cancer prevention via behavioral approaches to target obesity, including weight gain prevention and weight loss, with specific interests in intervention development, public health message delivery, and behavior monitoring and goal setting during weight control

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Alexander McBean

    mcbea002@umn.edu
    612-625-6175

    Alexander McBean, M.Sc., M.D.
    Cancer prevention, program evaluation, outcomes research, and use of administrative data, particularly Medicare data, for research

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Marilyn Nanney

    msnanney@umn.edu
    612 626-6794

    M. Susie Nanney, Ph.D., M.S.
    Community obesity prevention interventions, food policy research, and health disparities

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Joseph Neglia

    jneglia@umn.edu
    612-624-3113
     

    Joseph Neglia, M.D., M.P.H.
    Long-term effects of cancer therapy in cancer survivors and the occurrence of second malignancies following childhood cancer

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Heather Nelson

    hhnelson@umn.edu
    612-626-9887

     

    Heather Nelson, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Inter-individual variation in immunity and its relationship to cancer etiology and clinical progression; genetic susceptibility to HPV infections; and epigenetic change in cancer development

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Kola Okuyemi

    kokuyemi@umn.edu
    612-625-1654
     

    Kolawole Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H.
    Health disparities; smoking cessation; breast and cervical cancer screening; recruitment and retention of study participants. Principal Investigator of the NCI U54 Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations that aims to reduce cancer disparities among racial/ethnic minorities

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Pentel Paul

    pentel@umn.edu
    612-347-6426
     

    Paul Pentel, M.D., Ph.D.
    Preclinical development of medications and related strategies to treat addictions, with an emphasis on tobacco dependence; development of nicotine vaccines for the treatment or prevention of tobacco addiction and studying the role of non-nicotine components of tobacco in mediating addiction

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Jenny Poynter

    poynt006@umn.edu
    612-625-4232

    Jenny Poynter, Ph.D.
    Germ cell tumor development, specifically genetic susceptibility and epigenetic alterations in pediatric germ cell tumors; DNA methylation, genomic imprinting, and susceptibility to cancer

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Julie Ross

    rossx014@umn.edu
    612-626-2902

    Julie Ross, Ph.D.
    Etiology of childhood cancer with a focus on pediatric leukemias; molecular epidemiology studies of adult leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Alex Rothman

    rothm001@umn.edu
    612-625-2573

    Alexander Rothman, Ph.D.
    Application of social psychological theory to illness prevention and health promotion through a synthesis of basic research on how people process and respond to health information with the development and evaluation of theory-based interventions to promote healthy behavior

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Aasma Shaukat

    shaukat@umn.edu
    612-625-8999

    Aasma Shaukat, M.D., M.P.H.
    Development and validation of biomarkers that predict an individual's risk of incident colorectal adenomas and colon cancer; chemopreventive agents, such as calcium and vitamin D that my modulate risk

    jonathan.slater@health.state.mn.us

    Jonathan Slater, Ph.D.
    Early detection/screening for cancer in randomized community-based trials in a CDC-funded Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program at the Minnesota Department of Health; increasing screening among the under-and uninsured population

    MEDPEDS2 - Photo - 70x80 - Spector, Logan - New

    spect012@umn.edu
    612-624-3912

    Logan Spector, Ph.D.
    Etiology of childhood cancer; specifically childhood leukemia, bone sarcomas and hepatoblastoma

    MEDPEDS2 - Image - 70x80 - Steinberger

    stein055@umn.edu
    612-626-2755

    Julia Steinberger, M.D., M.S.
    Clinical and epidemiologic studies of metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance and cardiovascular risk factors in children and young adults; metabolic syndrome in childhood cancer survivors

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Thomas Janet

    jthomas@umn.edu
    612-625-0414

    Janet Thomas, Ph.D.
    Tobacco control in underrepresented communities, including young adults

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Todd Tuttle

    tuttl006@umn.edu
    612-625-2991
     

    Todd Tuttle, M.D., M.S.
    Evaluation of outcomes of therapy for cancers including breast cancer, melanoma, and gastrointestinal malignancies

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Beth Virnig

    virni001@umn.edu
    612-624-4426

    Beth Virnig, Ph.D.
    Cancer surveillance, treatment and outcomes using administrative data such as the SEER-Medicare linkage; end-of-life care and hospice for the elderly

    AHCMCC2 - Image - 70x80 - Wang Jian-Ping

    jpwang@umn.edu
    612-625-9509

    Jian-Ping Wang, Ph.D.
    Development of nanomagnetic and spintronic devices and fabricating and understanding novel magnetic materials for information technology and biomedical applications such as cancer screening

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Mark Yeazel

    yeazel@umn.edu
    612-624-2335
     

    Mark Yeazel, M.D., M.P.H.
    Cancer epidemiology and cancer control, from screening to survivorship (particularly for survivors of childhood cancer), including efforts to improve cancer screening ranging from clinical systems change to promote screening to community-based projects

    AHCMCC - Image - 70x80 - Bevan Yueh

    byueh@umn.edu
    612-625-2410 

    Bevan Yueh, M.D., M.P.H.
    Clinical epidemiology and treatment effectiveness of head and neck cancer; quality of life after treatment; baseline predictors of swallowing dysfunction after treatment for advanced laryngeal cancer

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