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Tobacco Research Program

The Tobacco Research Program aims to help researchers characterize the harmful effects of tobacco on human health. To date a number of clinical trials including quitting and non-quitting studies have been initiated through the Tobacco Research Program. 

For more information, go to https://tobaccoresearch.umn.edu/ or contact tobacco@umn.edu.

Institute for Global Cancer Prevention Research


Screening, Prevention, Etiology, and Cancer Survivorship Program (SPECS)

The scientific goals of the Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Survivorship (SPECS) Program are to understand biological and behavioral factors in the etiology of cancer, to reduce behaviors that may lead to cancer or the enhance behaviors that decrease cancer risk. 

SPEC research areas include Pediatric and adult cancer epidemiology, cancer reduction, cancer diagnosis, outcomes, and survivorship.

For more information go to https://cancer.umn.edu/researchers/research-programs/screening-prevention-etiology-cancer-survivorship-program.

Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR)

Through the Health Equity in Policy Initiative, Program in Health Disparities Research seeks to bridge the information gaps, which exist between underserved communities, researchers, and decision makers through policy initiatives that promote the health and safety priorities of its community partners. 

To get involved or for more information, go to https://med.umn.edu/healthdisparities or contact phdr@umn.edu. 

Educational and Funding Opportunities 

University of Minnesota M-ASCEND

UMN M-ASCEND is a collaboration between the Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center.  This is a theoretically guided, evidence-driven program designed to support the academic persistence of high school and undergraduate students underrepresented in science, and promote their developmental progress towards future careers in cancer research.

For more details on the M-ASCND program, please go to M-ASCEND: Advancing Science, Enhancing Diversity Program | Medical School (umn.edu) or contact m-ascend@umn.edu.

T32 Cancer Disparities Training Program

The T32 Cancer Disparities Training Program seeks to train researchers who are prepared to conduct community-engaged research to develop, test, and disseminate interventions in both clinical and community settings to reduce cancer-related health disparities among communities most impacted by inequities.  

For more information on the training program go to T32 Cancer Disparities Training Program | Medical School (umn.edu) or contact Rodolfo Batres at T32CHD@umn.edu.

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