Screening, Prevention, Etiology & Cancer Survivorship Program

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.

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Research themes:

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

Using a multidisciplinary 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 nine schools or colleges.

Multidisciplinary projects:



Program Leaders

Anne Blaes

Anne Blaes, MD
Professor of Medicine and Division Director, Division of Hematology and Oncology and Transplantation



Heather Nelson

Heather Nelson, PhD, MPH
Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health