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designated cancer center

Population Science Research Program

The overarching goal of the Population Sciences Program is to collaborate with basic and clinical scientists at Stanford, and at the national and international levels, as appropriate, to conduct research relevant to cancer etiology, control, and prevention, and ultimately to have a translational impact on clinical or public health practice. To achieve this goal, we focus on three major areas of investigation:

  1. Innovative uses of cancer registry and surveillance data to identify and understand patterns and trends of cancer incidence and mortality in our catchment area and beyond
  2. Epidemiology approaches to identify and better characterize genetic and non-genetic risk factors in cancer etiology and progression
  3. Prevention research, primarily intervention trials, focused on the major known causes of cancer – tobacco use, diet, obesity, and (relative lack of) physical activity

The overarching goal will be achieved through the following three specific aims:

  1. Patterns and Trends of Cancer Incidence and Mortality in the SCI Catchment Area. This includes innovative uses of cancer registry and other surveillance data and enhancements of these data through selected linkages with other datasets and, when appropriate, extensions to broader geographic regions.
  2. Epidemiology Approaches to Identify and Better Characterize Genetic and Non-genetic Risk Factors for Cancer Etiology and Prognosis.
  3. Prevention Research focused on major known risk factors for cancer – tobacco use, diet, obesity, and physical activity.

Population Science Program Membership Roster

Program Directors

Robert Haile, Dr. PH

Ann Hsing, PhD

Marcia Stefanick, PhD


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