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Population Science and Prevention

Our Population Science & Prevention program conducts collaborative, hypothesis- and evidence-based translational cancer prevention and control research. The PSP program crosses the entire cancer continuum—primary prevention, early detection, laboratory research, clinical trials and applications, diagnosis and treatment, quality of life and survivorship. A major focus of the PSP program is to reduce the Latino cancer burden, particularly in South Texas. To accomplish this, PSP program members work closely with the UT Health San Antonio's Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR). The IHPR investigates the causes of and solutions to the unequal impact of cancer, chronic disease, and obesity among Latinos in South Texas and beyond.

The Population Science and Prevention (PSP) program conducts collaborative, hypothesis- and evidence-based, translational cancer prevention and control research that spans the expanded cancer continuum— prevention, detection, research, clinical trials, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship and quality of life.

Our objectives:

  • Identify determinants, biomarkers of risk and prognosis, genetics and lifestyle factors to enhance screening and treatment of cancers.
  • Use laboratory-based molecular and experimental cancer prevention strategies to disrupt pathogenesis using synthetic and natural compounds and lifestyle changes.
  • Reduce the Latino cancer burden through community-based research, testing interventions addressing highly prevalent and disproportionate cancers and their risk factors in the Latino population.