Brian Sprague, PhD, Director of the Vermont Breast Cancer Surveillance System & Associate Professor Surgery
Maija Reblin, PhD, Associate Professor and member of the Vermont Conversation Lab.
Scientific Program Themes
- Ascertainment and evaluation of risk factors contributing to development of cancer; specifically, behavioral risk factors and biomarkers of risk.
- Evaluation and development of cancer screening strategies with emphasis on harm reduction.
- Investigation and improvement of health-related outcomes and quality of life for cancer survivors.
- Ascertainment and improvement of access to high-quality cancer care and cancer prevention for rural populations.
Program Goals and Specific Aims
The mission of the Cancer Control and Population Health Sciences (CCPHS) program is to advance cancer prevention, detection, and survivorship through population science approaches. The program emphasizes scientific exploration to reduce the burden
of cancer across all segments of the population and improve health equity across our catchment area. Our research is collaborative and multidisciplinary, spanning basic, clinical, and population science. The CCPHS program has developed three
thematic aims in cancer prevention, detection, and survivorship that reflect the existing strengths and research priorities of its membership:
Aim 1: Reducing tobacco use in vulnerable populations and providing evidence to guide tobacco policy. Program members lead observational studies of real-world tobacco use patterns and conduct intervention studies of innovative tobacco
cessation approaches. This work generates evidence used by regulatory bodies, public health organizations, and healthcare providers to reduce tobacco use.
Aim 2: Evaluation and development of cancer screening strategies that maximize benefits while minimizing harms. Members identify effective approaches for delivering effective cancer screening, with a particular focus on the
evaluation of new technologies in clinical practice and risk-based screening strategies that seek to maximize the benefits of early detection while minimizing harms such as false positive tests and unnecessary biopsies.
Aim 3: Develop behavioral interventions to improve the health and quality of life of those at risk for cancer, cancer survivors, and their caregivers. Program members identify key behaviors associated with health promotion,
symptom management, and well-being at all stages of the cancer care continuum and implement interventions at the individual, dyadic, institutional, community, or policy level.