About the Screening, Prevention, Etiology & Cancer Survivorship Program

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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.

We have strong research in the following themes:

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

Using a mulitdisciplinary 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 9 schools or colleges.

The program's multidisciplinary projects include:

Selected Research Studies

Program meetings

The following will provide forums for discussion in the area of cancer prevention and control (see Masonic Cancer Center Update e-newsletter for details the week of the meeting):

  • Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Outcomes Program Webinar: 4th Friday, 9-10 a.m., 656 MCRB or via web access. (SeeScientific Meetings for individual topics and instructions for access.)
  • Tobacco Research Programs Seminar: 2nd Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m., room 245, 717 Delaware St. S.E. (October through May)
  • Health Disparities Research: 1st Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m., room 105, 717 Delaware St. S.E., except July and August
  • Masonic Cancer Center Seminar: Held every Tuesday, 9-10 a.m., in1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building (September - May)
  • Translational Biomarkers Focus Group: Held the third Tuesday of each month in 2-115 CCRB
  • Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Data Club: Held the fourth Tuesday of each month, 12 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
  • Epidemiology Seminars: Every Friday, 10-11 a.m., 364 WBOB (September - May)
  • Obesity Prevention Center seminars: 4th Tuesday, 2-3 p.m., 364 WBOB (September - May)