The National Cancer Institute recently awarded $7.5 million to the Hutchinson Center for statistical coordination of a new population-based research program to evaluate and improve the cancer screening process from recruitment through treatment referral for breast, colon and cervical cancers.
The Public Health Sciences Division's Drs. Ziding Feng and Bill Barlow (whose primary appointment is at the University of Washington) will co-lead the five-year effort for the Population-based Research Optimizing Screening through Personalized Regimens study.
The PROSPR statistical coordination center will support the seven U.S. study sites, each following thousands of patients through the cancer screening, diagnostic workup and treatment process. The coordination center will:
Feng said the study population would enable research of:
"These are all potential areas for Center investigators to collaborate with us, especially since we usually do not have access to such populations," Feng said. "We are very excited about this opportunity."
Other Center co-investigators include Drs. Mark Thornquist, Yingye Zheng, Chris Li, Connie Lehman, Bill Brady and Polly Newcomb.
"This project is a good example of cross-division, multidisciplinary collaboration among statisticians, clinicians and epidemiologists," Feng said.