Leadership

Hoda Badr

Co-Leader

Overview

The mission of the Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Program is to conduct exceptional research in cancer prevention and control through innovative, multi-disciplinary scientific interactions that will lead to reductions in cancer morbidity and mortality. 

The program has 24 research, 7 clinical, and 1 adjunct members representing multiple departments, including Medicine, Pediatrics, Surgery, Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Psychiatry at BCM, and Bioengineering at Rice University. All 37 research members have peer-reviewed cancer related research funding. CPPS members provide nationally and internationally recognized expertise across the entire cancer continuum. We have a focus on molecular and genetic epidemiology, behavioral research in tobacco cessation, obesity, and addiction, and statistical genetics. 

Our outstanding outcomes research focuses on predictive and prognostic measures of survival in cancer patients, and patient-centered comparative effectiveness research for screening and surveillance. The overarching focus of our research is on high-risk patients who reside in our catchment area of Harris County, Texas, and special emphasis is placed on disparities specific to the cancers identified in our catchment area.

Themes

The scientific goals are organized into the following two themes:  

Theme 1 - Risk Factors
To study the genetic and environmental etiologies of childhood and adult precancerous and cancerous conditions, to explore gene-environment interactions, and to promote primary prevention interventions.  Risk factors include: host genetics (rare and common variants), environmental exposures, tobacco, obesity, viruses and other infectious agents.  

Theme 2 - Outcomes
To evaluate patient-centered comparative effectiveness of early detection, predictive, prognostic, behavioral, and clinical and surgical measures of cancer outcomes in cancer patients and high risk individuals.  

The Overarching Theme
The overarching theme focuses on vulnerable populations that include pediatric and young adults, high-risk families, underserved populations, and cancer survivors.

Program Structure

We are conducting innovative multidisciplinary cancer prevention and population sciences research at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Cancer Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, Children’s Nutrition Research Center, Ben Taub Hospital/Harris Health, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and within the Harris County area. In the near future our research will be extended to Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center as well. The depth and breadth of our CPPS Program membership allows us to uniquely address the broad spectrum of cancer research.