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McGraw/Patterson Center for Population Sciences

  • Faculty in the McGraw/Patterson Division of Population Sciences conduct a wide range of research projects that aim to reduce health disparities, promote healthy behaviors, promote best practices in health communication, manage genetic cancer risk and susceptibility, design effective and efficient cancer care delivery systems, and optimize care quality. Investigators focus on three main areas of research: 1) health communications and community-based health; 2) genetic risk of cancer; and 3) health services research.

    Researchers in the Division of Population Sciences include (left to right): Hajime Uno, PhD; Alexi Wright, MD, MPH; Rinaa S. Punglia, MD, MPH; Aileen B. Chen, MD, MPP; Christina K. Ullrich, MD, MPH; and Michael Hassett, MD, MPH.

    Adjacent to the campus of Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, the Division of Population Sciences investigators collaborate with laboratory scientists and clinical researchers from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), and investigators around the world. Training the next generation of cancer-focused population scientists is a core part of our mission. Through these collaborative efforts, population scientists work together toward a shared goal — finding and validating innovative ways to reduce the burden of cancer. The Division thrives as a cornerstone of Dana-Farber's commitment to cancer control research.

    The Division of Population Sciences is comprised of three core centers: the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention, the Center for Outcomes and Policy Research, and the Center for Community-Based Research. Our Population Sciences faculty work together across these three centers on interrelated projects and initiatives.