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Division of Population Sciences Centers

  • The three core centers that comprise the Division of Population Sciences are: the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention; the Center for Outcomes and Policy Research; and the Center for Community-Based Research.

    Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention

    Cancer Genetics and Prevention Research Program

    Judy Garber, MD, MPHJudy Garber, MD, MPH

    Investigators in the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention, led by Judy Garber, MD, MPH, are focused on understanding the role of germline mutations in contributing to cancer risk, prognosis, and response to treatment. Researchers have pioneered ways to identify and treat patients with BRCA-associated breast cancer, Lynch syndrome-associated colorectal cancer, Li Fraumeni Syndrome, as well as many other familial cancer syndromes. Key research relates to the development of strategies to identify families with inherited cancer susceptibility and ways to help them to mitigate risk. An emerging set of projects evaluates treatment strategies that are tailored to the distinct biology of cancers that arise in the setting of germline mutations. Researchers collaborate with local, national, and international investigators and lead large multi-site collaborations aimed at decreasing the burden of cancer driven by heritable risk.

    Cancer Genetics and Prevention Clinical Program

    The Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention includes a remarkable team of medical and surgical oncologists, gastroenterologists, geneticists, genetic counselors, gynecologists, and nurses who provide leading edge cancer risk assessment and comprehensive recommendations for managing cancer risk. We partner with clinicians from diverse specialties, offering cancer risk assessment, genetic counseling and testing, and continuing educational resources in the complex and dynamic field of cancer genetics.

    We work in collaboration with patients and their providers to offer our expertise in the assessment and management of all forms of inherited cancer syndromes. In addition, our team is prepared to assist with the introduction of newer genetic testing methods and the germline aspects of personalized cancer medicine.

    Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH
    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Director, Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention

    Alexander Gusev, PhD
    Member of Faculty, Harvard Medical School

    Sapna Syngal, MD, MPH
    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Director, Gastrointestinal Cancer Genetics and Prevention Clinic
    Director of Research, Cancer Genetics and Prevention, Gastrointestinal Cancer

    Timothy Rebbeck, PhD
    Professor, Epidemiology, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Professor, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Matthew B. Yurgelun, MD
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

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    Center for Outcomes and Policy Research

    Deborah Schrag, MD, MPHDeborah Schrag, MD, MPH

    Researchers at the Division of Population Science's Center for Outcomes and Policy Research, founded in 1995 by Jane Weeks, MD, MSc, and led by Deborah Schrag, MD, MPH, aim to enhance the outcomes of interventions to prevent and treat cancer from both efficacy and cost-effectiveness perspectives. Investigations focus on optimizing the patient experience by ensuring that clinical and societal resources from interventions to services are utilized in the best possible way. By identifying determinants of the quality of care patients receive, investigators can work toward eliminating barriers to optimal care and translate their findings and programs on a large scale.

    Deborah Schrag, MD, MPH
    Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
    Chief, Division of Population Sciences, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Gregory A. Abel, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor in Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Aileen B. Chen, MD, MPP
    Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School

    Michael Hassett, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Jennifer C. Kesselheim, MD, MEd, MBE
    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

    Christopher Lathan, MD, MS, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Jennifer W. Mack, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor in Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School

    Rinaa S. Punglia, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Harvard Medical School

    Alexi Wright, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

    Hajime Uno, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

    Center for Community-Based Research

    The mission of the Center for Community-Based Research, led by Glorian Sorensen, PhD, MPH, is to address and reduce cancer risk and mitigate cancer disparities through community-based and communication research and translation of research findings in the United States and globally. The Center aims to achieve these goals through documenting social and behavioral determinants of cancer risk, developing and testing interventions to reduce cancer risk, and studying their dissemination and implementation to maximize effective translation to influence policy and practice. The Center conducts research across the cancer control continuum, e.g., methods development, efficacy and effectiveness testing, implementation and dissemination research. The Center’s cancer prevention and control research focus includes the following core priorities:

    Glorian Sorensen, PhD, MPH
    • Generate evidence on social and behavioral determinants of cancer risk
    • Translate evidence into effective cancer prevention interventions, communications, and policies
    • Disseminate evidence-based approaches to reduce cancer-related health disparities

    Glorian C. Sorensen, PhD, MPH
    Professor, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Director, Center for Community-Based Research, Dana-Farber Institute

    K. "Vish" Viswanath, PhD
    Professor of Health Communication, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
    Director, Health Communication Core, Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center
    Faculty, Center for Community-Based Research, Population Sciences, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

    Andy Tan, PhD, MPH, MBA, MBBS
    Assistant Professor, Division of Population Sciences, Center for Community-Based Research
    Assistant Professor, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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