Cancer Control

The Cancer Control (CC) research program is one of OSUCCC–James' five highly interactive research programs.
The CC’s primary goal is to conduct research that reduces the incidence, mortality and morbidity of cancer. Devoted to scientific excellence and specifically tailored to capitalize on the professional strengths and expertise of our members, the CC program focuses on:

  • Identify molecular, genetic and behavioral factors related to cancer incidence and mortality.
  • Develop and test behavioral interventions to prevent or detect cancer early.
  • Assess and intervene on issues of cancer survivorship.
Developing Aim: Address policy in relation to cancer prevention, detection, and care.

CC program research includes cross-cutting themes of health disparities, communication research and behavioral strategies. While taking advantage of member strengths like epidemiology and biology, the program also utilizes transdisciplinary research teams to enhance understanding and to address research aims at multiple levels.

Program activities include:

  • Meetings: program, seminar, journal clubs, retreat, working groups
  • Mentoring junior members and students
  • Seed funding for pilot grants
  • Strategic recruitment assistance
  • Programmatic grant development (e.g., P50, PO1)
  • A major initiative in the Cancer Control Program is the Center for Population Health and Health Disparities grant which focuses on the goal of understanding why high rates of cervical cancer incidence and mortality are observed in Appalachia Ohio.
  • The Appalachian Community Cancer Network (ACCN) is a National Cancer Institute-funded research initiative to reduce cancer health disparities in the Appalachian region through community participation in education, research and training.

Newly funded initiatives:

  • Alcohol Use & Media (NIAA RO1) – Michael Slater, PhD, MBA
  • Tobacco Cessation Among Medicaid Managed Smokers (NCI R21 ) 
    – Amy Ferketich, PhD
  • Stress & Breast Cancer (NCI R01) – Janice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD
  • Tobacco Use in Adolescents in Appalachia (NCI RO1) – Brady Reynolds, PhD

Program Leader:  Electra Paskett, PhD


The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James) 460 W. 10th Avenue, Columbus, OH 43210 Phone: 1-800-293-5066 | Email: