Healthy and At-Risk Populations Program

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Dr. Roshan Bastani Dr. Beth Glenn

Director

Roshan Bastani, Ph.D.

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Associate Director

Beth Glenn, Ph.D.

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Overview

The Healthy and At­-Risk Populations Program focuses on the prevention and early detection of cancer and on applying new findings in the basic biologic and behavioral sciences to intervention research with clinical and community populations. The program’s research portfolio encompasses a broad range of studies including: investigations in tobacco control; the role of dietary patterns and consumption of specific nutrients and bioactive compounds in cancer causation; nutrition and physical activity promotion; breast, cervix, prostate, and colorectal cancer screening; control of vaccine preventable cancers (liver, cervix); and interests in economic and community level factors as predictors of cancer­related outcomes. A major focus of the program is to bring cancer prevention and control to low­income, minority and underserved populations in an effort to reduce cancer­related disparities.

Goals

  1. Reduce the cancer burden in the population at large by promoting widespread adoption of known and effective cancer prevention and control technologies. Examples include: tobacco control, healthful eating and physical activity and early detection via screening (e.g., mammography, colonoscopy).
  2. Address cancer disparities by focusing on the excess cancer burden among low­income, minority and other socially and medically underserved populations.
  3. Foster new discoveries in cancer causes, for example by investigating food intake patterns and food sources of nutrients for cancer risk.
  4. Understand the role of economic and societal level factors in cancer protective behaviors and cancer outcomes

Meetings and Events

  • Annual Minorities and Cancer Symposium
  • Monthly Seminar Series, held jointly with the Patients and Survivors Program
  • Monthly tea for program area members and staff of the Center for Cancer Prevention and Control Research
  • Workshops and symposia jointly organized with Fielding School of Public Health
  • Postdoctoral journal club

Leadership

Dr. Roshan Bastani, director of the Healthy and At-­Risk Populations program, is a professor in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, and Director of the UCLA Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Equity. She also serves as the Director for Cancer Disparities Research in the cancer center. Bastani is a nationally recognized senior leader in the area of cancer disparities research. Her main research interests are in disease prevention and control among disadvantaged groups, with a focus on implementing and evaluating rigorous individual, community, organization and health care system-directed interventions to improve access and reduce disparities. Over the past two decades, she has conducted numerous intervention trials designed to rigorously test the most effective and efficient strategies to promote the uptake of proven cancer control practices and technologies. Drs. Bastani’s large and diverse research portfolio includes studies focused on HPV vaccine promotion, breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening promotion, liver cancer prevention, and lifestyle behavior promotion.

Associate director Dr. Beth Glenn is an associate professor of health policy and management in the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. Her main research interests are in the area of cancer prevention and control among ethnic minority and underserved populations. Glenn serves as principal investigator or co- investigator on a number of ongoing projects, including a CDC­funded project aimed at improving health behaviors among cancer survivors recruited through the Los Angeles County Cancer Surveillance Program, a NCI-funded trial to evaluate the effect of an intervention to improve HPV vaccination among low income, ethnic minority adolescent in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, a NIH­ funded study to examine the relationship between narratives in mass and social media and HPV vaccination rates over time, among others. She has also led a number of studies focused on skin cancer prevention among children of Latino and non-Latino white melanoma survivors.

Upcoming Events

The following list is for upcoming events and seminars of notable interest to the Healthy and At-Risk Populations Program and its members. This calendar is updated automatically.

For a list of all upcoming JCCC events (including other research programs, patients and survivors, and the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation), please visit the Events Calendar.