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Cancer Control Research Program

The Cancer Control Research Program at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center aims to foster population-based research that will lead to a reduction in cancer morbidity and mortality in South Carolina while providing scientific evidence and novel cancer control interventions that can be applied beyond the state’s borders. The program consists of 25 population health and physician scientists in nine departments within the Colleges of Medicine and Nursing at MUSC. The state’s high cancer incidence and mortality rates, influenced in part by health disparities and historically high smoking rates, have shaped Hollings Cancer Center’s mission, goals, and priorities.

This is most apparent in the research conducted within the program, which is focused on two predominant themes: tobacco control and cancer health disparities.

Program members work collaboratively to address these themes through three specific aims:

  • Identify behavioral, psychological, clinical, and genetic risk factors that predispose individuals to cancer development and poor outcomes.
  • Translate scientific discoveries into sustainable, cost-effective, evidence-based interventions that modify risk factors.
  • Disseminate and implement evidence-based interventions into clinical and community-based practices, and help guide and inform public policy.

Program Co-Leaders

Matthew J. Carpenter 

Matthew J. Carpenter, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry
& Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine

Academic Focus: Tobacco Control, Smoking Cessation, Nicotine Dependence, Cancer Prevention & Control, Behavioral Medicine

Dr. Jennifer Dahne 

Jennifer Dahne, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
& Behavioral Sciences
College of Medicine

Academic Focus: Smoking Cessation among Vulnerable Populations, Behavioral Medicine, mHealth, Technology-based Remote Interventions

Featured Research

Peggi Angel sits next to a computer screen in her lab

Dr. Peggi Angel received a $3 million grant to study the role of collagen in breast cancer health disparities.

Health Disparities 

Hollings researchers see addressing health disparities as a key mission. Dedicated to serving the needs of everyone in the state, including in our rural and medically underserved areas, they are at the forefront of finding better ways to care for these populations.

See how our researchers are changing the standard of care for these populations.