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The Center for Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention (CCEP) was established in 2006 with the founding director, Dr. Habibul Ahsan.  The CCEP’s goal is to establish a formal research program in the areas of cancer epidemiology and prevention by promoting collaborative research across the institution under the auspices of The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center (UCCCC).

The CCEP’s mission is to identify molecular, environmental, and genetic susceptibility factors in cancer prevention, etiology, and prognosis.  The CCEP research investigators conduct epidemiology, chemoprevention and community intervention, and basic science research to identify major determinants of cancer risk and prevention, with a particular focus on understanding and reducing health disparities in The University of Chicago Medical Center catchment areas and beyond.  The current research of the CCEP investigators has a national and international scope. 

The CCEP integrates other UCCCC activities including the cancer registry, the newly established epidemiology and recruitment core, institutional central biorepositories, and diversity and community outreach activities.

The CCEP is currently in the process of expanding over the next 1-2 years to recruit four new academic and faculty members working in this research area.  Employment opportunities can be found here.