The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) is a national network of academic, public health, and community partners who work together to reduce the burden of cancer, especially among those disproportionately affected. The CPCRN was initiated in October 2002, with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) as part of their efforts to more effectively translate research into practice. It is a thematic research network of the Prevention Research Centers (PRCs), which is the CDC flagship program for preventing and controlling chronic diseases. By drawing on the established PRC guidelines and strong community ties, the CPCRN conducts community-based, participatory cancer research across its 8 network centers, regardless of academic affiliations and geographic boundaries. CPCRN Network Centers undertake cross-site projects, described on the Workgroups page, that pursue the overall objective of extending our knowledge base of translation processes, measures and outcomes for evidence-based cancer control activities and developing partnerships with major national systems and networks. Having a network with broad geographic reach and strong relationships among investigators allows us to achieve more than any individual center could achieve on its own. Currently, the CPCRN is comprised of 8 funded research institutions and one funded coordinating center, including: Case Western Reserve University, Oregon Health & Science University, University of Iowa, University of Kentucky, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Pennsylvania, University of South Carolina at Columbia Arnold School of Public Health, and the University of Washington. Over 235 members participate in CPCRN, including 26 physicians and 131 individuals with doctoral degrees.
- IS Team Role: The IS team works with CPCRN investigators and the coordinating center to facilitate community-based, participatory cancer research to advance implementation science
- IS Team Lead: Cynthia A. Vinson, PhD, MPA