The UMass Boston - Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center



Training Core

Directors: Karen Burns White (DF/HCC), Joan Becker (UMass Boston)

The Training Core aims to increase the number of UMass Boston students--particularly those from under-represented minority backgrounds—who are interested and well-trained in cancer/cancer disparities research.

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Survey & Statistical Methods Core (SSMC)

Directors: Steven Joffe (DF/HCC), Lois Biener (UMass Boston)

The Survey and Statistical Methods Core (SSMC) is a collaboration that integrates the capabilities of existing UMass Boston and DFCI core resources to support research and training in cancer disparities at both institutions. The primary aims of the core are to:

  • provide methodological consulting and operational support services to U54 projects
  • conduct training for students, research staff, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty in social and behavioral research methods through a seminar series and a research boot camp
  • incubate and catalyze new collaborative research on cancer disparities

These activities are intended to promote continued expansion of collaborative cancer research at both institutions and to support the career development of junior faculty members as they become independent researchers.

For more about the SSMC, visit the SSMC website.

Outreach Core

Directors: Christopher Lathan, MD (DF/HCC) & S. Tiffany Donaldson, PhD (UMass Boston)

The Outreach Core aims to maximize the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based strategies to promote cancer prevention behaviors in faith-based settings, provide training opportunities for students in outreach research, and offer resources and support to U54 new and ongoing research projects. The Outreach Core participates in the NCI National Outreach Network (NON) activities, including cross-cutting activities in biobanking.

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CPCT Genomics Core

Directors: Jill Macoska, PhD and Amy Avery (UMass Boston)

The Genomics Core aims to enable UMass Boston investigators and academic and industry collaborators to carry out basic and translational genomics research. The core leverages cutting-edge technologies and next-generation sequencing capabilities for research and clinical applications.

For more information about the Genomics Core, visit the core's website here.