Cancer Prevention Research Opportunity

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This Cancer Prevention Research Opportunity (CPRO) enables a group of interdisciplinary individuals, working in cancer prevention research, to use a collaborative approach in the creation of new knowledge in cancer prevention and screening as well as moving knowledge and evidence into use in the health system, in communities and workplaces and in the daily lives of Albertans.

Current opportunities

The CPRO program is not currently accepting new funding proposals.

What the program does

The goal of CPRO is to help lower the rates of cancer and improve outcomes for cancer patients through prevention strategies and lifestyle changes. CPRO will fund research activities that create new knowledge in cancer prevention and screening and move it into practice in the health system, communities, workplaces, and in the daily lives of Albertans. 

Priority areas

Research funded through CPRO addresses a well-defined and specific research question under one of the following ACPLF priority areas:

Prevention in primary health care: research that supports health promotion, prevention, and effective screening within primary care including the integration of prevention and screening into care plans for cancer survivors to prevent  recurrence and secondary cancers;

Community mobilization / engagement: community-driven research that builds upon current assets, enables supportive environments, and identifies barriers, cancer prevention interventions, and successful intervention strategies;

Health & wellness equity: research that focuses on reducing unjust and avoidable differences in cancer risk including inequities in planning and delivering cancer prevention and screening activities and interventions to reduce disparities and improve overall health equity;

Healthy lifestyles / wellness / risk modification: research related to modifying lifestyle choices and modifiable risk factors (eg. diet, obesity, physical activity, alcohol, tobacco, ultraviolet radiation, HPV, and lack of screening) that includes identifying barriers to behavioral change and social determinants of health;

Research into integration of care across the cancer prevention continuum at the individual, family, community, and primary and acute health care levels, including gaps in integration, barriers to integration, and solutions to improve integration;

Data / surveillance:  research into innovative, sustainable systems to monitor Alberta cancer risk factor prevalence and screening rates, including collecting modifiable risk factors at local geographic levels or devising methods to support surveillance in populations at higher risk of cancer;

Performance indicators: research into performance indicators that allow evaluation of the impact of cancer prevention and screening initiatives.

Funded projects

Building on Existing Tools to Improve Cancer and Chronic Disease Prevention and Screening in Primary Care for Wellness of Cancer Survivors and Patients: The BETTER WISE ProjectDonna Manca, BSc, MD, MClScUniversity of Alberta
Enhancing HPV Vaccination In First Nations Populations in Alberta (EHVINA Study): Towards a Sustainable, Community-Driven, Knowledge Translation StrategyGregg Nelson, MD, PhD, FRCSCUniversity of Calgary
Impact of Benchmarking Food Environments on Policies and Actions to Promote Healthy Eating for Reducing Cancer RiskKim Raine, PhD, RD, FCAHSUniversity of Alberta
The Alberta Cancer Exercise “ACE” Program for Cancer Survivors: Supporting Community-based Exercise Participation for Health Promotion and Secondary Cancer PreventionMargaret McNeely, PhDUniversity of Alberta