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Cancer Control Grants

Kansas Cancer Registry & Cancer Surveillance

Sue Lai (PI/registry component): U55/CCU721977, 09/01/94 - 06/30/17
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and Kansas Department of Health and Environment
The primary purpose of the Kansas Cancer Registry is to register and ascertain Kansans with cancers. Through the registration, sub-populations with excess cancers, more distant stage of cancers, and worse survival prognosis will be identified. Subsequently, programs like early screening and education will be provided to the identified sub-population to improve their health.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • John Keighley, Biostatistics
  • Brantley Thrasher, Institute for Reproductive Health & Regenerative Medicine

Sexual Health Empowerment for Cervical Health Literacy and Cancer Prevention

· Megha Ramaswamy (PI):   R01 CA181047, 04/01/14 - 03/31/19
· NIH/National Cancer Institute

Using an experimental design, the first aim of the study is to assess the impact of a sexual health empowerment intervention (SHE Project) on cervical health knowledge, barriers to screening that are related to beliefs about cervical cancer, and self-efficacy for screening and follow-up among women leaving jail.  Using a three-year observational design employing both survey and ethnographic methods for follow-up, the second aim of the study is to understand how knowledge, beliefs, self-efficacy, and other factors change post-release cervical health prevention behaviors over time.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Kimberly Engelman, Preventive Medicine

Outside Collaborators:

  • Patricia Kelly, University of Missouri Kansas City

Smoking Cessation versus Long-term Nicotine Replacement among High-risk Smokers

· Edward Ellerbeck (PI):  CER-1306-02901, 03/24/14 - 03/23/17

· PCORI, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute

The major goals of this study are to compare the benefits of traditional smoking cessation versus guided maintenance therapy with nicotine replacement therapy for smokers with COPD.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Nikki Nollen, Preventive Medicine
  • Miland Phadnis, Biostatistics
  • Kimber Richter, Preventive Medicine

Web-Based Smoking Cessation Program for Tribal College Students

• Won Choi (PI): R01 CA174481, 04/01/13 - 03/31/18
• NIH/National Cancer Institute
In this study, we will adapt and test a culturally tailored internet-based smoking cessation (I-ANBL) program based on ANBL, which was developed through CBPR methods. For the current proposal, we will conduct an individual randomized controlled trial (N=242) to test the effectiveness of an internet-based culturally tailored smoking cessation program (I-ANBL) in a tribal college student population.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Lisa Sanderson Cox, Preventive Medicine
  • Christine Daley, Family Medicine
  • Babalola Faseru, Preventive Medicine
  • Allen Greiner, Family Medicine
  • Niaman Nazir, Preventive Medicine

Outside Collaborators:

  • Sean Daley, Johnson County Community College

Understanding Disparities in Quitting in African American and White Smokers

• Nikki Nollen (PI): R01 DA031815, 05/01/12 - 04/30/17
• NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse
The major goals are to 1) examine varenicline for smoking cessation among AA and White smokers and 2) examine how smoking, psychological, treatment process, and biological factors explain the relationship between race/ethnicity and cotinine-verified 7-day abstinence at month 6 in AA and White smokers.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Lisa Sanderson Cox, Preventive Medicine
  • Matthew Mayo, Biostatistics

Outside Collaborators:

  • Neal Benowitz, University of California San Francisco
  • Rachel Tyndale, University of Toronto
  • Jasjit Ahluwalia, University of Minnesota

Group Phone-Based Weight Control among Rural Breast Cancer Survivors

• Christie Befort (PI): R01 CA155014, 08/01/11 - 05/31/16
• NIH/National Cancer Institute
This behavioral RCT will compare the impact of group phone-based lifestyle intervention to mail-only intervention on weight loss maintenance, quality of life, and breast cancer biomarkers among rural breast cancer survivors.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Carol Fabian, Breast Cancer Prevention Center
  • Jennifer Klemp, Breast Cancer Prevention Center
  • Francisco Diaz, Biostatistics
  • Theresa Shireman, Preventive Medicine
  • Debra Sullivan, Dietetics and Nutrition

Outside Collaborators:

  • Michael Perri, University of Florida
  • Katie Schmitz, University of Pennsylvania

Culturally-Tailored Smoking Cessation for American Indians

• Won Choi (PI): R01 CA141618, 09/01/09 - 07/31/14
• NIH/National Cancer Institute
The purpose of this study is to test the efficacy of a culturally-tailored smoking cessation program, "All Nations Breath of Life," in American Indians living in Kansas and Oklahoma using a group randomized design.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Christine Daley, Family Medicine
  • Allen Greiner, Family Medicine
  • Niaman Nazir, Preventive Medicine
  • Theresa Shireman, Preventive Medicine
  • Henry Yeh, Biostatistics

Outside Collaborators:

  • Laura Beebe, University of Oklahoma

Disease Management for Smokers in Rural Primary Care

• Edward Ellerbeck (PI): R01 CA101963, 07/09/03 - 01/31/14
• NIH/National Cancer Institute
This grant will allow us to create a registry of 750 smokers in 20 primary care practices and examine the impact of a long-term disease management program for smoking cessation.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Lisa Sanderson Cox, Preventive Medicine
  • John Keighley, Biostatistics
  • Niaman Nazir, Preventive Medicine
  • Kimber Richter, Preventive Medicine
  • Theresa Shireman, Preventive Medicine

Optimizing Treatment for Brazilian Smokers through Community Based Primary Care

• Kimber Richter/Ana Paula Cupertino (PIs): R03 TW008723, 07/20/10 - 06/30/14
• NIH - Fogarty
The purpose of this project is to describe and enhance tobacco treatment offered through Brazilian community-based primary care clinics. It involves collaborating with community-based primary care clinics to develop a representative registry of smokers, gather health care provider perspectives on the opportunities and challenges related to providing tobacco treatment, and developing and pilot testing an intervention to address barriers and optimize treatment.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Edward Ellerbeck, Preventive Medicine
  • Jonathan Mahnken, Biostatistics
  • Theresa Shireman, Preventive Medicine

Outside Collaborators:

  • Oscarina da Silva Ezequiel, Universidade Federal de Juiz de Fora, Brazil

Increasing Post-discharge Follow Up among Hospitalized Smokers

• Kimber Richter (PI): U01 HL105232 09/20/10 - 05/31/14
• NIH
Our objective in this application is to determine the relative effectiveness, and cost-effectiveness, of warm handoff versus fax referral in linking hospitalized smokers with quitline services at discharge. Outcomes include a) enrollment in quitline services, cessation outcomes, and cost-effectiveness.

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Edward Ellerbeck, Preventive Medicine
  • Babalola Faseru, Preventive Medicine
  • Niaman Nazir, Preventive Medicine
  • Theresa Shireman, Preventive Medicine

Outside Collaborators:

  • Beatrice Carlini, University of Washington,
  • Kristopher Preacher, Vanderbilt University

Development of Hospital Employee and Inpatient Smoking Cessation Service

• Contract Kimber Richter (PI): 09/01/06 - 08/31/14
• UKanQuit at KUMed, University of Kansas Hospital
This ongoing contract is for bedside smoking cessation consulting service for hospital inpatients. Other activities include a) developing standing orders for inpatient pharmacotherapy, b) developing a hospital policy for addressing tobacco among patients, c) evaluating performance on National Hospital Quality Management (JCAHO) scores for smoking counseling for inpatients admitted with MI, CHF, and pneumonia

KUMC Collaborators:

  • Edward Ellerbeck, Preventive Medicine
  • Babalola Faseru, Preventive Medicine

AMERSA Annual National Conference

• Kimber Richter (PI): R13 DA015046, 07/01/12 - 06//30/17
• NIH/National Institute on Drug Abuse
This project is a conference grant supporting the Annual National Conference of the Association for Medical Education and Research in Substance Abuse (AMERSA). Dr. Richter is President of AMERSA, which is the only multidisciplinary meeting for health professional educators in substance abuse. AMERSA supports the creation and delivery of educational programs in substance abuse for healthcare professionals. Its goal is to develop a cadre of clinicians, researchers, and educators who will translate research into evidence-based practice.


Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award

• Richard Barohn (PI): UL1TR000001/TR000119/, 06/01/11 - 02/29/16
• NIH

KL2 Scholar Program
Understanding the Cervical Cancer Health Gap for Women in Jail
• Megha Ramaswamy (PI): 03/01/11 - 02/28/14
• Pilot and Collaborative Studies Funding Program
The objective of this project is, from the perspectives of incarcerated women, to understand factors that support or undermine utilization of STI and family planning services among women leaving jail. Our research team proposes a two-aim investigation to understand the prevalence, predictors, and underlying causes of utilization of sexual health care after release from jail.

Pilot and Collaborative Studies Program
The Impact of Exercise on Brain Responses to Smoking Cues
• Laura Martin (PI): 03/01/13 - 02/28/14
The goal of this project is to identify brain responses to smoking cues in light smokers. Achieving this objective will provide an understanding of smoking reward among light smokers. We will test the working hypothesis that light smokers are more responsive to smoking cues than non-smoking cues.

Moderate Intensity Exercise as an Adjunct to Smoking Cessation Treatment for African American Women
• Nikki Nollen (PI): 03/01/13 - 02/28/14
The objective of this project is to develop and pilot a moderate intensity exercise program (150 min/week) that obtains high rates of exercise adherence and facilitates quitting when delivered as an adjunct to our standard 7-week smoking cessation intervention (bupropion and behavioral counseling) for AA women.


Cancer Center Support Grant

• Roy Jensen (PI, The University of Kansas Cancer Center): P30 CA168524 07/01/12 - 06/30/17
• NIH
The University of Kansas Cancer Center is a growing matrix organization that aims to leverage unique scientific assets to build a nationally significant cancer research and treatment center that will become the leading academic institution in the world for transforming discoveries in the laboratory into new therapeutic approaches.

Department Role:

  • Edward Ellerbeck, Key Personnel
  • Kimberly Engelman, Key Personnel

Kansas Community Cancer Health Disparities Network

• Allen Greiner (PI, KUMC - Family Medicine Research Division): U54 CA154253-01, 09/17/10 - 08/31/15
The Kansas Communities Cancer Disparities Network (KCCDN) will build on our existing CBPR research experience and alliances with community-based organizations to integrate existing cancer disparities research with service and technology networks across our state.

Department Role:

  • Won Choi, PI on Training Sub Project
  • Ana Paula Cupertino, Co-Investigator
  • Edward Ellerbeck, Co-Investigator
  • Kimberly Engelman, PI on Mammography Sub Project
  • Babalola Faseru, Co-Investigator
  • Kimber Richter, Co-Investigator

Exploiting Biological Networks to Improve Clinical Treatment of Ovarian Cancer

• Andrew Godwin (PI, The University of Kansas Cancer Center): R01 CA140323-04S2, 08/01/13 - 01/31/15
• National Cancer Institute
The major goals are to establish a community-based biospecimen repository for AA's in Kansas City to advance molecular genetics research for this racial/ethnic group and to provide opportunities for underserved patients to participate in state-of-the-art clinical trials.

Department Role:

  • Florence Ndikum-Moffor, Diversity Supplement Recipient

Tobacco Control Network among Women in Parana, Brazil

• Isabel Scarinci (PI, University of Alabama at Birmingham): R01 TW009272, 08/01/12 - 07/31/17
• NIH - Fogarty
The overall goal of this renewal is three-fold: (1) to continue to sustain and strengthen the network; (2) to conduct a group randomized controlled trial to assess the efficacy of a theory-based, culturally and gender relevant Community Health Worker intervention for Brazilian women "light smokers" that will augment the smoking cessation programs offered through the public health system; and (3) to expand our current Career Development and Research Training Program to the other two major tobacco growing states in order to develop a cadre of well-trained researchers who will continue to develop and implement gender-relevant comprehensive tobacco control strategies at all levels

Department Role:

  • Ana Paula Cupertino, PI of Subaward

Promoting Regular Screening Mammography in an American Indian (AI) community in Oklahoma

• Eleni Tolma (PI): KG110046, 12/05/11 - 12/04/14
• Susan G. Komen for the Cure (University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center)
• Investigator Initiated Research
The goal of this study is to conduct a screening mammography needs and resources assessment among American Indian women in Oklahoma. The results of this preliminary assessment will be used to develop a behavioral theory and community-based participatory research-based approach to promote screening mammography use among Citizen Pottawatomie Nation women.

  • Department Role: Kimberly Engelman, Sub-Contract

Varenicline Smoking Cessation Treatment for Methadone Maintenance Patients

• Shadi Nahvi (PI): K23 DA025736, 09/01/10 - 08/31/15
• NHI/National Institute on Drug Abuse Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
Varenicline Smoking Cessation Treatment for Methadone Maintenance Patients.
The objective of this application is to evaluate varenicline as a cessation aid and to explore methods for ensuring adherence to varenicline to optimize cessation outcomes.

  • Department Role: Kimber Richter, Mentor

Developing a Smoking Cessation Intervention for Methadone Maintained Smokers

• Nina Cooperman (PI): K23 DA025049, 09/01/09-08/31/14
• NHI/National Institute on Drug Abuse Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway, NJ
The objective of this application is to better help methadone maintained smokers quit smoking and maintain tobacco abstinence. Aims include: (1) to determine the structure and elements of smoking cessation treatment that will help methadone maintained smokers quit smoking and maintain long-term tobacco abstinence; (2) to develop a manual for a tailored, intensive smoking cessation intervention for methadone maintained smokers; and (3) to pilot and evaluate in a small randomized controlled trial the immediate and long-term effects of a tailored, intensive smoking cessation intervention for methadone maintained smokers.

  • Department Role: Kimber Richter, Mentor

Development, Evaluation, and Implementation of Innovations for Tobacco and Alcohol (Desenvolvimento, Avaliação e Implementação de Inovações para Tabaco e Álcool)

• Telmo Ronzani (PI): 12/01/12 - 12/01/15
• Federal Unviersity of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil
• National Council of Science and Technology Development, Brazil
This is a three-year program from Brazil's "Science Without Frontiers" initiative that funds intensive research exchanges between research teams within Brazil and senior investigators abroad. The collaboration will occur between Dr. Richter's research team at KUMC, Dr. Bia Carlini at the University of Washington Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, and Dr. Telmo Ronzani's research team at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The project will implement and evaluated KUMC's UKanQuit hospital tobacco treatment service in a Brazilian academic medical center. The project will also adapt Dr. Carlini's work with internet and phonebased behavior change interventions to address tobacco and alcohol in Brazil. The project funds research, student training, and investigator research exchange.

  • Department Role: Kimber Richter, Special Visiting Professor 

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