Cancer Screening and Prevention

Contact information

Allison M Cole
Matthew Thompson


Our research aims to improve cancer screening through implementation of evidence-based cancer screening programs in primary care practices.  We develop and study new implementation methods and apply principles of implementation science to increase delivery of recommended cancer screening tests. In addition, our research group is attempting to improve the early detection of cancer, given that most cancers are not detected by screening programs. As part of an international consortium we are exploring new strategies and biomarkers to improve early detection, with an initial focus on lung cancer. Finally, we are working to improve cancer outcomes by supporting optimized implementation of evidence-based interventions in community and clinical settings for a wide range of cancers across the cancer care continuum.  



  • Improving treatment of cardiovascular risk factors in childhood cancer survivors (Baldwin) 
  • Increasing Capacity of Rural Primary Care Practices to Implement Evidence-based Colorectal Cancer Screening Programs (Cole) 
  • Cancer Research UK CanTest  award (Thompson) 
  • Development and pilot testing of a quality measure for diagnosis of lung cancer -funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Thompson) 
  • The Optimizing Implementation in Cancer Control Center (Baldwin) 


Research Team 

Morhaf Al Achkar 

Laura-Mae Baldwin 

Kari Stephens 

Matthew Thompson 

Maggie Au  

Gina Keppel 

Maria Prado 

Monica Zigman Suchsland