The Department of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research

Located in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research (CEPR) is a dynamic research department within Cancer Care Alberta (CCA) of Alberta Health Services (AHS).

CEPR conducts population-based research with a focus on cancer; including the areas of cancer incidence, causes, prevention, early detection, morbidity and mortality. Since 2001, the scientists of CEPR have been combining traditional epidemiologic study designs with a molecular epidemiologic emphasis. The collection of demographic, lifestyle, and clinical information has now been expanded to include genetic, cellular, biomarker and metabolomic information from collected biological specimens.

The department is currently comprised of six Research Scientists and their respective teams. All of our Research Scientists hold joint appointments with Alberta Health Services and the Department of Oncology at the University of Calgary. Research studies are served by study staff, while benefiting from a rich environment of Post-Doctoral Fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, and volunteers looking for training in the field of cancer epidemiology. In addition to study staff and trainees, specialized support by core research units provides expanded skills and expertise through epidemiologists and statisticians, as well as support staff for human resources, data management, information technology support, and grant administration.

CEPR is an integrated node within a provincial network for cancer research that includes Alberta Health Services (AHS), Cancer Care Alberta (CCA), the Cross Cancer Institute (CCI) in Edmonton, the Tom Baker Cancer Centre (TBCC) in Calgary, and the provincial Cancer Strategic Clinical Network (SCN). Within the University of Calgary and the Cumming School of Medicine, key communities of researchers include those affiliated with the Departments of Oncology and Community Health Sciences, as well as the Arnie Charbonneau Cancer Institute, and the O’Brien Institute of Public Health. Within the University of Alberta, in Edmonton, the network of cancer research includes the Department of Medicine and Dentistry and the Cancer Research Institute of Northern Alberta (CRINA).