About

We are researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, and communities, and our research and activities inform programs and policy to prevent cancer. The Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention uses a novel model that links academic excellence with community championship.

What does the Centre do?

We want to stop cancer before it starts by:

  • identifying new cancer causes and risk factors;
  • reducing cancer risks;
  • increasing knowledge and awareness about cancer risks and what to do about them; and
  • ensuring that research knowledge is put into action through policies and programs.

Creating the Centre

In 2008, Carolyn Gotay, PhD, was named Canadian Cancer Society Chair in Cancer Primary Prevention at the University of British Columbia. Since that time, Dr. Gotay has been building a network of researchers and a research program in cancer prevention, including recruiting and training more researchers to increase cancer prevention research and translating knowledge for the public, practitioners, and policy-makers.

Values, Mission, and Vision

Our values are shared beliefs that drive the Centre’s priorities and provide a framework for decision-making: champion, credible, educate, inspire, pioneer, responsive, respect, trust.

Our mission is to conduct research and activities that inform programs and policy to prevent cancer.

As a network of researchers, advocates, policy-makers, practitioners, and communities, our research and activities inform programs and policy to prevent cancer. The Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention uses a novel model that links academic excellence with community championship.

Our vision is to prevent cancer and build healthy communities.

Goals

The Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention conducts research on primary cancer prevention. We evaluate programs that promote community health and help individuals reduce their cancer risk. We partner with academics, community organizations, health care organizations, policy-makers, and others to help prevent cancer.

Our work responds to the changing needs, values, and priorities of the communities we work with, in research, education, and policy.

Research

  • To increase the critical mass of cancer prevention researchers in BC
  • To generate new knowledge through research in cancer prevention
  • To achieve diversity in cancer prevention research topics
  • To apply existing knowledge and put research into practice

Education

  • To raise visibility about cancer prevention
  • To increase recognition of cancer prevention research

Policy

  • To inform policy changes by identifying policies with the greatest impact on cancer prevention, working in collaboration with policy-makers

Logo

Our logo was developed in partnership with the Canadian Cancer Society, BC and Yukon and in consultation with the University of British Columbia.

The logo was developed to highlight our strengths:

  • focus on primary cancer prevention
  • engage with the public through research
  • link researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers

The design emerged from the following ideas: linked, innovative, transparent, scientific, insightful, trusted, multi-faceted, active, engaging, pioneering. The colour palette is light, reflective, analogic and complements our stakeholder colour palettes.

For more information, or to request a logo, please contact us.