It's the UPenn PRC's birthday! Find out more about our research, our people, and our goals.

It's our birthday!
One year ago, the University of Pennsylvania Prevention Research Center was established with a five year grant from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The UPenn PRC serves as an interdisciplinary hub for chronic disease prevention research, training, and dissemination. It is one of only 26 Prevention Research Centers in the nation, the only center in Philadelphia and is the latest addition to the over 120 Research Centers and Institutes at the University of Pennsylvania.
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To meet our directors, learn more about our projects, and see our researchers in action, we invite you to visit the UPenn PRC website!  

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The UPenn PRC has a number of prevention research projects in progress, including the Healthy Weigh program, which compares four different promising strategies to achieve weight loss and maintenance of weight loss in obese employee populations.

Our researchers come from a variety of disciplines and are committed to prevention research.  The people of the UPenn PRC travel all over the world to share their experiences and collaborate with leading experts in the field, including this summer's trip to Cape Town, South Africa.

What's New

The UPenn PRC has received $1.4M in funding for three new Special Interest Projects from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  "Integrating Self-Management Education with Cancer Survivorship Care", led by Christine Hill-Kayser, MD and Lisa Schwartz, PhD, will test the impact of a technology-based intervention for adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer.  "Economic Impact of Clinical Trials Among Children Diagnosed with Cancer", led by Marilyn Schapira, MD, MPH, will compare the economic impact and health related quality of life outcomes among children with cancer who were treated in Phase III clinical trials to those who receive non-trial standard treatment, with the goal of informing decision-making for families who are considering taking part in therapeutic clinical trials. "Building Local Community Health Leadership for Action on Preventing Chronic Disease", led by Frances Barg, PhD, aims to identify, train, and mentor a cadre of leaders in the Philadelphia Promise Zone.  We welcome these prevention research investigators to the UPenn PRC family!
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