About the Center

The interdisciplinary Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health is dedicated to prevention education and research across the cancer continuum. The center focuses on primary prevention (including lifestyle and behavior modifications), secondary prevention (including screening and early detection), and tertiary prevention (including cancer survivorship and disease monitoring).

Our mission is to support groundbreaking research that develops and implements novel methods, technologies, and tools to further the translation of this work into clinical and public health practice. By forming cross-collaborative partnerships among researchers, physicians, thought-leaders, pharma, academic collaborators, philanthropists, technology companies, and innovators, we strive to accelerate progress within the field and optimize the pathways of care. 

We are motivated by the belief that all populations worldwide should benefit from state-of-the-art cancer-prevention strategies.

Our Vision

The vision of the Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention is to:

Innovate. Develop novel methods, technologies, and tools

Integrate. Engage multidisciplinary teams to collaborate in new ways

Implement. Ensure that all populations benefit

Impact. Reduce the cancer burden worldwide

Our Goals

We will accomplish this vision by focusing on the following goals:

Transform the science of prevention and early detection

  • Support groundbreaking research
  • Accelerate the translation of research into clinical practice and public health strategies

Educate and train

  • Partner with Harvard University training programs to foster the next generation of prevention and early-detection researchers
  • Develop courses and other learning platforms

Invest in talent

  • Recruit world-class faculty who can lead cancer-prevention and early-detection research

Facilitate interactions

  • Bring together experts from across a range of scientific disciplines and encourage innovative collaborations in cancer-prevention and early-detection research

Reinvent the delivery of preventive care and early detection

  • Create and implement strategies that will reduce the cancer burden in all populations
  • Enhance prevention and early detection networks and infrastructure
  • Educate policymakers, public health practitioners, and health care providers to enhance the impact of prevention and early-detection activities
  • Ensure that interventions are cost-effective and implementable within existing health systems