Led by Principal Investigators Dr. Ross Brownson & Dr. Graham Colditz, the WU-ISC3 brings together faculty and researchers from The Brown School, School of Medicine and Olin Business School to address cancer disparities in rural and other disadvantaged communities. Our center focuses on rapid-cycle implementation research to increase the reach, external validity and sustainability of effective cancer control interventions. We also utilize system science approaches to enhance methods and outcomes in implementation science.


Our Center’s Organization

Our center is made up of Cores and Units that house the majority of our research and community engagement work. Our Research Program core houses our pilot projects aimed at addressing the most pressing cancer disparity issues within the region. The Innovation Incubator core facilities the ongoing research by engaging with community partners and stakeholders to help them assess and prioritize their community’s cancer disparities needs.

The Practice Surveillance, Data Management and Membership units are all housed within the Innovation Incubator. Additionally, the Evaluation Unit and Network Unit have been established to help grow capacity for our affiliated researchers as well as develop metrics to assess our overall impact internally and within the community.


Mission & Vision Statement:

Our center strives to conduct research to diminish the disparities in cancer outcomes in Missouri and Illinois.

We plan to achieve this through research that expedites proven interventions into real-world practice.

Our vision is to commit our expertise in the fight against these inequitable outcomes in our region.


Core Values Statement:

The Washington University Implementation Science Center for Cancer Control (WU-ISC3) is committed to:

  • Translating evidence-based cancer control interventions into real world practice
  • Respecting the contribution of community members to the research process
  • Connecting researchers with community members to achieve similar goals
  • Accelerating the pace of research to meet current community needs