June M. Chan, ScD
Associate Professor in Residence
UCSF Box 3110
1450 3rd Street
San Francisco, CA 94158
Dr. June M. Chan has broad interests in cancer prevention and public health, in particular what individuals can do to modify their risk of chronic disease, co-morbidity, and death. She has expertise and interests in epidemiology and medical education; and has conducted research on diabetes, pancreatic, colon, and prostate cancer.
Her current research is focused on understanding how diet, exercise, hormones, and genetics contribute to prostate cancer incidence, progression, and death. She is particularly interested in identifying modifiable lifestyle risk factors for prostate cancer progression, and using this information to help us better understand prostate cancer biology as well as inform public health guidelines. She has worked in this area for 15+ years and was awarded the Steven & Christine Burd-Safeway Distinguished Professorship at UCSF (University of California San Francisco) in 2009 in recognition of her teaching, research, and service activities in the field of prostate cancer. The goals of her clinical and translational research studies are to identify risk-reduction strategies for men with or at high risk for prostate cancer; evaluate novel molecular markers of prostate cancer aggressiveness that may improve screening, diagnosis, or prognosis of clinically relevant disease; and improve cancer survivorship for the millions of men living with prostate cancer worldwide.
She is PI of the prospective national Diet and Lifestyle Study within the Cancer of the Prostate Strategic Urologic Research Endeavor (CaPSURE), and a multi-site clinic-based cohort study examining nutritional and genetic risk factors for aggressive prostate cancer. She also collaborates with colleagues at the Harvard School of Public Health on the Health Professionals Follow-up Study to examine diet and lifestyle risk factors for prostate cancer progression, metastases, and death.
Principal Research Interests
- Prostate cancer, cancer prevention, lifestyle risk factors, diet, physical activity, biomarkers, genetics, epidemiology, medical education, prognostication, public health, risk communication, health education & promotion, pancreatic cancer
Principal Teaching Activities
- Co-Director, Mechanisms, Methods, & Malignancy (M3), Essential Core Curriculum for Medical Students
- Discipline Leader, Epidemiology and Evidence-Based Medicine, Essential Core Curriculum for Medical Students
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