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Tim Byers, MD, MPH 



Since 1995, Dr. Byers has held the position of Professor at the University of Colorado. He has served as the Deputy Director and as the Interim Director of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and is now the Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control.  

Prior to 1995 he was Chief of the Chronic Disease Prevention Branch of the Nutrition Division at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dr. Byers is an expert in cancer prevention research. He has worked in many settings in clinical medicine, public health, and academic medicine. He has a particular interest in epidemiologic studies of the role of early detection, diet, and nutrition in the prevention of cancer, and in the application of disease prevention in community settings. 

Dr. Byers has published more than 320 papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals. His current research includes epidemiologic and clinical studies of nutrients as protective factors in colon, breast, and lung cancer, studies of cancer treatment decision-making by patients and physicians, studies of cancer genetics, and studies and programs to promote the early detection of lung and colorectal cancer. He is also the Director of the Center for Public Health Practice at the Colorado School of Public Health, developing training and programs to improve the effectiveness of public health workers, agencies, and programs.

Research Interests:
  • Cancer Epidemiology & Prevention
  • Colorectal Screening
  • Lung Cancer Screening
  • Breast Cancer Etiology and Outcomes
  • Applied Public Health Programs
  • Courses Taught:
  • EPID 6622: Cancer Prevention and Control 
  • Current Research Projects:
  • Front Range Community Network (NCI RO1, Paula Espinoza PI) - 2005-2010: The purpose of this project is to develop a network of community-based organizations
    across the Colorado Front Range to address health disparities and applied research issues for Hispanics regarding cancer prevention and control. My role is as a university research partner and mentor.
  • Cancer Center Core Grant (NCI P-50, Tim Byers PI) - 1995-2011: I have been a Program Leader, Associate Director, Deputy Director, and Interim Director of the Cancer Center, which provides core support for cancer
    research on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and at collaborating institutions. I now serve as the Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control.
  • ENERGY Trial (NCI RO1, Tim Byers local PI) - 2010-2015: This is a 4-center RCT of weight loss to reduce breast cancer recurrence.
  • Education:
  • Ripon College, Wisconsin, BA, Chemistry, 1969
  • Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana, MD, 1973
  • University of Michigan, Michigan, MPH, 1980
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