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University of Colorado Cancer Center

University of Colorado Cancer Center, A National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

Lori Crane, PhD, MPH



Cancer prevention and control, social support and health, behavioral intervention research, primary care health


University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


Must have completed three years of college

Number of openings: 2

Description for 1st Project:

One area of Dr. Crane's research investigates how genetic, environmental and behavioral factors contribute to nevus (mole) development in children, which is an important risk factor for malignant melanoma later in life.

The “Colorado Kids Sun Care Program” is a program funded by the National Cancer Institute to study the development and natural history of moles in a cohort of 1100 children born in 1998 in Colorado. Our study is now the longest running longitudinal study of childhood nevus development with annual skin exams. This project will involve travel around the Denver metro area.

The fellow may be involved in some or all of the following: a) assist in skin exam session preparations according to study protocols; b) consent study subjects according to Colorado Multiple Institutional Review Board standards;  c) perform skin exam data collection, which may include mole photography, dermoscopy and/or DNA collection; data cleaning and analysis; d) interpret and discuss results of analyses in relation to the scientific literature; and, e) help organize and maintain databases.

Description for 2nd Project

Project work is also available on a CDC-funded grant examining the role of environmental influences on the indoor tanning behavior of young adults. The fellow will contribute to some or all of the project’s multiple components, including summarizing published research on the determinants of indoor tanning behaviors, analyzing state and local indoor tanning legislation, conducting telephone surveys about the enforcement of indoor tanning laws, organizing and running focus groups of young adult tanners, developing and implementing online surveys, enumerating indoor tanning advertisements and facilities, and developing recommendations for state and local policy related to the availability and operational practices of facilities that offer indoor tanning services. Some in-state and/or out-of-state travel may be involved.