The COmmunity Research In CAncer (CORICA) Network is a five year project funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cancer Institute. CORICA is one of ten Cancer Prevention and Control Research Networks (CPCRN) in the United States and is located within the UCLA School Public Health and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The aim of the CORICA Network is to build community-university partnerships to conduct cancer prevention and control research in underserved communities in Los Angeles and surrounding areas. It aims to conduct research that will help eliminate socioeconomic and racial/ethnic disparities in cancer.
CORICA, currently in its second five-year cycle, continues to work towards accelerating the identification of community-relevant scientific innovations to reduce cancer disparities, and translate and disseminate evidence-based approaches in the Los Angeles Region, one of the most ethnically and socioeconomically diverse populations in the world. Our work encompasses a broad range of cancer-related content areas including:
- Tobacco use,
- Obesity prevention, physical activity and nutrition,
- Screening and early-detection,
- Vaccine-preventable cancers.
CORICA increases cancer awareness and community issues, and facilitates the process of rapid dissemination of the most current science of cancer control and prevention through community workshops, forums, annual conferences, and newsletters. CORICA promotes community and UCLA investigator- led pilot research projects in an effort to foster research relationships and generate preliminary data for full research applications. In addition to local efforts, the Los Angeles Regional CPCRN actively collaborates with other CPCRN sites throughout the nation to develop and implement research and capacity building activities that harness the wealth of expertise of the network.