Research Centers & Institutes

Indiana University School of Nursing Champion Center for Cancer Control Research

A Solid Foundation

Research focusing on interdisciplinary cancer prevention and control led by nurses began at IU School of Nursing in the mid 1990s. This research focused on smoking cessation and breast, colon, and cervical cancer and included prevention, screening, and research to help people at diagnosis, symptom management throughout survivorship, and palliative and end-of-life care.

The Champion Center for Cancer Control Research celebrates and builds upon the highly regarded research collaborative “the Behavioral Cooperative Oncology Group" (BCOG) founded by Victoria Champion, a leader in oncology research and training. Funded by the Walther Cancer Foundation, BCOG became a nationally respected training center for pre- and post-doc fellows and junior faculty, and built the science that transformed the standards and practice for patient and health care delivery.  With strong interdisciplinary partnerships from the IU Simon Cancer Center and other Midwestern universities, BCOG faculty scientists generated over $71 million dollars in external funds that supported research. The impact of this research is now used nationally to improve patient care and inform care delivery.