Operations to Enhance Data Use and Research

Recorded On: 09/30/2020

The Systematic Application of Case Suppression Criteria to Spatial Analysis of Cancer Data

Laura Thompson, MA, University of Southern California


Using an Environmental Burden Index when Modeling Cancer Incidence in Idaho – 2008-2017

Bozena Morawski, PhD, MPH; Cancer Data Registry of Idaho


Feasibility of Ultra-rapid Reporting of Mesothelioma for Public Health Intervention

Dennis Deapen, DrPH, MPH; Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program


Cancer Registry Data Linkage of Electronic Health Record Data from ASVO’s CancerLinQ: Evaluation of Advantages, Limitations, and Lessons Learned

Amanda Kahl, MPH; State Health Registry of Iowa

Laura Thompson, MA

Program Analyst, University of Southern California, Department of Preventative Medicine

Laura Thompson is a Programmer Analyst at the University of Southern California, Department of Preventive Medicine. She has an MA in Geography and primarily supports the department with geographic data analysis aimed at understanding spatial uncertainty in cancer control. Her ongoing work involves the application of novel spatial analysis methods in an exploration of the effects of residential ambient pesticide exposure on cancer incidence. Laura also supports research related to understanding spatial differences in cancer diagnosis, burden and treatment outcomes.

Bozena Morawski, PhD, MPH


Cancer Data Registry of Idaho

Bozena Morawski received a PhD in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota and an MPH from the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Morawski is an epidemiologist at the Cancer Data Registry of Idaho. Her research interests include vulnerable and minority populations, infectious disease-associated cancers, and analysis of cancer data by geography. She is a member of the CiNA Editorial Work Group and coauthor of the CiNA Prevalence Volume. 

Dennis Deapen, DrPH, MPH

Epidemiologist, Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program - USCer

Dennis Deapen is Professor of Preventive Medicine at the USC School of Medicine. He has been Director of the Los Angeles Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP) since 1988. The CSP functions in the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and is also a member of the California Cancer Registry and the SEER Program. He received a MPH from Loma Linda University and Doctor of Public Health from UCLA. He has been an epidemiologist since 1977 conducting research in etiology, prevention and survivorship of cancer. He has created or led large, long-term cohort studies of cancer risk.  Most recently he initiated the Virtual Pooled Registry which creates the capacity for linking cancer epidemiology cohort studies with all US cancer registries simultaneously. He has been author or co-author of over 180 peer-reviewed publications. He served as President of NAACCR and a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Cancer Registries.

Amanda Kahl, MPH

Research Specialist, State Health Registry of Iowa

Amanda Kahl is an epidemiologist and researcher at the Iowa Cancer Registry. who has conducted studies of data quality and completeness of cancer registry data, assessed the quality of data linkages with registry data, and examined the associations between viral infections and cancer in Iowa.