New research wing opens at URI's
Cancer Prevention Research Center
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 7, 2000 -- The University of Rhode Island today
opened a new research wing in its Social Sciences Research Center, home
of the University's internationally renowned Cancer Prevention Research
The new 10,000 sq. ft., two-story addition to the Social Sciences Research
Center doubled the size of the original building to provide additional office,
computer, meeting, and work space to accommodate the ongoing research activities
undertaken there. Constructed in 1991, the original single-story building
was designed specifically to meet the needs of the Center and was sited
with consideration for future expansion. With the same architectural design
features as the original building, the new two-story "module"
was added to the west of the original building. The $1.2 million project
was funded by Rhode Island Health and Educational Building Corporation (RIBHEC)
Bonds and supported by research-related revenue.
Headed by Dr. James Prochaska, the CPRC has been developing ways to help
people adopt healthy behaviors to reduce the risk of cancer for more than
20 years. Prochaska has been a member of the University faculty since 1969
and founded the CPRC in 1989. In 1994, the program was awarded its first
$10 million grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to continue its
groundbreaking research on behavioral change. Since its inception, the group
has received more than $60 million in research funding.
The Center's primary mission is to enhance the quality and quantity of
life through prevention of cancer, other chronic diseases and premature
death. Their basic and applied research efforts are integrated around a
common theme, the transtheoretical model developed at the CPRC and now recognized
internationally as one of the most promising approaches to health promotion.
Applying a stage-based paradigm, proactive and interactive interventions
are emphasized for populations at all stages of change, and not just for
the small minority prepared to take action. Their work has been applied
to such health-related issues as smoking, substance abuse, high-risk sexual
behaviors, unhealthy diets and sedentary life styles.
For More Information: Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-2116