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The Cancer Prevention and Control Program


REMEDY Study and Eligibility

A unique approach to understanding colorectal cancer.

Using state-of-the-art technologies, our study seeks to understand how diet, physical activity, and sleep can impact inflammatory markers, the gut microbiome, and ultimately colon cancer risk. This is a potentially life-changing opportunity for participants and someone else they care about.



3 free reports using our body composition analyzer!

3 free dietary reports!

An opportunity to work with USC and Prisma Helath to find ways to reduce health disparities in our community!

By participaing in this study, you will receive high-value information available nowhere else as well as a monetary incentive for completing the study!

Benefits of REMEDY Study



Colorectal cancer is the 4th most diagnosed cancer in South Carolina.

It is largely preventable with screening, regular physical activity, and a healthy diet.

Visit the American Cancer Society to learn more.

Colorectal cancer



Where does Colorectal Cancer come from?


Most colorectal cancers start as an abnormal tissue growth, called a polyp, inside the colon or rectum.

With the help f screening tests, doctors can detect and remove polyps, thus preventing them from developing into colorectal cancer.




Photo source: Colorectal Cancer Coalition

Principal Investigators

Dr. James R. Hebert

James R Hébert, ScD

James Hébert, Health Sciences Distinguished Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Statewide Cancer Prevention and Control Program, focuses his research efforts on the role of diet in cancer and other chronic diseases, and the relationship between diet and other important risk factors.

Dr. Lorne Hofseth

Lorne Hofseth, PhD                                                                                                     

Lorne Hofseth, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Drug Discovery and Biomedical Sciences within the College of Pharmacy and Director of the Center for Colon Cancer Research at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. His research revolves around chronic inflammation and cancer.

Dr. Angela Murphy

Elizabeth  Angela Murphy, PhD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Angela Murphy is a Professor of Pathology, Microbiology & Immunology within the School of Medicine of the University of South Carolina in Columbia,. Her research includes nutritional strategies to counteract the immune suppression associated with exercise stress, offset exercise-idnced inflammation a, and dietary and physical activity interventions.

Project Coordinators

Gauri Sathe

Gauri Sathe, BS                                                                                                                                                                  

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Julia F Houston, MSW

Julia F. Houston, MSW                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Julia Houston holds a Masters in Social Work degree from USC and is a nationally recognized patient advocate focused on access to healthcare and patient-centered care initiatives. She is interested in cancer health disparities research and serves as the Regional Coordinating Director (USC) for the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP). Julia is also interested in cancer survivorship and supports adoptions of healthy lifestyle initiatives within the Cancer Prevention and Control Program.

Intervention Coordinator

Erin Plenzler

Erin J. Plenzler, MS, RND, LD                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Erin Plenzler completed her Bachelor of Science in Food Science with a concentration i Nutrition at Clemson University and her master’s degree in nutrition at East Carolina University. She completed her dietetic internship through East Carolina University. Erin’s experience in dietetics was initially gained through her employment as a clinical dietitian at Providence Hospital, now MUSC Columbia Medical Center. While working at MUSC Columbia, Erin advanced in her career to Clinical Nutrition Manager. Additional areas of expertise include medical nutrition therapy, critical care, nutrition support, food science, and wellness.

Recruitment Coordinator

Jaiden Branch

Jaiden Branch, BS                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

Jaiden is a current Master of Public Health student within the Department of Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior of the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia.. Jaiden has a wide range of interests and eperience, including work in maternal and child health, teen reproductive health, and colorectal cancer prevention.

Graduate Research Assistants

Sherry Price

Sherry Price, MPH                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        

Sherry is a Doctoral Student in Epidemiology within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Sherry's focus is on the role of diet and nutrition in the development of cancer.. Sherry posseses training and certification in clinical sleep health, sleep education and polysomnography.

Dr. Penias Tembo

Penias Tembo, MBChB, MPhil                                                                                                      

Penias is a physician who is currently a Doctoral Student in Epidemiology within the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics of the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. He is passionate about exploring ways to reduce health disparities related to common cancers, aiming to contribute sinificantly to the understanding and mitigation of cancer through dietary and lifestyle interventions.

Prashant Duhoon

Prashant Duhoon, MS 

Prashant is a Doctoral Student in Informatics within the College of Engineering and Computing at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. Prashant is an expert developer and architect of technologies to suppport individuals in developing and deploying strategies in change behaviors to improve health.

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