Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine
Department of Internal Medicine
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87131
Phone: (505) 272-4180
Fax: (505) 272-2570

Express Delivery:
Research Incubator Building (RIB)
2703 Frontier NE
Albuquerque, NM

Map to 2703 Frontier NE

Partnerships and Centers

UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center

Many of the epidemiologists and biostatisticians in the division are members of the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.

The division’s cancer epidemiologists conduct research on the sociocultural, behavioral, biological and environmental determinants of cancer risk, morbidity and mortality in the unique multiethnic, culturally diverse and underserved populations of our state and beyond. They use this knowledge to develop, test and disseminate interventions to reduce the burden of cancer. Furthermore, they have highly productive local, national and international collaborations.

Our cancer epidemiologists engage in transdisciplinary interactions with basic, translational, clinical and population scientists in three areas:

  • Cancer risk prediction and risk reduction
  • Cancer screening
  • Cancer outcomes and survivorship

A cross-cutting theme of their research is cancer health disparities, which creates synergy across these three focus areas.

New Mexico Tumor Registry

The New Mexico Tumor Registry (NMTR) was established in 1966. The NMTR, which serves as a population-based cancer registry for our state, provides high quality cancer surveillance data to support scientific research and a broad spectrum of cancer control activities.

The NMTR is a founding member of the National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Program and has continuously participated in that program since 1973. The NMTR also collaborates with the Arizona Cancer Registry and the Indian Health Service to provide population-based cancer surveillance for Native American populations in Arizona.

Cancer surveillance in New Mexico is conducted in accordance with standards set by the SEER Program, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the North American Association of Central Cancer Registries and the American College of Surgeons.

UNM Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Promotion

The Center for Occupational and Environmental Health Promotion (COEHP) provides services in four vital areas to UNM and to community partners. The three service areas are outlined as follows:

  • Clinical Services - the Employee Occupational Health Services (EOHS) clinic provides occupational and environmental health clinical services to UNM.
  • Database and Compliance Services - databases required for departmental or regulatory purposes are developed and maintained, with Joseph Shealy serving as the manager.
  • Consultative Services – works to develop policies and procedures involving occupational and environmental health for a variety of departments. Joseph Shealy and Dr. Denece Kesler oversee this service area.
  • AED training: UNM HEaRT (Heart Emergency and Rescue Training) offers both American Safety and Health Institute (ASHI) and American Red Cross (ARC) two-year certifications for faculty, staff, family, students and community.

COEHP also contributes to the UNM HSC mission by teaching residents in occupational and environmental medicine and in providing clinical service to research programs, primarily in the mining populations.

UNMCCC Biostatistics Shared Resource

The cancer center Biostatistics Shared Resource (BSR) offers biostatistical collaboration and support for study design, statistical analysis, clinical trials, grant preparation and methodological development. All faculty of the BSR are faculty members of the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine.

UNM Project ECHO

Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) is a collaborative model of medical education and care management that dramatically increases access to specialty treatment in rural and underserved areas by providing front-line clinicians with the knowledge and support they need to manage patients with complex conditions by engaging clinicians in a continuous learning system and partnering them with specialist mentors at an academic medical center or hub.

Dr. Page is the associate director for research at Project Echo, working closely with leadership and colleagues focused on research, evaluation and implementation of Project ECHO related initiatives. Drs. Karla Thorntonand Bruce Baird Struminger have joint appointments in the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Preventive Medicine. Dr. Thornton leads the HIV and HCV Research collaboratives. Dr. Baird Struminger leads the tuberculosis and HIV collaborative, and Global Health. Drs. Page and Arora lead the New Mexico HCV Elimination Collaborative, which has the goal of HCV elimination in New Mexico. With many stakeholders, including from UNM,the New Mexico Department of Health, Corrections Department and Indian Health Service, they are developing a statewide elimination plan. Dr. Page also leads a National HCV Elimination Collaborative which aims to bring together a community interested in sharing ideas and progress on HCV elimination in the United States. Dr. Miriam Komaromy is leading efforts to expand ECHO addiction and behavioral health clinics and is leading a HRSA funded program to expand training of primary care teams to patients with opioid use disorders.

UNM Truman Health Services

UNM Truman Health Servicesis an NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Homethat provides health services to New Mexicans living with HIV, gay and bisexual individuals, the transgender community and their families.

Truman Health Services is an active collaborator with researchers in our division who are focused on HIV and HCV prevention and treatment. They host an active clinical research site for clinical and pragmatic trials currently underway with populations at high risk of these infections. Truman Health Services is led by Dr. Bruce Williams. Several physicians based at Truman are actively involved in research with Dr. Page, including Dr. Karla Thornton and Dr. Elaine Thomas. Truman has an active outreach team that also works closely with our groups' aim to reach and provide care to underserved populations.

UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center

The UNM Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) is a research center that provides infrastructure and a multitude of services to facilitate biomedical and translational research for UNM investigators and collaborators. As a member of the national NIH CTSA Consortium, it is committed to bettering health by streamlining science, transforming training environments, and improving the conduct, quality and dissemination of research from laboratories to clinical practice, and out into communities.

The division has strong ties to the UNM CTSC. Many of our faculty, including Cristina Murray-Krezan and Fares Qeaden are key members of the Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Research Design (BERD) Core, led by Dr. Yiliang Zhu. The core is designed to provide HSC investigators with expert early consultation and service on all aspects of study design, biostatistics and basic data management for effective clinical and translational study. The core provides easily accessible consultation and services, user-friendly courses for researchers at all levels and novel tools and methods intended to solve problems and address barriers to the conduct of clinical and translational research. Faculty members teach biostatistics courses (Murray-Krezan) and epidemiology courses (Dr. Deirdre Hill) in the Masters of Science in Clinical Research program.

Center for Native American Environmental Health Equity Research

A National Institutes of Health /Environmental Protection Agency Center of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research

Nearly half of the Native American population in the United States lives in 13 Western states where there are an estimated 161,000 abandoned hard rock mines and more than 4,000 are abandoned uranium mines. Due to their reliance on natural resources to maintain traditional diets, lifestyles, customs and languages, tribal communities experience frequent contact with metal mixtures from unremediated mine sites. This creates exposures through multiple pathways, including inhalation, drinking water and consuming food that is directly or indirectly affected by contamination. Disparities in infrastructure - especially drinking water supplies - and unique social determinants of health from poverty in rural and isolated locations exacerbate these exposures among tribal communities.

The Center for Native American Environmental Health Equity Research addresses pervasive environmental health disparities primarily through biomedical and environmental research and Native American-focused community engagement methods. The distribution of contaminants, cultural practices and genetic origins of the center's three core tribal partner communities from Navajo, Crow and Cheyenne River Sioux provide a basis for sorting out the health effects of metal mixtures. The center examines toxicities of metal mixtures, strives to build research capacity and improves the understanding and interpretation of data across tribal communities. The center seeks to develop a framework that characterizes the unique exposure pathways and defines health from a perspective that is not only reflective of tribal perceptions, but is also ultimately useful in informing regulatory decision-making.

Center Directors:

Johnnye Lewis, PhD
UNM Health Sciences Center
College of Pharmacy

Melissa Gonzales, PhD
UNM Health Sciences Center
School of Medicine