American Family Children's Hospital

The Cancer Population Outcomes Data Resource (C-POD) (formerly the Survey Research Shared Resource) was founded as a core service in July 1999.


C-POD's mission is to provide seamless and state-of-the-art cancer population data exchange, survey research consultation and data collection services. C-POD aims to foster new research projects and collaborationsandmaximize the impact of cancer research. We assist investigators in developing and executing high-quality research, grant applications and publications.


The C-POD serves as a "front door" to population and outcomes data for both cancer and non-cancer (at risk) populations.


Currently, the C-POD provides the following services:


Collect data and study materials, including:

  • Surveys of clinical or community populations, via mail, telephone and internet, including iPads
  • Focus groups or personal interviews
  • Biological specimens 

Acquire and disseminate data, including:

  • Cancer registry data from UW Hospitals and Clinics or the Wisconsin Cancer Reporting System
  • Electronic health record data
  • Epidemiologic data and linked biosamples
  • National surveillance data 

Navigate members to other campus data resources


Coordinated and quality service, including:

  • Working closely with other campus resources to facilitate coordinated, quality service
  • Biostatistics, Informatics, the Translational Science BioCore, the Health Innovation Program, ICTR, and the Survey Center 

Evaluate relevance of research studies to the UW cancer patient catchment (recruitment) area


Research project development, including:

  • Providing advice regarding collecting data from surveys, focus groups and personal interviews of clinical or community populations
  • Assisting with accessing data from the UW cancer registry
  • Acquiring existing epidemiologic and population data 

Any published research which receives funding from the UWCCC Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG), including the use of UWCCC Shared Resources to generate or analyze data or conduct clinical trials, must reference the UWCCC.


See Acknowledging UWCCC in Publications, Posters and Presentations.



Faculty Leader
Amy Trentham-Dietz
(608) 263-1946

Facility Manager
Xiao Zhang, PhD
(608) 265-8780

General Information
C-POD staff email