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Behavioral Researcher Joins the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center

Thanh C. Bui, MD, DrPH recently joined the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center at the Stephenson Cancer Center where his research examines the relationship between tobacco use and oral HPV infections. In addition, he serves as an assistant professor of research in the department of Family and Preventive Medicine with the OU College of Medicine.

Bui’s research focuses on behavioral interventions that prevent HPV infection, a cancer causing sexually transmitted virus, as well as tobacco use. One of his current research projects studies the relationship between tobacco smoking and oral HPV infection, both of which are important risk factors for head and neck cancers. 

In another current project, Bui and his colleagues examine the efficacy of using smartphone-delivered interactive automated text messages to promote smoking cessation among people living with HIV/AIDS in Cambodia. The results of this project will have several implications for similar low-resourced populations in the United States.

 “We are extremely happy to have Dr. Bui join our team,” said Damon Vidrine, PhD, co-leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program and associate director of research at the Oklahoma Tobacco Research Center.

“His research, which addresses the intersection of tobacco use and HPV infection, brings a new and impactful element to our cancer prevention efforts. Moreover, Dr. Bui’s work has the very real potential to inform public health initiatives designed to reduce both tobacco-related and HPV-related cancer risk in the most vulnerable populations in Oklahoma. “

Other research interests of Dr. Bui include safe-sex behaviors (e.g., condom negotiation and condom use), HPV vaccination, and the application of innovative methods to promoting cancer prevention behaviors. He has extensive experience in working with vulnerable high-risk populations, such as people living with HIV/AIDS, sex workers, and people with low socioeconomic status.

He earned his doctorate of public health at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center in Houston, Texas. Additionally, he earned a master’s in public health at Yale University and obtained his medical degree at Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Bui has been appointed an Oklahoma TSET Research Scholar in recognition of the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust’s ongoing support for research to reduce the burden of cancer and tobacco in the state.