This five-year award was funded in September 2007 by the NCI's Comprehensive Minority Biomedical Branch (CMBB), which is a program dedicated to addressing disparities in cancer incidence and mortality in underserved ethnic minorities. The CMBB is exploring a potentially powerful approach for addressing health disparities by funding collaborations between Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and NCI-designated Cancer Centers (CCs) to take maximum advantage of their respective expertise and experience. The philosophy of the National Cancer Institute is that an ethnically diverse population of cancer researchers and health-care providers is best poised to meet the medical needs of traditionally underserved groups
This U54 award supports initiatives to recruit and train minorities in cancer research and encompasses one pre-pilot, eight pilots, and two full research projects that involve investigators from the four research divisions at the FHCRC and various scientific departments at NMSU.
Beti Thompson, Ph.D.
Member, Public Health Sciences Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Mary O'Connell, Ph.D.
Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
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