|13th Annual Junior White Coat Ceremony|
On Saturday January 12, the 13th Annual Junior White Coat Ceremony and Reception honored 130 students who completed a full year in the Saturday Science Academy II, a program that encourages K-12 South Los Angeles students to excel in math, science and technology and pursue careers in the health professions. Families gathered around as graduates received a white lab coat, a universal symbol of the medical profession.
“The White Coat Ceremony is a time to honor the successful path these students are on and inspire them to become health professionals,“ said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. “It is a powerfully emotional, transformative, and affirming experience for the students, their families, and CDU staff.”
The Saturday Science Academy II, sponsored by Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science for over 20 years, is dedicated to providing minority youth exposure to the fields of math and science disciplines. This rigorous academic program is designed to foster knowledge, self-esteem, discipline, positive study habits,confidence and the encouragement to succeed.
|Recent Scholarships, Grants and Awards|
Yamanda Mack, 4th year COM, UniHealth Foundation Medical Student Scholarship, $50,000
Dr. Robert A. Jenders, MD, and his co-authors received the 2012 Health and Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Book of the Year Award. Read more here.
Kaiser Permanente, $500,000 over 2-years to support student scholarships across the College of Medicine, College of Science and Health and the Mervyn M. Dymally School of Nursing
Parson’s Foundation, $100,000 to support security surveillance system and equipment upgrades
The California Wellness Foundation, $25,000 —Board discretionary gift—to support faculty development
WPublication Highlight-- Division of Cancer Research and Training, Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities
are glad to announce the most recent publication of a paper titled “Expression of Wnt3 Activates Wnt/β-Catenin Pathway and Promotes EMT-like Phenotype in Trastuzumab-Resistant HER2-Overexpressing Breast Cancer Cells.” (Molecular Cancer Research, Dec 2012 -PMID: 23071104) by Dr. Yanyuan Wu and team at the Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities supported through the CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership Grant (NCI/NIH U54 CA 143931). Dr. Wu and her colleagues ( C. Ginther , J Kim, N Mosher, S Chung, D Slamon, and Center Director and Senior PI on the study -Dr. Jay Vadgama) demonstrated that a basic developmental pathway, involving the protein called Wnt 3, plays a role in the lo ss of therapy-resistance in a certain breast cancer type called “HER2+.” HER2+ breast cancer cells express a certain molecule on the surface that is targeted for therapy with a drug called trastuzumab. Unfortunately, many women who develop the HER2+type of breast cancer experience relapse of the cancer and trastuzumab does not work anymore (called drug-resistance). These women have reduced survival. This study is significant for exploring the molecular pathways that lead to loss of response to trastuzumab so that better molecular targets can be identified in the future for women with this type of cancer. It should be noted that one of the co-authors, N. Mosher, was an undergraduate intern in the Undergraduate Cancer Research Summer Training (UCRTP) Program at CDU.
13th Annual Research Centers in Minority Institutions Symposium on Health Disparities
The COSH Urban Public Health Program atended the 13th RCMI International Symposium on Health Disparities, December 10-13, 2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Collaborating with research faculty at CDU, recent COSH MPH graduate Ms. Nichole Nicholas presented research on the potential stress-reducing health benefits of compassion in a poster titled “The Development and Evaluation of a Compassion Scale. "According to Ms. Nicholas, "I had a wonderful time at the RCMI Conference and was able to network with other researchers and students within public health. I do hope that CDU can be as involved with this conference in the future because it is beneficial to for the professional growth of our students." In addition to being an opportunity for CDU students to showcase their research and to build networks, the conference was also a good opportunity for the professional development of junior faculty by giving them an opportunity to build relationships and learn about potential funding opportunities. Urban Public Health Assistant Professor Dr. Bita Amani, who a lso attended the conference, expressed how inspired she felt by CDU’s well recognized role among Minority Serving Institutions. Additionally, she states, “The conference was a great opportunity to tap into the national conversation on representation, health disparities and community involvement.”