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October 21, 2015  

CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership Renewal Awarded $12.6 Million

 

The Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU)/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities has been awarded over $12.6M from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Under the leadership of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Jay Vadgama, CDU will receive over $9M. An additional $3.6M has been awarded to the University’s longtime partner, the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA under the leadership of Dr. Robin Farias-Eisner. The Partnership will receive $12.6M, over the next 5 years, to achieve its mission to reduce cancer health disparities in South Los Angeles.

“Our Partnership will continue to build on our capability to reduce cancer health disparities among underserved populations,” said Dr. Jay Vadgama, who is also Vice President for Research and Health Affairs, Endowed Professor, and Chief of the CDU’s Division of Cancer Research and Training. “The continuing success of the Partnership is due to the commitment of outstanding faculty, students, staff, community partners, and senior leadership at both CDU and UCLA who are truly vested in the mission to eliminate cancer disparities in the communities we serve.”

The continued funding will enhance the University’s ability to conduct high quality translational cancer research by supporting cutting-edge research studies, providing opportunities for research education and training, developing and supporting community partnered participatory research and outreach as well as recruiting more investigators focused on cancer health disparities into the Partnership.

“The CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership is a critical pillar of research at CDU that provides training opportunities for students and early stage investigators, and engages the community in research studies aimed at reducing cancer health disparities in South Los Angeles and beyond,” said CDU President and CEO Dr. David Carlisle.

Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is located in a heavily underserved community in South Los Angeles where breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers are among the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancers with poor outcomes.

“Our overarching goal,” Dr. Vadgama says, “is to bridge the gaps in translational research between basic science and clinical research, education, and dissemination of information in the community. We aim to do this through the Partnership’s unique multidisciplinary networks while focusing on continuing to build both institutional research capacity and community capacity to perform health promotion.”
Note: The CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities is funded by the National Cancer Institute – Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) of the National Institutes of Health under award number: U54CA143931. The content in this release is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.


Article from Los Angeles Sentinel on  CDU/UCLA Cancer Center Partnership Renewal Awarded $12.6 Million

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About Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
CDU is a private, nonprofit, nonsectarian, medical and health sciences institution. Located in the Watts-Willowbrook area of South Los Angeles, CDU has graduated more than 550 medical doctors, 2,700 post-graduate physicians, more than 1,200 physician assistants, 450 nurses and hundreds of other health professionals. CDU’s mission is to conduct education, research and clinical services in the context of community engagement to train health professionals who promote wellness, provide care with excellence and compassion, and transform the health of underserved communities. For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/ .

 
 

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