NCCU/UNC-CH effort snares $12M in cancer funding

Staff writerOctober 22, 2010 

Scientists with N.C. Central University and UNC-Chapel Hill have won a joint grant from the National Cancer Institute that will bring nearly $12 million to the two institutions.

The Comprehensive Minority Institution Cancer Center Partnership Grant is one of two issued by NCI; Harvard and the University of Massachusetts were awardees as well.

This will be the largest sponsored research grant in NCCU history - $7 million over five years to the Julius L. Chambers Biomedical/Biotechnology Research Institute. UNC's Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center will receive about $4.9 million.

The money will fund faculty partnerships between the two institutions to develop joint programs, expand training and support five research projects.

The program is designed to link minority-serving universities with NCI-designated cancer centers.

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The key projects include:

  • An evaluation of a self-screening cervical cancer test by mail among rural women in North Carolina.
  • A comparative study of a precancerous condition called Barrett’s esophagus to pinpoint differences in genetic and environmental factors that may contribute to the predominance of this disease in Caucasian Americans and may be protective in African-American patients.
  • A study of receptors for key agents that could be administered without undesirable side effects and inhibit the growth of prostate cancer, a disease that disproportionally affects African-American men.
  • A project to identify potential drugs that target a key biomolecular signal involved in triple negative breast cancer, a type of cancer that affects young African-American women disproportionately.
  • An intervention, centered at barbershops, aimed at promoting physical activity in African-American men.

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