NCI Grant To Fund Cancer Research for Minorities at Tennessee Schools, Cancer Center
The National Cancer Institute has awarded Meharry Medical College $10 million and Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center $4 million to study cancer mortality rates among minorities, the office of Rep. Jim Cooper (D-Tenn.) announced Monday, the Tennessean reports. The funding is part of a five-year project, under which Meharry will join with Tennessee State University to create community outreach and prevention strategies to improve cancer education. According to the Tennessean, the grants will help support cancer research projects, recruit scientists and others, and fund the Cancer Clinical Trial at Meharry. Baqar Husaini, a Tennessee State University professor and director of the Center for Health Research, said the project will "provide an opportunity for scientists at Meharry, Vanderbilt and TSU to help the metropolitan community and particularly the African American and Hispanic communities to reduce cancer disparities" (Loos, Tennessean, 11/27).This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.