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Neighbors partner to nurture scientists of color

DF/HCC and the University of Massachusetts Boston received a five-year, $4.3 million grant from the NIH to jointly develop strategies to reduce health disparities in Boston neighborhoods and to help diversify the regionís biomedical scientists. The cooperative planning grant, known as a U56, funds partnerships between minority-serving institutions and NCI-sponsored cancer centers to gain an understanding of the reasons behind cancer disparities and, ultimately, to strengthen the national cancer program. The U56 helps potential partners develop plans and initiate activities that will prepare them to compete for funding in the future to achieve longer-term objectives.

The grant supports projects in three broad areas: research, training, and community outreach. Under the administrative and scientific leadership of Karen Emmons (DF/HCC) and Rick Jensen (UMB), the DF/HCC-UMASS Boston partnership, now a year old, has provided funding for several studies between DF/HCC and UMB investigators. This yearís U56 awards include the following projects:

  • Examination of Sporulation-Specific Spliceosome Recruitment, for which Linda Huang (UMB) and Pamela Silver (DF/HCC) were awarded $30,000.
  • Understanding Prayer as a Coping Mechanism Among Cancer Patients, for which John Perez (UMB) and Elizabeth Tracey (DF/HCC) were awarded $12,500.
  • The Boston-Cambridge-Quincy Metropolitan Dominican Immigrant Household Survey, for which  Enrico Marcelli (UMB) and Gary Bennett (DF/HCC) were awarded $49,960.
  • Cancer Education and Community Outreach for UMass Boston Students, for which Karen Burns White (DF/HCC) and Joan Becker (UMB) were awarded $12,500.

To learn more about the U56 partnership, ongoing projects, and upcoming events, visit the DF/HCC site or the UMass Boston site.