Program Overview

There are fundamentally three aspects of the CSULA-COH Collaborative: Cancer Research, Cancer Training, and Career Development.

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1. Cancer Research: This component of the Cancer Collaborative focuses entirely on population-based studies of minority disparities in cancer -- molecular epidemiology (genetic risk factors that differ ethnically), behavioral and psychosocial differences that affect outcomes. The Collaborative will provide funds for up to three Pilot Projects per year for research that partners CSULA and COH faculty investigating some aspect of the minority disparities problem. Projects will also include at least one CSULA student. Research funded by the Collaborative will directly address the cancer disparities problem by contributing to the knowledge base in the field and by raising awareness among faculty and students who are participating on the projects. Research partners will have full access to CSULA and COH resources and CSULA faculty will be eligible for appointment as Associate Members of the COH Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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2. Cancer Training: The purpose of this component is to provide minority students with training opportunities in laboratory-based cancer research. CSULA students will work in research laboratories engaged in cancer research (molecular carcinogenesis, chemoprevention, drug discovery, drug resistance). The research projects will be collaborations between CSULA and COH faculty and the students can be housed at either institution. These students will be full participants in the research projects and they will also participate in a variety of enrichment activities outside of the laboratory, including general science/research preparedness activities, cancer-related courses, seminars, journal clubs and symposia. Students will receive a full research stipend for their participation and interested trainees will receive special consideration for admission into COH’s Graduate School of Biological Sciences.

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3. Career Development: One of the objectives of the Cancer Collaborative is to develop faculty talent. The focus is on the following three goals: 1) increasing the cancer focus of CSULA faculty; 2) increasing the minority disparities focus of COH minority faculty already engaged in cancer research; and 3) increasing the research capacity of junior faculty at both institutions. Career development will occur primarily in the context of collaborative research projects as well as a formalized program of mentoring and educational activities that are designed to increase overall research capacity, increase involvement in minority disparities research in field of cancer, and increase competitiveness in obtaining extramural funding in this arena.

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