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Mississippi CaP HBCU Undergraduate Research Training Program

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Technical Report,15 Aug 2014,14 Aug 2015

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University of Mississippi Medical Center Jackson United States

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The goal of the Mississippi prostate cancer HBCU Undergraduate Research Training Program is to promote interest in careersin PCa research and care among undergraduate students from Tougaloo College TC and Jackson State University JSU atthe University of Mississippi Medical Center UMMC-Cancer Institute CI. During the summers of 2014 and 2015, 12undergraduate scholars from TC and JSU, gained experience in performing PCa research at UMMC-CI. Two trainees arepursuing graduate studies in cancer biology 10 of them are currently involved in research or pursuing graduation 31 meetingpresentations in the poster or oral format included work related to internships trainees received numerous 8 awardsmanuscripts 3 in preparation include trainees as coauthors and 2 PCa Research Mini Symposiums have been organized.Research projects are leading to development of novel effective treatments and addressing mechanisms of resistance for menwith high-risk or metastatic PCa. Likewise, these projects will eventually help distinguishing aggressive from indolent disease inmen newly diagnosed with PCa. Scholars of this Program are becoming well-rounded, trained professionals. In the near futureformer mentees, as junior faculty will enlarge the ranks of minority researchers at TC, JSU or UMMC. They will impact theircommunities and will contribute to reduce PCa health disparities.

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