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Developing a Training Program in Breast Cancer Research to Decrease the Disparity of Morbidity and Mortality in Underserved/Minority Women

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Annual rept. 1 Oct 2001-30 Sep 2002

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Winston-Salem State University WSSU a designated Historically Black College and University HBCU is committed to resolving some of the economic, social and health problems in the community in which the university is located. Breast cancer deaths and complication occur disproportionately in minority women than majority women within this community. This proposal is designed to develop a sustainable breast cancer training program at WSSU. Four faculty post docs from the School of Health Sciences are developing research skills by engaging in breast cancer research with professors at Johns Hopkins University who are experts in this area. In order to accomplish this project an interdisciplinary committee of doctors, nurses, educators, researchers and professors who have engaged in breast cancer research led by the researchers from JHU, are guiding the faculty through this development. The objectives of this training program are to allow the trainees the opportunity to develop fundable research proposals, to conduct successful clinical research projects, and to publish and to train other WSSU researchers. The faculty post docs will be able to apply their knowledge to assist minority elderly women to learn how to discover signs of cancer before the cancer becomes hard to treat. The knowledge gained will allow these researchers to participate in the training of other researchers in the area of breast cancer. Consistent with year 1 objectives, the four faculty post docs have completed two research courses, received approval of their pilot study by the interdisciplinary team and are preparing a manuscript on breast cancer for publication.

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  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Medicine and Medical Research

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