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A Partnership Training Program in Breast Cancer Research Using Molecular Imaging Techniques

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Final rept. 1 Jul 2005-30 Jun 2009

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This partnership training program is between Howard University and the Johns Hopkins University to pursue breast cancer research using molecular imaging techniques. The program has two components a research component and a broad training component. Six Howard faculty members and two research assistants were trained. Two collaborative research projects have completed 1 Magnetic Resonance Imaging Enhancement by Tumor Cell Targeted Immunoliposome Complex Delivered Contrast Agent, and 2 Imaging the Effects of Macrophage Function on Tumor Progression. The broad training program includes mentoring research, seminars, workshops, and laboratory internships. A Molecular Imaging Lab at Howard has been established and an optical imaging equipment was acquired. The lab has offered journal club, seminars and workshops on MRI and optical imaging. The Molecular Imaging Lab became a synergic center for promoting molecular imaging research on campus. New research collaborations were established among the faculty at Howard and scientists from Georgetown and Childrens Hospital. We have recruited a new faculty member and supported one undergraduate student. We published 15 papers and gave 40 presentations. We have submitted 24 grants, and we received three new grants from DoD, NIH, and Latham Foundation. We have achieved the goals of our program to offer training opportunities for new researchers and Howard community, to establish a Molecular Imaging Lab, and to secure external funding.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research
  • Optics

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