Education and Training Programs of UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Health Disparities Research Partnerships

SCREP scholars at the Bioethics Workshop at Tuskegee University in June 2017

The UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center has established two cancer research partnerships funded by NIH/NCI (a U54 grant with the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM), Atlanta, GA, and Tuskegee University (TU), Tuskegee, AL, and a P20 grant with Alabama State University (ASU), Montgomery, AL). These two research programs address cancer health disparities amo

ng African Americans through integrated research, education and training, and outreach. The overarching goal within the education and training component is to enhance the capacity and involvement of racial/ethnic minority investigators in cancer research at MSM, TU, and ASU, as well as cancer disparity research at the UABCCC.

PRSTP Interns at their weekly Seminar June 2017

The goals of the education and training programs of these Partnerships are to develop a workforce well prepared to address cancer disparities and “to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research needs.”

CRISP student Micah Grey presents his career roadmap poster at the Cancer Research Symposium in 2017

The education and training efforts of these Partnerships (12 years of U54 and 3 years of P20) have developed a pipeline of racial/ethnic minority cancer investigators (66 junior faculty members and 184 graduate, 57 undergraduate, and 75 middle and high school students) in cancer research.

At ASU, a new undergraduate cancer biology course was established. Additionally, in the last five years, through UAB CCC institutional support, 37 undergraduate students from other HBCUs (Miles College, Birmingham AL; Stillman College, Tuscaloosa, AL; University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL; Fisk University, Nashville, TN; Alabama A & M, Huntsville, AL; and Howard University, DC) participated a summer program in basic cancer research.

PRSTP Interns at their weekly Seminar June 2017

Currently, these well integrated cancer research education programs include

1) Cancer Research Immersion Student Program (CRISP): a three-year summer training for undergraduate students of TU;

2) Partnership Research Student Training Program (PRSTP): to gain hands-on research experience in wet research laboratories during summers for undergraduate students from HUBCs at UAB CCC;

3) Summer Cancer Research Education Program (SCREP: a summer training to gain practical skills in hands-on research for graduate students of UAB, TU and MSM;

4) Health Disparities Research Education

UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center and Alabama State University –Cancer Research Partnership Trainees

Program (HDREP): a one-year individualized mentored research training certificate program for scholars (postdoctoral fellows and junior faculty members) of UAB, MSM, TU, and ASU; and summer camps/research programs for middle and high school students at TU and ASU.

These programs are led by a team of leaders at all four Partnering institutions. For details see the following links:

Morehouse School of Medicine/ Tuskegee University/ UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership

HDREP Scholars at the Grant Writing Retreat in February 2017

(UAB Leaders are Dr. Upender Manne of Pathology and Dr. Isabel Scarinci of Preventive Medicine)

Alabama State University/ UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Partnership

(UAB Leaders are Dr. Upender Manne of Pathology and Dr. Isabel Scarinci of Preventive Medicine)