Welcome to the CaRE2 Center!
The center, called CaRE2, is short for the Florida-California Cancer Research, Education and Engagement Health Equity Center. Funding for this project will be equally distributed across Institutions partnering with FAMU include the University of Florida and the University of Southern California also known as the “Triad”. At FAMU, this project is being spearheaded by Program Directors Dr. Renee Reams, Ph.D and Dr. Kinfe Redda, PhD.
The cancer health differences among whites, and African-Americans or Latinos are particularly stark. For example, for all cancers combined, the death rate is 25 percent higher for African-Americans than for whites, according to the National Cancer Institute. Latinos have the highest rates for cancers associated with infection, such as liver, stomach and cervical cancers.
Leaders of this “Triad” collectively have expertise in translational genomics (a branch of biotechnology); molecular epidemiology; cancer health disparity; drug discovery; predictors of health disparities and intervention; and management of cancer pain and end-of-life issues. This five-year partnership grant funds the following core components at all three institutions:
- Planning and Evaluation
- Three Hypothesis-Driven Cancer Research Projects (Pancreatic & Prostate)
- Virtual Tumor Tissue Repository
- Biostatistics and Informatics
- Research Education and Training for students as well as junior faculty
- Community Engagement
E2 (Education and Engagement)
The grant will also support efforts for FAMU to provide research-training opportunities for underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early-stage investigators (ESI) and will promote their individual research and career development.
A key goal of the initiative is to diversify the research workforce focused on cancer and health disparities. The new center aims to train 125 young scientists, ranging from those who’ve just completed bachelor’s degrees, graduate students, postdoctoral students and early career scientists.
Cancer Research and Education Engagement (Care2)
Florida A&M University
College of Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences
Christina Lavender, Coordinator of Research Programs
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