North Carolina Central University
1801 Fayetteville St.
Durham, NC 27707
NCCU/LCCC Cancer Disparities Partnership
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded one of two Comprehensive Minority Institution Cancer Center Partnership Grants in the nation to NCCU and the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. The NCI program grant, the largest in NCCU history providing more than $7 million over five years, is designed to foster intensive collaborations between minority-serving institutions and NCI-designated Cancer Centers to further develop approaches to understand and reduce the significant disparities in cancer outcomes observed in minority and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.
Led by M. Ricardo Richardson, PhD, Director of the Cancer Program at the Julius L. Chambers BBRI at NCCU and Shelton Earp, MD, UNC Lineberger’s Director, the grant will initiate a joint program to increase the number of undergraduate students from both NCCU and UNC-Chapel Hill pursuing careers devoted to causes and prevention of minority disparities. The grant will also help establish new junior cancer research faculty positions at NCCU, expand multidisciplinary research collaborations aimed at reducing cancer disparities between the two institutions, and consolidate community outreach and education programs.