California State University, Fullerton

News Categories

CSUF, UCI Garner Grant to Fight Cancer

Federal Grant Targets Health Disparities Research in Underrepresented Communities

Nov. 1, 2012

Sora Park Tanjasiri

Sora Park Tanjasiri

Download Photo

Cal State Fullerton’s Health Promotion Research Institute and UC Irvine’s Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center have been granted a total of $341,349 — $190,753 to CSUF and $150,596 to UCI — in first-year-funding of a four-year federal grant, expected to total more than $1.3 million by 2015. The grant, from the National Cancer Institute, aims to boost research at both institutions on cancer in underrepresented communities.

“Cancer is the second leading cause of death among all major ethnic groups,” said Sora Park Tanjasiri, professor of health science and director of CSUF’s Health Promotion Research Institute, who is leading the research with UCI’s F. Allan Hubbell, professor emeritus of medicine, public health and nursing science. “However, the risk of developing cancer varies considerably by ethnicity.”

Latinos, for example, have higher rates of cervical cancer, stomach cancer and liver cancer than non-Latino whites, Tanjasiri said, and non-Hispanic black males have the highest overall cancer incident and mortality rates of any ethnic group.

“The overall goal is to establish a collaborative partnership between investigators at CSUF and UCI-CFCCC that will increase cancer health disparities research at both institutions,” Hubbell said. “By doing so, the partnership will contribute to reducing and eventually eliminating disparities in Orange County, leading to cancer health equity.”

To that end, several cancer health disparities research projects will be conducted to help advance knowledge, the professors said. In addition, mentorship and training will be provided to early-stage investigators and students at both campuses who are involved in the research projects.

As the CSUF-UCI partnership advances, education and outreach activities will be provided in the community.

About the Partners

The Health Promotion Research Institute at Cal State Fullerton serves as a catalyst and focal point for research, training and community interchange to develop and disseminate evidence-based information and health promotion programs.

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine Medical Center provides fully integrated research, prevention, diagnostics, treatment and rehabilitation programs for patients and families coping with cancer. The cancer center, ranked among the nation’s best hospitals for oncology treatment by U.S. News & World Report, is Orange County’s only Comprehensive Cancer Center — the highest honor bestowed by the National Cancer Institute.

About the Universities

A comprehensive, regional university with a global outlook, Cal State Fullerton enrolls more than 37,600 students and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution and an Asian-American and Pacific Islander-Serving Institution. Led by President Mildred García and accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, CSUF is eighth in the nation for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to minority students and first in California for the number of bachelor’s degrees awarded to Hispanics.

Founded in 1965, UCI is a top-ranked university dedicated to research, scholarship and community service. Led by Chancellor Michael Drake since 2005, UCI is among the most dynamic campuses in the University of California system, with nearly 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students, 1,100 faculty and 9,000 staff. Orange County’s second-largest employer, UCI contributes an annual economic impact of $4 billion.

Media Contacts:

Mimi Ko Cruz,, CSUF, 657-278-7586
Tom Vasich,, UCI, 949-824-6455

Tags:  Academics & ResearchCampus Updates