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Pilot Cancer Projects Focused on Minorities Awarded Funding

Sept. 9, 2014

A National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute grant awarded to a partnership between Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine is funding pilot projects aimed at reducing cancer disparities in ethnic minorities.

"CSUF and UCI-CFCCC Partnership for Cancer Health Disparities Research"   has received $184,633 in the third of a four-year federal grant expected to total $1.3 million by 2015.  The grant initially was awarded in 2012 to  Sora Tanjasiri , professor of health science and director of Cal State Fullerton’s Health Promotion Research Institute.

Under the latest funding,

  • Joshua Yang, an assistant professor of health sciences, will receive $35,272 in first-year funding for the project looking at how advertising of e-cigarettes is aimed at ethnic minorities.
  • Sadeeka Al-Majid, professor of nursing, will receive $42,985 in first-year funding for a project dealing with Latina breast cancer survivors.
  • Erica J. Howell, associate professor of special education, will receive $21,845 in second-year funding for her project looking at how well a training program works to increase the knowledge about autism and its related disorders in a group of doctors, nurses, and other health workers that provide care to children with cancer.

The UCI co-leaders will receive similar funding from the National Institutes of Health-National Cancer Institute.

In addition to the faculty projects, the grant provides mentorship and training in cancer health disparities research to junior investigators who are involved in the pilot research projects. The goal is to increase the number of investigators conducting research in cancer health disparities and eventually eliminate the disparities. 

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