Meharry/Vanderbilt get $14M grant for cancer research

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grantThe National Cancer Institute has awarded $14 million to the Meharry/Vanderbit-Ingram Cancer Center Partnership.

The renewal grant gives $10 million to Meharry Medical College and $4 million to Vanderbilt-Ingram for research aimed at reducing cancer mortality among African Americans and other minorities.

Grant money will provide opportunities for cancer research projects, recruitment of cancer research scientists, epidemiologists and oncologists, as well as fund underwriting for training in cancer research for minority students in several Meharry and Vanderbilt graduate programs.

Dr. Samuel Evans Adunyah, professor and chairman of Meharry's Cancer Biology Division, said in a release that Meharry will also partner with Tennessee State University to develop "key community outreach and prevention strategies to strengthen community cancer education, behavioral modifications, and interventions that will ultimately lead to a reduction in cancer incidence and burden among minority populations."

Meharry Medical College in Nashville is the nation's largest independent, historically black institution dedicated solely to educating health professionals.

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Institute, also in Nashville, is the only National Cancer Center Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in Tennessee.

source - Bizjournals 

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