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Kimmel Cancer Center One of Five Institutions Awarded $3.8 Million Grant

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, One of Five Institutions Awarded $3.8 Million Grant to Develop Strategies for Improving Access to Health Care for Numerous Minority Populations

A $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health will fund five institutions for research focused on minority recruitment and retention in cancer clinical trials. Participating institutions and principle investigators are:

  • Jean G. Ford, M.D., regional lead investigator, Johns Hopkins University
  • Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., principal investigator, and Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, M.D., M.P.H., regional lead investigator, University of Minnesota
  • Mona N. Fouad, M.D., M.P.H., co-principal investigator, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Lovell A. Jones, Ph.D., regional lead investigator, University of Texas M.D. Anderson 
  • Lea G. Spencer UC Davis Cancer Center (representing Moon S. Chen Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H., regional lead investigator, University of California, Davis)
  • John Ruffin, Ph.D., director of the NCMHD

Jean Ford on EmPACT

Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer lead investigator, Jean Ford, M.D. discusses the $3.8 million grant to set to develop strategies for improving access to health care for numerous minority populations.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, racial and ethnic minorities suffer more from cancer than the U.S. population as a whole, developing certain types of cancer more often with a greater chance of premature death due to late-stage detection. Although much is known about cancer incidence rates in minority populations, little research exists to understand behavior and social environment—the barriers and biases that limit participation and access to clinical trials.

Julie Brahmer, M.D. and Darcy Phelan, MHS, DrPH, are also co-investigators at Johns Hopkins.

Read the Press Release from University of Minnesota


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