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Howard Hopkins Program


The partnership between Howard University Cancer Center and the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center is dedicated to building a strong national cancer program to address the significant disparity in cancer rates and survival in minority populations.

Joint approaches to cancer health disparities are the overarching and unifying theme of the HUCC/SKCCC Partnership. The Partnership is committed to the overarching goal of eliminating cancer health disparities through research, training, education, and outreach. Disparities in cancer incidence, morbidity, and mortality persist throughout the United States (US) both between Caucasians and underserved racial and ethnic minority populations, and between socio-economically privileged and disadvantaged. In Maryland and the District of Columbia, cancer has emerged as one of the leading health threats to African-Americans.

To better address the urgent needs of African-Americans threatened by cancer in this region, the Howard University Cancer Center (HUCC) and the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center (SKCCC) at Johns Hopkins formed a partnership, first with the support of an administrative supplement to the SKCCC National Cancer Institute (NCI) Support Grant (5P30 CA006973), awarded in September of 1999, and then with funding from an NCI Comprehensive Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership Grant (U54 CA91049), beginning in July of 2001 and renewed in September 2006. This application is in response to RFA-CA-11-001 Comprehensive Partnerships to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (U54).

Current Objectives include:

  • To build and enhance the basic, clinical, and population cancer research programs at HUCC with the goal of obtaining peer-reviewed independent funding in cancers that disproportionately affect underserved minorities (such as: breast, prostate, lung and GI cancers).
  • To build cancer health disparities research at SKCCC through joint recruitment, education and training of faculty.
  • To conduct translational research on the etiology, molecular biology, and genetics of cancer in African Americans that will identify factors that will reduce and help eliminate cancer health disparities.
  • To conduct cancer prevention/control research and research aimed at development of novel therapeutics to improve the management and reduce disparities associated with the treatment of African Americans and other underserved minorities with cancer.
  • To provide research training opportunities at SKCCC for Howard students, residents and fellows, to continue to offer a graduate course in oncology at HUCC with planning and participation of faculty from both institutions, and to develop a joint Cancer Health Disparities Training Program.