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Month: July 2014

Grantee Spotlight: Joseph Kofi Agyin, PhD, MBA – Exploring Bone-Targeted Proteasome Inhibitors to Cure Multiple Myeloma

Joseph Kofi Agyin, Ph.D., M.B.A., is an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas. There he is studying the design and synthesis of bone-targeted proteasome inhibitors for treating multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that develops in the bone marrow.

The incidence of multiple myeloma is twice as high in African Americans compared with the white population. There is currently no cure for multiple myeloma but there are several promising new therapies. Multiple myeloma causes bone destruction, and depending on the location of the cancer, also causes injury to surrounding tissues.

Program Spotlight: CRCHD Mock Grant Review

The NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) held a Professional Development Workshop for its Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE) scholars on June 23-24, 2014, in Rockville, Maryland. As part of the workshop, attendees had an opportunity to observe and participate in a Mock Grant Review. 

A mock grant review enhances young investigators' understanding of the grant review process. The workshop for CRCHD CURE scholars allows them to gain insight on what makes a successful grant application and to observe the grants process from submission to final decision.

Program Spotlight: 2014 Professional Development Workshop Scientific Poster Winners

As part of its 2014 Professional Development Workshop, CRCHD invited participants to participate in a competitive, interactive poster session – providing an opportunity for CURE scholars to display and present research findings, and intent for future research.

Scientific topics covered a wide range of cancer health disparities-related issues. Highlights from the session included novel cancer health disparities scientific, clinical, and training efforts; cancer health disparities applications in the community; and policy implications of various approaches across the cancer control continuum among diverse populations.

Reducing the Burden of Cancer in East Africa

The mission of the Center for Global Health is to advance global cancer research, build expertise, and leverage resources across nations to reduce cancer deaths worldwide. We carry out that mission by getting together people to share knowledge and expertise, where it is needed most, in low-and-middle-income countries. Sometimes we offer “virtual” guidance through the Internet or on conference calls, and other times, we go where we are needed.  Our most recent in person effort took place at the East Africa Cancer Control Leadership Forum in Lusaka, Zambia from June 16–18, 2014.  

The goal of the forum in Lusaka was clear: to carry out our mission by continuing to help our African partners develop their own individual cancer control programs. We do this by getting together cancer control experts to exchange ideas, best practices, experiences and plans to help reduce the global burden of cancer. We call this “global health diplomacy.”

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