Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research Projects

Significant disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes exist among ethnic minority populations. Through a U54 grant awarded by the National Cancer Institute's Minority Institute/Cancer Center Program, the University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center and MD Anderson seek to address and, ultimately, eliminate cancer disparities through the development of clinical, research, outreach and educational activities that benefit both institutions.

This partnership has been undertaken to accomplish a number of objectives for both institutions, including the following goals in research: 

University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center 

  • To improve the infrastructure to successfully support competitive research activities and to aid in the retention of faculty and trainees
  • To take the lead in providing cutting edge research and cancer care that can be exported to other Latin America cancer centers

MD Anderson Cancer Center

  • To implement research (basic, translational, clinical and population) efforts focused on disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes in Hispanic populations
  • To facilitate more Hispanic researchers
  • To explore non-traditional research of benefit to ethnic populations