The University of Puerto Rico and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Form the Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research
Significant disparities in cancer incidence and outcomes exist among underserved and minority populations. Through a Minority Institute/Cancer Center Partnership, now known as the Comprehensive Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (CPACHE), a grant was awarded by the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Health Disparities. Through this grant, the University of Puerto Rico and MD Anderson seek to address and, ultimately, eliminate cancer health disparities through the development of clinical, research, outreach and educational activities that benefit both institutions.
By creating the CPACHE grant, the National Cancer Institute's Center to Reduce Health Disparities strives to facilitate a collaborative relationship between the Center itself and the partnering institutions to create opportunities for training, research, and outreach by focusing on the importance of detecting cancer early among underserved and min ority populations. The CPACHE grant also facilitates improving cancer control and prevention within these populations through the design of support programs aimed at reducing health disparities in cancer incidence and survivorship.
The Partnership has been in existence since 2001, with the long-term goal of MD Anderson assisting the University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center in regaining its status as an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. In 2009, a dedication ceremony was held for the new research facility, and in 2014, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new hospital.
U54 Summer Experience
A summer training program is available to college and medical trainees from the University of Puerto Rico System. Participants can explore biomedical research as it relates to cancer, as well as gain firsthand experiences and mentorship in basic, clinical or translational research.
The main objectives of the Partnership are to:
- establish a comprehensive long-term mutually beneficial partnership between the University of Puerto Rico System and MD Anderson
- develop collaborations to share expertise in a particular area (research, clinical, infrastructure, management)
- expand outreach activities across Puerto Rico
- build and sustain a training, mentoring, and career development pipeline that targets trainees as early at the undergraduate years on up to seasoned professionals
- enhance each institution’s ability to apply for external grants that focus on eliminating cancer health disparities among underserved and minority populations