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CANCER DISPARITIES NEWS DIGEST (03.31.10)

CRCHD Highlights

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    • CRCHD Provides Testimony to the President’s Cancer Panel

      Dr. Sanya Springfield recently provided an informative update on cancer health disparities research and research capacity programs being managed within the Center, and how working together we can advance the vision to lessen the burden of cancer at the February President’s Cancer Panel Meeting in Miami, FL. Public transcript is pending.



In the Field

Bobby Rosenfeld and Dr. Sanya Springfield
Bobby Rosenfeld and Dr. Sanya Springfield

Roberta “Bobby” Kern Rosenfeld, former NCI/CMBB Staffer, was a dedicated career navigator for countless numbers of minority students and investigators and will be remembered fondly by all whom she touched. Read her story.

Charting a New Course for Cancer Health Disparities Research

Dr. Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, co-investigator of the Community Network Program (CNP), and co-authors present a cogent argument for culture as a prime factor in the persistence of health disparities, and the potential impact of culturally competent cancer care on improving cancer outcomes in practice and research.


Major Grant Application Changes Now in Effect

Read about new changes in the grant application process, most notably newly restructured and shortened application forms. January 25, 2010 marked the first due date when applicants needed to use these restructured application forms and instructions, which were developed as part of the Enhancing Peer Review Initiative.


Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee Meeting on Menthol

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced the selection of the voting members of the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). The first meeting of the committee is open to the public and will focus on the public health impact of the use of menthol in cigarettes.

Learn how to participate.


News You Can Use

Research & Training Opportunities

Scientific Advancements


    In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, we provide select research advancing the science related to prostate cancer among our underserved populations.

  • Efficacy of Prostate Cancer Screening Being Questioned
    Recent European study determined that one in eight men screened for prostate cancer will test positive when they do not have the disease. This is raising concerns over the accuracy of the prostate cancer test and the long term benefits of routine prostate screening.

  • Germ line Mutation May be a Biomarker for Prostate Cancer
    Researchers at Louisiana State University in New Orleans have found a potential link between the germ line mutation of the androgen receptor and familial prostate cancer in black American men.

  • Barbers Deliver Prostate Cancer Education
    Training barbers as lay health advisors is found to be a feasible strategy for raising prostate cancer awareness among urban African American men. The barbers increased prostate cancer knowledge post training, and reported satisfaction and ease of engaging clients two months post intervention.

  • Prostate Cancer Treatment
    A cohort study of 559 men with prostate cancer compared types of treatment received from different providers. The data revealed substantial variations in treatment between county hospitals and private providers.

Community Tools


  • Click to read about the advances being made to ensure accurate and culturally sensitive cancer terminology exists for the Navajo tribe.
  • Visit the CDC website to take advantage of new and exciting media resources on a variety of health issues geared toward African-Americans.
  • Find out more about CSR’s Peer Review Notes and how they inform reviewers, NIH staff and others of news related to the grant application review policies, procedures and plans.
  • Learn about this monthly newsletter from The Office of Minority Health that educates and informs on the issues surrounding minority health and health disparities.
  • Visit the NCI Recovery Act Website to learn about the exciting services and research being funded through the Recovery Act.
  • Click here for a map layout of the United States from the NIH RePORT that details the location of ARRA funded grants by state.
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