UTPA - Cancer Center at UTHSCSA Border Partnership
(University of Texas Pan-American and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio)
The Latino/Hispanic population is the largest minority in the US and the highest concentration of Latinos is along the US-Mexico Border. The partnership between The University of Texas-Pan American and the Cancer Center at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio will address the specific needs of this population in cancer research and education. The goals of this proposal are to develop research and training partnerships to increase the cancer research base on the US-Mexico border. The research projects will not only develop translational research in basic science but also address cancer related health disparities in the Hispanic border population.
The specific goals of the partnership are to: 1) develop and foster cancer research at UTPA; 2) foster research dedicated towards reducing the cancer burden of the Hispanic population with emphasis on the US-Mexico border, and 3) increase the number of cancer researchers coming from South Texas. To accomplish these goals, the partnership will fund two pilot projects and a summer undergraduate training program for UTPA students to work in laboratories at UTHSCSA and to learn about cancer biology with the goal of increasing the number of students from communities in South Texas interested in cancer research. The proposed partnership is important to expand the cancer research, training and awareness in the Hispanic/Latino community.