UPRCCC/MDACC: Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research
The University of Puerto Rico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UPRCCC) and The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (MDACC) Partnership for Excellence in Research began in 2002 and established a comprehensive long-term mutually beneficial relationship to target and eradicate cancer health disparities. The two short term objectives of the original proposal were: 1) develop independent cancer research investigators and 2) establish a strong working relationship based on mutual benefit, identified strengths and reciprocity. The long-term objective of the Partnership is to regain NCI-designation for the UPRCCC.
The Partnership has set the foundation for a dynamic collaboration dedicated to enhancing each partner's strengths and eliminating each partner's weaknesses. The Partnership has also served as the catalyst for two major laws passed in Puerto Rico, one of which resulted in the allocation of funding for establishing the infrastructure and recruiting top notch faculty to the UPRCCC. This partnership seeks to foster and support an existing collaboration between the UPRCCC and MDACC. By addressing the differences in incidence, prevalence, mortality, and burden of cancer that exist among Hispanic populations in the US, the Partnership will strive to reduce these differences through efforts in Research, Outreach, and Training.