NCCU/UNC Lineberger Partnership In Cancer Research
The partnership between Julius L. Chambers Biomedical Biotechnology Research Institute (UNC LCCC) at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and the UNC Lineberger
Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNC LCCC) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH) proposes an effective, sustainable, and mutually beneficial partnership in cancer research that focuses on African-American health disparities. The institutions have established the Partnership by building on complementary institutional strengths conducting joint planning in the molecular and population sciences, and emphasizing a concrete and feasible "gateway" initiative: establishment of an NCCU Cancer Core Laboratory for molecular/genetic analysis in cancer research. The Partnership emphasizes a series of linked pilot initiatives, accompanied by technology transfer, leading toward a major collaborative research project population-based cohort study. Specific collaboration includes cancer research projects, cancer outreach and education; resource and infrastructure enhancement centering on the JLC-BBRI Cancer Core Laboratory; and career development for junior faculty and students.
The UNC Lineberger and UNC-Chapel Hill offer the Partnership: 1) extensive experience, expertise, and resources for cancer research and training; and 2) a demonstrated interest in minority health disparities. The JLC-BBRI and NCCU offer the Partnership: 1) experience and expertise in reaching minority populations through culturally appropriate and sensitive interventions; 2) opportunities to access minority populations; and 3) training opportunities for minority students potentially interested in careers in cancer research. These complementary institutional strengths will help the Partnership: 1) establish an effective cancer research infrastructure/program and increase training opportunities at a minority serving institution; and 2) enhance community- and population-based research targeting minority cancer-related health disparities and increase training of minority scientists.