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Project Investigator Biography

Edward Garrison, M.D., M.P.H. Edward Garrison, M.D., M.P.H.

Dine College, PO Box 580
1228 Yucca Street,
Shiprock, NM 87420
phone: (505) 368-3583
fax: (505) 368-3591

Edward R. Garrison is the Principal Investigator for the P20 planning grant funded by the PACHE program to Diné College. He has been a member of the Faculty of Diné College since 1983, where he teaches Biology and Public Health. Diné College’s “The Institution of Higher Education of the Navajo Nation,” is the first tribal college and was established by an Act of Congress in 1968.

The P20 project at Diné College began in 2006 and involves a collaboration with the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center. The project has provided opportunities for mentoring by Mayo Clinic scientists of Diné College faculty and staff as well as for mentoring by cultural experts from Diné College for Mayo Clinic. The collaboration has also contributed to a new course on cancer and expansions of existing programs to include cancer content at Diné College, and to the development of Navajo-focused cancer education and outreach activities and materials, most notably a 50-page Navajo Cancer Glossary that provides descriptions and explanations in Navajo and English for basic terminology relating to cancer as well as causes of cancer, types of cancer, and screening, diagnosis and treatment for cancer.

Dr. Garrison’s academic background includes degrees in biology, anthropology and public health – a combination that he considers ideal for his work among the Navajo people. He has been PI for a variety of projects at Diné College, ranging from developmental cell biology laboratory research to academic curriculum projects that culminated in a complete Associate of Science degree program in Public Health. This degree program became part of the Diné College curriculum in 2004, and the overall program in Public Health extensively incorporates the “Diné Philosophy of Education” in the organization and content of the curriculum.

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Updated: 04/30/12