Drew/UCLA Cancer Partnership Program
The partnership between Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (DREW) located in South Central Los Angeles, and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) at University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) provides a unique opportunity to strengthen the DREW cancer research and training infrastructure. Conversely, UCLA and the investigators in the JCCC have the opportunity to address, in a focused manner, issues related to the unequal burden of cancer in minority populations. This partnership focus on the areas of cancer research, training, education and outreach, to strengthen the DREW and UCLA research portfolios through programs that develop and enhance the capacity of investigators to perform high quality research with sensitivity toward reducing racial/ethnic disparities in health status.
This partnership establishes a comprehensive, seamless program of joint cancer research, training and career development by 1) integrating faculty, fellows, and students into various cancer training and career development programs; 2) planning and initiating pilot projects; and 3) enhancing research capability of the DREW Tissue Repository. This program will recruit promising students, scientists, and clinicians at DREW and UCLA into the field of cancer research, education and treatment, and to retain these individuals within the combined DREW/UCLA cancer program. At the same time, we will increase the number of minority scientists in cancer research, treatment, education and training. The training and career development programs will focus on increasing academic and culturally sensitive students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. These individuals will serve as ambassadors toward understanding and therefore, reducing the burden of cancer in our underserved and socio-economically disadvantaged populations.