Research and Education Partnership between NC A&T and the Wake Forest Univ. CCC
This P20 proposal presents a research and educational partnership between the Wake Forest University Comprehensive Cancer Center (WFUCCC) and the Departments of Biology and Chemistry of North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (NC A&T). The objectives of the partnership are: (1) to foster cancer research collaborations between WFUCCC and NC A&T, especially research focused on cancer disparities and to facilitate the career development of minority cancer research faculty at NC A&T through collaborations with and mentoring provided by the WFUCCC; (2) to foster interest in obtaining a PhD in cancer biology among minority undergraduate and Master's degree students at NC A&T.
To achieve the first objective, the P20 will provide pilot funds for two collaborative research projects, one in prostate cancer chemopreventive agents and the other in glioblastoma cell mobility and resistance to therapeutics. To achieve the second objective, selected RISE, MARC, and BLEND program undergraduates at NC A&T will participate in wet laboratory, computational biology, or health disparity outreach projects mentored by WFUCCC faculty; and each pilot project team will select at least one NC A&T Master's degree student to participate in the project. The students will be offered the option of continued participation in the projects as PhD students in Cancer Biology at WFU; in addition, WFUCCC and NC A&T faculty will collaborate to develop didactic teaching modules in cancer genomics and animal models of cancer for currently ongoing coursework at NC A&T. By the conclusion of the P20 it is expected that the pilot studies will yield into a RO1 grant proposal; and the institutions will develop an R25 bridge application to support enrollment of NC A&T students in the PhD program in Cancer Biology at WFU.