Guam – The National Institutes of Health approved $1,648,572 to support the UOG Cancer Research Center for a third year of funding. This is part of a five-year cancer research collaborative effort between the University of Guam and the University of Hawaii Cancer Center.
In 2009, the University of Guam was awarded an $8,000,000 U-54 grant from the National Institutes of Health to support a strong national cancer program aimed at understanding the reasons behind significant cancer disparities and the impact on minority populations. Each year, grant objectives are assessed and funding approved for the next year. September 1, 2011, marks the third year of the grant which encompasses several objectives including the following research and outreach projects:
· Research on Oral Precancerous Lesions and Other Health Risk Among Betel Nut Users in Micronesia
· Development of a Breast Cancer Risk Model for the Pacific (BRISK)
· Community Outreach to Reduce Health Disparities (Youth Tobacco Use) Among Pacific Islanders Living in Guam
· Minority Pacific Islander Cancer Research, Student and Faculty Development
· Funding support for the Guam Cancer Registry
“The overarching goal is to reduce the impact of cancer on the population in Guam, and the region,” said Dr. Helen Whippy, UOG senior vice president and principal investigator of the University of Guam Cancer Research Center. We also aim to increase the number of minority scientists of Pacific Islander ancestry engaged in cancer research and further strengthen the research focus on cancer health disparities at the University of Guam with particular emphasis on aspects of relevance for the people of the Pacific.”