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Charles Drew University awarded $9.8 million
Date:10/30/2009

the university to improve tissue and data resource capabilities, transforming CDU's current tissue resource operation into an Integrated Clinical, Tissue and Biomarker Database Program.

Combined with a newly developed partnership with the California Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program Initiative, and the California Cancer Biorepository and Biospecimen Management Program, CDU is poised to have a greater footprint nationally and internationally in the study of health disparities. Enhancing the university's ability to store and analyze tissue resources will increases its ability to perform cancer-related clinical trials.

Charles Drew University is located in a heavily impoverished, minority community in South Los Angeles, where breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers are among the most commonly diagnosed forms of cancers with poor outcome.

Ultimately, Dr. Vadgama said, the goal is to bring cancer research to the community level, while, at the same time, increasing the community's capacity to develop health prevention strategies through unique partnerships.


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Contact: John L. Mitchell
johnmitchell@cdrewu.edu
323-563-4981
Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science
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