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UT Southwestern, Parkland partner for $6.3 million NCI grant to improve colorectal cancer screenings
Date:10/9/2011

inate colon cancer mortality," said Dr. James K.V. Willson, director of the Simmons Cancer Center.

The project represents a partnership among Parkland, UT Southwestern, the Texas Cancer Registry, the UT School of Public Health in Dallas and the Simmons Cancer Center, which is the only NCI-designated cancer center in North Texas. The joint venture also illustrates the decades-long commitment of UT Southwestern and Parkland to bring together world-renowned research expertise with outstanding clinical care to uninsured and underinsured patients.

Colorectal cancer has higher rates of occurrence and mortality among low-income patients, often because they lack access to proper screening, Dr. Skinner said. The safety net setting of UT Southwestern and Parkland is unique compared to other PROSPR sites, which serve populations that tend to have better insurance coverage.

"There is a known disparity in morbidity related to colorectal cancer that is evident along racial, ethnic and socioeconomic groups," said Dr. John Jay Shannon, Parkland's executive vice president for medical affairs and chief medical officer. "The methodologies we will be exploring in the PROSPR grant are an attempt to apply innovative thinking and behavioral sciences to bridging that disparity."

One of the key factors in securing the NCI grant is Parkland's comprehensive electronic medical records system and its Center for Clinical Innovation, which will serve as the information technology backbone of the collaboration with UT Southwestern, Dr. Halm said.

"With the help of Parkland, we are one of the few places in the country that can conduct this sort of comprehensive cancer screening program for a safety net population," he said.

The grant will help expand and refine three interlocking research projects already under way at UT Southwestern. The first involves a touch-screen computer program used in clinics to ask patients questions in English or Spa
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Contact: Jeff Carlton
jeffrey.carlton@utsouthwestern.edu
214-648-3404
UT Southwestern Medical Center
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