Thursday, August 14, 2014
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded a new five-year grant to Hollings Cancer Center (HCC) researchers to conduct multi-site cancer clinical trials and cancer care delivery research studies, specifically those that include significant representation of minority and underserved communities. The grant was awarded under the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), a national network of investigators, cancer care providers, academic institutions and other organizations that provide care to diverse populations in community-based health care practices across the United States. Funding for the HCC program is $3.4 million to be awarded over five years.
“This is important for the entire state of South Carolina,” commented Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D., principal investigator for the grant, “as we will now have greater access to the latest therapeutic forms for cancer treatment, greater access to top clinical trials, and we will provide expertise to develop new strategies for how cancer care is delivered to everyone represented in our communities.”
Dr. Hughes-Halbert is program leader for cancer control at the Hollings Cancer Center, and AT&T distinguished endowed chair in cancer equity at SmartState Center of Economic Excellence at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Research through this grant will be conducted across three facilities – the Medical University of South Carolina, Medical University of South Carolina/Hilton Head Breast Health Center and the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center – and will include the catchment area of the entire state of South Carolina.