Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research Project

In recognition of the need to recruit more underrepresented individuals into cancer research and increase attention to cancer health disparities research, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded funds to enhance and expand an existing collaboration between New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Fred Hutch.

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This five-year U54 award was funded in September 2013 by the NCI's Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equality (PACHE) program. The PACHE enables institutions serving racial/ethnic and/or underserved communities with cancer health disparities and NCI-Designated Cancer Centers (CCs) to train scientists from diverse backgrounds in cancer research and to effectively deliver cancer advances to racially and ethnically diverse communities.

The overall goals of the PACHE are to:

  • Build research and training capacity at underrepresented-serving institutions.

  • Create stable, long-term collaborations between institutions serving racial/ethnic and/or underserved communities with cancer health disparities and CCs in research, training, career development, and outreach.

  • Improve effectiveness of CC research, education, and outreach for underserved populations.

  • Export successful approaches for addressing disparities to all CCs and other key networks and consortiums. 

The current U54 award supports initiatives to recruit and train underrepresented faculty and students in cancer research. The award currently encompassestwo cancer research pilot projects, two cancer research full projects, and two cores that involve investigators from four research divisions at Fred Hutch and five scientific departments at NMSU.

Principal Investigators

Beti Thompson, Full Member, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Mary O'Connell, Regents Professor, Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, New Mexico State University

For More Information

If you have questions about the Fred Hutch/NMSU U54 partnership, please contact Jennifer Anderson, U54 Project Manager at the Hutch or Lene Loest, U54 Project Manager at NMSU.

Please visit NMSU's PACR website here.