ARRA Supplements


RO1 Award:
Since our last meeting, we are proud to report that Dr. Zhenbang Chen, our newest faculty recruit has received an RO1 grant award from the National Institute of Health Disparities of NIH to study the role of pten in prostate cancer. His 5-year award totals $1.25 million in direct costs. His mentor for this project is Dr. Robert Matusik of VICC. It is important to note that Dr. Chen received this award within 15 months of his recruited to MMC with the partnership U54 grant. Dr. Chen is in the process of hiring 2 new postdoctoral associates to support his laboratory.

ARRA Supplement AWARDS:
The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced two administrative supplemental funding for cancer health disparities planning research. The first supplement is intended to create state-of-the art regional networks/centers dedicated to CHD research and care through a Geographic Management Program (GMaP). This administrative supplement, known as the Transdisciplinary Geographic Management Program (GMaP), is limited to NCI CRCHD’s Minority Institutions/Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP), the Community Networks Program (CNP), and the Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP).

The purpose of the second supplement is to provide administrative supplemental funding for cancer health disparities planning research to create state-of-the art networks/centers dedicated to ensuring the adequate and continuous supply of high-quality human biospecimens from multi-ethnic communities for cancer research, using a Geographic Management Program (GMaP) approach. This administrative supplement is known as Minority Biospecimen/Biobanking – Geographic Management Program (BMaP). Refer to the enclosed slides on GMaP and BMaP.

The U54 is part of CRCHD Region 2 which includes schools from Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. Our partnership put in an application for the BMaP Implementation Planning grant using our U54 grant as an anchor. We are delighted to report that we were successful in receiving an award for $237K for two years for which Dr. Adunyah serves as the PI for the region. The main purpose of this award is for this region to plan to develop cancer biospecimens banking hub in Meharry Medical College for Region 2. This grant enabled us to hire a Region 2 BMaP Coordinator who is positioned at Meharry Medical College. Dr. Steve Akman, Wake Forrest University, was successful in securing an award for the GMaP for the region and he is the PI. Since the funding we have been participating in both regional and national activities in these two programs. The first meeting of the region will take place in Winston Salem in NC in February and eight members from the U54 partnership in Meharry Medical College will be in attendance to represent our partnership.