The National Cancer Institute has funded a four-year $2 million grant to support the Cancer Disparities Translational Research Partnership between Duke University and North Carolina Central University (NCCU). The grant funds two laboratory-based translational research projects that aim to understand molecular aspects in prostate and breast cancer health disparity in African Americans.
Gayathri Devi, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Sciences, and Kevin Williams, PhD, NCCU's Biomanufacturing Research Institute and Technology Enterprise (BRITE), will co-lead the project titled “Identifying genetic modifiers of Gli1/hedgehog activation in inflammatory breast cancer.”
Dr. Devi leads the Duke Inflammatory Breast Cancer Consortium and as part of this funding will serve as a Duke-NCCU liaison in developing a cancer research education program (C-REP) with Nadine Barrett, PhD, Duke Cancer Institute Office of Health Equity and Disparities, for minority graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in cancer disparities research.
Duke Consortium for Inflammatory Breast Cancer Translational Research
Dr. Devi leads the Duke Consortium for Inflammatory Breast Cancer Translational Research supported by the School of Medicine. This consortium enhances interactions between basic, translational, and clinical researchers and provides a springboard for multi-PI program project applications.