The University of Southern California has teamed up with the University of Florida and Florida A&M University, a historically Black college, to launch the Florida-California Cancer Research, Education, and Engagement (CaRE²) Health Equity Center. This new center will address cancer disparities in Black and Latino communities through research, education, and engagement. Funding was provided by the National Cancer Institute.
Patients from different ethnic groups develop and succumb to cancer at very different rates. The cancer health differences between Whites and African-Americans or Latinos are particularly stark. For example, for all cancers combined, the death rate is 25 percent higher for African-Americans than for Whites, according to the National Cancer Institute. An important aspect of the bicoastal CaRE² center is the chance to look at the genetics of cancer health disparities across highly diverse communities in Florida and Southern California.
Researchers at the three institutions will undertake innovative translational research projects with potentially high impact for reducing disparities, including:
An important element of the new program is training the next generation of researchers in cancer health disparities. Through the CaRE² initiative, leaders will train about 125 Black and Latino investigators, from students to early career scientists, increasing the workforce focused on translational cancer and enhancing our scientific community.
This program will build upon existing community partnerships to disseminate findings in the Black and Latino communities, educate people about pancreas and prostate cancer, and improve participation in biomedical research.