Dr. Chanita Hughes-Halbert
Dr. Hughes-Halbert

MUSC recently received renewal as an NCORP Minority/Underserved (MU) Community Site. This $5.3 million grant will be used over six years to expand on previous cancer disparities research.

Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D., principal investigator and director of the Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center in Precision Medicine and Minority Men’s Health at MUSC Hollings Cancer Center, is thrilled with the news.

“We and our five partners at the VA and four community hospitals are gratified by the continuation of this program, so vital to the well-being of South Carolinians.”

The MUSC NCORP-MU program continues to have a significant and sustained impact with the aims of:

  • Expanding the accrual of racial/ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations.
  • Sharing expertise, knowledge and experiences with academic-community based partnerships.
  • Assisting in the development and implementation of cancer disparities research.

“Particularly exciting in this latest iteration of the program are the increased emphasis on training clinical and translational researchers, and the chance to further build our collaboration and the statewide infrastructure for cancer control, diagnosis, therapy and the trials for all these phases of cancer prevention and care,” Hughes- Halbert says.

This program will continue to address the needs of medically underserved populations.

“An aspect of our plans for the upcoming award period that I’m enthused about is the prominence of cancer care delivery research in our ever-growing portfolio, and understanding in finer detail what constitutes quality care and its effects on cancer health outcomes.”