Guam - University of Guam Senior Vice-President for Academic and Student Affairs Dr. Helen Whippy was the guest speaker during a Rotary Club of Tumon Bay meeting at the Hilton Hotel today. Dr. Whippy spoke about the National Institutes of Health partnership planning grant with the University of Hawaii Cancer Research Center to build capacity in cancer research and health disparities at UOG.
Whippy says one in two males on island get cancer in their lifetime, while one in three females are likely to get the disease. "The incidents of cancer in males have gone up 22%. That's 22% from the period of 1999-2003 and the period of 2003-2007. The two five year periods that our cancer registry has been tracking."
Whippy is the principal investigator at UOG. The new grant works in training students and faculty for biomedical careers and research until 2014.