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$1.3M in NIH funding for UOG

by Krystal Paco

Guam - The National Institutes of Health awarded $1.3 million in funding to the University of Guam to support UOG's and the University of Hawaii's Cancer Center Partnership Program for the period of September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2013.

Back in 2009 UOG was awarded an  $8.2 million five year U-54 grant from the Health Institute to support a strong national cancer program aimed at understanding the reasons behind significant cancer disparities and impact on minorities.

According to UOG senior vice president and principal investigator Dr. Helen Whippy, the goal is to reduce the impact of cancer in Guam and the region and increase the number of minority scientists of Pacific islander ancestry engaged in cancer research.

The research and outreach projects include:

  • Research on Oral Precancerous Lesions and Other Health Risk Among Betel Nut Users in Micronesia      
  • Development of a Breast Cancer Risk Model for the Pacific (BRISK)
  • Community Outreach to Reduce Health Disparities (Youth Tobacco Use) Among Pacific Islanders Living in Guam
  • Identification and Quantification of Alkaloids in Varieties of Areca Nut Consumed on Guam
  • Health Information Trends and Needs in the Pacific: A Test of the Respondent-Driven Sampling Methods (RDS) 
  • Minority Pacific Islander Cancer Research, Student and Faculty Development
  • Funding support for the Guam Cancer Registry
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