The Office of Community Outreach & Engagement and the Experimental Therapeutics Research Program at the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at UAB are collaborating on a yearlong pilot program to support the translational research continuum from basic science to community health.

As part of a National Cancer Institute supplement to the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center support grant, basic scientists complete four hours of training by OCOE staff on community-engaged research and co-facilitate a cancer education session with a local group before they become eligible to apply for research funds.  

Four trainees completed the training program and submitted applications that were selected to receive funding through the pilot program, which is named “Integrating Basic Science and Community Outreach and Engagement to Bridge the Transdisciplinary Cancer Research Continuum.”

Each research trainee was awarded an individual or research team grant, ranging from $25,000 in supplementary funding to $100,000 in pilot funding, to investigate various cancer-related topics with specific relevance to the O’Neal Cancer Center’s geographic catchment area.

Monica L. Baskin, Ph.D.Monica L. Baskin, Ph.D.

By training basic scientists in outreach and engagement and by funding research that integrates community outreach and engagement into experimental therapeutics, the O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center seeks to demonstrate the overarching role that community outreach and engagement play in the core mission of the O’Neal Cancer Center.

“Establishing relationships between O’Neal scientists and community members is a critical step toward identifying and addressing the needs of the people we serve,” said Monica L. Baskin, Ph.D., associate director for Community Outreach & Engagement at the O’Neal Cancer Center. “We congratulate this group of grant recipients, who are actively advancing the Cancer Center’s mission to address and reduce the burden of health disparities in the state of Alabama and beyond.”

Summer 2021 Grant Awardees

  • Hope Amm, Ph.D.
    Hope Amm, Ph.D.

    Departments
    Otolaryngology and Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

    Award
    $100,000 to collect pilot data

    Project Title
    “Oral Microbiome Associations and Interactions with Oral and Oropharyngeal Cancer”

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  • Braden McFarland, Ph.D.
    Braden McFarland, Ph.D.

    Department
    Cell, Developmental & Integrative Biology

    Award
    $25,000 to supplement ongoing research

    Project Title
    “Determining the Role of the Human Gut Microbiome in a Mouse Model of Brain Tumors”

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  • J. Bart Rose, M.D., and Sushanth Reddy, M.D.
    J. Bart Rose, M.D., and Sushanth Reddy, M.D.

    Department
    Surgery

    Award
    $99,000 to collect pilot data

    Project Title
    “Using Digital Health Care to Eliminate Pancreatic Cancer Survivorship Disparities”

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  • Sunil Sudarshan, M.D.
    Sunil Sudarshan, M.D.

    Department
    Urology

    Award
    $100,000 to collect pilot data

    Project Title
    “Alterations of Fructose Metabolism in Obesity-Related Cancer”

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