The OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance hosted two Research Workshops — one at Edward Waters College and one at Florida A&M University — in order to assist junior faculty in the preparation of their research materials for the OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance Minority Education Program.
The OneFlorida Cancer Control Alliance Minority Education Program is a collaboration among the University of Florida, Florida State University, the University of Miami, Florida A&M University and Edward Waters College. The program was created with the intent to promote diversity in cancer prevention and control research by providing support for junior faculty who are members of underrepresented groups. Participants will receive $25,000 award to fund their research, support for their study protocol and research coordination and mentorship from a senior faculty member at the University of Florida, Florida State University or the University of Miami.
The Research Workshops were held on Friday, Sept. 26 at Edward Waters College’s Hatcher-Stewart Building and Tuesday, Sept. 30 at Florida A&M’s New Pharmacy Building. Participants were able to have their questions answered and offer their opinions on the program in preparation for an Innovation Studio at the University of Florida Clinical and Translational Science Institute in November . The Innovation Studio aims to assist faculty members in the preparation of their Letter of Intent, the first step in the application process. The workshops were conducted by Folakemi Odedina, Ph.D., professor of pharmaceutical outcomes and policy at the University of Florida and director of the University of Florida Health Cancer Center on Health Disparities.
“The inclusion of the two public historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) in Florida is a great achievement for the OneFlorida CCA as it will increase the pool of underrepresented minority scientists in Florida as well as increase health disparity research activities statewide,” Odedina said. “The 2014 OneFlorida CCA workshops at both Florida A&M University and Edward Waters College were very successful. There was a great turn out at both institutions and great interest among participants, which has led to research collaborations among investigators at both institutions and the other OneFlorida CCA institutions, including UF and UM. We are off to a great start and are excited about the impact of the Minority Education Program in Florida.”
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