Research initiative brings ASU students to campus
By Jan Jarvis
Four Alabama State University students spent their summer conducting prostate cancer research at UNT Health Science Center as part of a collaborative initiative that benefits both institutions.
A $295,481 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense is funding the initiative, which focuses on training underrepresented students and combating the problem of health disparities.
“UNTHSC has a long-standing commitment to minority education, community outreach and health disparity research,” said Principal Investigator Jamboor K. Vishwanatha, PhD, Regents Professor and Vice President of Diversity and International Programs.
“This award from the Department of Defense will strengthen the existing relationship with Alabama State University and provide research opportunities for ASU students in laboratories of UNTHSC investigators,” he said. “This collaboration is one step toward increasing the diversity of our biomedical workforce.”
The award allows students from biomedical disciplines to get training in prostate cancer research, said Manoj Mishra, PhD, Director of Cancer Biology Research and Training at ASU, who serves as co-investigator and faculty advisor. One of the long-term goals focuses on finding ways to eliminate health disparity in prostate cancer among African Americans.
Dr. Vishwanatha’s laboratory is investigating genetic markers that predict development of aggressive prostate and breast cancers. He is developing nanotechnology-based therapies for breast and prostate cancer metastases.
The grant benefits both institutions, Dr. Mishra said.
“This grant is an example of collaborative teamwork between two institutions and has potential to change the dynamics of prostate cancer research training of underrepresented students at ASU,” he said.
By Sally Crocker A new study by UNTHSC public health researchers points to important information that may help health care providers, policymakers and insurance payers reduce the risk of preventable hospitalizations for diabetes patients. The study in PLOS ONE provides insight into the rel...Read more
Mar 25, 2019
By Jan Jarvis Nearly a quarter of UNT System College of Pharmacy students took a day off from their classes to get a lesson in advocacy. The students joined nearly 600 pharmacy professionals from throughout the state for Pharmacist Day at the Capitol in Austin. The Texas Pharma...Read more
Mar 21, 2019
By Rebecca Najera High school juniors and seniors have the chance to show off their artistic skills at the UNT Health Science Center when the annual High School Art Show opens in the Atrium Gallery April 5. Brock ISD art teacher Sue Brunner has been submitting her students’ work to the art s...Read more
Mar 20, 2019
By Sally Crocker A team of UNTHSC researchers has recently completed a comprehensive community assessment for United Way of Tarrant County that will help set the organization’s strategic direction for years to come. Findings from this extensive study, which uncovered some of the m...Read more
Mar 19, 2019