Charles Drew University (CDU) is a private nonprofit, secular,
minority-serving medical and health science institution established in 1966 as a
postgraduate medical school to help society’s poorest communities. Established
when California Governor’s McCone’s Commission cited poor health status and
diminished access to healthcare as among the major factors fomenting the 1965
civil unrest in Watts, the university’s mission is
to conduct education and research in the
context of community service in order to train physicians and allied health
professionals to provide care with excellence and compassion, especially to
underserved populations. CDU, which continues to serve as the only academic
health sciences center for the area’s 1.5 million people, is also the only
designated minority-serving health-sciences university in a county of more than
10 million people, 70 percent of whom are from minority communities. Defined as
a Minority Serving Institution, the university’s College of Medicine (COM) is a
Historically Black Graduate Institution. The university is a charter member of
the Hispanic Serving Health Professions Schools.
CDU and Cancer Research: In 1995, CDU initiated a structured cellular and molecular oncology research program. Lead by Dr. Jay Vadgama,
the research program has remained continuously funded from competitive research
grants from the National Institute of Health (NIH) and other national grant
sources. In 2002, the Department of Internal Medicine established a formal
Division of Cancer Research and Training under the leadership of Dr. Jay
Vadgama. This development complemented an evolving partnership with UCLA, and it
attested to a long-term focus in cancer research, training, education, and
treatment. Soon after, CDU and UCLA established a formal, partnered breast
cancer research training program to enable promising CDU faculty and
postdoctoral fellows to obtain the critical experience and training necessary
for independent funding. Since then, CDU and UCLA have collaborated on several
projects which have been funded by more than $14 million in grants from federal
Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities was established through the Division of Cancer Research and
Training in 2009 through a grant from the National Institute of Health. Numerous
research projects are currently being conducted by the Center’s faculty and
staff, including basic laboratory research, community outreach and engagement
and clinical trials activities.
Events and News
Division of Cancer Research
and Training & Cancer Cluster
"Mislocalization of the cell polarity protein scribble promotes mammary
tumorigenesis and is associated with basal breast cancer"
et al. Cancer Research 2014 74:3180
Ms. Ju Ri Kim
Division of Cancer Research & Training
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
TIME: Monday, September 15, 2014 12-2pm
LOCATION: Augustus Hawkins Building, Conference Room 3071
1720 E. 120th St, Los Angeles, CA 90059
For more information on this conference or if you are interested in future presentations please contact Dr. May Santiago Ong at 323.563.5936 or email@example.com
Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program (UCRTP):
Track 1 Summer Internship May 19,2014
Track 2 Summer Internship June 16, 2014
The Center to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities at the Charles Drew University (CDU) and the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center at UCLA (UCLA) are hosting a great summer internship opportunity for undergraduate students.
The Undergraduate Cancer Research Training Program (UCRTP) is a summer internship to train undergraduates in technical and critical thinking skills in a laboratory, clinical, or community setting. The goal of the UCRTP is to ensure that each undergraduate student acquires the knowledge, skills, and attitude to become a proficient researcher in cancer research. Each student intern acquires training by working on a hypothesis-driven scientific research project, at CDU or UCLA, alongside a designated mentor during the course of 8-12 weeks. A stipend is provided to students in the program.
For more Information and the Application, go to our Undergraduate Opportunities Page (See Education and Training Tab)
Or visit us on Facebook (CDU Division of Cancer Research and Training).
Deadline for UCRTP Applications has passed (March 1, 2014).