Charles Drew University of Medicine And Science - Division of Cancer Research And Training


Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) As one of the 39 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center recipients, UCLA’s JCCC adheres to the highest standards of excellence in patient care, education, basic science, clinical research, and cancer prevention and control research. JCCC has established an international reputation for developing new cancer therapies, providing the best in experimental and traditional treatments and expertly guiding and training the next generation of medical researchers. The JCCC provides an infrastructure to support basic, clinical, and population-based cancer research and to facilitate interdisciplinary research. Through an NCI-funded Cancer Center Support Grant, shared resources have been established to aid investigators in all areas of cancer research. Additional support is provided to recruit the best and brightest faculty to UCLA. The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation provides philanthropic support funds to seed grants for new research projects. JCCC members work in basic research, clinical/translational research, and prevention and control research. Although most faculty members work on the Westwood campus, cancer center members also are based at West Los Angeles VA Medical Center, Olive View Hospital, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and CDU research programs.

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The partnership between Charles Drew University (CDU) and UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center seeks to “Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities in Minority and Underserved Populations”. The Division of Cancer research and Training at CDU and the JCCC have partnered on research projects for many years. The current partnership is funded by a multi-million dollar U54 grant through the National Cancer Institute for the years 2009-2014. The overarching goals of the CDU-UCLA Cancer Partnership Program are to significantly increase the number of minority scientists in cancer research and to enhance the cancer outreach programs at CDU to address significant disparities in cancer among minority populations. The program components are 1) research projects; 2) the mentoring of students and junior investigators; 3) the training seminar series; 4) enhance CDU’s integrated clinical and tissue biorepository database on minority subjects; 5) enhance community participation; 6) improve clinical trials; and 7) increase faculty recruitment.