Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

University of Louisville Stakes Black Cancer Reduction Rates on Filling Endowed Chair. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

University of Louisville Stakes Black Cancer Reduction Rates on Filling Endowed Chair. (Noteworthy News)

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LOUISVILLE, KY.

The University of Louisville will try to recruit a top national researcher for a position created last month to lead efforts to reduce cancer rates among Blacks. The university formed an endowed chair in oncology as part of a public-private partnership to boost cancer research and treatment.

The new position deepens another partnership between the university and Black leaders, in which the university will provide its expertise to try to alleviate nagging problems within the Black community (see Black Issues July 5, 2001).

University Provost Carol Garrison says the university will try to attract "one of the nation's best and brightest" cancer researchers. The researcher will try to uncover the genetic, socioeconomic and environmental factors that contribute to disproportionate cancer rates among Blacks, she says.

"The long-term goal in creating this chair is to identify more effective ways to reduce cancer in minority populations," she says.

University officials did not put a time frame on hiring the researcher. The position will be funded with $1 million of a $15 million pledge from the James Graham Brown Foundation, which the university intends to match with money from the state's "bucks for brains" program, Garrison says. …

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