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Moon Chen, Jr. 

National Recognition  

UC Davis professor Moon Chen Jr. oversees AANCART, a program that was recently recognized by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities.

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UC Davis Cancer Center’s Population Sciences and Health Disparities research program

A Focus on Cancer Health Disparities  

UC Davis Cancer Center’s Population Sciences and Health Disparities research program is dedicated to understanding and finding ways to eliminate health disparities and improve health outcomes for everyone.

UC Davis Cancer Center is involved in several disparities research projects funded by the National Cancer Institute. These research projects include:

Community-based participatory education, training and research aimed at reducing cancer health disparities among Asian Americans

Asian coupleAsian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Training (AANCART), is a National Cancer Institute-funded program headquartered at the UC Davis Cancer Center. AANCART aims to reduce cancer health disparities by conducting community-based participatory education, training and research by, for, and with Asian Americans. AANCART serves Asian Americans in Sacramento, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Seattle, WA; and Honolulu, HI.

The network is comprised of four NCI cancer centers and their associated universities, the California Department of Public Health, Chinese Community Health Care Association, and the Hmong Women's Heritage Association. Cumulatively, it serves approximately 40% of all Asian Americans.

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A study of the factors that affect Asian Americans’ decision to contribute biospecimens for research

Asian familyThe National Outreach Network consists of community health educators at sites around the country. At UC Davis, community health educator Julie Deng studies factors that affect Asian Americans’ decision to contribute to biospecimen research. She will conduct interviews, collect demographic information, then analyze the data to develop culturally-appropriate educational materials.

Advancing the science of cancer disparities through regional networks for research and training

Geographic Management Program (GMaP) seeks to create state-of-the-art regional networks dedicated to cancer heath disparities research and training. Its goals are to advance the science of cancer disparities, contribute to the next generation of disparities researchers, and through its networks, achieve measurable disparities outcomes in these regions.

Focuses on increasing the supply of quality biospecimens for medically underserved communities

Minority Biospecimen/Biobanking – Geographic Management Program (BMaP) is the first GMaP elective area for development. It seeks to ensure the adequate and continuous supply of high-quality human biospecimens from medically underserved communities for cancer research. Currently, there are six G/BMaP Regions nationally representing 30 states with 67 Institutions and NCI Cancer Centers participating in the initiative. CRCHD programs are the:

  • Community Network Program (CNP)
  • Patient Navigator Research Program (PNRP)
  • Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP)
  • Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE)

A highly selective and intensive program for undergraduate students pursuing cancer research careers

ET-CURE researchersEmerging Technologies Continuing Umbrella Research experiences (ET-CURE) is a highly selective program for students dedicated to pursuing cancer research. Interns engage in an intensive cancer research experience lasting up to 24 months. During the summer they conduct full-time research and participate in the professional development program of the Summer Internship Program of the Center for Biophotonics Science and Technology. During the academic year they continue their research, participate in didactic experiences focused on bioimaging, immunology, cancer, biostatistics and more. They present at multiple scientific meetings and participate actively in grant writing while also receiving additional mentoring from their scientific and career development mentors as they apply to graduate school.

For additional information, contact the ET-CURE program director, Marco Molinaro,

Connects UC Davis cancer scientists with high school students to prepare them for cancer science-related college majors

The Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program connects UC Davis cancer scientists and clinicians with high school students from Sacramento High School. CURE students participate in a one-year academy that involves coursework, field study and research experiences that teach students about cancer science, medical technologies and scientific research. CURE aims to help prepare these students for entry into four-year institutions with a greater aptitude for and probability of selecting cancer-relevant majors.

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Assessing current models for minority participation in clinical trials and introducing new models to increase participation

African-American coupleEnabling Minority Participation in Clinical Trials, EMPaCT is a program to assess existing approaches to minority clinical-trials accrual and then to develop models that can be used by other cancer centers nationwide. UC Davis is one of five universities that make up the project, which is funded by the National Institutes of Health and authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.