Comprehensive Cancer Center members serve as principal investigators for 12 cancer-related NIH T32 and T35 training grants. These grants support training programs in diverse areas of basic, behavioral, and clinical research related to addictions research, cancer biology, clinical therapeutics, genetics, immunology, medical oncology, medical physics, molecular biology, and nutrition. Faculty routinely take part in a variety of seminar series, joint programmatic meetings, and departmental retreats, which enrich these training programs and foster inter- and intraprogrammatic research collaborations.
T32 is a National Cancer Institute grant provided to an institution that develops or enhances research training opportunities for early-stage investigators committed to cancer research. T35 is a National Cancer Institute grant provided to institutions to support intensive, short-term research training experiences to medical students. These particular grants fund the following programs:
The Chicago Southside Cancer Disparities Initiative (CSCDI) is a four-year National Cancer Institute P20 exploratory grant awarded to the Comprehensive Cancer Center, in partnership with Chicago State University (CSU), the largest minority-serving institution in the Midwest, to develop and incorporate a cancer disparities concentration in CSU’s Master of Public Health program, with an emphasis on cancer education, training, and community engagement.
The Mentored Education Now Taking on Research (MENTOR) program is helping undergraduate and graduate students gain hands-on experience in health disparities research among racial and ethnic populations. Masters of Public Health students from Chicago State University, Benedictine University, and DePaul University and an undergraduate student from UChicago are currently enrolled as MENTOR Scholars.