Across all of the major lethal cancers, disparities in the incidence and/or survival, of cancer patients by race is evident. While some of the causes have been determined, most remain unexplored and undefined. There are a number of investigators at NCI, from the basic, translational, clinical, and epidemiological disciplines, who are working in this field and have created an Interest Group that is devoted to Cancer Health Disparities.

Success in improving outcomes for all cancer patients, irrespective of race and/or ethnicity, through a greater understanding of disease etiology, tumor biology, early detection and novel therapeutic targets can be maximized through interactions of intramural scientists on a regular basis.

The main aim of this proposed group is to promote the exchange of information and interaction among scientists who are working on various aspects of cancer health disparities and to foster collaborations. The principal activities of this group include a bimonthly meeting/seminar and an annual symposium on the campus. The meetings will be devoted to seminars/discussion of our ongoing research and latest advancements in the field.

A Steering Committee comprised of NIH scientists from basic, epidemiological and clinical disciplines is responsible for running the Interest Group. Their names, backgrounds and research interests can be found in the “Members” tab.

We look forward to you joining the group and getting involved.