Global Health Nexus, Winter 2002

$8.3 Million NIDCR Award Establishes NYU Oral Cancer Disparities Research Center

NYU Dentistry has received an $8.3 million award from the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) to establish the NYU Oral Cancer Disparities Research Center. This award places NYU Dentistry in the vanguard of a national effort to redress disparities in our nation’s health.

The NYU Oral Cancer Disparities Research Center is one of five new Centers for Research to Reduce Oral Health Disparities funded by the NIDCR in partnership with the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities. Collaborating with NYU on the Center are Boston University, Howard University, The Johns Hopkins University, the University of Pittsburgh, Tuskegee University, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the University of Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rican Health Department, and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

While the research focuses on identifying factors contributing to oral cancer disparities, as well as on developing and testing new strategies for eliminating them, the project also has the goal of providing training and career development opportunities for scientists in underrepresented groups and others interested in establishing careers in oral cancer disparities research.

“I am convinced that enacting a national oral cancer agenda requires academic dental centers to develop mechanisms that will assure a sustainable increase in the number of people conducting research to eradicate oral cancer disparities,” said Dean Alfano.