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    July 8, 2021

    The program welcomes two newly funded projects focused on inflammatory breast cancer and head and neck cancer.


Cancer health disparities span the continuum of cancer care from prevention, screening, early detection, diagnosis, and interception to treatment and survivorship. Cancer disparities research spans the continuum of research including basic, translational, clinical, and population. To address this problem and progress toward cancer health equity, the Duke Cancer Institute (DCI) has integrated cancer health disparities research as a crosscutting, institute-wide theme.

The P20 Cancer Health Disparities Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) was funded in the fall of 2020. Duke Cancer Institute was awarded a three-year, $2.4-million grant from the National Cancer Institute to investigate health disparities in lung and gastric cancers.

The grant provides the infrastructure for a research program to conduct innovative translational research to reduce cancer disparities through projects focused on under-studied disparities.

The P20 grant is led by Steve Patierno, PhD, Deputy Director of the Duke Cancer Institute.

Contact Information

Professor, Departments of Medicine, Pharmacology
and Cancer Biology, and Family Medicine and
Community Health
Deputy Director, Duke Cancer Institute
School of Medicine
Duke University
20 Duke Medicine Circle
Durham, NC  27710
Tel: (919) 613-5093

Administrative Assistant:
Andrea Oakley
Tel: (919) 613-5093