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Pilot Research Program

The Pilot Research Program (PRP) supports collaboration between faculty members from UH and MDA on research emphasizing the prevention of cancer-related health disparities among black and Hispanic groups. The PRP supports the research base for tobacco-and lifestyle-related disparities research, laying a research foundation and bringing in new investigators to this research area. Through this program, new investigators develop innovative, exciting, and impact research that are conducted in community-based and clinical settings and develop as future leaders in cancer disparities research.


The pilot project investigators are Early Stage Investigators who benefit from senior mentors and an experienced investigative team and the guidance of the Administrative Core. This mentorship is supplemented with training and educational opportunities through the Cancer Research and Education curricula and activities. Pilot projects are complementary to the overarching mission of the UHAND partnership in their emphasis on understanding and addressing the social determinants of cancer risk factors and/or are developing interventions to affect cancer risk factors among black and/or Hispanic individuals. UHAND scholars are highly involved in the research process.

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