Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research (U54)

In recognition of the need to recruit more minorities and underrepresented individuals into cancer research and to increase the attention to cancer health disparities research, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) awarded funds to enhance and expand an existing collaboration between New Mexico State University (NMSU) and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC). This collaboration, known as the Partnership for the Advancement of Cancer Research (PACR) is designed to enhance the opportunities of minorities and underrepresented individuals, including Hispanics and Native Americans, to become trained and experienced in cancer research.

This five-year award was funded in September 2007 by the NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD), which is a program dedicated to addressing disparities in cancer incidence and mortality in underserved ethnic minorities. The CRCHD is exploring a potentially powerful approach for addressing health disparities by funding collaborations between Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) and NCI-designated Cancer Centers (CCs) to take maximum advantage of their respective expertise and experience. The philosophy of the National Cancer Institute is that an ethnically diverse population of cancer researchers and health-care providers is best poised to meet the medical needs of traditionally underserved groups.

This U54 award supports initiatives to recruit and train minorities in cancer research and encompasses one pre-pilot, eight pilots, and two full research projects that involve investigators from the four research divisions at the FHCRC and various scientific departments at NMSU.


Principal Investigators

Beti Thompson, PhD
Member, Public Health Sciences Division
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Mary O’Connell, PhD
Professor, Agronomy and Horticulture
New Mexico State University, Las Cruces