• Whitehead, Ian (CoPI)
  • Hill, George (PI)
  • Hirschberg, Erich (PI)
  • Alger, Elizabeth (PI)
  • Ozer, Harvey (PI)
  • Mahon, Gwendolyn Maria (CoI)
  • Ozer, Harvey (PI)
  • Mahon, Gwendolyn Maria (PI)

Project Details


The purpose of this program is to provide cancer-related research
experiences for medical students, with the long-term goal of stimulating
participants to engage in research as part of their subsequent
professional activities and/or to seek careers in academic medicine. The
immediate goal is to increase students' knowledge and understanding of
advances in cancer research, and of the research process in general. Among
the expected benefits of the program is enhanced receptivity to newer
preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic approaches to caring for persons
at risk for or living with cancer. The Cancer Education Program is under the administrative direction of the
Associate Dean for Education. Guidance, oversight, and monitoring are
provided by a broad-based faculty committee. Individual student projects
are carried out as part of faculty-sponsored research programs, and are
conducted in the laboratories of the UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School and
the clinical facilities of its affiliated hospitals and institutes. This renewal application includes initiatives to expand the number and
variety of cancer-related research offerings, especially community-based
projects which have an emphasis on cancer prevention and control in women
and minority populations. There are also strategies to involve a greater
number of women and minority students in these projects. In addition,
there are specific initiatives to enrich students' knowledge of cancer as
a disease, enhance their understanding of various aspects of the
biomedical research process, and strengthen the focus on effective
communication of the results of their studies. An important component of
the program is assessment of long-term outcomes. This is to be
accomplished by continuing with retrospective surveys of previous
participants and augmenting the existing data base to include career
tracking and authorship on publications. The Cancer Education Program is part of a larger Student Summer Research
Program that has been ongoing for a number of years and attracts over half
of the first year medical school class. Because cancer-related projects
comprise approximately 20% of the total, and because there is close
collaboration between the Office of Education and the Office of Research
and Sponsored Programs, the Cancer Education Program often serves as a
model within which enhancements and new initiatives are developed. Thus
the influence of the present program extends beyond cancer-related
research and has a significant impact on the overall student research
program at UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School.
Effective start/end date8/1/807/31/16


  • National Institutes of Health: $212,139.00
  • National Institutes of Health: $231,412.00


  • Medicine(all)

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