Researchers at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina have won a four-year, $1.4 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to establish a breast cancer research training program.
The grant pairs MUSC researchers with a team from the Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, which is recognized for its breast cancer research. Researchers from both medical schools will mentor young investigators at MUSC.
The training program is to be called BRIDGE, which stands for Breast Cancer Research Initiative for Developing Growth and Education.
Dr. Carola Neumann, the program’s principal investigator and assistant professor of cell and molecular pharmacology at MUSC, said that in South Carolina, breast cancer is the most prevalent cancer and the second-leading cause of cancer death in women. She said breast cancer affects white and black women differently.
“This grant will allow us to work with some of the world’s most experienced breast cancer researchers,” Neumann said in a statement. “We will learn as much as we can so we can work on South Carolina’s breast cancer problems.”