$780K Grant to Give UAMS Students Cancer Research Experience

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A $780,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute will fund a hands-on summer cancer research program for medical students at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.

UAMS announced the grant on Wednesday. It said the program’s first session is scheduled for summer 2021 and will run through summer 2025. It’s designed to encourage medical students to pursue careers as cancer specialists and researchers.

“Partnership in Cancer Research will provide focused and innovative research experiences in laboratories, community outreach programs and clinics for selected first- and second-year students in the UAMS College of Medicine,” said Dr. Thomas Kelly, who will lead the program with Dr. Richard Nicholas.

Each 10-week class of 12 students will include team-based learning on the molecular and cellular biology of cancer, as well as patient-oriented simulations and experiences related to cancer screening, treatment and palliative care, according to the university.

“Our hope is that by showing students how they can impact the future of public health and develop new cancer therapies, we will ultimately improve access to care and increase the quality of life for all Arkansans,” said Kelly, a breast cancer researcher and associate professor in the UAMS College of Medicine Department of Pathology.