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Masters Scholars in Prevention and Control  

The program recruits qualified Master-level public health (MPH) students into cancer research careers and offers longitudinal mentored-research experiences during their MPH program. Students participate in ongoing professional development activities with a cohort of scholars at multiple career stages. They work with a mentor team to develop and implement a research project leading to a scholarly presentation and publication.  The program exposes students to a multidisciplinary research environment to engage in other disciplines as their careers progress. Students are awarded a stipend of $50,000 to cover up to two years. Additional funds will be allotted for research supplies.  

Previous Awardees

Ozioma Scott, MPH

Title: Assessing the Prevalence of Cardiometabolic Diseases Among Breast Cancers Cases at the
Howard University Cancer Center

Cardiometabolic disorders encompass a spectrum of cardiovascular and metabolic
system diseases including heart attack, stroke, type 2 diabetes (T2DM), insulin resistance, and
metabolic syndrome. Cardiometabolic diseases disproportionately impact African American
women, especially those with cancer. Evidence indicates that women with breast cancer are
more likely to pass away from cardiometabolic diseases than cancer itself. This study aims to
investigate the prevalence of cardiometabolic diseases among female breast cancer patients
diagnosed at the Howard University Cancer Center between January 1, 2012 and December 31,
2022.

Adrienne Vaughn, MPHc

Title: Representation of Black and African American Women in Research on Vitamin D and
Breast Cancer Mortality: A Rapids Scoping Review

Black women face disproportionate mortality rates from breast cancer because of
being more likely to face aggressive breast cancer prognosis and metastasis. Past research
findings showed that low vitamin D serum levels are a risk factor for certain types of breast
cancer (TNBC, HR+ etc.). Vitamin D deficiency is particularly prevalent amongst black
individuals, and black women are more likely to experience metastasis and aggressive breast
cancer prognosis.  The rapid scoping review is developed to describe the nature, number, and scope of published research articles measuring the association between vitamin D and mortality in black breast cancer patients based on the molecular subtype.

Cancer Research Education Program (C-REP)

Funded by the Howard-Georgetown Collaborative Partnership in Cancer Research (C-REP) offered a range of training opportunities for emerging scholars.  Short-term summer mentored research exposes students to research experiences across the translational research continuum.

Curriculum Development

Through this program, Howard and Georgetown collaborated to develop the Introduction to Cancer Epidemiology now offered through the Georgetown University Master's Program in Cancer Epidemiology

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