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Second Annual Research Collaboration Forum 

Twenty administrators and researchers from Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center gathered on March 4, 2014 for the CSUF and UCI-CFCCC Partnership’s  Research Collaboration Forum. The event, held from 5-7 p.m. at the Fullerton Marriott, across from the CSUF campus, represents the second faculty mixer of the Partnership for Cancer Health Disparities Research program.

The purpose of the event is to facilitate collaborative research projects between CSUF and UCI-CFCCC faculty members. The majority of faculty in attendance plan to submit pilot project proposals for a $100,000 grant being funded by the Partnership via the P20 grant award. (Up to $50,000, $25,000 for each campus, in combined direct costs is available per year for up to two consecutive years.) The event also helps to advance knowledge about cancer health disparities and research projects between the two institutions.  In addition to networking and general announcements by leadership, project updates were provided by three teams of co-investigators who have already been funded under the partnership.


1. Investigators: Mindy Mechanic (CSUF) and Lari Wenzel (UCI)
Disparities in Social Support, Isolation and Coping among Cervical Cancer Survivors
2. Investigators:
Erica Howell (CSUF) and Leonard Sender (UCI)
Equipping Medical Professionals to Reduce Treatment Related Anxiety and Increase Treatment Procedural Understanding for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder Receiving Cancer Treatment
3. Investigators:
Feng Lui (UCI) and Archana McEligot (CSUF)
Project: Molecular and Epigenetic Mechanisms of Gender Disparities in Early Onset Melanoma


The forum also included an overview of six new pilot projects, each which involve at least one investigator from each institution. The projects were shared by faculty in response to the Partnership’s second Request for Applications to generate preliminary data for RO1 or other competitively funded grant applications.


1. Investigators: Sadeeka Al-Majid (CSUF) and Dora Sorkin (UCI)
Project: Unidas por la Vida: United for Life
2. Investigators: Yingying Dong (UCI) and  Kristin Kleinjans (CSUF)
Project: Accounting for the Roles of Socioeconomic Status and Religious Involvement in Explaining Cancer Disparities Among the Elderly, with special emphasis on African-Americans
3. Investigators: Suzanne Robinson (CSUF) and Leonard Sender (UCI)
Project: Employing Video Modeling to Reduce Treatment-Related Anxiety in Parents and Children Receiving Treatment in a Pediatric Oncology Practice
4. Investigators: David Timberlake (UCI) and Joshua Yang (CSUF)
Project: National and Local Retail Advertising of E-Cigarettes among Ethnic Minorities
5. Investigators: Rob Bristow (UCI) and Jasmeet Gill (CSUF)
Project: Disparities in Cervical Cancer Outcomes: Race, SES, and the Health-care System
6. Investigators: Brandon Brown (UCI) and Jorge Fontdevila (CSUF)
Project: Investigating Disparities in HAART Use for HIV and HPV Associated Outcomes among MSM in Orange County

The partnership is supported by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award numbers P20 CA174292 and P20 CA174188.