karam_soliman.jpgTALLAHASSEE — The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the Florida A&M University (FAMU) College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences a major grant from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD).

The grant, “Center of Excellence for Cancer Research, Training and Community Service (COE-CRTCS),” was awarded to distinguished researcher and principal investigator Karam Soliman.

The total amount of the award is $5,626,785 for five years. In addition, FAMU will receive $1,477,585 for five years as indirect cost.

“When you do research, you have to believe that your contribution will last forever and that its influence never ceases,” Soliman said.

The overall goal and objective of the grant is to finance the development of innovative cancer research to address some of the most significant health consequences affecting minority and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations.

Specifically, the research funded by the grant is to address novel approaches for treating and preventing breast and lung cancer and promote minority health.

The award will provide FAMU with the support needed to conduct independent research, provide research-training opportunities to Ph.D. students from health disparity populations and engage in health promotion and health information dissemination activities through established partnerships with community-based organizations in the area of cancer. The initiative will provide opportunities to accelerate scientific knowledge in cancer by providing support for the following:

“I want to thank Dr. Karam Soliman and his research team for securing this grant,” said FAMU Interim President Larry Robinson. “This research initiative provides the opportunity to faculty and students to apply their expertise to address health issues that impact citizens in Florida and throughout the nation.  It does this by working directly with members of communities disproportionately impacted by breast and lung cancer.”

Other members of the research team include Mandip Sachdeva (Pharmacy), Carl Goodman (Pharmacy), John Cooperwood (Pharmacy), Saleh Rahman and Cynthia M. Harris (Public Health), Deana Burney (Psychology), Selina Darling-Reed (Pharmacy), Hernan Flores Rozas (Pharmacy) and Miaisha Mitchell (Front Porch Program, Tallahassee).

Photo: Karam Soliman