This award from NIH establishes a Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. The primary objective of the COBRE is focused on “Mentoring Translational Cancer Research” in Oklahoma to enhance cancer research and infrastructure in the state. To accomplish this goal, four Promising Junior Investigators (PJIs) and a mentoring team consisting of a mentor and co-mentor whose research expertise matches the focus of the PJI’s research project have been selected for funding in the initial phase of the award.
In addition, four Research Cores that will support the research goals of the center are funded. The proposed mentoring strategy will be further supported by Internal and External Advisory Committees that consist of nationally-recognized research leaders. By utilizing this model, the COBRE is well equipped to mentor and foster a new generation of leading, NIH-funded investigators who will help to expand cutting-edge cancer research in Oklahoma and beyond.
The PJIs’ diverse but related projects are integrated under the overall theme of “Tumor Biology: Resistance to Cancer Therapy and Mitigating Strategies.”