C. ThompsonUsing Electronic Health Records to Understand Pathways of Breast Cancer Screening and CareNCATS - KL2 TR0014443/2016 -2/2019
C. ThompsonLung Cancer in Never Smokers: Incidence, Risk Factors, and Molecular Characteristics in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Women (Subcontract: UCSF: PI: Gomez)NCI - R01 CA20407010/2017 – 4/2020
C. ThompsonSpatial-, Neighborhood- and Healthcare System-related Drivers of Lung Cancer Treatment DisparitiesUC Regents: Tobacco-Related Disease Research Program of California9/2019 – 8/2020
P. KatiraCollaborative Research: Heterogeneous Cancer Cell Mechanics Differentially Drives Mechanosensing and MigrationNSF9/2018 - 8/2021
C. HouseRole of Divergent NF-kappaB Signaling in Supporting Ovarian Cancer Tumor-Initiating Cells Responsible for Cancer RecurrenceNCI - R00 CA2047278/2018 - 7/2021
C. HouseThe Role of Obesity in ND-KB-Induced Cancer Stem Cell-Like Phenotype and Its Implication in Ovarian Cancer Tumorigenesis and ChemoresistanceNIMHD U54 MD0123976/2019 – 5/2022
E. ArredondoLinking Churches with Parks to Increase Physical Activity Among LatinosRAND Corp.3/2019 – 4/2022
E. ArredondoFloreciendo Juntas (Growing Together): A Mother-Daughter Physical Activity Program (R21)NCI - R211/2020-12/2021
G. Ayala, K. WellsSDSU HealthLINK Center for Transdisciplinary Health Disparities ResearchNIMHD U54 MD0123979/2018 –6/2023
C. SohlMechanisms of isocitrate dehydrogenase variants in cancerAmerican Cancer Society7/2019 – 6/2023
H. ParadaRed Blood Cell Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Breast Cancer Mortality in the Women's Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) StudyNCI K01 CA2343179/2019 – 8/2024
T. WuSecondhand Smoke, Past Smoking, Diet, Novel Biomarkers and Breast Cancer MetastasisCA Tobacco Related Disease Research Program9/2019-8/2021
K. Wells, M. ReblinA Stepped-Care Psychosocial Intervention for Brain Tumor Family CaregiversNCI - R017/2019 - 6/2024
K. Wells , L. Barnes, J. GongSCH: INT: Collaborative Research: Multiscale Modeling and Intervention for Improving Long-Term MedicationNCI - R019/2019 – 8/2023
E. MartinezLinking and Amplifying User-centered Networks through Connected Health (L.A.U.N.C.H.): KentuckyNCI - ICF subaward9/2017 – 9/2018
E. MartinezBreast Cancer Clinical Trial Education in Hispanic CommunitiesV Foundation9/2019 - 8/2020
S. GuptaAssessing the quality of colorectal cancer screening process at federally qualified community health centers in San Diego and Imperial countiesCDC10/2016 – 6/2017
S. GuptaPost-polypectomy Surveillance for Reducing Colorectal Cancer Incidence and MortalityNCI - R372/2018 – 12/2021
Y. San MiguelDiversity Supplement to above R37 grantNCI Supplement2020-20201
J. NodoraStrengthen NCI-supported Community Outreach through CHE of the NONNCI Administrative Supplement9/2015 – 8/2018
J. NodoraIncreasing Minority Accrual in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Through a Multidisciplinary ApproachV Foundation6/2016 – 6/2017
J. NodoraColorectal Cancer Screening Strategies for Community Health CentersACS1/2018– 122022
J. NodoraSpecialized Cancer Center Support Grant- HPV supplementNCI Supplement9/2018–8/2019
J. NodoraEngaging breast medical oncologists to increase minority accrual in clinical trialsV Foundation9/2018–8/2019
B. RoseActive surveillance for African-American men with prostate cancerDepartment of Defense7/2018– 7/2022
P. AristizabalOutcomes of informed consent in pediatric oncology: A feasibility pilot studyAmerican Cancer Society12/2014– 11/2016
P. AristizabalFactors affecting parental satisfaction, anxiety and comprehension of informed consent in pediatric cancer clinical trialsAlex Lemonade Stand Foundation Psychosocial Grant1/2016- 12/2018
P. AristizabalFactors affecting parental satisfaction, anxiety and comprehension of informed consent in pediatric leukemia clinical trialsAmerican Society of Hematology7/2016– 6/2018
P. AristizabalEducating the Next Generation: Development and implementation of a delivery of informed curriculum for pediatric hematology/oncology fellows to enhance communication skillsAmerican Society of Pediatric Hematology/ Oncology5/2016– 5/2018
P. AristizabalCOMPRENDO: adaptation and implementation of a peer-navigation intervention to improve research literacy and diversity in pediatric leukemia clinical trialsNCI - K0807/2018– 06/2023
P. AristizabalRole of Health Literacy on Psychological Distress in Parents of Newly Diagnosed Pediatric Cancer Patients at Rady Children’s Hospital San DiegoAlex Lemonade Stand Foundation; Role: Mentor to Shilpa Nataraj, UCSD medical student6/2017-9/2017
P. AristizabalEstablishment of a Pediatric and Adolescent Cancer Registry-Surveillance System in MexicoSanofi-Espoir Foundation6/2019-12/21
J. MurphyInteractive Contouring Atlas for Radiation OncologyNIH-AHRQ R03 HS0243217/2016 - 6/2017
J. MurphyInteractive Contouring Simulation (iCountour) to Improve Outcomes of Cancer Patients Treated with Radiation TherapyNIH - AHRQ R18HS02688108/2019 - 05/2024
L. HillUCSD/SDSU General Preventive Medicine Residency Program "ACS Physician Training Award in Preventive MedicineAmerican Cancer Society1/2018- 6/2022
J. CarethersImmune Modulation of DNA Mismatch Repair in Colorectal CancerNIH - R014/2016-3/2021
A KummelLiposomal encapsulation of oncovirusEpicenRx9/2019-8/2020
A Kummel, McIntyreIMPACT – Innovation Materials and Processes for Advance Compute TechnologySRC1/2020 - 12/2022
UCSD: Martinez SDSU: McDanielsSpecialized Cancer Center Support Grant- SD Cares SupplementNCI - P30 Supp9/2018 –8/2019
UCSD: Martinez SDSU: TsouInnovative Infrastructure to Enhance the California Teachers StudyNCI - U01 subcontract9/2018 – 8/2020
UCSD: Tamayo, Kim Martinez, Nodora, Murphy SDSU: McDanielsIntegrated Machine-Learning Platform to Inform Precision Therapy in Underrepresented Triple-Negative Breast Cancer PatientsCalifornia Initiative for Precision Medicine1/2019 – 12/2021
UCSD: Martinez, Gupta, Nodora SDSU: CastañedaCRC-HUB-SPOKE: A ColoRectal Cancer Screening Hub for Southern California Community Health Centers (Cancer Moonshot RFA)NCI - UG3/UH39/2019 – 8/2024
UCSD: Martinez SDSU: McDanielsBreast Cancer Clinical Trial Education in Hispanic CommunitiesV Foundation9/2019 - 8/2020
L. Rodriguez; (Family Health Centers of San Diego)Enhancing Breast Health and Breast Cancer Screening through Education and OutreachSusan G. Komen - San Diego07/2017-06/2018

Featured Grants

Partnership teams from SDSU and UCSD receive NCI funding for ACCSIS Grant (Accelerating Colorectal Cancer Screening and Follow-Up Through Implementation Science)

Drs. Elena Martinez, Samir Gupta, and Sheila Castañeda were awarded funds for an NCI Cancer Moonshot proposal titled “CRC-HUB-SPOKE: A ColoRectal Cancer screening Hub for Southern California community health centers.” The project addresses the extremely low colorectal cancer (CRC) screening and follow-up rates in community health centers (CHCs) in San Diego County. This implementation science project will look at a multilevel intervention that combines centralized strategies implemented or coordinated by an consortium organization (Health Quality Partners, HQP, the hub) to regional CHCs (spokes) and their patients. This project will assess if these methods are an effective, scalable, and sustainable approach to optimize CRC screening, follow-up, and referral-to-care.
ACCSIS Team at annual Investigators Meeting in Washington, DC
From L to R: Balambal Bharti, PhD, Jesse Nodora, DrPH, Elena Martinez, PhD, Samir Gupta, MD (all from UCSD), Sheila Castañeda, PhD (SDSU), Jennifer Covin, MPH, and Kristine Ortwine, MPH (HQP)

Christal Sohl, PhD, awarded American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant

Dr. Christal Sohl, Assistant Professor, Biochemistry at SDSU was awarded an American Cancer Society Research Scholar Grant. The study, titled "Mechanisms of Isocitrate Dehydrogenase Variants in Cancer", aims to develop tools to help inform therapeutic inhibitor response and prognosis based on mutation identity. The prestigious four-year grant was awarded in Spring 2019, and, as Dr. Sohl notes, her lab has already "identified new features of mutant IDH1 inhibitor selectivity, and generated cellular tools to connect chemistry to phenotype". Dr. Sohl (SDSU) mentors Partnership-supported PhD students as well as undergraduate Partnership Scholars. Congratulations, Dr. Sohl!

Humberto Parada, PhD, Partnership Early Stage Investigator, awarded NCI K01

Dr. Humberto Parada Jr, Assistant Professor in the San Diego State University’s School of Public Health, has been awarded National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) K01 Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to Promote Diversity. This career development award will focus on examining the role of polyunsaturated fatty acids in mortality following breast cancer among women who participated in the Women’s Healthy Eating and Living (WHEL) Study, a multi-site randomized trial of the effect of a plant-based dietary pattern on breast cancer recurrence and survival, conducted by scientists at MCC. Specifically, Dr. Parada will examine red blood cell fatty acids in association with mortality following breast cancer and breast tumor gene expression.