Alabama-Birmingham, Alabama State Get Cancer Research Grant

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. ― The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.

UAB officials said in a statement Tuesday that the $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute will allow both schools to execute cancer-related research and training focused on helping underserved communities.

Officials say the partnership is aimed at supporting junior faculty members and developing a pipeline of researchers who are committed to probing disparities in minority cancer rates.

Officials say some of the research will focus on prostate and colorectal cancers, which have a disproportionate impact on minorities.