By Fran Barrera
The Cancer Community of Scholars (CCoS) is a forum for UT faculty interested in cancer research. The CCoS currently includes faculty from several UT colleges including Arts and Sciences, Engineering, Nursing, Social Work, Communications, and Education Health & Human Sciences. In addition, there are faculty participants from the College of Veterinary Medicine (Institute of Agriculture) and UT Medical Center at Knoxville (UT Health Science Center).
Eight faculty of BCMB are CCoS members: Jerome Baudry, Josh Bembenek, Elias Fernandez, Liz Howell, Jae Park, Jeremy Smith Albrecht von Arnim and Fran Barrera.
“If funded, this grant would afford BCMB undergraduate students interested in cancer invaluable opportunities for first-hand research and clinical experience.”
The CCoS is serving as a catalyst for generating application for institutional grants to fund research engaging students and faculty. Recently an application was submitted for an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant aimed at supporting the research of the junior faculty of the CCoS with seed money and guidance and mentoring provided by senior faculty members of the CCoS. The application is under review with a decision pending.
Work is currently underway to apply for an NIH R25 Cancer Education Grant, spearheaded by Tim Sparer. If funded, this grant would afford BCMB undergraduate students interested in cancer invaluable opportunities for first-hand research and clinical experience. In particular, they would be able to witness at the UT Medical Center the different stages through which an oncological patient travels, as well as how cancer diagnostics and treatment proceeds.