Posted: Oct 4, 2012 6:43 AM by AP/CS
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Tulane University School of Medicine is getting $2 million to increase the number of minority patients enrolled in clinical trials for new cancer therapies.
The grant is one of 17 nationwide this year from the National Cancer Institute to bring racial and ethnic groups typically under-represented in clinical research into community-based cancer trials.
Louisiana State University's health science centers in New Orleans and Shreveport also participate in the institute's Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program created in 1990 for areas with large minority populations.
The Ochsner Cancer Institute in Jefferson Parish is part of the NCI's Community Clinical Oncology Program, which started in 1983.