Graduate Training in Breast Cancer Disparities Research

Thank you for your interest in breast cancer disparities research. Wayne State University (WSU) and the Karmanos Cancer Institute (KCI) are in a unique position to train scientists in this area.  Our program builds on the Cancer Biology Training Program (CBTP) in the Department of Oncology at WSU that is one of the longest running Cancer Biology PhD Programs in the US. The KCI, an NCI-funded Comprehensive Cancer Institute, has a long standing program in Population Studies and Disparities Research (PSDR). As a Komen Graduate Training in Disparities Research program (GTDR) trainee, you will have the opportunity to bridge basic, clinical and population sciences in an environment in which breast cancer disparities are real.  The metropolitan Detroit area not only experiences disparities in breast cancer incidence and mortality between African Americans and whites, but African American women here have higher breast cancer incidence and mortality rates than African American women overall in the US. The guiding philosophy for our GTDR program is to teach students to think critically, through an immersion in an educational curriculum that emphasizes hypothesis-based research in a multidisciplinary setting, and through exposure to cutting-edge technology. Another important component of the curriculum is the recognition that most diseases, including breast cancer, are multifactorial and impact populations differentially.  Drs. Cote and Ratnam welcome any questions you may have about the Komen GTDR program or studies here at WSU.