MUSC Hollings Cancer Center

Disparities Research and Methods (DREAM) Series

Mission Statement:

The mission of DREAM is to provide an arena for reporting ongoing research projects and foster statewide collaborative health disparities research efforts  across academic and community institutions.

Upcoming Lecture Information:

Date: February 26, 2014
Time: 10:00-11:00 AM
Place: Room 120
             Hollings Cancer Center 
             86 Jonathan Lucas Street

Topic:  Recruitment, Retention, Surgical and Medication Adherence Studies with African Americans: Lessons Learned

Speaker: Dr. Marvella Ford

Dr. Ford completed her undergraduate training at Cornell University and her graduate and postdoctoral fellowship training were

completed at the University of Michigan. She is a Professor in the MUSC Department of Public Health Sciences and she is Associate

Director of Cancer Disparities at the National Cancer Institute-designated MUSC Hollings Cancer Center.

Dr. Ford is a behavioral scientist with expertise in conducting cancer research in diverse populations of older adults. She is PI of an

NIH/NCI-funded P20 center granttitled South Carolina Cancer Disparities Research Center (SC CaDRe) in collaboration with Dr. Judith

Salley from South Carolina State University. The goal of theSC CaDRe is to expand cancer disparities research in South Carolina while

cultivating a network of diverse cancer researchers. She is also PI of an NIH/NCI R21 investigation titled "Optimizing Survivorship

and Surveillance after Treatment for Colon Cancer.” In this study, she and her colleagues,Drs. Jane Zapka and Katie Sterba, are systematically

investigating the role of multi-level factors on participation of colon cancer survivors in guideline-basedpost-treatment cancer surveillance

and care.

In addition, Dr. Ford is Multiple PI, with Dr. Nestor Esnaola, of an NIH/NIMHD-funded R01 grant titled “Improving Resection Rates

among African Americans withNSCLC. ” The purpose of the study is to evaluate a strategy to rates of receipt of lung-directed therapy

with curative intent among African Americans with early stage lung cancer. She is also a collaborator (with Dr. Sabra Slaughter) on a

Department of Defense-funded grant titled “Southeastern Virtual Institute for Health Equity and Wellness (SE VIEW).” The goal of the

study is to improve cancer screening, cancer knowledge, and knowledge of cancer clinical trials, amongresidents of the

I-95 Corridor of South Carolina.


For the past five years, Dr. Ford led a CDC grant with the Morehouse School of Medicine with collaborators Dr. Debbie Bryant and

Deborah Williamson. Through the grant,community organizations in South Carolina received more than $100,000 to implement evidence

based strategies to improve breast and cervical cancer screening rates amongAfrican American women. She also directs an undergraduate

summer student research training program in collaboration with Claflin University, South Carolina State University,and Voorhees College.

To date, 10 students have been included as co-authors on peer-reviewed publications. Most of the students have been accepted to graduate

or professional schools.


Dr. Ford coordinates the “Selected Topics in Epidemiology” course and a seminar series course in the Department of Public Health Sciences.

She is the author of nearly 70 scientific articles and she is the co-author of a published book of annotated bibliographies on black American fathers.

Coffee and bagels will be available for the first 25 attendees.

Parking:  On campus parking at MUSC is available in the

Jonathan Lucas Street Garage behind the College of Nursing.  For more information on campus parking,

click HERE or check out the MUSC Campus Map.

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