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Lincoln University – Fox Chase Partnership

Under the National Cancer Institute's (NCI) "Feasibility Studies for Collaborative Interaction for Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP)"

The objectives of the partnership are designed to train Lincoln students and faculty capable of conducting first-class biomedical and population-based research and to implement joint research projects that attack cancer health disparities. A secondary objective is to develop collaborative faculty pilot projects enhancing Lincoln faculty’s ability to pursue NIH funding to support discrete, specified, circumscribed projects in areas representing their specific interests and competencies.

This effort is led by Co-Principal Investigators J. Robert Beck, MD, at Fox Chase Cancer Center (an NCI-designated Cancer Center) and Anna Hull, PhD, at Lincoln University (a Historically Black College/Institution).

Lincoln University, located in Chester County, PA, is the first historically black university in the country. Lincoln University demonstrates a longstanding history of preparing students for leadership roles. Noted Lincoln alumni include US Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, poet Langston Hughes and educator Melvin B. Tolson, portrayed by Denzel Washington in the 2007 film The Great Debaters.

Fox Chase is the region's only hospital devoted entirely to cancer treatment, research and prevention. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks our 100-bed hospital, located in Philadelphia, among the top cancer centers in the nation. Our nationally and internationally recognized staff provide consultations and treatment recommendations for all types of adult cancer.

Lincoln University Summer Internship

The overall purpose of the collaborative summer internship between Fox Chase and Lincoln University is to create an opportunity for selected students and faculty to train at the Center with experienced cancer researchers conducting first-class biomedical and population-based research, utilizing equipment and techniques otherwise unavailable. As a result, both the students' and faculty members' experiences will be evaluated for future program development.

The summer program provides a comprehensive orientation and training in areas of cancer biology and population science, including:

  • The undertaking of scholarly research
  • Health literacy, cultural competency and health disparities
  • Biostatistics and bioinformatics
  • Bioethics and biotechnology
  • The understanding of cancer
  • Navigation of resources, prevention, detection, treatment and control
  • The undertaking of basic science and clinical trials
  • Regulatory compliance through the IRB, IACUC and Radiation Safety

The 2010 interns were given an additional three-day orientation at Lincoln University to prepare them for their internship. At the end of the 10-week-long summer program, the original goals and measures will be evaluated through questionnaires and interviews looking at the participants' knowledge and understanding, as well as the program's effectiveness.