October 15, 2007

Cancer conference spotlights prevention, education

Sacramento State faculty and students will once again come together with UC Davis Cancer Center faculty and researchers to address disparities in cancer prevention, control and care in the region at the second annual Community/Campus Collaborative Conference. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 26 at the Sacramento State Alumni Center.

The conference, titled “Partnership Matters: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of the Parts,” will focus on building and sustaining community-based collaborative research initiatives concerning gaps in cancer education and outreach, particularly in ethnically diverse communities.

“Last year’s goal was to forge and foster new campus-community partnerships to identify cancer research projects of benefit to the region and its minority communities,” says David Earwicker, Sacramento State’s assistant vice president of Research Administration and Contract Administration and co-chair of the conference board. “We met those objectives, and the goal of this year’s conference is to increase participation and expand the research agenda for our faculty in support of the region’s underserved communities.”

The conference is part of a collaborative effort between Sacramento State and UC Davis, community groups and funding agencies such as the American Cancer Society, the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the National Institutes of Health. The conference agenda features highlights of successful research-community partnerships and group sessions in which participants will consider research priorities for the region.

The keynote speaker is Marj Plumb, vice chair of the California Women’s Health Council, which advises the California Department of Health Services on women’s health issues. Plumb will lead a session on leadership development in community-campus partnerships and discuss strategies for creating and sustaining dynamic interdisciplinary projects.

Conference registration is free, and participants can register immediately at http://webapps2.csus.edu/confreg/ucdcc/ or call (916) 278-6402 in order to reserve a space and receive materials in advance of the conference.

For more information, contact Sacramento State’s Research Administration office at (916) 278-6402. For media assistance, contact Sacramento State’s Public Affairs office at (916) 278-6156.