Dear Colleagues-Friends,

We are very pleased to help share the news that Massey Cancer Center has won a highly competitive National Cancer Institute SPORE grant – the first ever awarded in the state of Virginia – intended to translate research findings quickly from the laboratory to patients to address the disproportionate effects of lung cancer on the Black community. To view a video about the research, please click here.

The SPORE funding will establish a center called the Translational Research Center in Lung Cancer Disparities – TRACER for short – led by Massey and run in collaboration with Medical University of South Carolina Hollings Cancer Center and City of Hope in California. TRACER will also engage a host of community groups across all three states, including local health departments, community health centers, marginalized populations, civic activists, educational institutions, faith-based groups and cancer survivors.

At VCU, Dr. Rob Winn will lead the grant with research collaboration from Dr. Pat Nana-Sinkam. After the three-year funding period of this initial award, which is considered a P20 exploratory grant, the infrastructure will be in place to apply for a larger, five-year P50 SPORE award that will establish a more permanent research program devoted to ending racial inequities in lung cancer.

Please congratulate Rob, Pat and the entire Massey team on this amazing work! We are delighted and proud of this achievement for our institution and our Commonwealth.

With all good wishes,

Pter F. Buckley, M.D.; Dean, VCU School of Medicine; Executive vice President for Medical Affairs, VCU Health System