The Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD) at Clark Atlanta University was established in 1999 out of the strengths of the Departments of Biological Sciences and Chemistry.
CCRTD is currently supported by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program; the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD); National Cancer Institute (NCI); Department of Defense (DoD); and Georgia Research Alliance.
In 2004, CCRTD faculty decided to focus its efforts on prostate cancer research. This decision was based on the significantly higher rate of incidence and mortality among African-American men and because of the unique expertise of CCRTD faculty that could readily be applied to this area of research.
The overall mission of CCRTD is:
To develop a core group of internationally-known group of scientists that will carry out highly productive basic research in cancer cell biology and contribute in the development of successful therapeutic strategies to combat cancer.
To involve undergraduate and graduate students in the area of cancer research and to train post-doctoral fellows in the area of cancer biology and, hence, help develop future generation of African-American scientists of the highest caliber.
To establish an educational program that will help to increase awareness for prevention, early detection and treatment of cancers, especially those which disproportionately affect the African-American community.
Role: Assistant program manager