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Clark Atlanta University Hosts the 11th National Symposium on Prostate Cancer

Posted on Monday, September 19, 2016

Shafiq A. Khan, Ph.D.


Contact: Mario Boone
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ATLANTA (Sept. 19, 2016)    Clark Atlanta University (CAU) will host The 11th National Symposium on Prostate Cancer Sept. 26-28, 2016, on the main campus of CAU at 223 James P. Brawley Dr., SW.  Sponsored by CAU’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development (CCRTD), it is the largest symposium focused exclusively on prostate cancer research at any HBCU in the nation.  It is also the only bi-annually recurring event of its kind in the U.S.

World-renowned cancer researchers will give presentations on cellular and molecular biology of prostate cancer, hormonal regulation, control of cell proliferation, invasion and metastasis.  It will also feature a national poster competition with prizes awarded to the top undergraduate and graduate students presenting research in biomedical sciences.  Two travel grants will be awarded to students for their oral presentations.

“The purpose of the symposium is to bring in some of the biggest names in prostate cancer research for our students and faculty to interact with and learn from,” said CCRTD director Shafiq A. Khan, Ph.D.  “Ten years ago we started with just four speakers and now we’re up to 25,” he continued.

Khan said statistics show 1-in-5 black men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime.  That’s why for many years CAU has been at the forefront of the research effort to end this deadly disease.  Helping lead that effort, are ten world-class prostate cancer research scientists in the CCRTD, the most at any single research center in the U.S.  “We strive to be the best in the world at what we do,” Khan said.

The CCRTD has a tri-lateral mission, which includes conducting basic prostate cancer research, training undergraduate and graduate students, and educating the community about prostate cancer.  It has graduated 15 Ph.D. students in the past four years and has generated more than $39 million in extramural funding since 2008.  It’s also a multi-disciplinary center with members from various schools at CAU.  Khan said he expects CAU will leverage these attributes and the rich legacy of its research program to one day develop a prostate cancer cure.  “The end game is that we want to increase the number of world class African-American scientists to help alleviate the problem of prostate cancer in men of color.

For more information about the symposium visit www.cau.edu/ccrtd or call 404.880.6763.

Category: Research
Keywords: CCRTD, 11th National Symposium on Prostate Cancer