Cancer Center researcher receives AACR minority scholar award

Jesse Nodora, DrPH
Jesse Nodora, DrPH

University of Arizona Cancer Center member Jesse N. Nodora, DrPH, an assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Arizona’s College of Medicine, is one of 23 recipients of the Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awards being given at the Fourth AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Washington, DC, Sept. 18-21.

Dr. Nodora is assessing the Westernization of Mexican women with breast cancer.

The award, now in its 26th year, is intended to enhance the education and training of minority researchers, and increase the visibility and recognition of minorities involved in cancer research. It provides funds for the participation of early-career, meritorious minority scientists at American Association for Cancer Research conferences including its annual meeting.

Dr. Nodora became a member of the Arizona Cancer Center in 2005 in the Cancer Prevention and Control Program. His practical and research interests include health promotion, with an emphasis on cancer prevention, particularly among the poor and underserved. He also is an UACC Cancer Health Disparities Scholar.

Earlier this year, he received an American Cancer Society Mentored Research Scholar Grant to help low-income women at risk of cervical cancer to get follow up care. The five-year, $687,000 award will be used to establish a patient navigation program in a community health center to facilitate follow up care for women who have had an abnormal cervix cancer screening test.