April 19, 2007
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY AND TWO OTHER
INSTITUTIONS AWARDED $4.2 MILLION GRANT
LINCOLN UNIVERSITY, PA ~ Lincoln University President Ivory
V. Nelson has announced that the university, in collaboration
with the University of Pennsylvania and Penn State College
of Medicine, has been awarded a $4.2 million grant to study
gene-environment interactions that increase the risk of lung
cancer in African-American and Caucasian smokers and non-smokers.
The study will be conducted under the Gene-Environmental Initiative
of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology (CEET).
previous studies have shown that chemicals in tobacco smoke
cause lung cancer, more than a tenth of lung cancer cases occurs
in non-smokers. Studies have revealed that industrialized
urban areas have higher lung cancer rates than areas with good
air quality, indicating that the environmental pollution may
also be a factor.
Lincoln University’s role
in the study is to design the research instrument and collect
data in the African-American community. Dr. Judith Thomas,
dean for the School of Social Sciences and Behavioral Studies,
and Dr. Robert Millette, professor of sociology and anthropology,
will collaborate with the University of Pennsylvania in collecting
and analyzing the data.
Findings of the study will be disseminated
to legislators, community leaders, community organizations,
and other stakeholders. The
identification of genetic factors that increase risk of lung
cancer would enhance the quality of the public health information
that is disseminated to the general population during cancer
awareness and smoking cessation programs.
Founded in 1854, Lincoln University is a premier, historically
Black University that combines the best elements of a liberal
arts and sciences-based undergraduate core curriculum and selected
graduate programs to meet the needs of those living in a highly
technological and global society. The University is nationally
recognized as a major producer of African Americans with undergraduate
degrees in the physical sciences (biology, chemistry and physics);
computer and informational sciences; biological and life sciences. Lincoln
has an enrollment of 2,423 undergraduate and graduate students.