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CRCHD Offices and Branches

Within CRCHD, there are two branches and the Office of the Director.

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Office of the Director

Diversity Training Branch (DTB)

DTB leads NCI’s efforts to train students and investigators from diverse populations who will be part of the next generation of competitive researchers in cancer and cancer health disparities research. DTB supports training programs that increase the number of underrepresented individuals, including racially/ethnically diverse, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and disabled, in the biomedical research workforce. DTB's objectives are to:

  • Establish and maintain the pipeline of investigators from health disparity populations by expanding and extending the period of training and career development.
  • Stimulate and support a team of investigators from health disparity populations who can compete successfully for independent research project grants (RPGs).
  • Emphasize strategic and scientific areas of greatest need (e.g., basic, clinical, translational, behavioral, and population sciences, as well as emerging technologies).

Integrated Networks Branch (INB)

INB is a network-based, multidisciplinary approach to addressing cancer disparities through the fostering of linkages, cooperating and partnering for information sharing, leveraging resources, and contributing to cancer health disparities research, diversity training, and community outreach and education. INP supports two network programs—the National Outreach Network (NON) and the Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP). Objectives are to:

  • Facilitate and promote ongoing and new alliances across biologically, clinically, and behaviorally focused researchers, practitioners (including lay community practitioners), trainees, and community leaders to develop a coordinated transdisciplinary approach to conducting cancer disparities research, diversity training, and culturally sensitive outreach, education, and information dissemination.
  • Develop opportunities for leveraging the strengths of people, programs, and resources to more effectively engage health disparities populations in cancer research, including clinical trials and biospecimen research.
  • Connect at-risk and health disparities populations with NCI research, training, and outreach efforts, with the ultimate aim of advancing the understanding of the biological and nonbiological causes of cancer health disparities and promoting health equity.
  • Contribute to the next generation of competitive cancer health disparities researchers from populations underrepresented in the biomedical sciences.
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