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The Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) and Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC) Partnership is a collaborative effort that promotes education, research, and training opportunities for young scientists and medical students in the area of cancer investigation in the Puerto Rican population. The main goal of the PHSU-MCC Partnership Research Education Core is to increase the number, competence and success of these cancer professionals.

The Research Education Core provides Ph.D and medical students the opportunity and funding to complete basic and translational laboratory research projects. Students from Ponce Health Sciences University can elect to undertake their project at MCC or at PHSU. Students from MCC and the University of South Florida with an ongoing interest in cancer research are eligible to train at the PHSU campus.

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During the rotation period lasting up to 10 weeks, participants will be provided with mentored training in cancer research, emerging technologies, research skills workshops, health disparities education, career development activities and lab meetings. After completing the research rotations, students will give an oral presentation to faculty and students at their home institute and submit a written report of the work.

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  1. Increase the number of basic science career investigators and enhance cancer research focused on the Puerto Rican population.
  2. Enhance clinical cancer research and treatment of the Puerto Rican population.
  3. Enhance career development and mentoring of partnership junior investigators.

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"De Moffitt a Puerto Rico" Spanish Fall Newsletter

"From Moffitt to Puerto Rico" English Fall Newsletter


Upcoming events:

Cancer Seminar Dr. Maija Reblin, Moffitt on February 8, 2016

Previous events:

Tumor Board, September 13, 2016

Cancer Seminar Dr. Bo Rueda, Harvard Medical School, October 16, 2016

"Adoptive Immunotherapy for Cancer: CAR-T cells and beyond" Cancer Seminar by Dr. Daniel Abate-Daga, June 29, 2016

Tumor Board, June 14, 2016

Faculty Mentoring Workshop with John Estrada, MD, October 6, 2014.

Health Disparities Symposium and poster session, featuring Rick Kittles, PhD as the keynote speaker, May 19, 2014.

"On Being a Scientist: Essential Skills of a Biomedical Scientist,"workshop featuring Tung-Tien Sun, PhD, March 14, 2014.

"Basic Science Research Targeting Health Disparities,"workshop held August 16, 2013.

Success Stories/News

The Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) Oncology Interest Group was selected as an American Society of Clinical Oncology-sponsored Cancer Interest Group, supported by the Conquer Foundation of ASCO Mission Endowment. Founded in 1964, ASCO is a professional Oncology society committed to conquering cancer through research, education, prevention and delivery of high-quality patient care. The PHSU OIG aims to encourage commitment, education, leadership and research among health sciences students interested in the Oncology field. The award funds will serve to support various group activities. throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, such as professional development and research workshops, community outreach events, and cancer awareness initiatives.

New directive members of the Oncology Interest Group:

  • Yariana Rodríguez, President
  • Ken De Jésus, Vice President
  • Angel Díaz, Secretary
  • Jaileen Pérez, Treasurer
  • Neysha Martínez, Research Coordinator
  • Kristian Figueras, Public Relations
  • Victor Otaño, Representative MS II
  • Ana Pagán, Representative MS III
  • Yaileen Guzmán, Representative MS IV
  • Claudia Ocasio, Representative PhD

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