News Release: Research, Winship Cancer Institute

Sep. 29,  2009

Emory Winship Earns $1 Million Grant to Study Health Disparities in Prostate Cancer

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The Emory Winship Cancer Institute has received a $1 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to study health disparities and informed decision-making among prostate cancer patients.

Theresa Gillespie, PhD, associate professor, Department of Surgery and the Emory Winship Cancer Institute, is principal investigator of the multi-site, national study based at Emory. Other members of the study team include: Joseph Lipscomb, PhD, Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health; Michael Goodman, MD, MPH, Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health; John Petros, MD, Department of Urology, Emory School of Medicine; and Katharina Echt, PhD, Department of Geriatrics & Gerontology, Emory School of Medicine. Kevin Ward, PhD, MPH, CTR, will direct the Emory Winship shared core resource support in data management.

The CDC will provide Emory and Gillespie with $1 million over two years to investigate informed decision-making regarding treatment options and health disparities in early-stage prostate cancer, primarily in terms of access to care and racial differences. The study will use a mixed-methods approach to determine how men and their significant others make decisions for treatment options in early stage prostate cancer.

One specific aim will focus on why African-American men, who have the highest mortality rates from prostate cancer in the United States, choose active surveillance more frequently than surgery or radiation as compared to other racial/ethnic groups. 

Collaborating institutions and study sites are the Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition; 3 Veterans Administration medical centers (Atlanta, Durham, and Kansas City); and multiple communities through the National Rural Health Association.


The project has been funded with Federal funds from the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health under Contract No. HHSN261200800001E.  The content of this publication does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of Health and Human Services, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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