Tuskegee University Student Help the Environment 


by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (September 29, 2015) –Biology and Chemistry Department Faculty and Students help clean up the environment by participating the Gulf Coast Clean-Up. Here is the link to the news article on the TU website.  http://www.tuskegee.edu/Articles/students_and_faculty_tackle_ocean_pollution_by_participating_in_mobile_bay_coastal_clean-up_project.aspx

Tuskegee University Student Appointed to All-Star Status 

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (September 29, 2015) –Congratulations to Kasey Hornbuckle for being selected as a 2015-2016 HBCU All-Star!  This appointment will serve as the White House Initiative on HBCUs student ambassador for Tuskegee University.   Kasey’s participation in the program will help advance President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13532, Promoting Excellence, Innovation, and Sustainability at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.  Ms. Hornbuckle will serve as an ambassador of the Initiative by providing outreach and communication with fellow Tuskegee University students about the value of education.  In addition, through social media and her relationships with community-based organizations, she will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential. 




Tuskegee University Student Complete In National Science Competition

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (August 14, 2014) – On September 26, 2014, Tuskegee University took a group of students from Tuskegee, Montgomery, and Auburn to the 2014 NOBCChe (National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers) Science Bowl Competition.   The 10-Round NOBCChe Science Bowl took place at the Marriott in New Orleans on Saturday, September 27, 2014 with competition finals held on the morning of Sunday, September 28, 2014.  Our two teams (GROW CELLS  and TU Scientists) were former pre-college students that participated in the science-based enrichment program (GROW CELLS Academy) sponsored by Tuskegee University’s Health Disparities Institute for Research and Education (HDIRE). Completing head-to-head with seasoned teams from across the United States, GROW CELLS  and TU Scientists made it to the finals; however, both teams were eliminated in the 9th round of competition.  Overall, this wonderful experience allow for the students to take in New Orleans culture while networking with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) professionals and peers.  They can’t wait for the 2015 NOBCChe Science Bowl Competition!  Individuals in image from left to right: Steven Thomas, Manelisi V. Nhliziyo, Danielle Calhoun, Raymond Baah-Asare, K’dayjah Council, Kevin Hughes, Jamyia McNeil, Tamara Brown, Mikuel Hicks, Daniel Bettis, Alexandria Bufford, Richard Whittington.


Tuskegee University Graduate Student Wins First Place

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (July 24, 2014) – Congratulations to  Abisola Abisoye-Ogunniyan for winning the 2014 Summer Institute Best Abstract for SCRTP Oral Presentation, “Kaiso Regulates Androgen Sensitivity and Mesenchymal to Epithelial Transition (MET) in Prostate Cancer Cells through Direct Regulation of miR-200c Expression". 




Tuskegee University Biology Professor Reminds the World About Carver's

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (May 2, 2014) - Dr. Lafayette Frederick has been selected by the Honorary Awards Committee of the Mycological Society of America (MSA) to be a Fellow of the Mycological Society of America.  He will travel to Michigan State University to receive a formal letter and award from the MSA President, Joey Spatafora, at the 2014 MSA Annual Meeting on June 12th.


Undergraduate Biology Student Featured in News Article for Excellence in Research

by Richard Whittington 

Tuskegee, AL (March 17, 2014) - Tuskegee University undergraduate, Brittany Demmings, featured in AAAS news article about her research at Tuskegee University and experience at the  2014 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Washington, D.C.  The entire article can be found at




Tuskegee University Biology Professor Reminds the World About Carver's Greatness

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (March 3, 2014) - Dr. Lafayette Frederick collaborated with professors from Alcorn State University, Virginia Tech University, the USDA-ARS Systematic Mycology & Microbiology Laboratory to discuss the impact of Dr. George Washington Carver on the field of Mycology.  George Washington Carver and the Fungal Plant Disease Survey publication reveals new discoveries about his influence on global food security and plant pathology.







Biology Scholars Honored at Tuskegee University


by Richard Whittington 

Tuskegee, AL (February 28, 2014) - Tuskegee University showcases that talent of our undergraduate and graduate students by giving them the opportunity to present their research projects to the world at the 2014 Joint Annual Research Symposium. 





Biology Scholars Honored at Tuskegee University

by Richard Whittington 

Tuskegee, AL (February 27, 2014) - Tuskegee University celebrates the accomplishments of undergraduate freshman with a dinner for students that have earned a 3.25 GPA or better.  Several of these student that participated in the special event were biology scholars.  People in left image from left to right are as follows:  Kasey Hornbuckle, Daenique Jengelley, Destiny Miller, Amari Carter, Deja Hatcher, Jasmine McNair, and Jamika Jordan. 




Tuskegee University Undergraduates Win at National Conference  

by Richard Whittington 

Tuskegee, AL (February 22, 2014) - Tuskegee University undergraduate and graduate students travel to the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Washington, D.C. to enhance their science communication skills through the presentation of their research projects and to better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce by attending workshops. Ashley Cainion and Brittany Demmings won a 1st awards for poster presentation of their research in the area Cellular and Molecular Biology. People in left image from left to right are as follows:  Dr. Richard Whittington, Veronica Alston, Paul Gorrell, Kimberly Myer, Jamon Pulliam, Brittany Demmings, John Glenn, Ashley Cainion, Jamel Dobbs, Devon Jacobs, Manelisi Nhliziyo, Diane Fru, Derell Hampton, and Alexandria Bufford. People in left image from left to right are as follows:  Manelisi Nhliziyo, Alexandria Bufford, Diane Fru, Kesley Green,  Derell Hampton, Jamel Dobbs, and Paul Gorrell. 




A New Tuskegee University Leader is Born 

by White House Initiative Staff

Tuskegee, AL (February 7, 2014) - Congratulations to Aneesa Sood!  She was selected to be the 2014 HBCU All-Star Student from Tuskegee University.  Her superb achievements in academics, leadership, and civic engagement have once again set her apart from other applicants.  The first year of the HBCU All Star student program, Ms. Sood will be representing the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Tuskegee University  as an all-star student who will graduate as a leader from one of the nation’s finest HBCUs.






A New Tuskegee University Leader is Born 

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (February 5, 2014) - Congratulations to Zachary White!  Zachary won the campus-wide election to become the next Student Government Association President.



ERN Awardees featured in this image are Jamel Dobbs, Alexandria Bufford, and Manelisi Victor Nhliziyo in order of left to right.


Several Tuskegee University Undergraduate Students Wins Award for Undergraduate Research

by ERN Conference Staff

Tuskegee, AL (December 4, 2013) - Congratulations to Alexandria Bufford, Ashley Cainion, Jamel Dobbs, Johnny Glenn, Kimberly Myers, and Manelisi Victor Nhliziyo  for winning the 2013 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM Award.  This opportunity will allow her to present her research at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  The Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.




The Biology Department Teaches Undergraduate Students How to Teach

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (December 3, 2013) - Tuskegee University offers tutoring services, Graduate 4 Sure, in the Biology Department every Tuesday and Thursday while classes are in session.  Graduate 4 Sure is open to pre-college students and undergraduates seeking to enhance their knowledge in various disciplines including biology, chemistry, mathematics, and english.  The participants are aided by biology faculty and undergraduate students that have mastered the disciplines they are tutoring in.  This program helps the tutees by increasing their knowledge-base and helps the tutor become better instructors based the subject matter they are asked to review.


Tuskegee Gains Recognition at National Conference  

by Richard Whittington 

Nashville, TN (November16, 2013) - Tuskegee University Undergraduates attend the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS) and win.  ABRCMS is the largest (approximately 3,300 participants), professional conference for minority students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  Students are exposed to opportunities for admission into summer research programs, graduate programs, and professional programs. This conference allows for student to network with other undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral scientists, faculty, program directors and administrators from over 350 U.S. colleges and universities.  Several students from Tuskegee University attended; however, Myles Davis took home the prize for his poster presentation on cancer research he conducted over the summer.


Students Adapt to the Cold for a Brighter Future      

by Richard Whittington 

Urbana-Champaign, ILL (October 22, 2013) – Undergraduate student and faculty participated in the 2013 Illinois Partners for Diversity (IPD) Summit, held October 21-22 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  This conference gave students the opportunity to visit the campus and various departments in an attempt to find academic programs they would be interest in for graduate and professional study.


Undergraduates Get Valuable Professional Advice   

by Richard Whittington 

Tuskegee, AL (October 17, 2013) - Interdisciplinary Meeting of Professionals for the Awareness of Careers and Training of Undergraduate Students (IMPACTUS) was a success! Student had the opportunity to speak with professionals to gain insight into the obstacles they may encounter on their road through various academic programs to obtain the careers they seek.

Undergraduate Students Get Professional Training to Become Tutors

by Richard Whittington 

Tuskegee, AL (October 5, 2013) – Undergraduate students receive professional training from the National Tutoring Association to become certified tutor.  This training allows for students to become powerful tools in the development of the undergraduate population by utilizing their new skills to assist in Tuskegee University's Center for Academic Excellence and Innovative Learning T-CAEIL.


Tuskegee Joins Forces With Morehouse to Enhance the Healthcare Workforce  

by Richard Whittington 

Tuskegee, AL (June 21, 2013) - Tuskegee University Undergraduates and Faculty join the 100 area dentists, physicians and researchers as part of a mentorship event hosted by Morehouse School of Medicine.  The participants engage 150 science student from the Atlanta-area that are college-level and ready to be working professionals.  Several roundtable discussions occurred over lunch about career paths and ambitions.  The lunch activity was followed up by motivational program that featured several guest speakers, political offices, and Morehouse faculty.  This program was designed create a connection between undergraduates and mentors that embody their professional aspirations, to launch young people onto a successful summer of study and future.



Biology Department is Invested in Training Future Leaders  

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (June 19, 2013) - Dr. Chastity Bradford has taken on the task of mentoring students from the Agritrek summer enrichment program and Integrative Biosciences Research Experience for Undergraduates (IBS REU).  Each program allows for student to engage in research projects while on campus at Tuskegee University.  The Agritrek program and the IBS REU programs are coordinated by Drs. Olga Bolden-Tiller  is run by Dr. Deloris Alexander.


Biology Student Pursues that Ph.D.  

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (May 3, 2013) - Sanchia Mills has been accepted into an internship program at the Morehouse School of Medicine Neuroscience Institute called, NI/NSBRIEPOP Summer Research Program.  In addition, she will be starting a Ph.D. program Biomedical Sciences this fall that the Morehouse School of Medicine.



Biology Student Wins SGA Election


by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (May 3, 2013) - Congratulations to Zachary White!  He was recently voting into the office of Vice Presedent of the Student Government Associaton.  We know that Zach will perform well and get a lot of accomplished during his short term..  This summer he was accepted into an intternship program, allowing him to demonstrate his leadersship skills while enhancing his professonal kwowledge.


Biology Professor Wins Competitive Grant for a Collaborative Study

by Fitzgerald Bramwell

Tuskegee, AL (May 2, 2013) - Congratulations Dr. Bradford on receipt of your grant from the Grosse Pointe Unit of the Herb Society of America entitled, "Investigating Angiotensin 1-7 Enhancement by Hibiscus sabdariffa as a Novel Therapeutic Strategy for the Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension (PH)" . Your interdisciplinary success with Dr. Collier (Chemistry) is good news.


Tuskegee University Biology Club and PreHealth Professionals Club Visit Emory University to Get the Inside Edge on Medical and Graduate Admissions

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (April 24, 2013) - Tuskegee University students visit Emory University's College of Medicine and Graduate School to gain knowledge about the admissions process for graduate and professional programs that this well-known institution.  Biology Club and the Minority Association of PreHealth Students (MAPS) join their efforts to get a leg up on the competition.  Event participants gained invaluable knowledge to help them prepare for the future.




The New Triple Threat of Excellence  

 by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (April 22, 2013) - For 2013, Manelisi Nhliziyo was recently awarded a fellowship from the Illinois Summer Neuroscience Institute at University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign, an internship with the Southern Oxidant and Aerosol Study (SOAS) at Western Michigan University, and acceptance into Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Program at Tuskegee University.  This is one undergraduate that will have an extremely busy summer and a very bright future.Mentorship is the Key to Success of Our Future Leaders in Sciencs  

Mentorship is the Key to the Success of OUR Future Leaders in the Sciences

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (April 19, 2013) - Dr. James Heldrith visits Tuskegee University to enlighten students about his ground-breaking discoveries in the area of HIV research and his path to success.  During a banquet in the Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel, Mayor Ford honored Dr. Heldrith with the key to the city of Tuskegee, Alabama.






Biology Students Honored for Excellence in Research

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (April 19, 2013) - Congratulations to Derrell Hampton, Lakiah Clark, Kimberly Myers, and James Mungin!  Undergraduate students were recognized at the Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society's 40th Annual Initiation and Awards Banquet for their excellence in research and professonal kwowledge.



Biology Student Takes the Prize 

by Tuskegee University News 

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (April 15, 2013) —Students tackled the subject of their place in the workforce during the President’s Essay Contest and Awards Program Sunday. Six students wrote essays on "The Millennial Generation and Its Future in the Global Workplace." The winner was Royan Reddie, a junior biology major from Kingston, Jamaica. Another biology student, Manelisi Victor Nhliziyo, recognized for his exceptional literary skills.  Victor placed fifth in the President’s Essay Contest.




Biology Student Learn Wise Steps for Success 

by Richard Whittington

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (March 14, 2013) — Garland Wise demonstrated the fundamentals of interviewing to get into graduate and medical programs at JARS.  This event has combined the 14th Annual HBCU-UP Research Symposium, 39th Annual Sigma Xi Symposium, and 3nd Annual Minority Access to Research and Careers Symposium into one multidisciplinary event.  This meeting was featured research conducted by guest speakers from various institutions.   In addition, JARS features research projects completed by Tuskegee University undergraduate and graduate students.


Tuskegee Students Travel to DC to Gain Valuable Knowledge and Experience 

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (February 28, 2013) - Tuskegee University undergraduate and graduate students travel to the Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in Washington, D.C. to enhance their science communication skills through the presentation of their research projects and to better understand how to prepare for science careers in a global workforce by attending workshops.  Vertonica Powell won a 1st award for poster presentation of her research in area Technology and Engineering.






Bioethics program facilitators and participants as seen from left to right (Henry Findlay, Diane Marie Stearns, Stephen Sodeke, Wylin Wilson, Muhjah Shakir, Shirin Karsan, Richard Whittington, Timothy Turner).

Tuskegee University Creates Unique Bioethics Training Program

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (February 23, 2013) - Tuskegee University is hosting a six-day opportunity to enhance participant knowledge of bioethics.  The NCI/CRCHD has awarded the Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/University of Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Center (MSM/TU/UAB CCC) Partnership a Bioethics Administrative Supplement (3U54CA118623-06S1) under the title “Building the Capacity for Bioethics Education Delivery in Research Partnerships: An Experiential National Train-the-Trainer Workshop”.   The goal of the bioethics training support project is to build the capacity of participating bioethics investigators and biomedical and behavioral investigators to deliver bioethics education to their stakeholders, including bioethics researchers and community entities in the research enterprise.  The project supports the following objectives: 

1.  Broaden participants’ understanding of bioethics and attendant concepts to be integrated across research spectrum,
2.  Demonstrate an awareness of how bioethics concepts can be delivered to target research communities,
3.  Practice the delivery of two specific concepts in an experiential and supportive train-the-trainer environment,
4.  Plan to engage the knowledge and transforming experience gained to enhance bioethics education in home institutions or new environments.



Undergraduate Biology Student Awarded Fellowship in Neuroscience from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (February 14, 2013) - Manelisi Nhliziyo was recently awarded a fellowship for the 2013 Illinois Summer Neuroscience Institute at University of Illinois, Urbana - Champaign.  Victor, congratulations on your acceptance into this extraordinary program and we hope you enjoy your summer!


Biology Faculty Make Learning Fun For Students 

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (February 14, 2013) - Neuro Beat Café meets for the first time to demonstrate the connectivity of the biological systems while enjoying delicious pastries and freshly brewed coffee.  This program was established to enhance student knowledge of the nervous system and the relationships it has to various other systems, especially cardiovascular physiology.  Students discuss current health issues and ground-breaking research by reviewing notable peer-reviewed journals.



Biology Students Are Introduced to Dental Research

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (February 14, 2013) - The HBCU-UP Office of Undergraduate Research invites Dr. Kenneth May to Tuskegee University to talk about the many research opportunities in the area of dentistry and dental health.  Dr. May (DDS, MS) is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Dentistry.  He works with the University of Michigan's Profile For Success Dental and Medical Programs and conducts research in Prosthodontics in the Department of Biologic and Material Sciences.  Dr. May encourages students to consider graduate degree program in addition to pursuing professional education to ensure a successful career.




PhD Candidate at Tuskegee University Wins Award in Cancer Research  

by Robin E. Felder

Tuskegee, AL (February 5, 2013) - On behalf of the Minorities in Cancer Research (MICR) Council, congratulations to Shaniece Theodore (Tuskegee University PhD Candidate in Integrative Biosciences) on being selected as one of the recipients of a 2013 American Association of Cancer Research (AACR) Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award for participation in the AACR Annual Meeting 2013 in Washington, DC.  Ms. Theodore will be traveling to the AACR Annual Meeting to present her cancer research titled "Differential Expression of miR-152 in African American and Caucasian Prostate Cell Lines."   The American Association for Cancer Research is very pleased to administer this important program, which is primarily supported by a generous grant from the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities to provide funds for the participation of meritorious minority scientists at AACR Annual Meetings and Special Conferences. This year we are also pleased to inform Shaniece Theodore that Merck Oncology has provided funding in support of the 2013 Minority Scholars.

Tuskegee University Biology Students Recognized for Academic Achievement

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (February 1, 2013) - Congratulations to biology undergraduate students for academic excellence. The department of biology had the most students to be recognized for maintainng a 4.0 GPA (Destinee C. Clayton, Jamel J. Dobbs, Tierney Donnell, Nakiah M. Gipson, Timothy Holland, Chasity D. Muhammad, Aneesa L. Sood, William M. Willis).  Other students  (Elijah Andrews, Ariana Arnold, Adrinece Beard, Alexander Best, Crstal Clarkston, Kaelyn Collins, Jannah Cummings, Derondra Gaines, Ayden Harris, Melanie Iwo, Lauren Jackson, Estavia Jones, Kristen Matthew, Ashley McDougal, Angela Player, Martyse Price-Williams, Justin Sanders, Nzinga Spencer, Jamila Williams) in the department were honored for having GPAs between 3.25 and 3.94.


Tuskegee University Biology Faculty Awarded Funding for Prostate Cancer Research

by Kathy E. Robinson

Tuskegee, AL (January 17, 2013) - Congratulations Dr. Clayton Yates! On behalf of the Department of Defense (DoD) office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP), I am pleased to inform you that the Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Idea Development Award application you submitted was recommended for funding.  The grant will fund research for a 36-month period.


Biology Graduate Student Accepted into the Indiana University School of Medicine NIH Bridges Program 

by Randy R. Brutkiewicz

Tuskegee, AL (January 7, 2013) - The Advisory Committee for the NIH Bridges to the Doctorate Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine has accepted Christopher Andrews into theprogram. Christopher's appointment will be effective January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2014. The support from the NIH includes an annual stipend for two years, tuition reimbursement, funds for research laboratory supplies, and allowable travel expenses incurred while performing research at the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Congratulations!



Biology Student Wins Award for Undergraduate Research

by ERN Conference Staff

Tuskegee, AL (December 12, 2012) - Congratulations to Ellen Tisdale for winning the 2013 Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in STEM Award.  This opportunity will allow her to present her research at the annual meeting in Washington, D.C.  The Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Education and Human Resources Programs (EHR) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Human Resource Development (HRD), within the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR). The conference is aimed at college and university undergraduate and graduate students who participate in programs funded by the NSF HRD Unit, including underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities.


HBCUs on Front Lines of Fight Against Prostate Cancer

by Dianne Hayes

Tuskegee, AL (December 1, 2012) - Finding a cure for prostate cancer is personal for Clayton Yates, Ph.D., a researcher at Tuskegee University who also teaches cell and cancer biology. He is among the researchers at HBCUs who are dedicated to eradicating health disparities in prostate cancer—a disease that adversely impacts African-American males more than any other group. 

Those HBCU institutions leading the charge in prostate cancer research include Tuskegee, Clark Atlanta, Hampton and Howard universities and Morehouse School of Medicine.  “I chose to focus on prostate cancer after my grandfather passed away of the disease,” says Yates, who is a principal investigator in a lab dedicated to prostate cancer research at Tuskegee University.

“I was a student here at the time that he died, and I wanted to understand what could be done. I’ve dedicated my life to this research. ”

His work is a part of the Cancer Research Program at Tuskegee, which includes cancer research, education, research training, career development and outreach. 

Yates is in good company along with Timothy Turner, Ph.D., who is the lead principal investigator for the Tuskegee University component of the Morehouse School of Medicine/Tuskegee University/University of Alabama at Birmingham U54 Cancer Partnership, funded by a National Institute of Health collaborative grant for the three-way collaboration for cancer research focused on health disparities and various cancers. 

According to Yates, the University of Alabama provides tissue cell samples from African-American patients who have had their prostates removed. 

“In the U.S., prostate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in males, and it results in 30,000 deaths per year,” says Yates, who shares the lab with graduate and undergraduate researchers. “Our lab is focused on identifying biomarkers that clinicians can utilize to identify prostate cancers that are more aggressive and, thus, are more likely to kill patients, with a special interest in relating these biomarkers to African-American men who have the more aggressive forms of prostate cancer.

“Additionally, we are interested in understanding the basic molecular mechanism of how cancer cells become aggressive or metastatic, and translate these findings rapidly into the development of gene-directed therapeutics for the treatment of aggressive or metastatic tumors, for which, currently, there are no treatment options.” Prostate cancer is a disease in which abnormal cells in the body grow out of control in the walnutsized prostate gland. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African-American men have a higher rate of getting the disease and dying from it than any other racial or ethnic group. One in five African-American men has a chance of being diagnosed, and one in 20 is likely to die from the disease.

Besides race and ethnicity, family history and increasing age are also factors that increase risk. Also, a more aggressive form of the cancer and unique genetic factors are areas that researchers are studying, as well as causes, treatments, cures and ways to improve early detection of the disease in African-American men.

State-of-the-art research

Leading the way in prostate cancer research, Clark Atlanta University’s Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development reportedly is the only university center in the U.S. that is 100 percent dedicated to research and education on prostate cancer in African-Americans.

The director of the center, Shafiq A. Khan, Ph.D., an internationally known cancer researcher, was recruited nearly nine years ago to establish the center, which focuses on health issues related to the African-American community.  Khan says the center has been funded at $20 million in the last five years through sources including The National Institutes of Health, Georgia Research Alliance, Department of Defense and the National Cancer Institute.

What began with three people has grown to 40, including faculty, administrative staff, graduate and postdoctoral students on the fourth floor of a research building. The entire floor that is devoted to prostate cancer research is made up of laboratories and offices that Khan says are bustling from morning to night. That work is paying off in various ways, including filing for three patents and reportedly holding the largest African-American prostate cancer tissue repository. “If you want to know why African-Americans get the disease more, you need those cancer samples to figure out the genetic differences to see why they are more prone to get it,” Khan says. “If you don’t have those samples, you can’t do the work. Not a lot of people have samples. We decided to build a repository of our own work and others’ to share our resources.”

“Cancer is a very complicated disease,” he says. “It’s not caused by one factor. We are trying to find markers and the reasons. Every day we are making progress.”

Khan says the team has published 46 journal articles and 212 presentations in national meetings since 2008. The center puts on the only national symposium on prostate cancer each year in March. “We invite people who are doing cutting edge research to present their work, as well as students who participate in a poster competition,” he says.

“Personally, I am proud of what we have done,” says Khan, who was born in Pakistan, studied in Sweden and was recruited while involved in cancer research at Texas Tech University. “When I came here, we started almost from scratch and built one of the finest research centers in the country. I am very proud to be a part of this operation. It’s the best job I’ve ever had.”

Real-life solutions

In the Tidewater area of Virginia, students and researchers are tackling prostate cancer through classroom and lab research, as well as by having an impact on patients in the community through treatment.Students in the Hampton University Undergraduate Cancer Research Program (HUUCRP) are offered independent research experiences through research projects in areas including prostate cancer.

Just 10 minutes from the main campus, the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute (HUPTI) treats patients with prostate, breast, brain, lung, ocular and pediatric and other cancers. The twoyear-old facility was a $225 million project and the brainchild of Hampton University President William Harvey. The goal was to be the largest freestanding facility of its kind in the world and only the eighth such treatment center in the U.S.

Proton therapy is widely recognized as the most precise form of cancer treatment available to date. It is able to target the tumor directly and leaves healthy tissue unharmed.

The Tidewater area where Hampton is located serves a disproportionate number of African-American men who suffer from the disease. Last month, the Hampton University Proton Therapy Institute treated its 400th patient.



Tuskegee University in the Forefront of Prostate Cancer Research

by John W. Robertson 

Tuskegee, AL (November 20, 2012) - Dr. Clayton Yates will be featured in UroToday (www.UroToday.com) based on his recently published journal article abstract, “Nuclear Kaiso Indicates Aggressive Prostate Cancers and Promotes Migration and Invasiveness of Prostate Cancer Cells,” was chosen for publication on our website. The referenced abstract can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22974583.  UroToday strives to publish the latest news on science and research relating to the specialized field of urology; therefore, it was determined that the article by Dr. Yates would be of value and interest to its readers.UroToday is a global leader in the delivery of quality, online content providing accurate and timely medical news, clinically relevant in the practice of urology. The site attracts an audience of more than 60,000 international medical professionals every month with in-depth coverage of over 22 urology disease categories.  Additionally, the publication offers comprehensive coverage of breaking science from major urologic conferences around the world.  All material is syndicated through various medical news websites, continuously increasing the accessibility and exposure of the published science.  If you have not done so already, feel free to register - allowing access to this comprehensive services. Benefits include your selection of UroAlerts, “Urology Insights,” and access to UroToday International Journal, our peer reviewed urology journal.

Dr. Yates' Abstract for Article in UroToday.pdf

Tuskegee Students Guided by the Experience of Others

by Richard Whittington

Tuskegee, AL (October 12, 2012) - The Interdisciplinary Meeting of Professionals for the Awareness of Careers and Training of Undergraduate Students (IMPACTUS) was held in the Kellogg Conference Center and Hotel.  IMPACTUS is a formal meeting that allowed for Tuskegee University undergraduate students to network with professionals that have health and research-based backgrounds.




PhD Candidate at Tuskegee University Wins Award in Cancer Research  

by Deborah McCall

Tuskegee, AL (September 25, 2013) - Congratulations!  Shaniece Theodore (Tuskegee University PhD Candidate in Integrative Biosciences) has been selected to receive a MAC Award and present at the American Society of Cell Biology's Annual 2012 Meeting.  The MAC Award is sponsored by a MARC grant from the NIH/National Institute of General Medical Science (NIGMS).  Ms. Theodore's acceptance as a 2012 ASCB MAC Award recipient is an indication that the MAC review panel acknowledges her promise and potential.