Tuskegee University signs historic agreement


TUSKEGEE, Ala.  (April 27, 2011)  —  Tuskegee University’s President, Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon, signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate with the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford, Conn.  The two institutions will also join to create a faith-based outreach and educational marketing-campaign about the disease, and study why prostate cancer has a disproportionately high death rate among African-American men.


As a result of this partnership, Tuskegee University’s Biology Department faculty members, Dr. Clayton Yates and Dr. Timothy Turner, will receive tissue samples from prostate cancer surgeries, in support of their research on development of therapeutic interventions for prostate cancer.  The collaboration will include scientific research and testing to determine how prostate cancer is passed on in African-American men and also predict which cancers will be more aggressive. 


Over six hundred participants attended the Town Hall Meeting on Health Care Disparities, including Governor Dan Malloy of Connecticut, Mayor Pedro E. Segarra of Hartford, Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Dr. L.D. Britt, President of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Cato T. Laurencin, Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Jewel Mullen, Commissioner for the Connecticut Department of Public Health, and other dignitaries.


Curtis Robinson, the Chairman of the Curtis D. Robinson Men’s Health Institute at Saint Francis Hospital, has donated $1 million to enable those diagnosed with prostate cancer who lack health insurance to receive treatment.

(l-r) Curtis Robinson, Chair of the Curtis D. Robinson Men's Health Institute; President Gilbert L. Rochon; Christopher M. Dadlez, President and CEO of St. Francis Hospital; Both Robinson and Dadlez were presented with the BTW Legacy Award by President Rochon.

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