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Advancing Research, Education and Mentorship in Ethnicity of Cancer



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ERI invites you to join us and support our mission to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality in the ethnically diverse populations around the globe by strategically fostering basic and translational research, education and mentorship.

Read about the Survey of International Thought Leaders on Emerging Challenges in Breast Cancer Research and Practice, from the University of Massachusetts



Cancer is the leading cause of death in socio-economically developed countries and the second leading cause of death in less socio-economically developed countries. And 70% of the 7.6 million cancer deaths in 2008 occurred in this latter group. Yet, more than 90% of cancer research funding goes to clinical trials in Caucasian populations, mainly in Western countries.
At ERI, a non-profit organization, we support research, education and mentorship that will help advance understanding and knowledge of ethnic determinants of cancer. 

Many ethnically diverse countries in Asia, Latin America, Middle East and North Africa lack adequate cancer services for screening and treatment and thus experience higher mortality rates compared to other countries with more advanced cancer diagnosis and treatment. Additionally, approaches to diagnosis and treatment vary greatly due to differences in cultural norms, health care systems, and socio-economic conditions. In this environment, a single approach to cancer control and prevention in all countries will be ineffective. Therefore, identification of the impact of ethnicity on cancer risk and cancer etiologies is essential.

At ERI, we aim to fund research in areas such as molecular pathogenesis, genetics, epigenetics as well as risk factor determinations to reduce cancer incidence and mortality in these ethnic populations. ERI supports mentorships to promote excellence in scientific investigators who will advance knowledge and understanding of the ethnic determinants of cancer. ERI also furthers the understanding and knowledge of the medical establishment and policy makers in these communities about the impact of ethnicity on cancer.