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Transdisciplinary Geographic Management Program (GMaP) & Minority Biospecimen/Biobanking Geographic Management Program (BMaP)
GMaP (Transdisciplinary Geographic Management Program) and BMaP (Minority Biospecimen/Biobanking – Geographic Management Program) represent a collaborative group of nine institutions throughout the Southeast (Region 3), funded by the National Cancer Institute, in order to create a state-of-the-art network of dedicated centers for support and management of cancer health disparities research, care, training and infrastructure through a geographic management approach. BMaP works in parallel to GMaP to plan for the creation of the networks/centers by ensuring the adequate and continuous supply of high-quality human biospecimens from multi-ethnic communities for cancer research.
GMaP/BMaP Region 3 has the active involvement of nine institutions. In addition to the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, the following sites are participants in our region: University of Alabama at Birmingham, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Morehouse School of Medicine, Tulane University, Xavier University, Tuskegee University, and Ponce School of Medicine in Puerto Rico.
Both GMaP and BMaP have conducted a comprehensive assessment of the resources, activities, research, and education on-going at each institution that is related to health disparities. In Fall 2011, both groups received NCI supplemental funding to pursue two projects:
GMaP is focused on enhancing recruitment to oncology clinical trials by minority patients with cancer;
BMaP is pursuing its examination of the minority population’s views toward participation in biospecimen collection.