The University of Guam/University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Partnership (U54)

Since 2003, the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center (UH Cancer Center) and the University of Guam (UOG) have worked in partnership to explore the reasons behind significant cancer health disparities among Pacific Islanders in Hawaiʻi, Guam and the neighboring U.S. Associated Pacific Islands (USAPI). The University of Guam/University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center Partnership is one of only 14 Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE), a program of the NCI that supports cancer research capacity building at minority-serving institutions and collaborative research addressing cancer health disparities and their impact on underserved and socio-economically disadvantaged populations. The UOG/UH Cancer Center Partnership is the only PACHE serving Pacific Islanders (PI), with an emphasis on Micronesians. The partnership addresses cancer health disparities through research, training, and community outreach.

Our Aims

The partnership aims to grow cancer research capacity at UOG, develop cancer health disparities research at UH Cancer Center focusing on PI, raise awareness of cancer and cancer prevention in Guam, Hawaiʻi and the USAPI, and increase the number of cancer and biomedical science researchers of PI ancestry in the United States.

Principal Investigators

University Hawaiʻi Cancer Center


Neal Palafox, MD, MPH
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Carl-Wilhelm Vogel, MD, PhD
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University of Guam


Rachael Leon Guerrero, PhD
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Margaret Hattori-Uchima ,RN, PhD
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