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The University of Illinois Cancer Center and Governors State University are teaming up to conduct research aimed at reducing the cancer disparities in Chicago’s South Side neighborhoods and South Suburbs. The two schools will announce the partnership at a presentation on Friday, Dec. 18.

The Governors State University-University of Illinois Cancer Center Disparities Education Project (GUIDE) enable both institutions to conduct community-based research of local cancer disparities and address the social determinants that drive them.

The program, funded by a four-year, $1.5 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, also supports the development of an integrated program for GSU junior faculty and minority undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in health disparities research.

The first collaborative research project for GUIDE, beginning in early 2016, will be a breast cancer screening pilot program to connect women at high risk for breast cancer to genetic counseling services.

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