By Hazel Scott/ASU
Dr. Manoj k. Mishra, professor of biology and founding director of the Cancer Biology Research and Training Program (CBRT) at Alabama State University, was appointed to the influential Medical Advisory Council of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama (BCRFA).
Called the foundation’s “boots on the ground” within the medical community, BCRFA council members aid the Medical Advisory Council with the critical job of reviewing the foundation’s funding requests from researchers across the state, ensuring that the science of the proposals is sound and BCFRA investments have maximum impact.
“I’m honored to serve on such a life-changing council. Investing in breast cancer research helps limit and eradicate the breast cancer epidemic, especially in diverse populations,” Mishra said. "It is important to educate multicultural populations, mainly in the Black Belt of Alabama where there is a deep socioeconomic gap with the populations.”
Mishra noted it is also important to educate people to embrace preventive measures to check the progression and onset of breast cancer incidents.
According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most common malignancy affecting women in the state of Alabama and the second leading cause of cancer-related death.
Mishra’s research interests include the dietary compounds in controlling prostate cancer development and progression, the role of immune cells in prostate cancer, and polymeric scaffolds in bone tissue regeneration. His lab at ASU focuses on all types of cancers. Mishra has received several awards for his research at the University.
Founded in 1996, the BCRFA is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to find a cure for breast cancer by funding promising breast cancer research in Alabama and raising community awareness and funding for that research.