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Redes En Acción: The National Latino Cancer Research Network

Grant: U01 CA86117-01


Funded as this NCI Special Populations Network from 2000-05, Redes En Acción was geared to develop a national infrastructure aimed at overcoming the barriers to Hispanic cancer awareness, research and training, much like the current incarnation’s mission today. The program sought to do infrastructure-building with minorities, community groups and health agencies; establish academic and clinical partnerships to support education on clinical trials and research; promote opportunities for minority researchers and students; develop pilot projects; and develop research partnerships to compete for cancer control grants.


  • Amelie G. Ramirez, DrPH
    IHPR, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (at Baylor College of Medicine for this project)


  • Jose R. Martí, MD
    Associate Professor at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York (Northeast Regional Network Center: Brooklyn)
  • Edward J. Trapido, ScD
    Associate Director of the Epidemiology & Genetics Research Program in the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Division at NCI (former Associate Director of the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center) and Frank J. Penedo, PhD, Assistant Professor, Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami (Southeast Regional Network Center: Miami).
  • Aida L. Giachello, PhD
    Associate Professor and Director of Midwest Latino Health Research, Training and Policy Center, University of Illinois at Chicago (North Central Regional Network Center: Chicago)
  • Martha A. Medrano, MD
    MPH, Director of Hispanic Center of Excellence at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (South Central Regional Network Center: San Antonio)
  • Eliseo J. Pérez-Stable, MD
    Chief of the Division of General Internal Medicine at University of California, San Francisco (Northwest Regional Network Center: San Francisco)
  • Gregory A. Talavera, MD, MPH
    Faculty at School of Public Health, Division of Health Promotion at San Diego State University (Southwest Regional Network Center: San Diego)


  • Cancer Information Service
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • Latino Council on Alcohol and Tobacco
  • National Institute of General Medicine Sciences
  • National Human Genome Research Institute
  • NCI Specialized Programs of Research Excellence
  • NCI Cancer Genetics Network
  • NCI Special Populations Networks
  • Women’s Health Initiative
  • M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • The Cancer Therapy & Research Center


Redes’ National Network Center was located in San Antonio and Houston, and it had regional sites in San Francisco, San Diego, San Antonio, Chicago, Miami, and Brooklyn


In Year 1, the network teamed with regional partners and determined priorities for research, education and awareness. In Years 2-3, these priority topics were addressed by research, professional and public education and advocacy activities. Mentorship was provided. In Years 4-5, partnerships for public education and scientific training continued, and pilot projects were conducted and proposals for further pilot research were prepared. Evaluation was carried out through network process tracking, assessments of research products, analysis of indicators of career advancement and various studies of education or advocacy outcomes related to priority topics. Specifically, the project featured:

  • A national and regional infrastructure
  • Six regional network centers
  • A database of more than 1,800 partners
  • Research opportunities for early career Hispanic scientists
  • 54 proposals reviewed through Redes process, 29 pilot projects submitted to NCI, and 16 funded by the NCI, a 55% approval rating
  • Two major surveys conducted
  • 11 new research projects directly generated as a result of Redes have been funded that explore genetics, breast cancer, clinical trials recruitment, energy balance, and cancer survivorship, totaling almost $2 million in funding
  • More than $32 million leveraged funding research dollars were generated by the network through more than 80 regional and national and and/or ongoing projects that Redes researchers are leading or participating in through subcontracts and shared resources
  • Set up training opportunities for early career Hispanic scientists
  • 131 individuals have received training through the network, including: junior faculty, 22 funded and 13 unfunded positions; internships, 27 funded and 27 unfunded; pre/post doctoral, 24 pre- and post-doctoral positions paired with on-going research and awareness activities
  • Three other extramural training projects have been developed: 14 LCAT community leadership seminars On tobacco and alcohol control, training more than 300 key opinion leaders across the U.S.; Community Cancer Ambassador Program trained 20 4th-year medical students; Science Enrichment Program educated more than 50 students on cancer risk reduction strategies
  • Communication: 350,000 newsletters have been distributed; Web site is operational; four public service announcements were nationally distributed to more than 700 English and Spanish TV, radio and print channels (two have won Telly Awards of Excellence); 500 community events were conducted; more than 900 professional presentations have been made; published Buena Vida health magazine (several versions); produced Annual National Steering Committee Reports (Y1, 2, 3, 4); and produced Redes En Acción Latino Cancer Report (and Executive Summary)
  • Develop RO1 level grant proposals
  • 15 Redes pilot investigators have successfully been awarded subsequent grants, including R01, R03, R25, K awards, DOD, CMS, etc., totaling $19 million.

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  • Dow K, et al. 2006.Latino women and cancer. Chapter in Nursing Care of Women with Cancer. Butterworth-Heinemann (Eds.), Washington, D.C.: Elsevier Publishers.
  • Ramirez AG, Aparicio-Ting FE, San Miguel de Majors SL, Miller AR. 2006. Interest, awareness and perceptions of genetic testing among Hispanic family members of breast cancer survivors. Ethnicity & Disease, 16(2).
  • Ramirez AG, Gomez J. 2005. Genetics and Latinos: Proceedings of a national summit. Cancer Research, 65(8): 2996.
  • Ramirez AG, Gallion KJ, Suarez L, Giachello AL, Marti JR, Medrano MA, Pérez-Stable EJ, Talavera GA, Trapido EJ. 2005. A national agenda for Latino cancer prevention and control. Cancer, 103(11): 2209-15.
  • Ramirez AG, Suarez L, Chalela P, Talavera G, Marti J, Trapido EJ, Villarreal R, Pérez-Stable EJ. 2004. Cancer risk factors among men of diverse Hispanic or Latino origins. Preventative Medicine, 39(2): 263-9.
  • Aparicio-Ting F and Ramirez AG. 2003. Breast and cervical cancer knowledge, attitudes and screening practices of Hispanic women diagnosed with cancer. Journal of Cancer Education, Volume 18, Number 4.
  • Woodruff S, Talavera G, Elder J. 2002. Evaluation of a Culturally Appropriate Smoking Cessation Intervention for Latinos. Tobacco Control, 11:361-367.