Border Biomedical Research Center
Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)
The overall goal of the BBRC is to develop, grow and sustain the extant infrastructure and programs, as well as to recruit, train, and develop cancer scientists and health practitioners to promote high quality cancer research and to translate meaningful findings back to the community. Through mentoring, pilot programs, and enhanced research infrastructure we seek to promote investigator competitiveness in acquiring extramural funding to address regional disease disparities. We also seek to generate an environment that creates pipelines for undergraduate and graduate students into biomedical careers and serves as a major point of entry for Hispanics and other underrepresented minorities into the nation’s biomedical workforce.
Hispanic cancer-related health disparities, that affect our region lead to disproportionately higher rates of premature morbidity and mortality. Enhancing the connection of minority and disenfranchised communities to new health advances requires effective health education, engaging more participants, producing more investigators, and enhancing the research infrastructure at minority institutions like the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). The BBRC has evolved over the past 25 years from leveraging existing physical and intellectual resources to promoting and supporting translational research to reduce health disparities in the region and across the country. The mission of the BBRC is to synergize and coordinate multidisciplinary teams at UTEP and community partners to gain new knowledge about the social, behavioral, cultural, environmental, and genetic determinants of cancer health disparities.
UTEP, through support from the Research Centers at Minority Institutions (RCMI) created the Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) to address issues of Hispanic Health Disparities unique to the far West Texas Borderplex. UTEP has developed an extensive cadre of collaborators consisting of experts from regional academic, medical, and community partners with the goal to address cancer health disparities that permeate our majority Mexican American population. When combined with our sister city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, we represent the largest bi-national community in the world, with nearly 3 million people.
NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES (NIMHD) Grant no. 5U54MD007592
3U54MD007592-27S1 Kirken (PI) 11/13/20-11/12/22 NIMHD RADx-UP
The goal of this project is to implement community-based approaches to Increase SARS-CoV-2 Testing among an underserved and vulnerable Hispanic population of Mexican origin in El Paso, Texas.
3U54MD007592-28S3 Kirken (PI) 07/1/21-6/30/23 NIMHD (Diversity Training Program)
The goal of this project is to explore adult male attitudes, and perceptions and lived experiences surrounding HPV and the HPV vaccine through a mixed methods approach among medically underserved Hispanic population of Mexican origin in El Paso, Texas.
BBRC Affiliated Awards
CPRIT-TREC Cox (PI) 2021-2026 Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)
UTEP/UTMDACC Partnership for Hispanic Cancer Disparities Research
The goal of this project is to build cancer research capacity at UTEP by establishing a mentoring program in collaboration with UT MD Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC), support pilot programs by junior faculty and recruit cancer researchers.
The goal of this project is to conduct COVID-19 informational outreach and navigation utilizing Promotores de salud with underserved communities within El Paso County, TX and southern Doña Ana, NM.
National Alliance for Hispanic Health through HRSA Mancera (PI) 2021– 2022 UTEP BBRC Vacunas Para Todos CVN Network
The goal of this project is to utilize Promotores de salud to conduct COVID-19 vaccine outreach in El Paso County, TX and southern Doña Ana County, NM.
National Alliance for Hispanic Health through the CDC Mancera (PI) 2021– 2022 UTEP BBRC CDC Vaccine Uptake
The goal of this project is to increase COVID-19 and flu vaccine uptake through vaccine events and multimodal media in El Paso County, TX and southern Doña Ana County, NM.
UNM Vaccine Equity Mancera (PI) 2021–2023 COVID-19 Promotora de Salud Community Project.
Promotores de salud engage in COVID-19 vaccine outreach within underserved communities of southern Dona Ana, NM.
Amount: TBD, pending NOA.