Carnahan Joins AACR Early Career Hill Day 

University of Illinois Cancer Center Research Scientist Leslie Carnahan, PhD, was in Washington to take part in the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) ninth Annual Early Career Hill Day to advocate for National Institutes of Health (NIH) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) funding.

Early Career Focus

Part of the Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program, Carnahan was among 20 AACR associate members on Capitol Hill February 26-27. The NIH, which includes the NCI, provides funding and training opportunities for pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows to support these early career scientists focused on preventing and treating cancer.

A health disparities population researcher, Carnahan works in Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) at the Cancer Center on the Community Engagement and Health Equity team and is a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) School of Public Health.

Their work is focused on understanding and addressing cancer health inequities in screening, diagnosis and treatment through engaging in community-driven research. She also serves as a public health consultant and evaluator for a number of cancer prevention and health promotion programs in Illinois. 

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