MSM Students Kick Off New Partnership with the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Mutual exchange of training and research expertise designed to build solutions for
cancer patient care and health equity efforts

ATLANTA – NOVEMBER 5, 2021 – Morehouse School of Medicine will have new research and training opportunities through a strategic partnership with the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research.

Morehouse School of Medicine students will have opportunities to research, learn and train in biomedical science and precision medicine for better cancer care and prevention. This partnership hopes to create new solutions and innovations to advance health equity, workforce diversity, and other collaborative prospects.

The partnership will also allow for the establishment of bi-directional faculty-staff scientist sabbaticals and student exchange to further research and graduate education & training activities with both institutions, and participation in cancer clinic consortium formation, workshops, and seminars.  

Morehouse School of Medicine’s mission is to train the next generation of scientists, clinicians, and healthcare professionals to advance health equity for all,” said James W. Lillard, PhD, MBA, senior associate dean, Research, Innovation & Commercialization at Morehouse School of Medicine. “This partnership will allow exploration of synergistic capabilities to advance health equity, precision medicine, including next generation sequencing and privacy preserving record linkage methods to provide personalized cancer care and secure datasets.”

The Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, operated by Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc., is a national laboratory and federally funded research and development center dedicated to the application of biomedical science and technology to improve human health. The Frederick National Laboratory conducts basic, translational, and applied research, creates new technologies, and collaborates with government, industry, and academic colleagues. The laboratory also supports the National Cancer Institute and other institutes of the National Institutes of Health. The Frederick National Laboratory addresses some of the most urgent challenges in the biomedical sciences, and works at the forefront of basic, translational, and clinical science with a focus on cancer, AIDS, and infectious disease.

This partnership with Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research will allow opportunities for our students and faculty to learn and train with industry leaders in biomedical research,” said Brian Rivers, PhD MPH, director, Cancer Health Equity Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine.

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Founded in 1975, Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) is among the nation’s leading educators of primary care physicians, biomedical scientists, and public health professionals. An independent and private historically-Black medical school, MSM was recognized by the Annals of Internal Medicine as the nation’s number one medical school in fulfilling a social mission—the creation and advancement of health equity. MSM faculty and alumni are noted for excellence in teaching, research, and public policy, as well as exceptional patient care. MSM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award doctoral and master’s degrees. To learn more about programs and donate today, please visit or call 404-752-1500.


Nicole V. Linton