Transdisciplinary Geographic Management Program (GMaP) and Minority Biospecimen/Biobanking Geographic Management Program (BMaP)


Overview and Purpose

Using a geographic management program approach (GMaP/BMaP), the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) seeks to create state-of-the-art regional networks dedicated to cancer health disparities research and care and to ensure an adequate and continuous supply of high-quality human biospecimens from multi-ethnic communities for cancer research. The Siteman Cancer Center is one of six organizations involved in planning for the creation of the GMaP/BMaP network across six states (Arkansas, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina, Tennessee and South Carolina) of the CRCHD Region 2. Pilot funding was awarded for a regional needs assessment and the development of an implementation plan. The ultimate goal of the needs assessment and the plan is to advance the science of cancer health disparities in order to achieve measurable reductions in disparities in specific regions and to create unique, centralized, public resources for multi-ethnic biobanking/biospecimens strategies. Investigators at Wake Forest University and Meharry Medical College are leading the initiative.

Outcomes and Next Steps

In progress; anticipated in 2011.


NCI—P20 MI/CCP Partnerships Grant
NCI—U54 MI/CCP Partnerships Grant

Project Staff

Steven Akman, MD (GMaP Principal Investigator, Wake Forest University)
Samuel Adunyah, PhD, (BMaP Principal Investigator, Meharry Medical College)
Graham Colditz, MD, DrPH (Collaborator, Washington University)
Mark Dignan, PhD, MPH (Collaborator, University of Kentucky)
Ronda Henry-Tillman, MD (Collaborator, University of Arkansas)
Susan Steck, PhD, MPH, RD, (Collaborator, University of South Carolina)

Contact Information (Local)

Victoria Anwuri, MPH
Phone: 314-747-1189