AACR-Genentech Cancer Disparities Research Fellowships

The AACR-Genentech Cancer Disparities Research Fellowships represent a joint effort to encourage and support postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to conduct cancer disparities research and to establish a successful career path in this field. Funded research can be basic, clinical, translational, or epidemiological in nature.

2021 Grantees

Francisco Cartujano, MD

Francisco Cartujano, MD

Research Assistant Professor 
University of Rochester 
Rochester, New York 
Advancing smoking cessation and physical activity among Latinos

Of the 55 million Latinos that reside in the United States, six million are current smokers. Latinos experience multiple barriers to healthcare access that result in tobacco-related disparities. Overcoming these disparities demands innovative, accessible, effective, and culturally appropriate solutions. Dr. Cartujano aims to develop and assess the feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary impact of Deja de fumar, ¡ejercitándote! (Quit Smoking by Exercising!), a mobile intervention to promote smoking cessation and physical activity among Latinos. Deja de fumar, ¡ejercitándote! will integrate four components: 1) a 12-week text messaging coaching program with interactive capabilities, 2) wearable devices to monitor physical activity, 3) an online dashboard that manages participants’ incoming and outgoing data from both the text messaging program and wearable devices, and 4) nicotine replacement therapy.

Dr. Cartujano received his medical degree from Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos and completed his research fellowship at the University of Kansas Medical Center. He has been trained in participatory research to address tobacco-related disparities. Specifically, he has worked in the development and implementation of culturally and linguistically appropriate mobile interventions for smoking cessation among Latinos in the United States and Latin America. Currently, he is a research assistant professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) and the Assistant Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at Wilmot Cancer Institute, part of URMC.

Acknowledgment of Support
As a Mexican immigrant and a medical doctor, I have an unwavering commitment to address tobacco-related disparities among Latinos. I am extremely honored to be awarded the 2021 AACR-Genentech Cancer Disparities Research Fellowship. This grant will advance smoking cessation and physical activity among Latinos. ¡Muchas gracias!