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Padma Uppala, PhD
Associate Professor, School of Public Health
School of Public Health
Honors and Awards    Professional Awards and Honors
  • Professional paper recognized as “Highly Rated” by American Association Cancer Research’ s 100th Annual Meeting 2009, Denver, Colorado. Scored in the top 3-4% of the 6,000 abstracts presented in the poster sessions. ( 4/2009 ) Link...
    Research and presentation of a paper " Barriers to participation in breast cancer clinical trials for Black women in the Inland Empire, CA at the American Association for Cancer Research. This paper was ranked in the top 3% of the 6,000 papers submitted at the conference. 
  • Grant recipient Susan G Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Texas “Protein profiling for the identification of serum biomarkers for early detection and prevention of breast cancer in African American women. ( 4/2004 - 5/2007 )
    Competed and scored top 8% among researchers in the US.
  Community Awards and Honors
  • Grant recipient “Education and recruitment of minority women for participation in breast cancer clinical trials in the Inland Empire, CA”; Funding agency: The Inland Empire Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. ( 4/2009 - 3/2010 ) Link...
    Program facilitates opportunities for underserved Black and Hispanic women to participate in on-going breast cancer clinical trials by (1) strengthening the collaborations developed between IE community organizations and Loma Linda University by forming an IE breast cancer community-University-Health care alliance (2) Providing educational sessions to women at high risk for breast cancer and help participate in prevention and early detection clinical trials (3) Creating a webpage that will serve as a resource to educate and access available trials. Opportunities will be provided for women to participate in holistic lifestyle medicine practices, the foundation of the mission of Loma Linda University.
  • Invited speaker at Michelle''s Place, Women''s Breast Cancer Resource Center, Murrieta, CA “Breast Cancer Clinical Trials Educational Seminar”. ( 5/2009 ) Link...
    Community service
  • Recognized for community work by the Southern California Witness Project during the Western Region Breast Health Conference in Moreno Valley, CA ( 3/2009 - 4/2009 )
    Community service
  • Grant recipient “Breast cancer clinical trial education for Black women in the Inland Empire, CA; Funding Agency: The Inland Empire Affiliate of Susan G Komen for the cure. ( 4/2008 - 3/2009 ) Link...
    Clinical trial research is important for the prevention, diagnosis and the treatment of breast cancer. However, the numbers of Black women participating in breast cancer clinical trials has been low. Black women in the U.S. continue to have a higher death rate from breast cancer that White women. This has been attributed to earlier onset, late stage at diagnosis, and more aggressive tumors. Recent data suggests that clinical research that works with a community throughout the research process—inception, planning, recruitment, and conduct, as well as education—is the key to reducing health disparities. Therefore, we will work in a community participatory approach to educate, recruit and retain Inland Empire Black women in a breast cancer clinical trial educational program. We will accomplish this goal by establishing partnerships between the Inland Empire communities, the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health, clinicians from Loma Linda University Medical Center, the City of Hope Medical Center, and scientists from Loma Linda University in a community-based participatory approach. We will develop a culturally sensitive clinical trial educational curriculum by involving the community. Our goal is to increase the number of Black women making informed decisions to participate in breast cancer clinical trial research studies to reduce health disparities.
  • Travel Award by Department of Defense to attend the Era of Hope, Department of Defense Breast Cancer Meetings. ( 11/2008 ) Link...
    Reseach and Presentaion of a paper "Serum Biomarkers for breast cancer in Afrian American women"
  • Mentor for American Association for Cancer Research High school students program “The conquest of Cancer and the next generation.” ( 3/2008 - 4/2008 )
  • Who’s Who Among American Teachers -Educational Communications Scholarhip Foundation ( 8/2007 )
    Selected by students who scored top 5% in LLU University.
  • Komen Mission Award -Susan G Komen for the Cure Inland Empire Affiliate. ( 8/2006 )
    In recognition of outstanding research contributions.