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Focusing on improving outcomes for patients with digestive diseases

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Dr. May joined other national health experts at White House Cancer Moonshot Colorectal Cancer Forum

She was an invited member for a panel at this event to discuss equitable access to high-quality cancer care and the need to invest in research to enable us to determine how to deliver the best care and perform effective outreach to underserved communities. 

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$2 million NIH R01 grant awarded

Dr. May and a multidisciplinary UCLA team that includes informatics, health services, pathology and health economics have been awarded an NIH grant to evaluate a multilevel health system intervention to increase guideline-concordant surveillance colonoscopy for UCLA Health patients with high-risk colorectal polyps. 

The May Lab strongly represented at Digestive Disease Week 2024

Digestive Disease Week is being held May 18-21 in Washington, DC. Click here to view our presentations with dates, times and locations

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Dr. Fola May - Healio Distruptive Innovator - 2023

Dr. May received Healio Disruptive Innovator Award for Health Equity

Healio presented their sixth annual Disruptive Innovators Awards at the American College of Gastroenterology (ACG) Annual Meeting on October 22, 2023. The awards recognized individuals who have changed the face of the specialty and pushed the status quo toward betterment of the field. Dr. May received the Health Equity Award, which recognizes a physician who has brought about meaningful change to overcome the social determinants of health in gastroenterology.


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Balancing hope and reality: The promise and peril of blood-based colorectal cancer screening

Blood-based tests are important to expand options for patients and their physicians in colorectal cancer screening. But tests that both prevent and detect colorectal cancer early should continue to be the encouraged gold standard. After all, it’s better to prevent colorectal cancer before it occurs than catch it afterward, says Dr. Fola May.

Stand Up 2 Cancer Health Equity Video - Fola May

Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) is a charitable program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation that brings together celebrities and scientists to raise awareness and funds for groundbreaking cancer research. The 2023 telecast highlighted the importance of research to understand and address cancer care disparities. Folasade P. May, MD, PhD, MPhil, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA; and Robert Winn, MD, VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center, helped develop and provided narration for a short, animated video explaining the importance of health equity research. The video was introduced by Jimmy Smits, actor and SU2C ambassador.

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$8M Grant Received to Help Address Colorectal Cancer Disparities

Dr. May, selected as part of the Stand Up to Cancer Health Equity Dream Team, will help coordinate an innovative and comprehensive approach that will bring together leading researchers, patient advocates, community leaders, and clinicians to accomplish several goals, including improving colorectal cancer screening in medically underserved communities.