Program Spotlight

2018 William G. Coleman Jr., Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award Recipients: Drs. Megan Clarke and Claire Meaney

February 1, 2019
This past year, CPFP fellows received prestigious awards, published manuscripts in leading journals, and carried out impactful cancer prevention research. See what our fellows accomplished throughout…

CPFP Fellow Dr. Megan Clarke and CPFP alumna Dr. Claire Meaney were 2018 recipients of the prestigious William G. Coleman Jr., Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award.

The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) established this competitive award to support innovative research that has the potential for high impact in any area of minority health and health disparities research. Dr. Anna Nápoles, Scientific Director at NIMHD applauded the efforts of the postdoctoral fellow, staff scientist, and staff clinician award recipients: “The work of these researchers will help us move toward championing our mission of improving minority health and reducing health disparities. These projects hold promise of a better understanding of some of the significant health differences which exist within underrepresented race/ethnic groups.”

Drs. Clarke and Meaney, two of the five award recipients, each received this $15,000 research award to study key determinants of health inequities and advance scientific knowledge within the field. Dr. Clarke’s project “Evaluating the associations of symptom appraisal and barriers to care with endometrial cancer presentation and outcomes in a diverse population” and Dr. Meaney’s project “Inflammation-Based markers of lung cancer risk and survival in African Americans” were both recognized in June 2018.

Megan Clarke, Ph.D., M.H.S.
Current Fellow, 2016 CPFP Cohort


Claire Meaney, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Alumna, 2015 CPFP Cohort

Dr. Susan T. Vadaparampil Named Moffitt Cancer Center’s Associate Center Director of Community Outreach & Engagement

December 28, 2018
CPFP alum Dr. Susan T. Vadaparampil has been appointed Associate Center Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at the NCI-designated Moffitt Cancer Center. Dr. Vadaparampil will focus her…

CPFP alum Dr. Susan T. Vadaparampil has been appointed Associate Center Director of Community Outreach and Engagement at the NCI-designated Moffitt Cancer Center. In her new leadership role, Dr. Vadaparampil will focus her efforts on defining and characterizing Moffitt’s catchment area; engaging with key stakeholders to monitor and prioritize cancer-related research issues with a focus on health equity; facilitate research relevant to those Moffitt serves across scientific programs; accelerate the adoption of new clinical guidelines and evidence-based interventions; and monitor the impact of Moffitt’s activities on the community.

NCI Director Dr. Ned Sharpless recently classified the NCI Cancer Centers Program as an “important program that gives us a way to reach into the community and get information from the community that is very vital to the NCI.” As she strengthens partnerships between Moffitt and its surrounding catchment area, Dr. Vadaparampil is now poised to advance Director Sharpless’ vision for NCI’s Cancer Centers.

Dr. Vadaparampil’s time in the CPFP was essential in preparing her for this stage in her career. Vadaparampil emphasized, “I learned to be comfortable communicating across disciplines, the value of team science, and the need for every scientist, regardless of discipline, to consider how their research contributes to the ‘end game’ of cancer prevention and control research by making an impact on public health and/or clinical practice.”

Susan T. Vadaparampil, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Alumna, 2000 CPFP Cohort

2018 TFRA Recipients: Drs. Joseph Shearer & Erik Willis

December 14, 2018
The 2018 Trans-Fellowship Research Award (TFRA) recipients are Drs. Joseph Shearer and Erik Willis. This award is specific to the CPFP, and only fellows can serve as Principal Investigators. The TFRA…

The 2018 Trans-Fellowship Research Award (TFRA) recipients are Drs. Joseph Shearer and Erik Willis. This award is specific to the CPFP, and only fellows can serve as Principal Investigators.  The TFRA is a competitive, one-year research award that is meant to foster creative team science approaches to advance the field of cancer prevention, while leveraging the unique diversity of CPFP fellows' scientific backgrounds.

They were awarded $15,000 for their project Physical activity and adiposity risk factors for the development of multiple myeloma in the UK biobank.

Dr. Shearer is a molecular epidemiologist, and Dr. Willis is an exercise physiologist by training. When asked why they decided to collaborate, Dr. Shearer noted, "We both shared a common research interest of studying modifiable risk factors such as obesity, but we approached it differently. The TFRA experience exemplifies the collaborative nature of the CPFP and provides the freedom to develop multidisciplinary projects that we might not have had the opportunity to explore in a traditional postdoctoral setting."

Joseph Shearer, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Current Fellow, 2017 CPFP Cohort


Erik Willis, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Current Fellow, 2016 CPFP Cohort

Dr. Tamara Litwin Receives 2018 NCI Director's Intramural Innovation Award

November 27, 2018
Dr. Tamara Litwin is one of the recipients of the 2018 NCI Director's Intramural Innovation Award. This distinguished award is designed to support the development of highly innovative and novel…

Dr. Tamara Litwin is one of the recipients of the 2018 NCI Director's Intramural Innovation Award. This distinguished award is designed to support the development of highly innovative and novel approaches and technology aimed at significant cancer-related problems. The program offers one-time Career Development Awards that are targeted to postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, and staff clinicians at all levels.  Dr. Litwin received $10,000 for her proposal, entitled Evaluation of Biomarkers for in-vivo Imaging-Based Detection of Cervical Precancers in Low-Resource Settings. Dr. Litwin commented, "The M.P.H. obtained as part of the CPFP was critical for me to conduct this type of research and allowed me to frame the research questions." 

Tamara Litwin, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Current Fellow, 2015 CPFP Cohort