Fellowship Program

I cannot speak highly enough about the post-doctoral training experience in the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program at NCI. This program has given me the opportunity to expand my research interests in pediatric energy balance behaviors in ways that I never thought possible. The immense resources, flexibility to design my own research agenda, and opportunities for transdisciplinary collaboration have made it possible for me to pursue population-based research and conduct my own laboratory-based behavioral research study at NIH. The research experiences and collaborations that I built during this time will continue to influence and strengthen my future research.

Britni Belcher, PhD, MPH

Coming from a basic science background, this fellowship has given me a tremendous opportunity to apply my knowledge and integrate it into the world of cancer epidemiology. I have met people and participated in projects that I never would have thought of before. The training I have received so far has provided me with incredible chances for professional and personal growth. I do not think I would have benefited as much as I have though any other post-doctoral experience.

Shakira Nelson, PhD, MPH

The CPFP made a huge impact on my professional career. I was trained as a medical oncologist but had limited exposure to science, except as an observer or an investigative team member. The CPFP introduced me to the ideas of cancer chemoprevention, many of the leading scientists working in the area, and gave me the opportunity to develop and test ideas that had the potential to transform cancer prevention from a conceptual theory into a greater element of clinical practice.

Ernest Hawk, PhD, MPH

The strength of the CPFP is in its flexibility. The fellowship pairs structured training opportunities with fellow-led research projects and initiatives. It encourages fellows to pursue their own ideas and develop broad collaborations. The independence and networks I have developed during this fellowship have spurred my growth as a scientist and opened up my career opportunities.

Kristin Litzelman, PhD, MPH

The CPFP is the gift that keeps on giving—best thing that's happened to me career-wise and continues to be. The Fellowship is where I learned team science and team work and how to be a good collaborator. I love collaborating and working with folks. I don't have the entire skill set or breadth required to adequately address the issues we face in the field of cancer prevention, so by collaborating we can cover a lot more ground.

Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH

As a clinician with varied research interests in cancer prevention, I can think of no better postdoctoral fellowship. The mentoring, training and research opportunities of the CPFP are extraordinary.

Jeanne Murphy, PhD, MPH

I feel immensely grateful to be part of the CPFP. This program has given me the unique opportunity to transition from more lab-based work to the population sciences—a move I would not have been able to make without my MPH training. To compliment this training, the research opportunities at the NCI are unparalleled. Finally, the opportunity to regularly interact with such a diverse group of fellows has been invaluable to my personal and professional development.

Sarah Nash, PhD, MPH

The program gave me another dimension in my understanding of cancer care. Before the fellowship, I thought that the only way to help people, being a doctor, was through a direct person-to-person consultation in a clinic or hospital. I thought that direct care was my only camino (way). But through the fellowship and Masters in Public Health Training, I saw there were many different avenues in the arena of cancer and public health that I could choose from to develop my career in cancer prevention.

Elmer Huerta, PhD, MPH

The CPFP is a remarkable opportunity that is enabling me to grow as a researcher and leader in the field of cancer prevention and is unlike traditional postdoctoral training programs. Rather than being restricted to just one area of research, this program allows me the flexibility to work with renowned mentors to explore new areas of research and build on my transdisciplinary training by connecting multiple health behaviors related to cancer, such as tobacco use, physical activity, and eating behaviors. There are networking opportunities, leadership trainings, and other skill-building activities that not only prepare me for the next step in my career, but propel me to heights greater than what I would have achieved through any other postdoctoral training program. 

Minal Patel, PhD, MPH

The atmosphere of the CPFP is rare in that fellows are provided support and time to really think through how they want their career to succeed. The CPFP has a history of excellence that has resulted in the cultivation of a large network of mentors through-out the NIH (and beyond) who are willing to help support fellows as they transition into a variety of independent careers.

Britni Belcher, PhD, MPH

The CPFP has made a huge impact on my professional development. One of my favorite training opportunities was the presentation skills course. The practice delivering scientific talks in front of my peers greatly enhanced my presentation skills. The CPFP presentation skills course is the best workshop on scientific presentations I have ever attended.

Dudith (Didie) Pierre-Victor, PhD, MPH
Current Fellow, Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program

Summer Curriculum

This Summer Curriculum of NIH-NCI on Cancer Prevention Felllowship Program (CPFP) is indeed two thumbs up for me as a policy maker and a newbie program manager of Philippine Cancer Prevention and Control. My hat's off to the brilliant organizing team!

Unsurprisingly, this program had bestowed on me the competence, self-confidence and credibility to become a cancer prevention champion. I am really humbled and honored to be a CPFP scholar.

Again, my sincerest gratitude for giving me this rare golden opportunity.

Clarito Cairo, Jr
St. Luke's Medical Center Occupational Medicine & Venereology Philippines

Participating in the Summer Course on Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control was an incredible experience. I am honored I had the opportunity to attend such a wonderful course. I greatly valued listening to experts and scientists in cancer prevention and control. But most importantly, I greatly valued talking and networking with the course attendees, the course staff and the instructors. I really look forward to applying what I have learned in my home country and to keep working towards improving and conducting high quality cancer research in Mexico.

Dalia Stern, PhD
National Institute of Public Health, Cuernavaca, Moreles, Mexico

Thank you NCI/NIH for this opportunity to attend this one-of-a-kind program on basic and molecular aspects of cancer prevention. I am quite privileged to meet the experts and scientists in cancer prevention and control and share the thoughts and understandings. It indeed was a global platform to learn, refine, enhance and share my knowledge and skills as a clinician and researcher.

It has been an invaluable experience meeting other global participants with different cultures and backgrounds; it has helped me to enhance my networking and share a warm relationship surpassing all the geographical limitations. Last but not the least, thank you very much to the most organized organizing team I have ever seen who got us involved all the time, not only in scientific activities, but also in nonscientific works.

Abhishek Shankar, MD, MBBS
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, Delhi, India

As a surgical oncologist with a vision to work in rural India, I felt naive and ill-equipped to approach such a community outside the confines of a hospital. I came across the NCI Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program and the syllabus interested me because of its focus on the field of preventive oncology, a much neglected branch of cancer management. The course was a great platform to interact with many like-minded individuals from all over the globe! International day presentations sensitized me to the plights of various health care systems. I benefited most from the interactive sessions (group case scenarios) as they taught me how to apply the principles of preventive oncology in the real world. The insights and knowledge I have gained from the CPFP have broadened my skill set. What I have learned here will definitely influence my future practice. I highly recommend this course for all oncologists.

Keduovinuo Keditsu, MBBS, MS, MCh
Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, India

As a participant in the Summer Curriculum, I had the opportunity to attend both the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course and the Molecular Prevention Course. This course is an expertly organized experience that immerses you in a collaborative, collegiate environment of over 70 scholars from over a dozen countries that included oncologists, basic scientists, and researchers. This experience, in a word, was transformational.

While we learned a great deal of content that would have taken perhaps years to put together in one sitting, the networking, creative endeavors, and research collaborations that were borne of this opportunity from NCI are invaluable. Further, the response from speakers, their candor and willingness to meet with us in person after their talks and share their time and expertise were invaluable, especially as a junior investigator. I recommend this course to anyone who is seeking an intensive and rewarding experience and is serious about a career in cancer control and prevention.

Melody Schiaffino, PhD, MPH
San Diego State University, San Diego, California, USA

It has been a privilege and an honor to attend the curriculum with a diverse cohort of motivated and distinguished professionals. The curriculum has broadened my sense of what is possible in cancer prevention research and in life, more generally, through an intensive and thought-provoking series of lectures and events.

Anne Julian, MA
Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, USA

To be chosen as a participant in the NCI CPFP summer course is one of the prime opportunities I had during this early part of my career. It was a privilege to listen and ask questions to outstanding faculty and researchers. The international presentations were interesting and eye-openers.

Apart from learning various information and trends in cancer prevention, this course was a great chance to establish networks among clinicians, scientists, epidemiologists and public health experts not only in the US, but worldwide. Personally, I even received invitations for conferences and possible collaborations to improve cancer control and management. Overall, this summer course showcased excellence and gave me an experience that I will surely be happy to reminisce over and over again. Big thanks and kudos to the NCI CPFP team who became my second family in Bethesda.

JC Kennetth Jacinto RN, MD
Benavides Cancer Institute at University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Manila, Philippines

The Summer Curriculum was a unique and wonderful opportunity to grow as an early-career cancer researcher! The course provided a fantastic overview of cutting edge research across a variety of scientific disciplines and introduced us to leading experts working on exciting questions in cancer prevention and control. One of the most rewarding parts of the experience was the opportunity to meet and learn with colleagues from around the world and develop a deeper global perspective on cancer prevention.

Melinda Krakow, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, USA

I'm a radiation oncologist and offer medical help to people already diagnosed with cancer. Comparing that my daily practice focuses more on ‘how to solve the problem', this program provides a different viewpoint on 'how to prevent the problem'. A stitch in time saves nine.

Cancer prevention and screening would not only achieve more promising treatment outcomes, but also help people avoid more advanced and critical conditions. I’ve seen many people suffering from cancer treatment for months or years. Although advancing anti-cancer treatments significantly prolongs people’s lives, it is extremely difficult that doctors could help avoid recurrence and metastasis for long; it is also challenging to reduce their anguish and let these people be truly happy. Therefore, cancer screening for early diagnosis and cancer prevention for risk reduction would be profound.

Fighting against cancer is a crusade. It is not easy, it is not effort-free, nor is it a one-man job. From cancer prevention and screening, anti-cancer treatment to follow-up and surveillance, all are huge and need multidisciplinary contributions. I'm honored to participate in this program, which broadens my view on cancer and helps me promote cancer prevention and screening in my clinical practice.

Ruiseart Huang, MD
Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan, Republic of China

This Summer Curriculum Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control course is not only interesting, but also deeply thought-provoking. As an international participant, I felt challenged to think outside my perceived ‘box’ when approaching cancer prevention and control back in my country (Kenya).

Anne Njoroge, MBChB, MPH
Kenyatta National Hospital, Nairobi, Kenya

Thanks to the NCI CPFP Summer Program, I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to learn from and interact with experts in cancer prevention and peers from around the world. Undoubtedly, this experience has strengthened my resolve to pursue a career in this field and apply the knowledge that I have gained towards cancer prevention in Malaysia. I would recommend this course to anyone seeking to delve into the breadths and depths of cancer prevention work.

Nadia Rajaram, MSc
Cancer Research Malaysia, Subang Jaya, Malaysia

As someone who is just starting his career in cancer control, the NCI Summer Curriculum afforded me invaluable insight into the latest developments in the field. With this lay-of-the-land, I feel that I can now begin cancer research with confidence.

Aside from the fascinating lectures, what I really appreciated from the course was the chance to meet so many inspiring people, from all over the globe, who share a common goal: saving lives by destroying cancer. Indeed, the conversations we had outside of class were often just as enlightening as the classes themselves. The diversity of backgrounds was astonishing; it was very exciting to hear English, Spanish, Uzbek, Twi, Hindi, and a plethora of other languages being spoken in the same room! Taking the Summer Curriculum was a humbling experience: by receiving a broad understanding of the forefront of cancer prevention, I have come to realize just how vast every aspect of the field is. I am looking forward to exploring further!

Jack Murphy, MPH
National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, USA

As a cancer researcher, I had spent more than two decades inside the laboratory trying to understand the pathobiology of cancer. By this CPFP training, I understood the immense potential of studying large populations for cancer prevention. CPFP was a wonderful experience as both the faculties and staff at NCI was open for any discussions/collaborations/help in cancer prevention programs, so that together we can try to conquer this disease, irrespective of nationality, color or ethnicity. I could also initiate collaborative studies both with NCI faculties and fellow participants of this program. Back in my home country, I have decided to spend time on cancer prevention activities also.

Priya Srinivas, PhD, MSc
Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India

NCI's Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control course provided me with an exceptional learning experience, a wide-ranging, thought provoking, and deeply informative introduction to, and overview of, the state-of-the-science of cancer prevention. The course provided a superb and rapid overview of the most recent critical findings culled from clinical trials and observational studies, pertaining to cancer screening, surveillance, prevention, treatment, palliative care and cancer survivorship. Lecturers expertly summarized the many remaining research gaps, and generous time was allotted for group discussion following each lecture.

The curriculum excelled in emphasizing the importance of interdisciplinary research in tackling cancer from many perspectives, highlighting the role of team science, of national health policies, and of international collaboration in the shaping of research questions and the advancement of cancer prevention practices in low, medium and high resource countries. The inclusion of attendees from over 30 different nations, and the presentations on cancer control practices and policies from countries on every continent, served to deepen personal ties and mutual appreciation of the role of research in redressing cancer burden. The course organizers wisely included a series of complementary talks, meant to enhance trainee leadership skills.

NCI staff support in attending to all student needs was exceptional, and helped pave the way for many attending the course to forge lasting international friendships. This is one of the best organized, most intellectually exciting, eye opening and empowering learning opportunities I have ever encountered, anywhere. I urge you to take it. You won't be sorry.

Nancy Miller, PhD
National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, USA

NCI Summer Curriculum on Cancer Prevention was one of the best and most balanced programs on cancer prevention I have ever attended. Careful selection of topics and speakers from different areas of expertise made this program very rich and robust. Curriculum was designed to groom the participants as future leaders in the field of global cancer prevention.

During the 4-week long program, meeting with experts, leaders, researchers and participants across the globe was a very insightful learning experience. Equipped with vast knowledge and strong networking opportunities enabled the fellows to deal with challenges and make visible changes in the area of global cancer prevention. Hard work, sincere effort and careful planning by the organizing team is laudable and much appreciated.

Rakesh Thakur, MD, MPH
Toronto Public Health, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Attending the NCI summer course on the Principles of Cancer Prevention and Control was a special experience for me. The course was extremely professional and yet at the same time very relaxed. Course participants from all over the world and across all the disciplines involved with cancer were able to meet each other in a friendly, stimulating environment. Regardless of country or culture, participants were encouraged to ask questions and share opinions; much was learned by all. I was updated on all current research in cancer prevention/control as well as receiving refreshers on recent advances in all the common cancer sites.

In spite of the fact that I am not a researcher, I am involved with caring for patients who have had cancer and desperately want to know how they can best protect themselves and their families going forward. I am also part of a multidisciplinary, hospital based team. I have not only enjoyed the course but also feel it has been highly relevant to my current practice. I would also now feel confident in being part of any public health research/initiatives in Ireland and I hope to have that opportunity in the near future. I would recommend this course to anyone involved in cancer care, treatment, or research.

Nicki de Zeeuw, RN, CNS
Tallaght Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

The NCI Summer Curriculum’s Cancer Prevention course provided unparalleled exposure and access to world-renowned experts working in various fields of cancer prevention and control. The wide array of topics covered during the course guaranteed a fruitful learning experience, regardless of one’s area of expertise. I especially enjoyed the international presentations and the opportunity to learn about cancer prevention and control from the perspective of fellow classmates representing different countries around the world.

Megan Clarke, PhD, MHS
National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, USA

It was a great honor for me to participate in this Summer Curriculum. I am very privileged to meet experts and scientists in this area. Expert lecturers gave excellent overviews of cancer epidemiology and prevention. I had the opportunity not only to learn, refine, and enhance my knowledge, but also to extend my scientific view for the international community. In addition, I enjoyed meeting with other global participants because they bring a new perspective from different cultures and backgrounds. I will never forget the wonderful experience at NCI.

Tomotaka Ugai, MD
Aichi Cancer Center Research Institute, Chikusa-ku Nagoya, Japan

The NCI Summer Curriculum is an excellent opportunity for both early-career scientists and decision-makers in the area of cancer control and prevention, as the lectures cover diverse aspects of cancer research and program planning. The fact that you can be involved in discussions with the leading international science experts was a great experience for me. The course provides an outstanding networking opportunity, which might result in building further research collaborations with the NCI. Moreover, I would especially like to thank the NCI Center for Global Health for funding my participation at this exceptionally well-structured course.

Bekhruz Yusupov, MPH
National Cancer Research Center, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

The summer curriculum provided a comprehensive overview of the current state of cancer research delivered by speakers conducting this research both at the National Cancer Institute and other prominent institutions in the US. The course format also allowed time for participant discussion and interaction, which helped broaden my own perspectives. As a global health scientist myself, I was very privileged to meet experts from all over the world who were committed to learn the principles by which prevention scientists explore public health issues in cancer. The course has resulted in a group of 50 to 60 cancer specialists from all over the world that have now been connected for a lifetime just by sharing 5 weeks learning together!

Prajakta Adsul, PhD, MBBS, MPH
National Cancer Institute, Rockville, Maryland, USA