Fellowship Program

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
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

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
Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

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, 2016 CPFP Cohort

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
Director of the Cancer Preventorium, Washington Cancer Institute, MedStar Washington Hospital Center

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
Vice President of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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
Assistant Professor of Nursing, George Washington University

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
Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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
Director, Truth Initiative, Schroeder Institute

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
Director of Cancer Surveillance, Alaska Native Epidemiology Center, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium

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
Sr. Scientific Program Administrator, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)

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
Professor, Nutrition Research Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Summer Curriculum

Portrait of Amirah Wahdi, MD, MSPH

What I really like about the course is the way it presented not only the knowledge you needed, but also the tools on how to put that knowledge into perspective and how to use it in cancer prevention framework. The speakers were always exceptional and open for networking opportunities and collaborating. The best part was the fact that you found a new family, people that are also fighting the same thing as you. You learned from each other and inspired each other, and sometimes ended up working on a project together. I went home with many new opportunities and optimism. It was definitely the best course I ever attended.

Amirah Wahdi, MD, MSPH
Center for Reproductive Health Universitas Gadjah Mada, Depok Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Portrait of Andrea Ramirez Varela, MD, MPH

As an epidemiologist interested in preventive medicine, global public health capacity for chronic disease prevention, physical activity promotion and translational research, especially in Latin America, I can say this course was an excellent opportunity to update on the science of cancer control and prevention, and a fantastic arena to network with participants from all over the world. I finished this course with an enriched network of colleagues that I am sure I will work with in the future. I highly recommend this course and I congratulate the coordinating team for making this month the best space to learn and to share.

Andrea Ramirez Varela, MD, MPH
Federal University of Pelotas, Pelotas, Brazil

Portrait of Ashish Shrestha, MDS

The NCI Principles and Practices of Cancer Prevention and Control Course has been an experience of a lifetime for me. This course has been designed meticulously, incorporating all the necessary tools and activities that inspires and motivates you. I have realized the true essence of a comprehensive cancer control and prevention plan and now have surpassed my understanding. This course has enabled me to ascertain the deficiencies and limitations in the cancer control plans in my country and has facilitated my ambitions and plans towards my community. The amalgamation of the best facilitators with decades of experience has motivated me a lot to contribute to cancer patient care. Moreover, it was so exhilarating and inspiring to meet and share real-life experiences with all other fellows from different parts of the world. I am truly honored to be a part of such an impeccable course and highly recommend all my colleagues in cancer research attend this program.

Ashish Shrestha, MDS
BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Dharan, Nepal

Portrait of Aviane Auguste, MPH

The Summer Curriculum has really provided me with a broad overview of cancer prevention on the whole and made me appreciate all the science and methodology that goes into the planning of prevention programs. As a PhD candidate in head and neck cancer epidemiology, I was able to be exposed to different aspects of cancer that I do not usually see in my setting, e.g., writing of policy briefs and implementation and dissemination of research. I was extremely satisfied by the level of organization throughout the four weeks and the quality of the lectures. The project concept paper and the group case studies were activities that taught me a lot, helped me to develop on a personal level and gave me confidence to continue some scientific projects back home. Finally, I can never forget the many persons from all over the world that I got to meet and the many opportunities we had to share our culture and exchange ideas. I definitely recommend this course to anyone who does research on cancer.

Aviane Auguste, MPH
French National Institute for Health & Medical Research (INSERM), Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe

Portrait of Carolann Risley, PhD, MSN, NP

Being selected to attend the NCI Cancer Prevention Program is one of the best gifts I have ever been given. As a clinician, it provided me with a global overview of cutting-edge evidence to translate into practice. As a new investigator, it is a launching platform for collaboration and the future success of my research, which will reach my underserved population. Blending concepts learned from the program with ideas from the international and national participants will improve my ability to create and improve cancer prevention programs in my community. Thank you to Dr. Hala Azzam and her staff for creating a well-rounded program using a variety of educational theories. The world-class speakers made the weeks feel like a few days; my life has been changed for the better forever.

Carolann Risley, PhD, MSN, NP
University of Mississippi Medical Center, Ocean Springs, Mississippi, USA

Portrait of Delfin Lovelina Francis, MDS

This NCI Summer Curriculum program gave me another dimension in my understanding of cancer care. Rather than being restricted to just one area of research, this program gave me an overall flexibility to work with renowned mentors to explore new areas of research and build on my multi-disciplinary training by connecting multiple health behaviors related to cancer. I am privileged to be a part of this 2018 cohort, who have shared and networked with an inspiring group of global participants. A big thanks to the NCI program team for their dedication and support, which lead to an awesome learning experience.

Delfin Lovelina Francis, MDS
Tagore Dental College and Hospital, Chennai, India

Portrait of Duygu Altinok Dindar, MD

I will never forget the summer of 2018. My experience at NCI in the summer of 2018 presented me with a lifetime of friendships, a unique network for my career, and all current information on cancer prevention and control. During my time in Bethesda, I had the opportunity to get acquainted with NIH, NCI and different countries cancer research organizations. Today, we agree that the knowledge produced in the laboratory should be reached to the patients.

The NCI Summer Curriculum was a great educational program with multi-disciplinary and international participation to understand and develop the translational research culture. As a surgeon who works on cancer, it was a unique opportunity that reminded me of the importance of cancer prevention and control and the need to explore it as a priority.

I am very happy to be attending NCI Summer Curriculum 2018. I would recommend all my colleagues to have this privilege.

Duygu Altinok Dindar, MD
Turkish Cancer Institute, Istanbul, Turkey

Portrait of Elizabeth Salerno, PhD, MPH

I would highly recommend the CPFP Summer Curriculum Principles and Molecular Courses for those seeking additional training in cancer prevention and control. Coming from a research background focused primarily on survivorship, the foundational and comprehensive overview of cancer screening and prevention across a wide range of contexts was incredibly helpful for my development as a scientist. One highlight was the opportunity to work with individuals from around the world. Not only was it a unique platform to learn about the current cancer prevention challenges facing other countries, but it also provided an international perspective on cancer research as a whole. As I continue in my career as a cancer researcher, I’m confident that I’ll always be grateful for this formative experience.

Elizabeth Salerno, PhD, MPH
National Cancer Institute – NIH, Rockville, Maryland, USA

Portrait of Graciela Castellano, MD

The Cancer Prevention Summer Curriculum has been an extremely rich and complex experience, which has deeply impacted my life. In terms of academic aspects, the course is very good. The lectures were an opportunity to update knowledge to the latest scientific evidence. They were well balanced in terms of the theoretical contents related to cancer prevention. A good proportion of basic science, clinical aspects, and epidemiology, as well as a strong component based on social determinants.

The course combined practical and participatory activities, as well as recreational ones, that gave it lightness and made it enjoyable. The staff always was willing to collaborate, with a smile, with kindness and patience, and absolute commitment to work. I think the attitude of encouragement and promotion towards the projects of each participant is relevant. I emphasize on the other hand the strong climate of collaboration that was generated among the participants, the willingness to dialogue among such diverse people, and the willingness to support others in their ideas. And no less important, the sense of community and friendship that we manage to create, so that we not only take great ideas and new knowledge from the course, but also friends, collaborators, hope, and encouragement to move forward in our projects. I can only say, thank you very much!

Graciela Castellano, MD
School of Medicine, University of the Republic, Ciudad de la Costa, Uruguay

Portrait of Irina Muryzina, MD, PhD

This summer I was lucky to be selected for the NCI Summer Curriculum 2018 Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course, and it was one of the brightest events in my professional experience with huge brain gain, plenty of opportunities to communicate with outstanding scientists, who helped me to bridge the gaps in my knowledge concerning approaches to cancer prevention and early detection. I started feeling like a warrior of a great army at the frontline of global battle with cancer, not a solitary one, but a part of a powerful team. All lecturers (everybody was of high-level expertise in his/her area) provided us with comprehensive of that multifaceted issue, giving us clues for our routine practice, raising awareness of very important things I either neglected or just pay not proper attention before.

I merged into an exciting whirlpool of new friends, specialists in various domains of cancer prevention from all over the world. We shared our experience with each other, targeted our lecturers with a barrage of questions, making fun during breaks and joyful events like potlucks, presenting our projects to mentors and our teammates with valuable feedback while we were drilling new skills. We felt so comfortable because all members of the organizing team were so supportive and solved any question immediately. I think this course triggered in my mind new insights regarding my responsibility to follow a cancer prevention strategy at my work place when I examine patients and teach students, but also in usual life contributing to advocacy campaigns. Thank you to all who were involved in organizing this course and network. I am sure that this course pushed all of us to grow beyond routine experience to the global comprehension of cancer prevention.

Irina Muryzina, MD, PhD
Kharkov National Medical University, Kharkov, Ukraine

Portrait of Leigh Leibel, MSc

The NCI Summer Curriculum Fellowship in Cancer Prevention is an extraordinary program. It brings together a wonderfully diverse group of skilled and passionate professionals from around the world to engage in a spirited classroom exchange of ideas with more than 80 speakers, each of whom is a leading oncology expert. Participating in this dynamic program was a career-defining experience for me. The curriculum was beautifully curated, and the daily academic discussions – coupled with interdisciplinary collaboration during tabletops and project concept presentations – challenged me to think more expansively and creatively. Now that I’m back at work, I’ve been able to immediately translate cancer prevention from conceptual theory into clinical practice, and it has positively informed the way I care for cancer patients, survivors, and their families.

Hats off to NCI/CPFP for creating this important program and being a catalyst toward positive change in global cancer prevention and control!

Leigh Leibel, MSc
Columbia University Medical Center, New York City, New York, USA

Portrait of Marcia Johnson Campbell, MBBS, MPH

The NCI Cancer Prevention Summer Curriculum was indeed a fabulous experience and at the end in addition to new knowledge obtained, there were several opportunities for networking with NCI experts and international participants. The curriculum was well structured and extensive. The NCI experts willingly made themselves available for face-to-face or email conversations and the coordinating team was excellent with the logistics of the course providing prompt updates and full guidance.

The friendships developed with the participants was amazing. Lots of opportunities were provided for sightseeing, exploration and fun-filled activities, such as dance sessions during the break, potlucks, and selfie moments. I would definitely recommend this course to public health practitioners, researchers and clinicians. I look forward to being able to implement my project, which was developed for this course, and completing my current research.

Marcia Johnson Campbell, MBBS, MPH
University of the West Indies, Montego Bay, Jamaica

Portrait of Marievelisse Soto Salgado, DrPH, MS, BS

I found the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention and Control course an excellent tool to those interested in gaining a broad knowledge of concepts, issues and applications in cancer prevention and control research. I think one of the most powerful activities during this course was the opportunity to present a cancer-related project idea to NCI faculty and other participants. The feedback obtained will help me to refine my project idea and contribute to the possibility of submitting a successful grant application. With this course, I not only enhanced my knowledge in cancer prevention and control, but also I made new connections at the international level.

Marievelisse Soto Salgado, DrPH, MS, BS
University of Puerto Rico Medical Sciences Campus, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Portrait of Nensy Bandhoe, LLM MPA, MSPH

The NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention and Control course provided me with so many valuable insights and knowledge. This course has enabled me to suggest a much broader way of service delivery to the population we serve as a private-public health NGO. I am truly grateful for this opportunity. The set-up of the course enabled a huge amount of learning, exploring, sharing and networking. This knowledge made its way into a new type of service delivery package that I am shaping with my team by extending the current cancer prevention and early detection services with counseling about limiting the risks for cancer. The knowledge shared about the Cancer Preventorium in the last presentation strengthened my belief that the path that we are taking with the Stichting Lobi Health Center, somewhat a replica of the Cancer Preventorium, is the right path. I would strongly recommend this course to other like minded and passionate people who really want to contribute to cancer prevention and control!

Nensy Bandhoe, LLM MPA, MSPH
Stichting Lobi Health Center, Paramaribo, Suriname

Portrait of Olabisi Ogunrinola, PhD

I am greatly honored to be selected as a participant of the 2018 NCI Summer Curriculum in the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control. The coordinators did a wonderful job by designing comprehensive, related topics to enrich participants with knowledge of diversified disciplines. The acquired information and skills learned has given me more insights into my area of research, control and prevention of abnormal growth using nutrition at the molecular level. During the course, facilitators from within and outside NIH presented me with several choices to support my ongoing research efforts in my country. My interaction with different participants who work in different areas of cancer, especially the group activities, made me feel emotionally attached to other scientists across the globe.

At the end of the 4-week course, I had acquired more knowledge to share with colleagues back home and apply to my ongoing projects. The course has enabled me to identify gaps that exist in the findings from my research field and communities, and the need for collaboration to find solutions to the challenges of this unwanted abnormal growth, established new relationships and networks that will remain relevant for a long time. The program was a very insightful experience and I’m really indebted to the entire team for making me a part of this wonderful family.

Olabisi Ogunrinola, PhD
Lagos State University, Lagos, Nigeria

Portrait of Olesegun Biyi-Olutunde, MBBS

I am super excited to write a testimonial of my experience at the NCI Summer Curriculum especially as I attended both the Prevention and Molecular courses. Its turned out to be the best experience in a long time. As a clinician with little epidemiology and statistics background, it was super enlightening to study at the NCI. The lectures are delivered by leading authorities in their various fields who take time to pass across knowledge of the immense advances in their fields of cancer prevention, and who network with you creating room for future inquiries and collaborations as well as introduce you to the many wonderful training and grants opportunities in cancer research.

The participants are from diverse backgrounds and nations. This eclectic mix of people allows for an awesome learning and networking experience that opens you up to the world and helps you to find people with like minds and passions with whom you can share ideas and from whom you garner a lot of solution-oriented ideas for a diverse range of problems regarding the cancer management spectrum. The organizers are super friendly and were always willing to help resolve whatever issues or problems come up. I am leaving the Summer Curriculum with so much more knowledge, contacts, and ideas than when I came into it, both generally and in the awesome field of cancer prevention, which I can take back with me to influence and improve cancer prevention strategies back in my home country Nigeria. I am super grateful for the opportunity to attend the NCI Summer Curriculum and will recommend it to anyone who wants to improve research capabilities and their network no matter at what level they presently function.

Olesegun Biyi-Olutunde, MBBS
University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Portrait of Ritesh Tapkire, MCh

NCI’s Summer Curriculum is an excellent course. It gives a lot of new insights in cancer prevention and control and implementation of policies. It is a good platform to develop networks with representatives from different countries, and to share ideas. It’s a must course for anyone who is in public health and a cancer control program.

Ritesh Tapkire, MCh
Cachar Cancer Hospital & Research Centre, Silchar, India

Portrait of Runcie C.W. Chidebe, BSc

The course gave me a logic for my passion and a network to help me sustain the passion. Whether you are a clinician, a researcher or an advocate, the NCI Summer Curriculum has a piece for you. It was super inspiring to see, meet and network. If you are interested in exponential leadership in cancer prevention and control, the NCI Summer Curriculum is an enviable target for you.

Runcie C.W. Chidebe, BSc
Project PINK BLUE-Health & Psychological Trust Centre, Abuja, Nigeria

Portrait of Saleh Alessy, MPH

Attending the Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention at NCI allowed me to develop in-depth knowledge, explore an internationalized curriculum at a world-class institution, and enabled me to develop networks and collaborations that will support my future career.

Saleh Alessy, MPH
King’s College London, London, England, UK

Portrait of Shailejah Pamnani, MBBS

I am an internal medicine and preventive medicine resident with a keen interest in cancer prevention, and an aspiring hematologist/oncologist. My area of interest consists of designing prevention models in the field of myeloid malignancies. The Summer Curriculum cancer prevention program was a very insightful experience and provided me with tools and networking opportunities to expand the horizons of my research interests. It was an extremely well organized and meticulously planned program.

The lecturers were all experts in their fields, most of whom have been leading or involved in landmark research and innovations. Bringing all these inspiring figures together at one place in one course makes the Summer Cancer Prevention Fellowship an unparalleled experience for me. The interactive nature of the courses, the diversity of participants and the speakers, and the group sessions made the program stand out and gave us the opportunity to create collaborations. It has been a true honor to be part of this curriculum with a wonderful group of passionate professionals who have dedicated their lives to fight cancer. I highly recommend this course to researchers who are interested in cancer prevention worldwide.

Shailejah Pamnani, MBBS
Griffin-Yale Combine Internal & Preventive Medicine Residency Program, Derby, Connecticut, USA

Portrait of Siew Yim Loh, PhD

The NCI 2018 CPFP is a targeted program with real emphasis on the principles and practices of cancer prevention. I like the features of its multidisciplinary curriculum with a holistic overview of theoretical approaches, as well as practical applications. It has impressive input from experts sharing state-of-art perspectives and evidence-based information on multisite cancers, and the crosscutting issues (e.g., communication, technology, surveillance, epidemiology, etc.) of the cancer continuum. The CPFP is a good platform for research networking, and to learn from other international peers and lecturers, stimulating ideas for translational research. I love the ideas of the community projects that are also implemented as research-based projects.

Cancer itself is such a debilitating condition to treat, manage or rehabilitate, especially late diagnosis, with its physical, psychosocial, financial, occupational and cultural ramifications of burden. So, I am so pleased with the timeliness of the program. I think the program should reach out to more Asian countries and influence a major shift from treatment to prevention. Prevention is definitely better than cure! Thank you to all.

Siew Yim Loh, PhD
University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Portrait of Stuti Bhargava, PhD, MDS, BDS

I am immensely grateful to have had the opportunity to attend the NCI Summer Curriculum in cancer prevention. As a clinician and academic researcher with an interest in transitioning to population sciences, I have varied interests in cancer prevention and control. The program updated my current knowledge, introduced me to many newer concepts, such as chemoprevention and omics studies, and infused a newer perspective in my understanding of cancer care. The course work was comprehensive and allowed me to interact and network with globally renowned experts at NCI and from other U.S. institutions and nationalities. All participants were encouraged to come up with their ongoing or prospective research ideas and were mentored by many leading scientists to test and transform these ideas from conceptual theory to realistic elements. Formal and informal networking, team work, field trips, social activities and cultural interactions with a diverse group of mentors and participants from various countries considerably enriched my experience. The support and responsiveness of the organizing and coordinating team of the program was noteworthy and deserves utmost appreciation. The course was an enlightening and immersive experience into the work and challenges of cancer care researchers from all over the world. I aim to conduct meaningful and impactful cancer control activities in limited-resource settings in Central India, and the course has imparted me with very useful ideas and opportunities to do the same.

Stuti Bhargava, PhD, MDS, BDS
VSPM Dental College and Research Centre, Nagpur, India

Portrait of Suzanne Tanya Nethan, MDS, BDS

The Summer Curriculum course on the Principles of Cancer Prevention and Control was indeed an incredible opportunity for a preventive oncologist like myself, and I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been able to attend the same. The course was a perfect amalgamation of learning about not only the various cancer types but also about the different aspects of cancer prevention, some of which were very new and exciting to hear about. It was a wonderful time of learning from stalwarts themselves in their respective fields, along with interacting with them and with other cancer prevention advocates from across the globe. I especially looked forward to the engaging discussions (case studies and project concept paper) and Q&A time after each lecture. The International day presentations were a rather informative sneak peek into the global cancer control scenario. The visits to the NIH Clinical Center and Cancer Preventorium at the MedStar Hospital proved fruitful as we could see firsthand how these settings functioned and take ideas on improving upon our respective setups back home.

Another feature I liked was that the course was not “all work and no play,” courtesy of the frequent potluck lunches (with delectable global cuisine, giving us an opportunity to learn about food as well) and the Zumba sessions, both of which added to the fun element and broke the monotony during the four weeks. I would highly recommend this course to anyone with a keen interest in cancer prevention. I personally could not have asked for a better platform to meet and network with worldwide experts and cancer prevention professionals and learn from them. I would be more than glad to attend any other such courses in the future. I would like to congratulate the CPFP team on the success of the program and thank them for their co-operation and assistance at every step, especially towards us international participants.

Suzanne Tanya Nethan, MDS, BDS
ICMR-National Institute of Cancer Prevention & Research, Noida, India

Portrait of Valerian Mwenda, MD

The Summer Curriculum training was a wonderful learning experience. The speakers were selected from among the best in their fields. The lecture materials were up to date. The delivery was carefully planned and executed. I would recommend this training to any public health practitioner involved in, or with interests in, cancer prevention and control.

Valerian Mwenda, MD
National Cancer Control Program of Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya

Portrait of Victor Pam, MBBS, MPH

The Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course is an experience I would recommend to any scientist who is seriously considering making an impact in fighting cancer. The careful selection of the different lectures delivered by cutting-edge experts was awesome. These lectures were delicately interwoven in a sequential and related manner that produced a rich tapestry of understanding culminating in a bird’s-eye view of the problem of cancer and its associated solutions. The course helped me to connect the different dots in the cancer ecosystem and weave the thread through disparities in the population in different regions of the world, socio-economic status, cultural practices, lifestyles, obesity, diet, access to care, policy or the lack of it, and the epidemiology of different cancers.

I came away from the course with a complete change of focus and a better appreciation of the need for a multidisciplinary approach to successfully battle cancers and reduce their burden on mortality. As a clinician, I now realize that cancer prevention starts well away from the clinics. For any meaningful impact to be made, therefore, the starting point is good team science that would harness the efforts of behavioral scientists, basic scientists, epidemiologists, cancer advocates, clinicians, policy makers, community leaders, and mass media, to mention but a few. These professionals must all collaborate and coordinate their efforts to create the necessary synergy from the population level through the clinics to the granular level in the laboratory to identify any possible biomarkers for any particular cancer.

The 2018 Summer Curriculum course provided ample opportunities to network with different experts and faculties from both the NIH and other US institutions working in diverse fields of cancer prevention. Group activities and cross-pollination of ideas among participants enabled the foundation for future collaborations to be laid. I must hasten to acknowledge the wonderful CPFP program staff who provided 5-star support from preparation to travel and all through the course. They provided a flawless, congenial and relaxed setting for learning and interaction leading to the countless standing ovations at the program. As I conclude, I am on my feet clapping for their smiles and friendship!

Victor Pam, MBBS, MPH
University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria

Portrait of Volha “Olga” Matylevich, MD, PhD

The most valuable feature of this program is real opportunity for people from different ethnic and economic backgrounds and medical specialties to share their experience in the area of cancer prevention and research. We all are fighting the same battle but we have different perspectives of how things might be done in different settings. It is a great opportunity to share these views and learn from each other. Also, we have a unique opportunity to see and hear leading specialists in the field of cancer prevention and research. Thanks to the CPFP team for all the effort they have made for us and for a wonderful and unforgettable experience. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in cancer prevention worldwide.

Volha “Olga” Matylevich, MD, PhD
NN Alexandrov National Cancer Center, Minsk, Belarus