Mentored Junior Faculty Fellowship
The Duncan Family Institute Mentored Junior Faculty Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research supports the critical transition of individuals from training positions to junior faculty, launching them towards research independence. This fellowship fills a gap between support available to postdoctoral fellows and other early career scientists transitioning to a faculty position at the assistant professor level. Ideally, providing continuous support through this critical transition will prevent gaps and launch junior scientists faster towards independent research careers. This program, developed in collaboration with the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program, extends the long-standing acclaimed prevention research training programs supported in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences.
To date, the Duncan Family Institute has selected five Mentored Junior Faculty Fellows. We expect to appoint a new fellow annually. These appointments are for two years, subject to acceptable progress towards agreed to milestones, transitioning towards career independence through extramural support.
The Institute contributed to strengthening the intellectual environment by collaborating with the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program and a UT System Robert Woods Johnson funded health policy fellow, Leonard Zwelling, M.D., to co-sponsor several distinguished lecturers, including Harvey Feinberg, M.D., Ph.D., President - Institute of Medicine, "Why Cancer Prevention is a Hard Sell" and Steve Burd, Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer - Safeway, "Solving the Nation's Healthcare Problem: As Simple as 7th Grade Algebra".
In addition, researchers present their findings at weekly Cancer Prevention Grand Rounds. Video archives of selected distinguished guest lecturers and MD Anderson faculty highlight a few of the Institute's research themes.
Institute Faculty in the News
- Smoking and tobacco-cessation campaign to be launched by Texas and Mexico institutions Ernest Hawk, M.D., M.P.H.
- Current breast cancer screening guidelines may lead to more missed cases Therese Bevers, M.D.
- Black patients fare worse with kidney cancer: study Wong-Ho Chow, Ph.D.
- Researchers find evidence of 'chemo brain' Jeffrey Wefel, Ph.D.