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About Our Program


Our Mission

Our mission is to recruit, educate, train, and launch scientists in successful careers in cancer prevention by providing the highest quality research training environment, mentoring relationships, and career development opportunities, with the goal of launching each trainee of the division toward the scientific research role of principal investigator early in his or her career.

Our Goals

  • Recruit high-potential cancer prevention trainees of diverse backgrounds nationally and internationally; 
  • Immerse the trainee in the type of multi-disciplinary research environment typical of cancer prevention and control, with the endpoint objective of launching the trainee toward the scientific research role of principal investigator relatively early in his or her career; 
  • Coordinate a curriculum of educational activities in cancer prevention and career development training for trainees and faculty;
  • Strengthen mentoring by providing resources, support, and guidance to trainees and mentors; 
  • Seek to become nationally and internationally renowned for outstanding training and education in cancer prevention and scholarly work in training and education.

Our Training Objectives

  • Increase knowledge of cancer prevention and control research and practice through curriculum-based learning; 
  • Obtain hands-on experience in ongoing cancer prevention and control research projects under the mentorship of established investigators; 
  • Participate in workshops, focusing on time management, scientific presentations, scientific writings, grant preparation and other professional development skills needed by scientists.

Other Benefits

  • Acquire mentored research experience 
  • Gain exposure to advanced technologies
  • Develop applications for independent cancer research funding 
  • Develop possible thesis and dissertation topics
  • Present findings at national research meetings
  • Publish in peer-reviewed journals
  • Find out about possible loan repayment opportunities

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Our Directors

Shine Chang, Ph.D.
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program
Distinguished Teaching Professor, Epidemiology
Phone: (713) 563-3573

Carrie Cameron, Ph.D.
Associate Director
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology
Phone: (713) 794-1476

Our Founder

Robert Chamberlain, Ph.D.
Director Emeritus
Cancer Prevention Research Training Program 
Professor, Epidemiology
Read Dr. Chamberlain's bio:
Mentor, Educator, Friend:  A Tribute to Robert M. Chamberlain

Meet Our Advisory Committee

Our Education Advisory Committee oversees the administration of the Education Program in Cancer Prevention, by reviewing fellowships applications for relevance, academic merit, and more.

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