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Pictured above are 2013 CPRTP Summer Research Experience students. 

2014 Summer Research Experience in Cancer Prevention

17 undergraduate, graduate and health professional students joined CPRTP for this year's summer program as part of the MD Anderson Summer Experience, on Tuesday, June 3rd.  Through our NCI-funded R25E “Cancer Prevention Education: Student Research Experiences” grant (R25E CA056452), we were able to create this program to bring in students for a 10-week short-term research experience during the summer. This experience will conclude on Friday, August 8th with the MD Anderson Summer Final Event: Poster Session and Elevator Speech Competition.  Read more....

Upcoming Events

  • The DCPPS Trainee Forum, hosted by the Cancer Prevention Research Training Program, will take place on Thursday, July 17, 2014, from 4pm to 5pm in Dan L. Duncan Building, CPB 8th Floor, Rooms 7 and 8. 
  • The 2014 CPRTP Summer Trainee Exposition will be held on Thursday, August 7th at 9:30am in the Dan Duncan Building, CPB 8th Floor, Rooms 5, 6, 7 & 8.  Each student will give a 90-second Elevator Speech about the research project as well as formally present a poster.  The reception and poster session will follow the elevator speeches. We encourage all CPRTP Summer Research Experience mentors, research team and department staff; as well as family members to attend. Download the flyer (pdf).
  • The MD Anderson Summer Experience Poster Session and Elevator Speech competition will take place on Friday, August 8th in the Dan Duncan Building, CPB 8th Floor, Rooms 1 - 8, from 9am to 1pm.

Trainee Accolades

  • The following CPRTP trainees are Trainee Research Day 2014 poster competition finalists in the MD Anderson Alumni and Faculty Associate Award in Population Science category:
    • Jeanne Pierzynski, R25T Predoctoral Fellow, Epidemiology
      Genetic and Social Determents of Quality of Life in Lung Cancer Patients
      ; Mentor:  Xifeng Wu, MD, PhD
    • Calandra Whitted, R25T Predoctoral Fellow, Health Disparities Research
      Examination of Eligibility Criteria and Participation in a Physical Activity Study;
      Mentor:  Lorna Haughton McNeill, PhD
  • Nicholas Whiting, Ph.D., R25T Postdoctoral Fellow, Experimental Diagnostic Imaging, has been selected a finalist in the MD Anderson Trainee Research Day Elevator Speech Competition. In addition, Dr. Whiting was also awarded a Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program Exploration-Hypothesis Development Aware as Principal Investigator, Development of Silicon-Coated Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide Nanoparticles for Targeted Molecular Imaging and Hyperthermic Therapy of Prostate Cancer. Dr. Whiting along with five other finalists competed in the Trainee Research Day 2014 Elevator Speech competition:
    • Srikanth Appikonda, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Vida Chitsazzadeh, Immunology
    • Isabella Glitza, Fellow, Cancer Medicine
    • Shyyam Moorthy, Graduate Research Assistant, Head & Neck Surgery
    • Zahra Timsah, Postdoctoral Fellow, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
    • Nicholas Whiting, CPRTP R255T Postdoctoral Fellow, Experimental Diagnostic Imaging
  • Corbin Ester (former Clinical Cancer Prevention, R25E GRA, Summer 2013), was recently awarded the 2014 Goldwater Scholarship at Appalachian State University. In addition, Corbin is currently working for the National Cancer Institution (NCI) this summer under Dr. Miriam Poirier, a pioneer in biochemical dosimetry and molecular epidemiology.
  • Miguel Cano, Ph.D., has accepted a tenured faculty position with Florida International University in the Department of Epidemiology, effective August 19th! 
  • Rachel Atkinson, Ph.D. (former Clinical Cancer Prevention, R25T Postdoctoral Fellow, 2011-2013), is now the Director of Medical Affairs at Merck Worldwide.
  • Former Behavioral Science, R25T Postdoctoral Fellow (2012-2013), Faith Fletcher, Ph.D., was awarded the 2014-2015 Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy (IRRPP) Faculty Fellowship at University of Illinois - Chicago, which gives her the opportunity to further examine cancer disparities among HIV-positive women through a public policy lens.  Dr. Fletcher was also awarded the Kaiser Permanente Burch Minority Leadership Development Award. Faith is currently an Assistant Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health (UIC-SPH).

Congratulations to all of our past and present CPRTP Fellows! 


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