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 seven 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.
Cancer Prevention and Population Sciences Faculty in the News
- MD Anderson study reveals new insight into DNA repair - Guang Peng, M.D., Ph.D.
- 1 in 3 colon cancers in young people has genetic link - Eduardo Vilar-Sanchez, M.D., Ph.D.
- Study reveals that women who sit too much have increased risk of cancer - Karen Basen-Engquist, Ph.D., M.P.H.
- Cancer prevention as our first best hope: Action in prevention research and cancer control - Ernest Hawk, M.D., M.P.H.