The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program at MD Anderson prepares scientists and clinicians to achieve leadership roles as research investigators in the field of cancer prevention and control. The goals of this postdoctoral program are to expand the existing perspective of the fellow by strengthening their knowledge of cancer prevention research and current disciplines and to provide them with rigorous preparation in novel quantitative methods, appropriate to the proposed cancer prevention research. With a special focus on career development and interdisciplinary collaboration, we seek trainees in basic biomedical sciences, biostatistics and bioinformatics, systems biology, epidemiology, genetics, behavioral and social sciences, economics, and related population and public health disciplines. To help foster research collaborations in cancer prevention and control between MD Anderson and other educational research institutions, fellows may be appointed at MD Anderson or at UT Health Science Center, Rice University, University of Houston, or Texas A&M University, and co-mentored by faculty from both institutions. Fellows may not be appointed at UT School of Public Health nor Baylor College of Medicine.
Centered around mentored research in cancer prevention and control guided by experienced faculty mentors, multidisciplinary training will be accomplished through a robust training plan that is founded on rigorous quantitative methods, a specialized cancer prevention educational curriculum, an individual development plan, and career development activities. Trainees will participate in mentored research; attend cancer prevention science seminars; present their research at scientific meetings; participate in professional development seminars; and publish in peer-reviewed journals. Trainees are immersed in the type of cross-disciplinary research environment characteristic of cancer prevention and control research, with the objective of launching the trainee in the role of principal investigator early in his or her career. The Cancer Prevention Research Training Program is committed to building a demographically and scientifically diverse research workforce.
This fellowship is funded by a research training grant award from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas – CPRIT (Award# RP170259, Drs. Shine Chang and Sanjay Shete, Principal Investigators).
Application deadline: Monday, February 18, 2019
Fellowships may start as early as July 1, 2019
Associate Medical Director, Breast Cancer Survivorship
Assistant Professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology
Areas of Expertise: Breast cancer survivorship, breast cancer treatment options, treatment outcomes.
Associate Professor, Department of Breast Surgical Oncology
Areas of Expertise: Clinical care and surgical management; disparities in breast cancer treatment outcomes; biological differences.
Professor, Department of Clinical Cancer Prevention
Attending Physician, Department of Breast Medical Oncology
Areas of Expertise: Molecular epidemiology of clinical, epidemiological, and biological determinants of breast cancer risk/survival.
Professor, Department of Behavioral Science; Director, Center for Energy Balance in Cancer Prevention and Survivorship
Areas of Expertise: Cancer survivorship; health behavior interventions; optimizing quality of life and reducing chronic disease risk.
Department Chair, Department of Health Services Research
Areas of Expertise: Quality of health care delivery, disparities, and outcomes.
Assistant Professor, Department of Health Disparities Research
Areas of Expertise: Health literacy, breast cancer screening.
Chair & Professor, Department of Breast Surgical Oncology
Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology
Areas of Expertise: Clinical breast cancer disparities.
Professor, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology
Professor, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
Areas of expertise: Radiation treatment of breast cancer
Chief of Medical Oncology, MD Anderson Cancer Center LBJ Oncology Program
Areas of Expertise: General cancer treatment in underserved populations
Associate Professor, Department of Health Services Research
Associate Professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology
Areas of Expertise: Breast cancer patient outcomes, prognostic predication modeling.
Chair, Department of Health Disparities Research
Areas of Expertise: Breast cancer risk factors and health disparities in African Americans and Hispanics.
Assistant Professor, Department of Breast Surgical Oncology
Areas of Expertise: Neodajuvant therapy in treatment of breast cancer.
Professor, Department of Health Services Research
Areas of Expertise: Patient education, decision making, breast cancer screening.
- Applicants must have already earned or be within 5 months of earning a doctoral degree in health science or related disciplines by the application deadline.
- May be from backgrounds in the basic biomedical sciences, medicine, biomedical statistics, epidemiology, behavioral and social sciences, nursing and related public health disciplines.
- Proposed research project must be related to cancer prevention.
- This fellowship is available without regard to the applicant’s U.S. citizenship status.
The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) Fellowship in Cancer Prevention Research is funded for up to two years, renewed annually pending research progress and availability of funds.
Postdoctoral stipends are $51,000 and may be subject to a one-time raise, after the first appointment year, if approved by the mentor. Fringe benefits include health insurance, paid institutional holidays and annual and sick leave.
This fellowship provides an additional allowance for travel, tuition, books, and research supplies.
Phase 1: Initial Application
Applicants will download all forms from this webpage and submit those items as specified in the application instructions, and in the order listed on the application checklist and coversheet. Successful applicants will be invited to Phase 2.
Phase 2: Invitation to Submit Research and Career Proposal
Successful applicants from Phase I will be invited to submit a Research and Career Proposal. The proposal will be reviewed by the CPRTP Advisory Committee, along with other subject matter experts. Suggestions may be provided for improving the proposal. Funding for the fellowship is contingent upon proposal approval by the Advisory Committee and Program Directors and processing of appointment paperwork (e.g. visa sponsorship forms, immunization, criminal background check) by the MD Anderson Academic and Visa Administration (AVA). For detailed information, read these Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) of postdoctoral fellowship applicants.
- This program requires a minimum of two mentors with complementary expertise in different disciplines is required. Additional mentors are allowed. Other qualified mentors can have appointments in other MD Anderson departments or in institutions elsewhere.
- At least one mentor must have a faculty appointment at the Assistant Professor level or higher within the Division of Cancer Prevention & Population Sciences at MD Anderson. Faculty conducting cancer prevention research are concentrated within the following five (5) departments: 1) Behavioral Science 2) Health Disparities Research 3) Clinical Cancer Prevention 4) Epidemiology and 5) Health Services Research.
- Applicants may also search for potential mentors by browsing the listed faculty directly through the MD Anderson Department pages or using the MD Anderson Faculty and Research search.