Arizona Cancer Center cancer prevention fellowship program grant renewed for $2.5 million

Arizona Cancer Center cancer prevention fellowship program grant renewed for $2.5 million

The Arizona Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control Fellowship Program has received a five-year, $2.5 million grant renewal. The training program has had National Cancer Institute funding since 1998.

The postdoctoral training program admits fellows from a range of disciplines relevant to cancer prevention and control. The program provides experiences in a variety of scientific disciplines including epidemiology, biostatistics, nutritional science, cancer biology and clinical medicine. At the completion of the two-year program, fellows are positioned to be competitive for grant funding and as future leaders in the field of cancer prevention and control.

The Arizona Cancer Center’s cancer prevention fellowship program is directed by David S. Alberts, MD, Arizona Cancer Center director. Iman Hakim, MBBCh, PhD, MPH, dean and professor of the University of Arizona’s Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, and M. Elena Martínez, PhD, MPH, director of the cancer center’s Cancer Health Disparities Institute and a professor epidemiology at the Zuckerman College of Public Health, co-direct the cancer prevention fellowship program.

“Our cancer prevention and control training program has had a profound impact on the Arizona Cancer Center, having launched the careers of more than a dozen outstanding faculty members locally and nationally. They have, in large part, set the standards for cancer prevention and control research,” Dr. Alberts said.

The two-year fellowship program typically has four participants each year. More than 20 trainees completed the program in the past 10 years. Each participant’s training program is individually designed and focuses on a primary research project from which to base future grant applications and publications.