Preventing cancer is one of the most important scientific and public health goals of the 21st Century. To achieve that goal, the Nation needs leaders: scientists and health professionals trained in the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control. At the National Cancer Institute (NCI) the Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP) provides state-of-the-art training in cancer prevention and control. The centerpiece of the CPFP is mentored research at the NCI. With input from senior scientific mentors and from program scientific staff, each fellow develops original scientific projects and reports findings at scientific meetings and in leading journals. The primary goal is for each fellow to develop an independent research program in cancer prevention.
Research opportunities for Cancer Prevention Fellows reflect the broad origins and applications of many biomedical sciences relevant to public health and clinical medicine. Opportunities exist for basic science laboratory studies, clinical studies, epidemiologic studies, intervention trials, and studies of the biological and social aspects of health behavior. Specialty training now exists in molecular prevention, ethics of prevention and public health, and clinical cancer prevention. Examples of specific research opportunities and individual mentors at the NCI are found in this catalog and on our web site. Further, a new initiative of the NCI and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) affords fellows the prospect of applying research in drugs, biologics, or medical devices to the field of cancer prevention.
The CPFP also offers an opportunity for fellows to receive a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at any accredited program in the United States. Other educational activities include the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention, weekly seminars, and professional development workshops.
Our program is regularly evaluated and growing. Our alumni can be found across the country taking the lead at cancer centers, universities, government agencies, research firms, policy organizations, and in clinical practice. Many former fellows now act as mentors, assisting those who are following in their footsteps.
As Director of the CPFP, I am committed to providing a comprehensive postdoctoral program that is flexible enough to permit individual creativity and resourceful enough to provide opportunities for meaningful discoveries. Structured to promote a collaborative spirit of fellowship, the program recruits diverse applicants. We work hard to provide an equitable and competitive application process. We believe that the CPFP provides a solid foundation upon which fellows can build knowledge and experience and become leaders.
On behalf of all of us who are committed to eliminating death and suffering from cancer—patients, physicians and nurses, researchers, other scientists, and the general public—I urge you to join us in this endeavor. Please read the eligibility requirements and submit your application. We look forward to hearing from you.
David E. Nelson, M.D., M.P.H.