Cancer Prevention and Control

Training the next generation of cancer control scientists

Funded by the National Cancer Institute, the T32 Interdisciplinary Training in Cancer Prevention and Control program provides promising scientists with pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in a research-intensive multidisciplinary setting. Research opportunities span the cancer continuum and include cancer prevention, early detection, treatment, and survivorship.  Predoctoral fellows are allowed a maximum of three years of support and postdoctoral fellows two to three years of support depending on progress within the program. The program emphasizes cancer disparities and seeks to include fellows from all ethnic and racial categories especially those from underserved minority groups.

Program structure & core requirements

Structured research experiences include training with award-winning scientists who have expertise in nearly every field of research.  Individual mentoring is supplemented by a strong curriculum built specifically for training in cancer prevention and control.

Learning experiences include intensive training in grantsmanship and publications as well as exposure to world renown cancer researchers.  Fellows are expected to develop a focused program of research ending with submission of a research proposal to an external peer reviewed agency such as the National Cancer Institute.  Additional research experiences include exposure to critically analyzing research proposals, Institutional review for human subjects, cancer control seminars, national conferences and participation in the Community Outreach and Engagement component of the Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center. Each fellow receives intensive mentoring for external grant preparation through both structured coursework and one on one mentoring.

We are currently in our 16th year of peer reviewed funding from the National Cancer Institute and located in Indiana with underserved populations in both rural and urban areas. A total of 83% of our predoctoral fellows went on to prestigious post-doctoral fellowships at Moffit Cancer Institute, Stanford, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ohio State, Indiana University, the University of Minnesota, and the University of Pennsylvania.   Seventy five percent of our post-doctoral trainees now hold academic tenure-track positions, many with independent peer reviewed programs of research.

For more information, please visit the Indiana University Simon Cancer Center website.

Unlike many training programs we are transdisciplinary believing that advances in science require investigators who are trained to work across disciplines while considering translation at all levels-from bench to bedside to community.

Victoria L. Champion, PhD, RN, FAAN

T32 Co-Director
Distinguished Professor
Edward and Sarah Stam Cullipher Endowed Chair
Associate Director of Community Outreach and Population Science, IU Simon Cancer Center

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Catherine E. Mosher, PhD 

T32 Co-Director
Associate Professor of Psychology, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)
Member, IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

For the past decade, Dr. Mosher has mentored future scientists in cancer control. Her research interests include developing and evaluating behavioral interventions for cancer symptom management. She is also interested in improving health outcomes of family caregivers of adults with cancer.

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