Cancer Education and Career Development Program


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The Cancer Education and Career Development Program (CECDP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers three-year predoctoral and postdoctoral training positions in the conduct of independent cancer research, focused on addressing cancer disparities.

In the United States, disparities have been documented by race or ethnicity and socioeconomic status for all leading causes of morbidity and mortality, including cancer. Understanding and eliminating these disparities is a national priority. These efforts have been limited by the lack of broad racial/ethnic minority representation among clinicians and researchers who are academically prepared to conduct this type of research. To prepare promising scholars to conduct research in the critical area of cancer disparities across the cancer prevention, control, and survivorship continuum, we continue the University of Illinois at Chicago’s successful Cancer Education and Career Development Program. The purpose of the program is to provide predoctoral students and postdoctoral associates with exceptional cancer disparities training. Toward that goal, we have developed a comprehensive curriculum that contains seven areas of emphasis, with a specific focus on health disparities across the cancer continuum. Each trainee participates in a mentorship research experience in the context of a multidisciplinary team research project, which provides the trainee with an opportunity to develop his or her own independent research while having ongoing support and feedback from program directors and mentors.

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National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (Grant No. 2R25CA057699)

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About this grant

This is the fifth consecutive NCI award to support this training program, which began at UIC in September 1992.

Related publications

See an almost complete list of peer-reviewed publications by our trainees on PubMed.

Buscemi J, Odoms-Young A, Stolley ML, Blumstein L, Schiffer L, Berbaum ML, McCaffrey J, Montoya AM, Braunschweig C, Fitzgibbon ML. Adaptation and dissemination of an evidence-based obesity prevention intervention: design of a comparative effectiveness trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2014 Jun 18. [See abstract.]

Batai K, Williams SR. Mitochondrial variation among the aymara and the signatures of population expansion in the central Andes. Am J Hum Biol. 2014 Jan 21.

Silva A, Rauscher GH, Hoskins K, Rao R, Ferrans CE. Assessing racial/ethnic disparities in chemotherapy treatment among breast cancer patients in context of changing treatment guidelines. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Dec;142(3):667-72.

Kong A, Jones BL, Fiese BH, Schiffer LA, Odoms-Young A, Kim Y, Bailey L, Fitzgibbon ML. Parent-child mealtime interactions in racially/ethnically diverse families with preschool-age children. Eat Behav. 2013 Dec;14(4):451-5.

Imayama I, Alfano CM, Mason C, Wang C, Duggan C, Campbell KL, Kong A, Foster-Schubert KE, Blackburn GL, Wang CY, McTiernan A. Weight and metabolic effects of dietary weight lossand exercise interventions in postmenopausal antidepressant medication users and non-users: A randomized controlled trial. Prev Med. 2013 Nov;57(5):525-32.

Sheean PM, Peterson SJ, Chen Y, Liu D, Lateef O, Braunschweig CA. Utilizing multiple methods to classify malnutrition among elderly patients admitted to the medical and surgical intensive care units (ICU). Clin Nutr. 2013 Oct;32(5):752-7. [See abstract.]

Sheean PM, Peterson SJ, Gomez Perez S, Troy KL, Patel A, Sclamberg JS, Ajanaku FC, Braunschweig CA. The prevalence of sarcopenia in patients with respiratory failure classified as normally nourished using computed tomography and subjective global assessment. JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr. 2014 Sep;38(7):873-9. [See abstract.]

Abbenhardt C, McTiernan A, Alfano CM, Wener MH, Campbell KL, Duggan C, Foster-Schubert KE, Kong A, Toriola AT, Potter JD, Mason C, Xiao L, Blackburn GL, Bain C, Ulrich CM. Effects of individual and combined dietary weight loss and exercise interventions in postmenopausal women on adiponectin and leptin levels. J Intern Med. 2013 Aug;274(2):163-75.

Sheean PM, Kilkus JM, Liu D, Maciejewski J, Braunschweig CA. Incident hyperglycemia, parenteral nutrition administration and adverse outcomes in patients with myeloma admitted for initial auto-SCT. Bone Marrow Transplant. 2013 Aug;48(8):1117-22. [See abstract.]

Mason C, Xiao L, Duggan C, Imayama I, Foster-Schubert KE, Kong A, Campbell KL, Wang CY, Alfano CM, Blackburn GL, Pollack M, McTiernan A. Effects of dietary weight loss and exercise on insulin-like growth factor-I and insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-3 in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2013 Aug;22(8):1457-63.

Davis FG. Mentoring in epidemiology and public health training. Ann Epidemiol. 2013 Aug;23(8):524-7.

Tejeda S, Darnell JS, Cho YI, Stolley MR, Markossian TW, Calhoun EA. Patient barriers to follow-up care for breast and cervical cancer abnormalities. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Jun;22(6):507-17. [See abstract.]

Mason C, Risques RA, Xiao L, Duggan CR, Imayama I, Campbell KL, Kong A, et al. Independent and combined effects of dietary weight loss and exercise on leukocyte telomere length in postmenopausal women. Obesity (Silver Spring). 2013 Dec;27(4):1068-78. 2013 Dec;21(12):E549-54.

Sterling K, Ford K, Park H, Diamond P, McAlister A. Assessing the invariance of smoking-related self-efficacy, beliefs, and intention among high school current smokers. Subst Use Misuse. 2013 May;48(7):477-83.

Odoms-Young AM, Kong A, Schiffer LA, Porter SJ, Blumstein L, Bess S, Berbaum ML, Fitzgibbon ML. Evaluating the initial impact of the revised Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) food packages on dietary intake and home food availability in African-American and Hispanic families. Public Health Nutr. 2013 Apr 2:1-11. [See abstract.]

Tussing-Humphreys LM, Fitzgibbon ML, Kong A, Odoms-Young A. Weight loss maintenance in African American women: a systematic review of the behavioral lifestyle intervention literature. J Obes. 2013;2013:437369.

See articles published before April 2013 by trainees in this program.