The purpose of the UAB Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program (CPCTP) is to train individuals who are committed to becoming independent researchers in the following areas:

  • cancer prevention (including epidemiology, chemoprevention and behavioral science);
  • cancer early detection;
  • cancer outcomes, survivorship and palliative care

The CPCTP has charted a 30-year history of training cancer prevention and control researchers of the future, and has been supported by the National Cancer Institute for over three decades (transitioning from an R25 to a T32 [CA047888]). Over the years, we have trained 154 pre- and post-doctoral fellows, ninety percent of whom are pursuing careers in cancer research.  A high percentage of our pre-doctoral fellows go onto prestigious post-doctoral fellowships, with fellows in latest cycle being accepted in programs at the NCI, Harvard University, St. Jude’s, Stanford University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Chicago, and Washington University in St. Louis). Likewise, over three-quarters of our post-doctoral fellows are recruited into tenure-track positions with those in our latest cycle becoming Assistant Professors at Auburn University, and the Universities of Alabama at Birmingham, Illinois, Indiana, New Mexico and Southern Alabama.

We are committed to providing solid, interdisciplinary training to all our trainees.  CPCTP trainees undertake a specialized curriculum that is tailored to their disciplinary and research interests, and conduct research related to cancer prevention and control.  Our program includes didactic seminars, skills training and strong team-based mentorship with renowned investigators across the Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, Public Health, Medicine and the College of Arts and Sciences – see About Us/Research Mentors