Following in the footsteps of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Comprehensive Center Center, which was one of the nation’s first National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, the UAB Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program (CPCTP) also is one of the longest running R25 training programs in the country. The CPCTP was initially funded by the NCI in 1988 and has consistently achieved exemplary ratings throughout its 23-year history.
Strengths repeatedly noted in our past renewals include a strong research base in Nutrition Sciences and the School of Public Health; dissertations and research projects having a clear cancer prevention and control focus; uniformly high trainee satisfaction; and the dedication of all key personnel and staff who were seen by trainees as attentive to the academic and research needs of all trainees. Throughout its extended and uninterrupted history, the CPCTP has demonstrated consistent success as an interdisciplinary research training program, and has prepared 119 graduates for careers in cancer prevention and control. Currently, we have our largest class ever of 18 trainees, several of whom will graduate in the next 6 months (though many will remain); they comprise two Fogarty scholars, and perhaps our largest and strongest cadre of post-doctoral fellows to date. We are exceptionally proud of our trainees and do our best to provide them with the training and experience, as well as immerse them in an environment that can galvanize their future research careers.
In the period 2006-2011, trainees reported 374 publications and presentations as indicators of scholarly productivity. These data represent a 30% increase in scholarly productivity over the previous training cycle (2001-2005) when 287 publications and presentations were reported. The diversity of trainees interdisciplinary scholarship is reflected by manuscripts in more than 100 different journals. These publications include prestigious, high impact journals such as Cancer, NEJM, JNCI, Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention and Laboratory Medicine. The quality and number of peer reviewed papers and abstracts and national and local presentations reported by current and former CPCTP trainees is impressive and indicates substantial scholarly productivity in keeping with NCI priorities and CPCTP objectives. Publications by current and former trainees are cited in the progress report and listed in the bibliography.
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