August 30, 2018

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Exciting news! Just heard that the National Alumni Society has announced the recipients of the 2018 UAB Young Alumni Rising Star Awards. Former CPCTP trainee, Dr. Michelle Cardel, is one of the five winners. She will be honored during a reception at AEIVA on Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 5:30 pm.

Dr. Cardel is an assistant professor and nutrition and obesity researcher in the Department of Health Outcomes & Biomedical Informatics at the University of Florida (UF), where she is also the Associate Director for the Center for Integrative Cardiovascular and Metabolic Diseases and founder and director of UF’s Obesity Research Alliance. Her research is focused on understanding factors that contribute to the development of obesity and implementing effective weight loss treatment programs for obesity in underserved populations. Her specialties include nutrition, pediatric and adult obesity, weight management, psychosocial factors.
You can read more about Cardel on her faculty bio

August 23, 2018

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Former CPCTP trainee, Dr. Cindy Blair, received a Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavior Sciences, and Population Sciences Career Development Award (K07) from the National Cancer Institute. The goal of this K07 Mentored Career Development Award is to assist Cindy Blair, PhD, with becoming an independent investigator, specializing in home-based interventions to improve the health and well-being of underserved cancer survivor populations. Specifically, Dr. Blair will develop expertise in the design and dissemination of home-based interventions that utilize a whole-of-day approach to physical activity in older cancer survivors. This approach focuses on increasing light-intensity activity throughout the day, while reducing and disrupting sedentary activity. Dr. Blair will receive focused mentorship from established investigators, including Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, program director of the UAB CPCTP. Dr. Blair is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Epidemiology, Biostatistics, and Preventive Medicine, in the School of Medicine at the University of New Mexico (UNM). She is also a member of the Cancer Control Research Program in the UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center.

August 17. 2018

Congratulations again to our former trainee, Dr. Bertha Hidalgo, Ph.D., MPH, who has been elected to the American College of Epidemiology Board of Directors. Here is the link to the UAB News.

July 26,,2018

Congratulations to our former trainee, Dr. Bertha Hidalgo, Ph.D., MPH, who was recently appointed to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s Board of External Experts.

Bertha received her doctoral degree in 2012 via support of the CPCTP training program.  She currently is assistant professor of Epidemiology and also serves as an associate scientist in the Nutrition Obesity Research Center at UAB.

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December 16, 2017
Congratulations to former trainees for new carrier!!
Three graduate students completed the program and earned PhD in 2017.
Now, Dr. Mallory Cases is a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University Medical Center and Dr. Justin Moore is
a post-doctoral research scholar at Washington University School of Medicine. Dr. Michael Daniel will start a post-doctoral fellow at UAB soon.
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November 15, 2017
Former trainee, Ms. Kendra Royston was featured in UAB news article, entitled "Music Keeps 'Artsy Scientist' Grounded." Here is the link to the article.
Extracts from the article:
For the past five years, the Huntsville native has studied how nutrition can impact disease development, particularly with breast cancer. The research has been fascinating and, as a result, led her down a path she didn’t see coming.
CPCTP has supported her breast cancer research mentioned above between 1/1/2016 - 8/31/2017.

August 1, 2017
Congratulations to Dr. Andrew Fruge, a former CPCTP trainee on his appointment to a tenure-track faculty position at Auburn University. In July 2017, he began his position as Assistant Professor and Director in Didactic Program in Dietetics, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics & Hospitality Management.
Dr. Fruge also is still collaborating with UAB cancer prevention and control investigators and is mentoring a UAB master’s student in Department of Nutrition Sciences.

May 11, 2017
CPCTP trainees performed research presentation at the annual External Advisory Board Meeting with Dr. Victoria Champion (Indiana University).
Here are links for selected trainees presentation.
Dr. Stephen Carter
Mr. Stephen Gragg
Ms. Kendra Royston

December 2, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. Casey L. Daniel, a CPCTP former trainee, for a wonderful faculty position at the Mitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) at the University of South Alabama. The MCI is still fairly young, but it is growing and has an affiliation agreement with UAB which affords her the opportunity to liaise between the two institutions and receive mentorship from both. At the MCI she is helping to really develop and grow their Cancer Control and Prevention division, which is extremely exciting as she gets to help shape it from the ground up. There are some amazing clinicians and basic scientists at MCI as well--she is actually already started on a melanoma project as well as a Survivorship project: both very much aligned with her interests and very exciting. Dr. Daniel also is still working with her mentor from Harvard for on-going publications and presentations.

November 24, 2015
Congratulations to Dr. C. Michael Brooks (CPCTP Director) for the recipient of the Margaret Hay Edwards Award in 2015.
The American Association for Cancer Education established the Margaret Hay Edwards Award in 1986 to honor sustained outstanding contributions to cancer education. Dr. Margaret Hay Edwards, for whom the award was named, was the member of the National Cancer Institute who was instrumental in establishing peer-reviewed cancer education support mechanisms. The AACE Advisory Committee grants this award annually to individuals who have made noteworthy contributions to cancer education. This year the recipient is Dr. Michael Brooks. See more...


November 23, 2015
Congratulations to former trainees for new carrier!!
Five trainees completed the program and achieved new positions this year.

Derek Johnson, MPH, PhD
Pre-doc training in 2012-2015 May)
Dr. Johnson is now a post-doctoral associate at Duke University in their Infectious Disease division. He is currently researching equine influenza with Duke University’s One Health program in Mongolia. In the One Health program, he has received two months of training at Duke University and started 22 months of mentored research at the National Center for Zoonotic Diseases in Mongolia.
Here is the link to Duke University’s One Health program.

J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN, ACHPN
(Post-doc training in 2014-2015 June)

Dr. Dionne-Odom is now a Postdoctoral Fellow in the UAB School of Nursing funded by a National Palliative Care Research Center Career Development Award where he will be receiving training in intervention development and clinical trials testing and will be conducting a study to elicit feedback from advanced cancer patients, their family caregivers and lay healthcare navigators on a palliative care intervention for advanced cancer family caregivers.
Here is the link to UAB News.
Here is the link to National Palliative Care Research Center.

Willi L. Tarver, PhD, MPH, MLIS
(Pre-doc training in 2013-2015 Aug)
Dr. Tarver is now a Post-doctoral fellow at Indiana University, School of Nursing's Behavioral Oncology and Cancer Control Program. He is mentored by Dr. Victoria L Champion. In addition, given his interest in health information technology, he also serve as a Post-doctoral Fellow in Health Services Research in the Regenstrief Institute, Inc. Currently, Dr. Tarver is investigating the effect of a personal health record and survivorship care plan on care provided to colorectal cancer survivors. 

Emily Falk Libby, PhD, M.S.P.H.
(Pre-doc training in 2012-2015 Aug)
Dr. Libby is now the Director for Scientific Affairs and Strategic Development at the Gregory Fleming James Cystic Fibrosis Research Center, UAB.

Erin M. Burns, BA, MS, PhD
(Post-doc training in 2013-2015 Nov)
Dr. Burns is now the Post-doctoral fellow in Department of Microbiology, UAB.

July 30th, 2014

Each year the MoreOdomhouse School of Medicine (MSM), Tuskegee University (TU), and University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Cancer  Partnership invites individuals who are currently participating in Partner Sponsored Training Programs to submit abstracts for the annual conference.

This year, J. Nicholas Dionne-Odom, PhD, RN, Postdoctoral Fellow, UAB School of Nursing received the Health Disparities Research Summer Training Program First Place Poster Award for his work: “Benefits of Immediate vs. Delayed Palliative Care to Informal Family Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Cancer: Outcomes from the ENABLE III Randomized Controlled Trial”
Congratulations, Nick!

July 1, 2014

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We welcomed the newest Trainee to the Cancer Prevention and Training Program in June. Mallory Cases joined the Harvest for Health and Gardening Intervention Teams under the direction of Dr. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried and mentorship of Dr. Peter Hendricks.

Mallory comes to us from the Moffitt Cancer Center. As a Masters in Public Health (MPH) student at the University of South Florida, she developmed culturally appropriate training materials for lay health advisors in the form of an iPad application. This training application will better prepare African American prostate cancer survivors to function as lay health advisors in disseminating accurate and culturally appropriate information regarding prostate cancer screening and detection.

More recently, she began coordinating the development of the patient education portion of Moffitt’s Pathways Project, working towards the creation of clinical pathways that enable cancer patients and their caregivers to make educated decisions based on factors they deem most important to their quality of life.

During her time at UAB, Mallory hopes to enhance her patient education and health promotion expertise in addition to expanding her skills in research. After completion of her PhD, her plans are to seek a position where conducting research regarding the education of cancer patients making treatment decisions ultimately, culminating in conducting her own grant-funded research project.


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Michele Williams, just returned from Kingston, Jamaica where she was working with an HIV/AIDS NGO. She is excited that to begin her postdoc fellowship at UAB fellow in the Center for Outcomes and Effectiveness Research and Education which is within the Division of Medicine.




Tanya Benitez completed her Post Doctoral experience with the CPCTP and started the T32 Postdoc at Arizona State University on July 1st. We wish Tanya well in her new position!

On May 11, 2013 the CPCTP faculty congratulated four stellar doctoral graduates who have accepted post-doctoral fellowships at leading institutions.  Pictured from left to right are Dr. Casey Daniel (Health Behavior) who is headed to Harvard University; Dr. Staci Sudenga (Epidemiology) who will be a post-doc at Moffitt Cancer Center; Dr. Emily Vogtmann (Epidemiology) who has accepted a fellowship at the National Cancer Institute; and Dr. Liselle Bovell (Cellular and Molecular Pathology) who will become a post-doctoral fellow at Morehouse School of Medicine.  The CPCTP thanks these graduates for their contributions to our program, and we wish them well in their continuing post-doctoral education. Click on the following link ( for additional information about these four individuals as well as other former University of Alabama Cancer Prevention and Control Training Program (CPCTP) trainees.

  • Liselle C. Bovell, BS, PhD; Department: Molecular / Cellular Pathology; Research Topic: Clinical Consequences of microRNAs in Colorectal Cancer
  • Casey Leigh Daniel, MPH, PhD; Department: Health Behavior; Research Topic: Child and adolescent cancer outcomes, quality of life, survivorship
  • Staci Lynn Sudenga, MPH, PhD; Department: Epidemiology; Research Topic: Cervical Cancer
  • Emily Jean Vogtmann, BS, BA, MPH, PhD; Department: Epidemiology; Research Topic: Socioeconomic status and colorectal cancer survival

Cindy K. Blair, PhD (CPCTP Post-Doctorial Trainee) won second place in the poster competition at the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) 37th Annual Meeting, March 9-12, 2013, Memphis, TN. 

  • Blair C, Morey M, Desmond R, Sloane R, Snyder D, Cohen H, Demark-Wahnefried W. Cross-sectional and longitudinal associations between light-intensity physical activity and physical function among elderly cancer survivors. Poster presentation at the American Society of Preventive Oncology, Memphis, March 2013.