Proposed is the continuation of our educational program for pre-doctoral fellows in Cancer Epidemiology and Control.
We aim to build on the program which we have developed in the past four years, working to train outstanding scientists prepared for the rapidly changing field of cancer epidemiology, skilled with a deep understanding of epidemiologic methods, with an integrated understanding of the biology and pathology of cancer and of other relevant disciplines and with the ability to engage in interdisciplinary research. We will combine excellent mentorship of researchers from the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine (SPM) at the University at Buffalo (UB), others at UB and from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) to provide a curriculum including coursework, special seminars, and mentored interdisciplinary research. The proposed program provides a sub-specialty in cancer epidemiology and control, developing the training in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research and expanding training collaborations. We propose to continue development and implementation of the specialized curriculum in cancer epidemiology emphasizing the integration of cancer biology and pathology as well as including opportunities for development of expertise in a number of other disciplines. This program would continue to provide for the development of cancer epidemiologists equipped to do cutting edge research and to handle the research challenges of the future. The objectives are to: recruit outstanding pre-doctoral fellows with a background in epidemiology or another relevant field and train them in cancer epidemiology and control with an integrated understanding of cancer biology, pathology and other relevant fields, by providing a structured curriculum in cancer epidemiology and those other fields;taking advantage of the opportunities and resources available through the partnership of SPM, other UB departments and RPCI, provide tailored hands-on opportunities for pre-doctoral fellows to develop research skills in epidemiology and control as well as in other related disciplines including biostatistics, cancer biology, cancer genetics, health behavior, toxicology, nutrition, immunology, or geographic information systems;and provide an understanding of and experience in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative research. Working with an engaged advisory committee and with the advice of external advisors, we will continue to work to recruit a diverse cadre of young scientists with excellent credentials and train them to operate in a rapidly changing and challenging environment to move them toward careers as independent scientists, contributing significantly to our understanding of cancer epidemiology and control.

Public Health Relevance

Proposed is the renewal of an interdisciplinary educational program for pre-doctoral fellows in cancer epidemiology and control. This program provides fellows with a specialized curriculum that includes classwork, seminars and mentored research training, integrating an in-depth understanding of epidemiologic methods with cancer biology and pathology as well as other relevant disciplines. All aspects of the program are focused on the development of outstanding researchers able to excel in a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary environment to solve problems leading to improved prevention, treatment and prognosis for cancer.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
Education Projects (R25)
Project #
Application #
Study Section
Subcommittee B - Comprehensiveness (NCI)
Program Officer
Perkins, Susan N
Project Start
Project End
Budget Start
Budget End
Support Year
Fiscal Year
Total Cost
Indirect Cost
State University of New York at Buffalo
Public Health & Prev Medicine
Sch Allied Health Professions
United States
Zip Code
Fix, Brian V; Hyland, Andrew; O'Connor, Richard J et al. (2014) A novel approach to estimating the prevalence of untaxed cigarettes in the USA: findings from the 2009 and 2010 international tobacco control surveys. Tob Control 23 Suppl 1:i61-6
Cornelius, Monica E; Driezen, Pete; Fong, Geoffrey T et al. (2014) Trends in the use of premium and discount cigarette brands: findings from the ITC US Surveys (2002-2011). Tob Control 23 Suppl 1:i48-53
Mai, Xiaodan; LaMonte, Michael J; Hovey, Kathleen M et al. (2014) History of periodontal disease diagnosis and lung cancer incidence in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study. Cancer Causes Control 25:1045-53
Dobson Amato, Katharine A; Rivard, Cheryl; Lipsher, Julian et al. (2013) Five years after the Hawai'i smoke-free law: tourism and hospitality economic indicators appear unharmed. Hawaii J Med Public Health 72:355-61
Licht, Andrea S; Hyland, Andrew; Travers, Mark J et al. (2013) Secondhand smoke exposure levels in outdoor hospitality venues: a qualitative and quantitative review of the research literature. Tob Control 22:172-9
Pesko, Michael F; Licht, Andrea S; Kruger, Judy M (2013) Cigarette price minimization strategies in the United States: price reductions and responsiveness to excise taxes. Nicotine Tob Res 15:1858-66
Vaughn, Caila B; Ochs-Balcom, Heather M; Nie, Jing et al. (2013) No Association between Circulating Levels and Genetic Variants of IL-6 and TNF-* and Colon Adenoma. Gastroenterology Res 6:
Roberts, Michelle R; Hong, Chi-Chen; Edge, Stephen B et al. (2013) Case-only analyses of the associations between polymorphisms in the metastasis-modifying genes BRMS1 and SIPA1 and breast tumor characteristics, lymph node metastasis, and survival. Breast Cancer Res Treat 139:873-85
Woloszynska-Read, Anna; Johnson, Candace S; Trump, Donald L (2011) Vitamin D and cancer: clinical aspects. Best Pract Res Clin Endocrinol Metab 25:605-15