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In the fight against cancer, science and research bring several weapons to bear, from fundamental explorations that illuminate cancer-related processes at the molecular level, to new techniques, drugs and therapies to detect, treat and cure cancer in individuals and communities.

Cancer control research is an indispensible component of this arsenal. With its focus on communities and populations, cancer control research applies rigorous scientific inquiry to cancer-related issues spanning primary prevention, screening , detection, treatment, outcomes, epidemiology, health policy, rehabilitation, and quality of life.

Cancer control research is integrative, collaborative and translational, a critical link connecting laboratory and clinical research to individuals, families and communities. It crosses traditional disciplinary boundaries, drawing on fields as diverse as public health, medicine, economics, education, biology, law, genetics, psychology and public policy.

The Post Doctoral Training Program

The Post-Doctoral Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control Research seeks to meet the critical need for highly trained cancer control investigators who can help fight—and win—the war on cancer in the 21st century. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Training Program offers qualified post-doctoral candidates a strong foundation for a career in cancer control reseach.

The Training Program is offered through the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Reseach, of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and School of Public Health at UCLA. The Training Program brings together an outstanding, nationally and internationally-recognized Advisory Committee and Core Faculty that reflect the diverse disciplines involved in cancer control research. These senior investigators will guide each trainee through a rigorous, systematic, integrated course of study.

Post-doctoral candidates entering our program hold advanced degrees form a variety of fields and disciplines. They bring diverse levels of prior experience, research interests and goals. Each trainee's program of study is tailored to his or her prior training, needs and interests, and includes a curriculum of coursework, in-depth hands-on research opportunities, and active participation in workshops and symposia.

Length of time in the program, determined at the time of enrollment, will be for up to four years. Annual compensation for trainees will range from $40,000 to $50,000 plus benefits, based on prior experience. Additional funds will be provided for tuition, travel and research expenses.

The Goal of the Training Program is to prepare outstanding researchers fully capable of participating within the multidisciplinary and interactive framework of cancer control research. The program provides trainees with a thorough grounding in reseach methodology and statistics; a broad understanding of the key problems and questions facing researchers in the field; and awareness of the perspectives that reseachers from diverse disciplines bring to shared research problems and questions. In addition, the Training Program provides opportunites to hone skills in critically examining the research literature; initiate and execute fully developed reseach proposals; and prepare presentations and articles for publication.

Competence in all of these areas will be achieved through a course curriculum that draws liberally on couse offerings from diverse disciplines and departments, on special workshops, and through an intensive program of mentored research.

The Training Program is designed to insure that trainees achieve fundamental competence in each of the following:

Research methodology and study design, statistics and methods of analysis, cancer biology, cancer epidemiology, cancer genetics, theories of behavior and behavior change, cancer diagnosis and treatment, cancer control intervention strategies, outcomes research, quality of life, policy research, research ethics, behavioral/environmental interactions, issues relevant for minority and underserved populations.

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Opportunities for Research

The Training Program offers each participant the opportunity to take part in the ongoing reseach efforts of a faculty member, with whom the trainee will work as a junior investigator throughout the duration of the program. Under the mentor's guidance, the trainee will also conduct a multidisciplinary, translational independent research study based on the trainee's research interests.

Based on this program of reseach, our trainees will prepare and submit at least one manuscript for publication, and will develop, defend, and have evaluated by experienced reviewers an end-of-study reseach proposal which will be sumitted for peer-reviewed funding.

Program participants will take part in training workshops, reseach symposia, and other meetings. They will also meet regularly in a journal club which will expose them to the breadth and scope of cancer control research, and will allow them to present their own findings.

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Application for Admission

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Candidates must hold a doctoral degree (e.g., Ph.D., M.D., Ed.D.) and should have an interest in pursuing a career in cancer prevention and control research.

Quality candidates must be U.S. Citizens or permanent resident aliens. The University of California, Los Angeles is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and strongly engourages applications from minority individuals.

Applications must include:

  1. A completed Application Form included on next page.
  2. A statement of interest (2-3 pages) that describes in detail the applicant's interest in this field (ie, general or specific research interests) and future goals.
  3. A Curriculum Vitae.
  4. Three professional letters of reference. These should address the applicant's interests, prior work and achievements, and professional promise.
  5. A published or draft journal article, or a sample of written work.
  6. The date for which the applicant is seeking admission into the progam.

Candidates for admission may be invited to UCLA for an in-person interview. The Advisory Committee will make all admissions decisions. We welcome and anticipate applications form candidates who have recently completed doctoral-level studies, as well as from candidates who have had more extensive experience in their respective fields. Admission to the program will be based on the Committee's assessment of the applicant's interest in, and professional promise with respect to, cancer prevention and control research.

Pleae send completed applications, or requests for additional information about the program to:

Dr. Barbara Berman
Training Program Coordinator
UCLA DCPCR
A2-125 CHS, Box 956900
Los Angeles, CA 90095-6900

Telephone: (310) 794-9283
Fax: (310) 206-3566
E-mail: bberman@ucla.edu

Website: www.cancer.ucla.edu

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