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Research Project

Cancer Education and Career Development Program

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Investigators, Multiple
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Prospective trainees: See the program's Web site at for details, including eligibility requirements, the application process and information about current trainees.

The Cancer Education and Career Development Program (CECDP) at the University of Illinois at Chicago offers three-year predoctoral and postdoctoral training positions in the conduct of independent cancer research, focused on addressing cancer disparities.

In the United States, disparities have been documented by race or ethnicity and socioeconomic status for all leading causes of morbidity and mortality, including cancer. Understanding and eliminating these disparities is a national priority. These efforts have been limited by the lack of broad racial/ethnic minority representation among clinicians and researchers who are academically prepared to conduct this type of research. To prepare promising scholars to conduct research in the critical area of cancer disparities across the cancer prevention, control, and survivorship continuum, we continue the University of Illinois at Chicago’s successful Cancer Education and Career Development Program. The purpose of the program is to provide predoctoral students and postdoctoral associates with exceptional cancer disparities training. Toward that goal, we have developed a comprehensive curriculum that contains seven areas of emphasis, with a specific focus on health disparities across the cancer continuum. Each trainee participates in a mentorship research experience in the context of a multidisciplinary team research project, which provides the trainee with an opportunity to develop his or her own independent research while having ongoing support and feedback from program directors and mentors.

About this grant

The National Cancer Institute has supported this training program since September 1992.


Funding Source

National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health (Institutional National Research Service Award; Grant No. T32CA057699).

Related Publication(s)

See an almost complete list of peer-reviewed publications by our trainees on PubMed.

Springfield S, Odoms-Young A, Tussing-Humphreys L, Freels S, Stolley M. Adherence to American Cancer Society and American Institute of Cancer Research dietary guidelines in overweight African American breast cancer survivors. J Cancer Surviv. 2019 Apr;13(2):257-268. doi: 10.1007/s11764-019-00748-y.

Springfield S, Odoms-Young A, Tussing-Humphreys LM, Freels S, Stolley MR. A Step toward Understanding Diet Quality in Urban African-American Breast Cancer Survivors: A Cross-sectional Analysis of Baseline Data from the Moving Forward Study. Nutr Cancer. 2019;71(1):61-76. doi: 10.1080/01635581.2018.1557217.

Harrington RL, Qato DM, Antoon JW, Caskey RN, Schumock GT, Lee TA. Multimorbidity and healthcare utilization among early survivors of pediatric cancer. Pediatr Blood Cancer. 2019 Jun;66(6):e27655. doi: 10.1002/pbc.27655.

Kumar N, Uppala P, Duddu K, Sreedhar H, Varma V, Guzman G, Walsh M, Sethi A. Hyperspectral Tissue Image Segmentation Using Semi-Supervised NMF and Hierarchical Clustering. IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2019 May;38(5):1304-1313. doi: 10.1109/TMI.2018.2883301.

Scannell Bryan M, Argos M, Andrulis IL, Hopper JL, Chang-Claude J, Malone KE, John EM, Gammon MD, Daly MB, Terry MB, Buys SS, Huo D, Olopade OI, Genkinger JM, Whittemore AS, Jasmine F, Kibriya MG, Chen LS, Ahsan H. Germline Variation and Breast Cancer Incidence: A Gene-Based Association Study and Whole-Genome Prediction of Early-Onset Breast Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2018 Sep;27(9):1057-1064. doi: 10.1158/1055-9965.EPI-17-1185.

Kresovich JK, Joyce BT, Gao T, et al. Promoter methylation of PGC1A and PGC1B predicts cancer incidence in a veteran cohort. Epigenomics. 2018;10(6):733–743. doi:10.2217/epi-2017-0141.

Zilberberg MD, Nathanson BH, Harrington R, Spalding JR, Shorr AF. Epidemiology and Outcomes of Hospitalizations With Invasive Aspergillosis in the United States, 2009-2013. Clin Infect Dis. 2018 Aug 16;67(5):727-735. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciy181.

Harrington R, Adimadhyam S, Lee TA, Schumock GT, Antoon JW. The Relationship Between Oseltamivir and Suicide in Pediatric Patients. Ann Fam Med. 2018 Mar;16(2):145-148. doi: 10.1370/afm.2183.

Kresovich JK, Gann PH, Erdal S, Chen HY, Argos M, Rauscher GH. Candidate gene DNA methylation associations with breast cancer characteristics and tumor progression. Epigenomics. 2018 Apr 1;10(4):367-378. doi: 10.2217/epi-2017-0119.

Law E, Harrington R, Alexander GC, Saha S, Oehrlein E, Perfetto EM. Increasing uptake of comparative effectiveness and patient-centered outcomes research among stakeholders: insights from conference discussion. J Comp Eff Res. 2018 Feb;7(2):181-191. doi: 10.2217/cer-2017-0060.

Singleton CR, Fouché S, Deshpande R, Odoms-Young A, Chatman C, Spreen C. Barriers to fruit and vegetable consumption among farmers' market incentive programme users in Illinois, USA. Public Health Nutr. 2018 May;21(7):1345-1349. doi: 10.1017/S1368980018000101.