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2008 Application Catalog

Program Description

NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention

Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course. This four-week summer course provides specialized instruction in the principles and practice of cancer prevention and control. It focuses on concepts, methods, issues, and applications related to this field. Participants will gain a broad-based perspective in terms of available resources, scientific data, and quantitative and qualitative methods. The course is divided into the following modules:

  • Introduction to the Cancer Problem
  • Biometric Methodology
  • Ethics, Law, and Policy in Cancer Prevention and Control
  • Cancer Prevention: An International Perspective
  • Clinical Foundations: Epidemiology, Prevention, and Control of Site-Specific Tumors
  • Diet and Cancer Prevention
  • Behavioral Science and Community Interventions
  • Health Disparities and Cancer Prevention in Diverse Populations
  • Occupational Cancer
  • Disseminating Scientific Knowledge

Staff Photo
Left to Right: Graca Dores, M.D., M.P.H., Jackie Lavigne, Ph.D., M.P.H., Frank Meyskens, Jr., M.D., Douglas Weed, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D.

Molecular Prevention Course. This one-week course on molecular aspects of cancer prevention follows the Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control course. It provides a strong background in the molecular biology and genetics of cancer and an overview of basic laboratory approaches applied to cutting-edge research in the fields of molecular epidemiology, chemoprevention, biomarkers, and translational research. The following topics will be presented:

  • An Overview of the Cancer Process
  • Cancer from a Biosystem Perspective
  • Oncogenes, Tumor Suppressor Genes, and Other Cancer-Related Genes
  • Animal Models for Cancer Prevention Studies
  • Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention and Treatment
  • Xenobiotic Metabolism and Cancer Susceptibility
  • Inflammation and Methylation: Key Targets for Chemoprevention
  • Hormonal Carcinogenesis
  • The Immune System as a Target for Vaccine and Prevention Approaches
  • Application of Genomics and Proteomics to Cancer Prevention Research
  • New Approaches to Imaging Cancer Processes in vivo
  • Molecular Epidemiology: The Integration of Molecular Markers into Population Studies

Annual Advances in Cancer Prevention Lecture. A special keynote lecture became part of the NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention in 2000. This year’s lecture will be held on July 26, 2007, at Lister Hill Auditorium, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland. The keynote speaker will be announced on our website.

Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., M.D.

In 2006, Frank L. Meyskens, Jr., M.D., Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry, Director, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Senior Associate Dean of Health Sciences, University of California, Irvine, presented “The Promises and Perils of Clinical Chemoprevention: 1980-2030”.

John Potter, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

In 2005, John Potter, M.B.B.S., Ph.D., Senior Vice President and Division Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, Washington, presented “What We Know and Don’t Know About Colorectal Neoplasia.”

Waun Ki Hong, M.D.

In 2004, Waun Ki Hong, M.D., American Cancer Society Professor, Samsung Distinguished University Chair in Cancer Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center Houston, Texas, presented “Convergence of Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention and Therapy.”

Elio Riboli, M.D., Sc.M., M.P.H.

In 2003, Elio Riboli, M.D., Sc.M., M.P.H., Chief, Unit of Nutrition and Cancer at the International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France, presented “Cancer Prevention: A European Perspective.”

Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D.

In 2002, Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., AFLAC, Inc., Chair in Cancer Research, Professor, Preventive Medicine, and Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs at Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, presented “Cancer Prevention: Opportunities for Action.”

Frederick P. Li, M.D.

In 2001, Frederick P. Li, M.D., Chief, Cancer Control Program, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Control, Adult Oncology Department at Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, Boston, Massachusetts, presented “The Identification and Care of Those at Highest Risk of Cancer.”

Bernard Levin, M.D.

In 2000, Bernard Levin, M.D., Professor of Medicine at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, presented “Cancer Prevention: What is the Future?”

The Faculty. NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention faculty consists of approximately 85 leading scientists at NCI, NIH, other government agencies, academia, cancer centers, and public and private organizations throughout the United States. The faculty is listed on our website The courses are designed to provide an interactive training experience to allow participants to develop a thorough knowledge of the activities in cancer prevention and control.

Eligibility. Both courses are open to physicians, scientists, and other health care professionals who have an interest in cancer prevention and control. Acceptance into the CPFP is not necessary for participation in either course. Individuals from cancer centers, universities, health departments, industry, U.S. Federal Government, and from across the United States and around the world have previously attended.

Recommended prerequisite courses are epidemiology, biostatistics, and cancer biology. Preference is given to individuals with a doctoral degree and/or relevant experience in cancer prevention and control. There is no cost to register for or to participate in either course. Room, board, and transportation expenses are the responsibility of the participant. The NCI Office of International Affairs (OIA) has a limited amount of funding available for individuals from developing countries who are approved to attend both courses. International participants interested in financial support should contact the OIA by March 1, 2007.

Molecular Prevention Course Participants 2006
Molecular Prevention Course Participants 2006

Dates/Times/Location. The Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention and Control Course will be offered July 2 through 27, 2007. The Molecular Prevention Course will be offered July 30 through August 3, 2007.

Both courses will be held at 6001 Executive Boulevard, Rockville, Maryland. Lectures are scheduled Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. (occasionally lecture times will vary).

CME Accreditation. The National Institutes of Health/Foundation for Advanced Education in the Sciences (NIH/FAES) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Registration. Registration begins February 1, 2007 and is required due to space limitations. Preference is given to individuals with a doctoral degree and/or relevant experience in cancer prevention and control. To register, please e-mail, fax, or mail your request to the Program Coordinator (refer to Contact Information below). The following information is required:

  • Curriculum vitae (include complete work address, telephone, fax, and e-mail)
  • Letter stating your proficiency in written and spoken English (for international participants only)
  • Letter of nomination from the director of your institute or department on official letterhead
  • Course title (e.g., Principles and Practice of Cancer Prevention course, Molecular Prevention course, or both courses)

Registrants will be notified of their status after all materials have been received and reviewed.

Contact Information:
Program Coordinator
NCI Summer Curriculum in Cancer Prevention
6130 Executive Boulevard (EPN)
Suite 321, MSC 7361
Bethesda, MD 20892-7361
Phone: (301) 496-8640
Fax: (301) 402-4863

For further information, please visit our website

If you are a person with a disability and require any assistive device, services, or other reasonable accommodation to participate in these activities, please contact the Office of Preventive Oncology at (301) 496-8640 at least one week in advance of the lecture date to discuss your needs.

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