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NCI's Center for Cancer Training (CCT) was established in July 2008 by the NCI Director Dr. John E. Niederhuber. The CCT is committed to developing a 21st century cancer research workforce who will focus on cancer as a biological system rather than as diseases specific to particular organs. To accomplish its mission, CCT coordinates training opportunities at NCI's laboratories and clinics in Maryland (intramural) and at universities and other institutions nationwide that receive NCI funding (extramural).

The three intramural training programs are:

  • NCI's Center for Cancer Research (CCR) Office of Training and Education
    • The CCR Office of Training and Education offers 1- to 5-year Fellowships for individuals pursuing training in the basic sciences. CCR's investigators are basic, clinical, and translational scientists who work together to advance our knowledge of cancer and AIDS and to develop new therapies against these diseases. The more than 250 scientists and clinicians working in CCR are organized by complementary interests into 50+ branches and laboratories.
  • NCI's Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) Fellowship Office
    • The DCEG Fellowship Office offers 1- to 5-year Fellowships to design, carry out, analyze, and publish research studies related to the etiology of cancer in human populations. Additionally, DCEG Fellows attend courses and workshops on molecular and genetic epidemiology, grant writing, science management, and career development. DCEG Fellows may also receive training in emerging biostatistical areas, including epidemiologic methods, statistical genetics, clinical trials, and risk assessment.
  • NCI's Cancer Prevention Fellowship Program (CPFP)
    • The CPFP is a 4-year program designed to train individuals from a multiplicity of disciplines across the health sciences in the field of cancer prevention and control. The centerpiece of the CPFP is mentored research at the NCI and the program's primary goal is for each Fellow to develop an independent research program in cancer prevention. The CPFP also offers training towards an Masters of Public Health degree at an accredited university during the first year of the Fellowship.

CCT's extramural training programs are administered by:

  • NCI's Cancer Training Branch (CTB)
    • The CTB provides:
      • 10 individual training and career development awards for 1 - 5 years given to individuals working at universities and institutions
      • 4 institutional training awards that provide support for 1 - 3 years to Fellows at those institutions

Researchers at US colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.

Together, these four Branches within the Center for Cancer Training contribute to its mission: to teach the twenty-first century workforce how to take a multi-disciplinary, integrated, approach to cancer research and treatment.

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