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Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research

**Update: We have just received word that our renewal application was accepted and we will be funded for the next 2 years.  The notification came somewhat later than we initially expected, so we will be extending the deadline for predocs to submit their applications until next week.  Predoc applications are now due by Friday, February 28.  Applications are available in the call out boxes on the right side of this page.  Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the application, required materials, or the program.

Welcome to the CPRIT-UT Health – Fellowship in Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research (ICPR) – UT Health’s training program for pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in cancer prevention and control. This program goes beyond being a quality cancer education and career development program to focus on helping those seeking a career in cancer prevention and control research to learn to ask the important research questions, apply cutting edge methods, and move the field of cancer forward in big – not baby steps.

You may also want to look at our page for NCI Fellowships for other opportunities in cancer research.

Please contact Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH, 713-500-9658, for further information.

Predoctoral Program

Predoctoral Cancer Education and Career Development Program

**Update: The current deadline for predoctoral fellowship applications has passed.  Please check back at a later date for future opportunities.

You may also want to look at our page for NCI Fellowships for other opportunities in cancer research.

Please contact Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH, 713-500-9658, for further information.

 

CURRENT FELLOWS

Chacon 195x300 | CPRIT FellowshipJessica Chacon, MS
Current Institutions:

The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; PhD, Immunology

Previous Institutions:

- The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; MS, Immunology
- The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, TX; BS, Biological Sciences

CPRIT Project Title:

The war on melanoma: time to ACT — Activating the TNFR super family member 4-1BB pathway for the expansion of Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocyte for Adoptive T-cell Therapy for metastatic melanoma patients.

Select Publications:

  • Chacon JA, Wu R, Sukhumalchandra P, Molldrem JJ, Sarnaik A, Pilon-Thomas S, Weber J, Hwu P, and Radvanyi L. Co-stimulation Through 4-1BB/CD137 Improves the Expansion and Function of CD8+ Melanoma Tumor-infiltrating Lymphocytes for Adoptive T-cell Therapy. PLOS ONE. [Submitted]
  • Chacon J, Wu R, Forget MA, Bernatchez C, Cara Haymaker, Chen JQ, Hwu P, and Radvanyi L. 2012. Adoptive T-cell therapy using autologous tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes for metastatic melanoma: Current status and future outlook. Cancer Journal 2012;18(2):160-75.
  • Hernandez-Chacon JA, Yufeng Li, Wu RC, Bernatchez C, Wang Y, Weber J, Hwu P, and Radvanyi L. Co-stimulation through the CD137/4-1BB pathway protects human melanoma tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes from activation-induced cell death and enhances anti-tumor effector function. J Immunother 2011;34:236–250.

 

Guar1 255x300 | CPRIT FellowshipSanchaika Guar
Current Institution:

The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Science and M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Previous Institutions:

University at Buffalo, Buffalo, NY; BS, Biotechnology

CPRIT Project Title:

miRNA-34a delivery as a treatment strategy for advanced prostate cancer

 

Renke Zhou
Current Institution:

University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston,Texas; PhD in Biostatistics

Previous Institutions:

- Texas Tech University, Lubbock,Texas; MS in Statistics
- Texas Tech University, Lubbock,Texas; MS in Biology
- Zhongshan University , Guangzhou, China; BS in Biology

                        

Myneni | CPRIT FellowshipSahiti Myneni
Current Institution:

University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX; PhD in Biomedical informatics

Previous Institutions:

- Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ; MSE in Electrical Engineering
- Osmania University, Hyderabad, India; BE (Bachelor of Engineering) in Electronics and Communications

CPRIT Project Title:

Attributing meaning to online social network analysis for tailored socio-behavioral interventions

Select Publications:

  • Myneni S, Cohen T, Cobb N. Content Analysis of Online Social Networks suggests Strategies for Personalizing Smoking Cessation Support Systems. Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas Annual Conference. Austin, TX. 2012 Oct 24-26.
  • Myneni S, McGinnis D, Cohen T, Almoosa K, Patel B, Patel VL Effective use of clinical decision support in critical care: using risk assessment framework for evaluation of a computerized weaning protocol. Special Issue of Annals of Information Systems on Healthcare Informatics. (2012, accepted).
  • Myneni S & Patel VL Organization of biomedical data for collaborative scientific research: a research information management system. International Journal of Information Management. 2012. 30; 256-64. 

Aschenbrenner 265x300 | CPRIT FellowshipAndrew Aschenbrenner (new appointment)
Current Institution:

University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX; PhD in Biostatistics

Previous Institutions:

University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA; BS in Mathematics

Postdoctoral Program

Postdoctoral Program

***Update: We have just received word that our renewal application was accepted and we will be funded for the next 2 years.  Applications are available in the call out boxes on the right side of this page.  Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the application, required materials, or the program.

You may also want to look at our page for NCI Fellowships for other opportunities in cancer research.

Please contact Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH, 713-500-9658, for further information.

 

CURRENT FELLOWS

Heidi Russell, MD
Current Institution:

- Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas; Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
- University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; PhD in Health Economics and Health Services Research

Previous Institutions:

- University of Alabama School of Medicine, Birmingham, Alabama; MD
- Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, Georgia; BS in Industrial Engineering

CPRIT Project Title:

Medical Cost Comparisons of Childhood Cancer

Select Publications:

  • Russell HV, Panchal J, VonVille H, Franzini L, Swint JM.   Economic evaluation of pediatric cancer treatment: a systemic literature review.  Pediatrics 2013 Jan;131(1):e273-87.  PMID: 23266919

 

McGuire 300x252 | CPRIT FellowshipMary McGuire, PhD
Current Institution:

UTHealth Medical School, Houston, Texas; Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine

Previous Institutions:

- The University of Texas Health Sciences Center, School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston, TX; PhD in Biomedical Informatics
- Columbia University, School of Engineering, New York City, New York; MS in Engineering and Operations Research
- Columbia University, School of Engineering, New York City, New York; BS in Mathematical Methods in Engineering and Operations Research

CPRIT Project Title:

Rogue networks in cancer metastasis 3

Select Publications:

  • Brown RE, McGuire MF. Oncogenesis recapitulates embryogenesis via the hypoxia pathway: morphoproteomics and biomedical analytics provide proof of concept and therapeutic options. Annals of Clinical & Laboratory Science 2012: 42(3): 243-257. [PubMed: 22964612]
  • McGuire MF, Iyengar MS, Mercer DW. Data Driven Linear Algebraic Methods for Analysis of Molecular Pathways: Application to Disease Progression in Shock / Trauma. Journal of Biomedical Informatics 2012; 45: 372-387. [PubMed: 22200681]
  • McGuire MF, Iyengar MS, Mercer DW. Computational Approaches for Translational Clinical Research in Disease Progression. Journal of Investigative Medicine. 2011; 59: 893-903. [PubMed: 21712727]

 

Hutcheson 200x300 | CPRIT FellowshipKate Hutcheson, PhD
Current Institution:

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Assistant Professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery

Previous Institutions:

- The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX; PhD in Epidemiology
- Baylor University, Waco, TX; MS in Communication Sciences and Disorders
- Baylor University, Waco, TX; BA in Communication Sciences and Disorders

CPRIT Project Title:

Late Effects & Intervention Needs of Head and Neck Cancer Survivors

Select Publications:

  • Hutcheson KA, Lewin JS, Barringer DA, Lisec A, Gunn GB, Moore MWS, Holsinger FC. Late dysphagia after radiotherapy-based treatment of head and neck cancer. Cancer. e-Pub 7/2012.
  • Hutcheson KA, Lewin JS, Sturgis EM, Kapadia A, Risser J. Enlarged tracheoesophageal puncture after total laryngectomy: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Head Neck 33(1):20-30, 1/2011. e-Pub 4/2010.
  • Hutcheson KA, Lewin JS. Functional outcomes after chemoradiotherapy of laryngeal and pharyngeal cancers. Curr Oncol Rep 14(2):158-165, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22249533, 4/2012.

 

Jane Montealegre, PhD
Current Institution:

The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, Texas; Postdoctoral Fellow, Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research

Previous Institutions:

-The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX; PhD in Epidemiology
-Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA; MSPH in Tropical Medicine
-Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; BS  in Ecology, Evolution and Organism Biology

 

Hung Luu, MD, PhD, MPH
Current Institution:

Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; Postdoc in Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer

Previous Institutions:

The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX; PhD in Cancer Epidemiology
Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, New Orleans, LA; MPH
Thai Binh Medical University, Vietnam; MD

 

Bui 261x300 | CPRIT FellowshipThanh Bui, MD, DrPH
Current Institution:

Center for International Training and Research, The University of Texas at Houston

Previous Institutions:

- The University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX; DrPH in Behavioral Sciences

- Yale University, School of Public Health, Global Health Division, New Haven, CT; MPH in Global Health

- Pham Ngoc Thach University of Medicine, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; MD

CPRIT Project Title:

Oral sex and oral HPV infection

Select Publications:

  • Bui TC, Markham CM, Tran LTH, Beasley RP, Ross MW. Condom Negotiation and Use Among Female Sex Workers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. AIDS and Behavior, [published online ahead of print Nov 2012]. DOI 10.1007/s10461-012-0369-9. PMID: 23196858.
  • Bui TC, Markham CM, Ross MW, Williams ML, Beasley RP, Tran LTH, et al. (2012). Dimensions of gender relations and reproductive health inequity perceived by female undergraduate students in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam: a qualitative exploration. International Journal for Equity in Health. 2012.  11(63). DOI:10.1186/1475-9276-11-63. PMID: 23095733. PMCID: PMC3511059.
  • Bui TC, Markham CM, Ross MW, Williams ML, Beasley RP, Tran LTH, et al.. Perceived gender inequality, sexual communication self-efficacy, and sexual behaviour among female undergraduate students in the Mekong Delta of Vietnam. Sexual Health. 2012. 9(4): 314-322. DOI:  10.1071/SH11067. NIHMSID: NIHMS399040; PMID: 22877589; PMCID: PMC3435105.

Books by Dr. Roberta Ness

Principly Investigator and Dean of the School of Public Health, Dr. Roberta Ness, has several books on creative and innovation.  We recommend you take the time to look at the following titles:

Innovation Generation: How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas

Creativity in the Sciences: A Workbook Companion to Innovation Generation

Genius Unmasked