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Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health and of the Department of Health and Human Services, is pleased to invite applications from qualified candidates for a Cancer Research Training Award (CRTA), with an emphasis on gene- nutrition interaction-cancer prevention. To learn more please read the Cancer Research Training Award (pdf, 118kb) document.

Sabbatical Opportunities in Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research at the National Cancer Institute

The Nutrition Science Research Group (NSRG) invites scientists with an interest in nutrition and cancer prevention research to apply for sabbatical assignments under the provisions of the Intergovernmental Personnel Act Mobility Program (IPA). The IPA offers opportunities to expand one's understanding of NIH funding mechanisms and for professional growth in an area related to diet and cancer prevention. A wide variety of educational activities (including seminars, workshops, and conferences) are available throughout NIH to enrich the experiences of the IPA.

Below are examples of individuals who have joined NSRG as an IPA.

  • Dr. Jon Story, Professor of Nutrition at the Purdue University, developed a workshop on the relationship of diet, microflora, and cancer prevention. He also showcased NCI training opportunities in nutrition and cancer prevention through various publications.
  • Dr. Jean Hines, Professor of Dietetics and Nutrition at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences at Little Rock, was actively involved in highlighting nutritional links to putative mechanisms underlying pancreatic cancer through workshops and publications.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Jeffery, Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, helped identify critical sulfhydryl switches as regulatory sites by food components that are associated with cancer prevention through workshops and publications.
  • Dr. Susan Percival, Professor of Food Science and Nutrition at the University of Florida, focused her attention on immunonutrition and enhancing tumoricidal cell activity during her IPA. She also shared with the nutrition community information about conference grants to support national and international meetings.

While candidates with a PhD, MD, or other professional degrees are generally most appropriate, no degree requirements are needed to engage in an IPA. It is incumbent that a potential IPA initiates a dialogue as early as possible with a member of the NSRG about career goals and how their involvement would assist in fulfillment of the NSRG mission and goals.

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