Research training for M.D. or Ph.D. postdoctoral fellows is available through the Cancer Center in many research areas.
R25 Training Program in Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology and Control
The R25 training program aims to prepare the next generation of pediatric cancer epidemiology and control researchers by providing the training opportunities required to develop careers in pediatric oncology and childhood cancer epidemiology. This multidisciplinary curriculum-driven training and career development program in Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology and Control (PCEC) provides well qualified post-doctoral fellows (Ph.D.) and pediatric oncology clinical fellows (M.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) specific mentored didactic and research training in childhood cancer epidemiology and cancer prevention in a multi-disciplinary setting.
Located at Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Baylor College of Medicine, this program also draws on the strengths and experience of the Cancer Prevention Research Training at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The unique faculty strengths of these neighboring institutions include pediatric oncology, molecular epidemiology, genomics, survivorship research, childhood obesity, statistics, and pharmacology. This training program is enhanced by the scientific expertise at the world’s largest conglomeration of health institutions in the Texas Medical Center in Houston.
Funding, provided by a R25 NIH Research Education Grant, will cover salary and fringe benefits, a desktop and/or laptop computer, project supplies, tuition and one domestic trip per year.
Mentorship and Curriculum
This unique training program will allow fellows to receive specific mentored training, both didactic and research centered, in childhood cancer epidemiology and control in a multi-disciplinary setting. This training program will be under the umbrella of the Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Program at Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.
Our innovative, multidisciplinary curriculum will provide a strong foundation in epidemiology, genetics, cancer biology, survivorship research, and cancer control. The program provides individually tailored education plans for trainees, rich mentored research experiences, and incorporates career development mini-courses, seminars and experimental activities to facilitate the transition from fellow to early stage faculty member.
The program offers:
- Three years of funding
- Competitive salary
- Research support
- Tuition support
- Travel allowance
- Health insurance
- Individually tailored mentored research experiences
- Career development seminars
- Master’s degree option
- Possible transition into a junior faculty position in year 3
About Texas Children’s Cancer Center
Texas Children’s Cancer Center is the largest children’s cancer center in Texas and among the premier children’s cancer programs in the United States. The center’s goal is to cure all forms of childhood cancer and blood disease. The Cancer Center is associated with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. BCM is the top-ranked medical school in Texas and one of the finest in the nation. Texas Children’s Hospital is the largest pediatric hospital in the United States with a license for 715 beds and more than 42 pediatric specialties.
The Center is a nationally and internationally recognized center of excellence. It has more than 650 employees and 65 Baylor College of Medicine faculty members who are leaders in clinical and laboratory research of childhood cancer and blood diseases. Eighteen basic science and translational research laboratories are dedicated to finding a cure for these diseases. Research is ongoing in areas including molecular oncology, clinical pharmacology and experimental therapeutics, cancer genetics, neuro-oncology, transplantation biology, gene therapy, tumor immunology, stem cell biology and hematology.
The program seeks candidates with doctoral degrees from the basic biomedical sciences, biostatistics, epidemiology, genetics, behavioral and social sciences, medicine, and related public health disciplines, who are committed to careers in pediatric cancer epidemiology and pediatric cancer outcomes.
All candidates must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or be lawfully admitted to the U.S. for permanent residence.
Applicants must complete the R25 application for the R25T Training Program in Pediatric Cancer Epidemiology & Control.
Criteria for consideration consist of:
- Summary of prior research experience and proposed research for the PCEC R25T traineeship
- Preliminary individualized educational plan including planned coursework and other educational activities
- Preliminary timeline for coursework and other educational activities
- Statement of short- and long-term career goals and how the proposed research is aligned with these goals
- Curriculum vitae
- Transcripts of graduate/medical courses
- Three letters of recommendation
- Letters of support from proposed PCEC faculty mentors
- A personal interview – The Advisory Committee will conduct interviews and review proposed research and education plan. The Advisory Committee will make the final selection.