Vanderbilt Training Program in the Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer

Postdoctoral Fellowships

The Vanderbilt Training Program in the Molecular and Genetic Epidemiology of Cancer (Vanderbilt MAGEC) is currently accepting applications for postdoctoral fellowships. The fellowship is an individualized didactic training program, tailored to complement the trainee’s background, and includes both core and elective coursework, a multi-disciplinary mentoring team, rotations in the Vanderbilt Molecular Epidemiology Lab and Survey Research Shared Resource, and the conduct of a research project. The fellowship culminates in the submission of a grant proposal to the National Institutes of Health. The goal of the program is to assist fellows in launching an independent career in epidemiological research.

MAGEC fellows have the opportunity to work on a wide range of on-going cancer epidemiological research projects and to design their own, using resources available from the Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center (VEC) and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The VEC is home to three large prospective cohort studies that include over 225,000 participants from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Biological samples are available from over 90% of study participants. The VEC fosters cross-disciplinary research and provides exciting opportunities to investigate the interplay of environmental, lifestyle, and genetic factors in cancer epidemiology and health disparities.

The MAGEC program is specifically designed for:

  • PhDs in epidemiology or genetics who have an interest in cancer research
  • MDs who have an MPH degree or working experience in epidemiology
  • Under-represented minorities and individuals with disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. US citizenship or permanent residency or is required for the fellowship.

    Application details available on our website. Applications are ongoing and can be completed online.

    Program Directors:
    Xiao Ou Shu, MD, PhD
    Professor of Medicine

    Douglas Heimburger, MD, MS
    Professor of Medicine

    Program Contact Information
    Nan Kennedy
    Program Coordinator
    Vanderbilt Epidemiology Center
    2525 West End Avenue
    Suite 600
    Nashville, TN 37203-1738
    Phone: 615-936-0808

    Future Research Leaders Conference (FRLC)

    The 2017 National Institutes of Health (NIH) Future Research Leaders Conference (FRLC) will be held September 12-14 in Bethesda, Maryland. FRLC is a career-development opportunity for talented early-career biomedical and behavioral scientists from diverse backgrounds. During the FRLC, selected early-career scientists will showcase their research to the NIH scientific community and gain insights from NIH leadership and investigators about developing an independent scientific career. The event is most appropriate for post-doc and junior-faculty level investigators.

    Investigators who are underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral science workforce are strongly encouraged to apply. Travel and lodging expenses will be supported.

    The conference application deadline is April 28, and reference letters will be accepted until May 5. Please see NIH FRLC website for more details. Applicants should submit their materials here.

    Please contact if you have any questions. Thank you!

    Mentoring URM Postdoctoral Scientists in Behavioral and Cardiovascular Health Research to Increase Diversity in the Academic Workforce

    The T32 Training and Mentoring program brings participants to NYU’s Department of Population Health for a two-year post doctoral learning experience where they will develop independent academic careers. It uses a congruent mentorship approach whereby mentors and mentees are matched based on common research interest, background, and specialty.

    T32 Flyer 2017

    APA’s Minority Fellowship Program is accepting applications for the 2017 Psychology Summer Institute (PSI) from any advanced psychology doctoral students who has or will have successfully proposed a dissertation before the application deadline and psychologists who are in the early stage of their careers. This year’s summer program will take place July 9 – 15 at APA’s headquarter in Washington, DC. The online application deadline is May 1.

    About the program
    PSI provides educational, professional development and mentoring experiences to advanced doctoral students of psychology and psychologists who are in the early stage of their careers. Participants are guided toward developing a grant proposal, postdoctoral fellowship, dissertation, treatment program, publication or program evaluation project. All projects must focus on issues affecting ethnic minority communities.

    Participants will receive one-on-one mentoring on their projects. Expert faculty will present seminars on selected topics such as grant writing, publishing and specific areas of research or service delivery. There will also be opportunities to network with representatives from federal agencies and foundations.


    Main website:
    Apply online:

    We are accepting applications for this year’s Summer Institute on Innovative Methods, “Statistical Power Analysis for Intensive Longitudinal Studies.” Jean-Philippe Laurenceau, Unidel A. Gilchrist Sparks III Chair of Psychological & Brain Sciences at The University of Delaware, and Niall Bolger, Professor of Psychology at Columbia University, will provide a practical guide to conducting power analyses for studies using daily diaries, ambulatory assessments, ecological momentary assessments, experience sampling, and related designs. The Institute is sponsored by The Methodology Center and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

    The Summer Institute will be held on June 29 – 30 at The Pennsylvania State University’s University Park campus. Spots are limited; apply soon!

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    Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine

    A free online course to help you design and analyze group-randomized trials

    Presented by
    David M. Murray, Ph.D.
    NIH Associate Director for Prevention
    Director of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention

    Group-randomized trials (GRTs) are comparative studies designed to evaluate interventions that operate at a group level, change the physical or social environment, or cannot be delivered to individuals without substantial risk of contamination. GRTs are widely used in public health and medicine to evaluate interventions delivered in schools, worksites, hospitals, clinics, communities, and other organizations.

    The Pragmatic and Group-Randomized Trials in Public Health and Medicine online course describes the most widely used GRT designs and presents the many approaches to power and data analysis that are now available. The free, seven-part course is presented by Dr. David M. Murray, NIH Associate Director for Prevention and Director of the NIH Office of Disease Prevention (ODP). The course includes a list of references, a PDF of each presentation, suggested reading materials, and guided activities.

    Explore the ODP’s Resources for Researchers for additional information and interactive tools that support researchers in developing and funding quality projects that address a wide range of research needs, gaps, and priorities.

    Start the course now or bookmark it for later!


    The Massachusetts General Hospital Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI)
    is now accepting applications for the 2017 Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP).

    Application Deadline is Monday, January 23, 2017

    Click here to apply: 2017 SRTP Application

    2017 Summer Research Trainee Program

    The Summer Research Trainee Program (SRTP), founded in 1992, attracts college and medical students from around the nation to Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The goal of this program is to inspire students who are underrepresented in medicine (URM)* to consider careers in academic medicine by immersing them in cutting-edge research opportunities. Fifteen students, selected from a nationwide competition, join SRTP each summer. Each student is assigned to a specific MGH laboratory, clinical site, health policy, or health services research area where they undertake an original research project under the mentorship and guidance of an MGH investigator. Assignments are carefully considered and are made with the student’s research and career interests in mind. In addition to this unique research experience, students will gain knowledge through weekly didactic seminars, both at the MGH and at Harvard Medical School, and have opportunities for clinical shadowing.

    Program Terms
    The Summer Research Trainee Program is a mandatory eight week program, running from Monday, June 5 to Thursday, August 3, 2017. Students are paired with an MGH faculty preceptor who provides guidance and mentorship in a new or ongoing research project. Students are expected to:

      Attend a full day orientation on Monday, June 5, 2017
      Prepare an abstract of the research project
      Prepare an oral presentation of their work at the completion of the program
      Attend mandatory, weekly didactic seminars
      Complete all program, hospital and occupational health requirements (e.g. vaccination)

    Program Support
    Once accepted, SRTP provides the following support during the eight week period of the program:

      Housing next to hospital in the historic neighborhood of Beacon Hill ($3,000 value)
      Living stipend of $4,000 for food and other necessities
      Travel grants based on demonstrated need (FAFSA required)
      Meals provided at all didactic sessions

    The program is open to students who meet the following criteria:

      Member of a group that is underrepresented in medicine (URM)*
      Undergraduate junior or senior, rising 1st year medical student, or 1st year medical student, graduate school student, or post-baccalaureate student (note: freshman and sophomores not eligible)
      Attended/attending a college or medical school in the US and Puerto Rico
      US citizens or permanent residents

    Application Process
    The deadline for completed applications (2017 SRTP Application, as well as supporting materials) is 5:00 pm on Monday, January 23, 2017 (no exceptions allowed). Please complete the 2017 SRTP Application and submit supporting materials following the instructions in Parts I and II below.

    A complete application must include:

    Part I: 2017 SRTP Application. You must upload the following items with this application:

      Personal Statement
      Supplemental Essay Question

    Part II: Supporting Documents
    A) 2017 SRTP Recommendation or Medical School Letter of Good Standing. You must use this link to submit:

      Two letters of recommendation
      Letter of Good Standing ONLY IF you are a medical student and your school does not provide transcripts

    B) Official college, graduate, and/or medical school transcript(s). Online format is preferred, emailed to:

    Please visit the SRTP Website for more information on how to apply.

    Important Dates to Remember:
    Application Available: Monday, November 28, 2017
    Application Deadline: Monday, January 23, 2017
    Decisions Made (tentative): Thursday, March 2, 2017
    Program Starts: Monday, June 5, 2017
    Program Ends: Thursday, August 3, 2017

    All incomplete applications will not be considered. Allow enough mailing time for the materials to arrive before the deadline.

    All required supporting documents must be received by Monday, January 23, 2017. It is your responsibility to ensure that they are received by this date in our office. Once we consider your application complete, you will receive a confirmation email from

    Questions or Additional Information? Please visit our website and SRTP FAQs

    *Underrepresented in medicine (URM) for the purpose of this program are those individuals belonging to a particular ethnic or racial group which has been considered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) to be underrepresented in biomedical research (relative to their numbers in the general population). These groups may include Latino/Hispanic, African-American/Black, American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaskan Natives, among others. Sources: AAMC, NIH and National Science Foundation

    Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Training Workshop

    Program Overview

    We are building an inspiring community of transdisciplinary (TD) researchers in energetics and cancer and invite you to apply to our new mentored energy balance and cancer education program: the Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Training Workshop. Funded by a five-year grant from the National Cancer Institute, this unique educational program is positioned to build capacity in transdisciplinary energy balance and cancer research. The TREC Training Workshop is designed for post-doctoral fellows—primarily individuals in early careers who want to pursue TD research in energy balance and cancer. This Workshop will place strong emphasis on mentoring, developing and applying TD competencies, and a curriculum specifically focused on energetics and cancer. Mentors and teaching faculty represent a diverse array of professional disciplines, from basic scientists to clinicians to behavioral and population scientists and many others. Our in-person Training Workshop will integrate didactic presentations and professional networking across senior and early career scientists, utilizing formal learning with informal transdisciplinary collaboration. Time will be included for one-on-one dialog between fellows and faculty as well as small group discussions that will allow fellows to learn from each other and develop a network. Following on-site training, fellows will engage in sustained mentoring relationships with course faculty, and will have access to prior and future cohorts to facilitate networking opportunities. See the course curriculum here.

    More information and application

    Posted: 12-5-2016

    Mentored Training for Dissemination & Implementation Research in Cancer

    Cancer is the leading cause of death among persons under the age of 85 and the second leading cause of death overall in the United States. To address this cancer burden, university-based research yields a growing supply of new discoveries, but research findings often take 10-20 years before being incorporated into practice. To address this gap, the science of D&I research has emerged. Our team at Washington University in St Louis has been the leader in developing the science of D & I research. MT-DIRC is a training program for those cancer control researchers who are seeking to gain better training in the field of dissemination and implementations science research.

    The 2017 MT-DIRC Summer Institute will occur June 5th-9th 2017 in St. Louis, MO.

    Full 2017 MT-DIRC application

    Posted: 12-5-2016

    Request for Information (RFI) for Scientific Opportunities and Needs for NHLBI Ancillary Studies

    The National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute (NHLBI) would like your input on opportunities and strategies to maximize scientific output of clinical research through support of ancillary studies to clinical trials or observational studies. NHLBI invites comments from researchers and others with an interest in clinical research within the mission of the NHLBI. Here is the Request for Information. Thank you for your time and consideration


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