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Wilmot Cancer Institute / Education & Training / Postdoctoral Training / Cancer Control Research Training Program

Clinical and Translational Cancer Control Research Training Program




T32 Achievements TableThe National Cancer Institute (NCI) supported Cancer Control Research Training Program at the University of Rochester School of Medicine, located in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of upstate New York, is now in its 20th year and provides post-doctoral M.D. or Ph.D. researchers with the knowledge and experience to establish careers as outstanding independent investigators in cancer control and prevention research.


Features of the program include:

  • An emphasis on transdisciplinary clinical and translational research and resources to take advantage of opportunities to conduct cancer control research both locally and nationally.
  • Exceptionally diverse research opportunities and professional guidance and mentorship provided by our NCI-funded Core Mentors and 15 other on-site mentors who all hold competitively funded cancer-related research grants.  Mentorship opportunities are also provided by offsite mentors involved in the University of Rochester NCI-funded Community Oncology Research Program Research Base.
  • Programmatic specialty areas include training in: conduct of clinical trials (Phase I through III) in both academic and community settings through the University of Rochester NCI-funded Community Oncology Research Program Research Base, geriatric oncology  and cancer care delivery research, exercise oncology, translational research, health equity, and biostatistics.
  • Practical experience in protocol design, study procedures, statistical analysis, manuscript writing and oral presentation. 
  • An emphasis on preparation for successfully obtaining research funding. 
  • A choice of earning one of five advanced Master of Science (MS) degrees, uniquely tailored to methodologies necessary to successful execution of research interests of the trainee.
  • Curriculum, seminars and workshops on cancer control and research methodology in three focus areas: patient-oriented research, health outcomes research, and biostatistics and informatics research. 
  • Special courses and seminars developed specifically for cancer control issues.
  • Opportunities for scientific and professional networking at 3 to 4 scientific meetings per year, cooperative oncology group meetings and mini-sabbaticals.
  • Support for pilot studies leading to career development proposals.
  • MPI directorship by Drs. Morrow and Janelsins, fostering collaboration and multidisciplinary research, within a culture of mentoring.

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Contact Us

For more information about this program, you can email Drs. Michelle Janelsins, Luke Peppone, and Gary Morrow, Program Directors of the Cancer Control Research Training Program or Kate Kessler, Program Coordinator at or call us at 585-275-9959.

Our mailing address is:

Cancer Control Research Training Program
Saunders Research Building
265 Crittenden Blvd (Room 2.232)
BOX CU 420658
Rochester, NY 14642
Fax: 585-461-5601