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Technical Fellowships

The Prevent Cancer Foundation® funds a series of Technical Fellowships focusing on rapid transfer of knowledge and technology in cancer prevention and early detection.  This program was initiated through a partnership with the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), an international non-profit organization.

UICC Technical Fellowships allow health care professionals from around the world to learn new techniques and skills in the early detection and treatment of cancer at top research and cancer institutes. The majority of awarded fellows come from low- and middle-income countries.

2019 Fellowships

Dr. Ivana Blazic
Clinical Hospital Center Zemun, Belgrade, Serbia

Title of fellowship: Epidemiological, pathological, clinical and imaging features of colorectal cancer in young adults

Host institution: Instituto Alexander Fleming, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Dr. Ivana Blazic

Dr. Akhilanand Chaurasia
King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, India

Title of fellowship: A comparative evaluation of circulatory and salivary miRNAs as diagnostic biomarkers in precancerous and cancerous lesions of oral cavity—A prospective case control study

Host institution: Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, United Kingdom

Dr. Akhilanand Chaurasia

Dr. Naveen Khargehar
Homi Bhabha Cancer Hospital, Varanasi, India

Title of fellowship: Individual mentorship training on cervical cancer etiology, biology, screening and precancer treatment

Host institutions: National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Rockville, Maryland, and Rutgers New Jersey Medical College,  Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

Dr. Naveen Khargehar

Florence Manjuh
Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Yaounde, Cameroon

Title of fellowship: Setting up a breast cancer program within the CBCHS in Cameroon

Host institution: Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation, Jordan

Florence Manjuh

Eveline Tata Mayaah
Humanity at Heart International Association, Douala, Cameroon

Title of fellowship: Public health: cancer prevention and advocacy

Host institution: Women4cancer early detection and treatment, Nairobi, Kenya

Eveline Tata Mayaah

Srabani Mittal*
Public Health Consultant, Cancer Foundation of India, Kolkata, India

Title of fellowship: Preparation of an Online Digital Atlas on VIA and Ablative Treatment, and Creation of an Image Library to Support Development of Artificial Intelligence in Visual Detection of Cervical Abnormalities

Host institution: International Agency for Research on Cancer, Lyon, France

*Deceased

Srabani Mittal

Dr. Kunal Oswal
Tata Education Development Trusts, Mumbai, India

Fellowship title: Evaluation of breast, cervix and oral cancer screening policies and implementation in India

Host institution: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyons, France

 Dr. Kunal Oswal

Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinant Sonyuy
Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Yaounde, Cameroon

Title of fellowship: Setting up a breast cancer program within the CBCHS in Cameroon

Host institution: Information and Research Center – King Hussein Foundation, Jordan

Mbiydzenyuy Ferdinant Sonyuy

Dr. Rongshou Zheng
National Central Cancer Registry, Beijing, China

Fellowship title: Assessing the impact of risk factor changes and population aging on future cancer burden in China

Host institution: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), Lyons, France

Dr. Rongshou Zheng

2018 Fellowships

Olalekan Abisola Ajayi
Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital (LAUTECH), Nigeria

Title of fellowship: Expression of Androgen and Epidermal Growth Factor Receptors (AR and EGFR) in Nigerian Breast Cancer Patients. The study aims to analyse the expression of androgen and epidermal growth factor receptors using immunohistochemistry in cases of breast carcinomas. The heterogeneity and racial differences observed in breast cancer have necessitated the need to further sub-classify the disease using biomarkers of prognostic and predictive values to better understand the disease and its management.

Host institution:  University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, United Kingdom

Olalekan Abisola Ajayi

Oumou Souleymou Boukari
Laboratoire D’Anatomie et de Cytologie Pathologiques du Centre Hospitalier Départemental du Borgou, Benin

Title of fellowship: Strengthening cancer registration capabilities and cancer registry management

Host institution: Laboratoire du Surveillance du Cancer, Algeria

Pamela Armela Gwladys Moussavou Boundzanga
Centre International de Recherches Médicales de Franceville, Unité, Gabon

Title of fellowship: Detection of TP53 Rr249S and TERT-124 c>t mutations as prognostic tools and management of hepatocellular carcinoma cases in Gabon.

Host institution: Unité d’Organisation Nucléaire et Oncogenèse, France

Sabiha Bouzbid
Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire d’Annaba, Algeria

Title of fellowship: Colorectal Cancer Screening: Evaluation and Organisational Aspects

Host institution: Association pour le dépistage organisé des cancers dans le Rhone, France

Bayan Hosseini 
Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Title of fellowship: A Study to Evaluate Association of Occupational Exposure and Risk of Lung Cancer Multicenter: A Case-Control Study

Host institution: International Agency for Research on Cancer, France

 

Bayan Hosseini

Khaled Matrawy
Medical Research Institute, Alexandria University, Egypt

Title of fellowship: 3D DIXON Isotropic Sequence Accuracy in Sarcoma Assessment

Host institution: Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada

Khaled Matrawy

Bettina Meiser
University of New South Wales, Australia

Title of fellowship: Development and evaluation of culturally sensitive decision tools for people at high risk for cancer.  In this project culturally appropriate decision aids to facilitate informed choices about whether or not to undergo genetic testing for breast/ovarian cancer predisposition will be developed and evaluated.

Host institution: Cancer Research Malaysia (formerly Cancer Research Initiatives Foundation), Malaysia

 

Bettina Meiser

Dr. Sambit Manoranjan Nanda
Galaxy CARE Laparoscopy Institute, Pune, India

Title of fellowship: Diagnosis and treatment of ovarian cancers

The objectives of this fellowship project is:
· To learn various modalities in early diagnosis and management of ovarian cancers practised in the host university.
· To learn various protocols and methods of managing benign gynaecological conditions in Germany.
· To understand the latest technology and science being used in the institute towards improving treatment offered in Gynaecology, monitoring obstetrics patients, patient and child well being.
· To learn and implement newer modalities of surgery such as laparoscopy and hysteroscopy in managing gynaecological conditions.
· To share inputs from third world countries in managing gynaecological conditions benign and malignant in a low resource setting or during emergencies.
· To understand acculturate and implement back home the ways of patient care, counselling, patient management and better interpersonal communications with the patients from superior institutes.

Host institution: Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany

Dr. Sambit Manoranjan Nanda

Dr. Christos Nikolaidis
Universitaet Basel, Switzerland

Title of fellowship: Increasing the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Cascade Screening for Lynch Syndrome (Hereditary Non-polyposis Colorectal Cancer) in Switzerland

Host institution: Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute of the Wexner Medical Center, United States 

Dr Christos Nikolaidis

Dr. Tung Thanh Pham
Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam

Title of fellowship: Physical Activity and Cancer Control Efforts (P.A.C.C.E.)

Purpose: Obtaining essential training and mentorship on physical activity research and intervention in cancer patients

This fellowship aims to transfer various skill sets that would enable Vietnam institutions to implement PA assessment in both research and clinical settings. After the training, I expect to train other staff and lead research activities at the newly established PA unit at Hanoi Medical University (HMU) Hospital, Hanoi, Vietnam. I will follow a pilot PA intervention among prostate cancer patients at the Dana–Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and bring the experience back to the PA unit in Vietnam. After the fellowship is completed, we aim to continue the collaboration between institutions in Vietnam and the United States. The proposed project, which would be conducted at physical activity clinic at Hanoi Medical University Hospital and the Vietnam National Cancer Hospital, aims to provide evidence for PA guidelines and advocate for the integration of PA prescription and consultation in health insurance payments.

Host institution: Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA

Tung Pham

2017 Fellowships

Prof. Fabrizio d’Adda di Fagagna
IFOM, Fondazione Istituto, FIRC di Oncologia Molecolare, Milan, Italy

Area of study: Diet in the prevention of telomere dysfunctions

Host institution:  University of Southern California (USC), U.S.
 
 
 

Prof. Fabrizio d'Adda di Fagagna

Dr. Aroor Bhagyalaxmi
B. J. Medical College, India

Area of study: Prevention of initiation of smokeless tobacco consumption among rural children of Gujarat, India

Host institution: Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health
 
 

 

Dr. Aroor Bhagyalaxmi

Dr. Mario González
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Colombia

Area of study: Ovarian cancer and NSAIDs

Host institution: Queen Mary, University of London, U.K.

Dr. Mario González

Mr. Joshua Menang 
Registered Nurse, Cameroon Laboratory & Medicine Foundation Health Centre, Tiko, Cameroon

Area of study:  Breast Cancer Awareness in female Cameroon teenagers and women

Host institution: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus 
 

Mr. Joshua Menang

Dr. Sonali Susmita Nayak
Tata Memorial Centre, Visakhapatnam, India

Area of study: Cervical cancer screening

Host institution: Houston Methodist Hospital, Texas, U.S.
 
 

Dr. Sonali Susmita Nayak

Dr. Georgia Ambada Ndzengue
International Reference Center, Chantal Biya, Cameroon

Area of study: The importance of immunophenotyping in the diagnostics and treatment of hemato-oncologies in Cameroon. Dr. Ndzengue will study at the University Hospital Center in Geneva, Switzerland in January 2018.

Dr. Georgia Ambada Ndzengue

Dr. Louis Ngendahayo
Kamenge University Hospital Center, Burundi

Area of study: Capacity building in diagnostics and cancer immunohistochemistry techniques

Host institution: University Hospital Center in Cocody, Ivory Coast

Dr. Louis Ngendahayo 

Dr. Patumrat Sripan
Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Area of study: Cervical and breast cancer screening in Northern Thailand

Host institution: Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)

Dr. Patumrat Sripan

Olga Aleksandrovna Vlasova
N.N. Blokhin Russian Cancer Research Center, Russian Federation

Area of study: Influence of non-mutagenic DNA-binding small molecules on chromatin structure and FACT function

Host institution: Roswell Park Cancer Institute, U.S.

Olga Aleksandrovna Vlasova

Dr. Jennifer Walker
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

Area of study: Cancer risk assessment tools in primary care

Host institution: Washington University in St Louis, U.S.

 

Dr. Jennifer Walker

Past Technical Fellowships

Dr. Rajan Duggal
Medanta-The Medicity Hospital, Gurgaon, Haryana, India

Host institution: Johns Hopkins Hospital, U.S.

Dr. Duggal performed his fellowship performed his fellowship from June 1-June 30, 2016. After concluding the study, Dr. Duggal realized there are two prostate-specific immunohistochemical markers used in determining prostatic origin of the tumor that are not being used in his home institute.

Read more about Dr. Duggal’s Fellowship

Dr. Rajan Duggal

Drs. Foca, Fortuna, Pretual and Corotas
State University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Republic of Moldova

In the Republic of Moldova, cervical cancer ranks as the most frequent cancer among women ages 15-44 and the 3rd most frequent among all women. These four fellowships support the establishment of a gynecological pathology center of expertise at the State University of Medicine and Pharmacy.

Read more about Drs. Foca, Fortuna, Pretual and Corotas’ Fellowships

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Dr. Ranajit Kumar Mandal
Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata, India

Host institution: International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France

Dr. Mandal’s Fellowship was from mid-September to mid-October 2016. The clinical fellowship was entitled: “Technology transfer in statistical analysis and data inference by analyzing a study entitled ‘correlation between the expression of p16 & Ki67 and colposcopic and histo diagnosis and HPV status in cervix’ and preparation of an atlas on cervical IHC.”

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