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.

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.)

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

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.

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
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
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
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
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


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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