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. The UICC fellowships are generously supported by the FitzGerald Family.


2023-2024 Fellowships

We are saddened to share the news of the death of Dr. Ayah Firwana, a technical fellow killed in Gaza in October. She planned to train at the King Hussein Cancer Center in Jordan as part of her efforts toward smoking cessation services and a tobacco-dependence treatment program in Gaza.

Ayah Firwana, M.D.
Palestinian Ministry of Health, Gaza

Title of Fellowship: Tobacco Dependence Treatment Fellowship Program

Host Institution: King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan

Ayman Al-Dahshan, MBBCH
The Memorial Souad Kafafi University Hospital, Egypt

Title of Fellowship: King Hussein Cancer Center’s Tobacco Dependence Treatment (TDT) Fellowship Program

Host Institution: King Hussein Cancer Center, Amman, Jordan

Simon Boni, MPH, Ph.D.
National Cancer Program, Ivory Coast

Title of Fellowship: Evaluation of the impact of campaigns and national health policies on the performance of the secondary prevention program for cervical cancer in Côte d’Ivoire from 2010 to 2023

Host Institution: Aix-Marseille Université, Marseille, France

Devaraja K, MBBS, M.S., DNB
Kasturba Medical College Manipal, India

Title of Fellowship: Validation of a novel risk stratification tool for oral cancer and designing a multicentric trial to prospectively evaluate the clinical efficacy of this tool in a real-world scenario

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

Qudus Olajide Lawal Q., MBBS, FWACS
End Cervical Cancer Nigeria Initiative, Nigeria

Title of Fellowship: From data deficiency to data dominance: Empowering cancer screening in Nigeria with Canscreen5

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

Saeed Nemati, M.S.
Cancer Research Institute of Iran, Iran

Title of Fellowship: Projection of potential preventable cancer incidence through opium use prevention in Iran by 2035

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

Ariwan Saeed, M.D.
Zhianawa Cancer Center, Iraq

Title of Fellowship: Systematic mapping of pediatric cancers and outcome disparities in Iraq

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

Abhishek Shankar, MBA, M.D.
All India Institute of Medical Sciences New Delhi, India

Title of Fellowship: Empowering lung cancer screening in primary care settings in India through learning development of point of care device via liquid biopsy

Host Institution: Columbia University, New York, Unites States

Le Ngoan Tran, M.D., Ph.D.
Center for Health Promotion and Research, Vietnam

Title of Fellowship: Waterpipe tobacco smoking and cancer risks, a prospective cohort study

Host Institution: University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cancer Pavilion, Pittsburgh, United States

Bridget Yabo
Haske Dominican Hospital, Nigeria

Title of Fellowship: Transitioning from opportunistic to population-based integrated breast and cervical cancer screening in Haske Dominican Hospital Dabai, Zuri, Nigeria

Host Institution: Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Funding for this fellowship is provided by the FitzGerald Family.


2022-2023 Fellowships


Chimwemwe Banda, MPH, MMED
Kamuzu Central Hospital, Malawi

Title of fellowship: Cervical cancer elimination and treatment; observation and practical experience in efforts to eliminate cervical cancer and cancer radiotherapy with a focus on novel cervical radiotherapy techniques 

Host institution: Ocean Road Cancer Institute, Dar El Salam, Tanzania


Chimwemwe Banda is one of the Prevent Cancer Foundation's 2022 Fellowship Recipients


Bède Bigirimana
Kamenge University Hospital Center, Burundi

Title of fellowship: Building capacity in diagnostic immuno-histochemistry techniques for cervical cancer

Host institution: General Hospital of Grand Yoff, Dakar, Senegal


Bède Bigirimana


Ivana Blazic, MD, PhD
Clinical Hospital Center Zemun, Serbia

Title of fellowship: Epidemiological and clinical analysis of early onset of colorectal cancer

Host institution: Ramon and Cajal University Hospital, Spain


Ivana Blazic, MD, PhD


Sreeya Bose, MS, MBBS
Chittaranjan National Cancer Institute, Kolkata, India

Title of fellowship: Analysis of time trends in high-risk HPV prevalence and associated risk factors over two decades in the Indian state of West Bengal and study of impact of SARS-COV-2 pandemic on uptake and follow up of HPV self-sampling

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


Sreeya Bose is one of the Prevent Cancer Foundation's 2022 Fellowship Recipients


Alice Nanelin Guingané, MD, MPH
Chu Bogodogo, Hepato-gastro Enterology Service, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

Title of fellowship: Endoscopic screening and early diagnosis of colorectal cancer

Host institution: Savory Metropolis Hospital Center, Chambery, France


Alice Nanelin Guingané, MD, MPH


Grâce Aurélie Majoumo Mukam
Yaoundé Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics Hospital, Cameroon

Title of fellowship: Building Capacity in diagnostic testing for Human Papilloma Virus

Host institution: Pathological Anatomy Laboratory Beauvais Hospital Center, France


Grâce Aurélie Majoumo Mukam


Dr. Faruk Mohammed
Ahmadu Bello University, Samaru, Zaria, Nigeria

Title of fellowship: Improving prostate cancer patient outcomes in Nigeria through epidemiology and advanced techniques in genomics and bioinformatics

Host institution: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, United States


Chimwemwe Banda is one of the Prevent Cancer Foundation's 2022 Fellowship Recipients


2021 Fellowships


Dr. Roya Dolatkhah
Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Iran

Title of fellowship: Accuracy of stool-based tests compared with colonoscopy for diagnosing colorectal cancer and advanced adenomas in northwest Iran

Host institution: National Cancer Institute, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Rockville, Maryland



Dr. Bridget Lumbwe
UNC Global Projects Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia

Title of fellowship: Identifying barriers that prevent women with positive CIN2/3 LEEP margins from returning for a repeat loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP), and identifying strategies to address this low adherence to treatments

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



Dr. Nepomuscene Ndihokubwayo
Kamenge University Hospital Center, Bujumbura, Burundi

Title of fellowship: Liquid cytology for early detection of cervical cancer

Host institution: Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Cocody, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire



Dr. Nicaise Ntahondi Kamenge 
University Hospital Center, Bujumbura, Burundi

Title of fellowship: Capacity building in techniques and immunohistochemical cancer diagnostics

Host institution: Hôpital Général de Grand Yoff, Dakar, Senegal



Dr. Manikanda Nesan Sakthivel
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai, India

Title of fellowship: : Designing a pre-post intervention trial to assess the impact of community health worker-led counseling and navigation on the uptake of colposcopy among non-compliant women screened positive in a community-based screening program

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



Dr. Tamar Skhirtladze, MSPH, MPA
National Screening Center, Tbilisi, Georgia

Title of fellowship: Enhancing screening services for early detection of cervical cancer in Georgia 

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


2020 Fellowships


Dr. Anarkhuu Bold-Erdene
National Cancer Center of Mongolia, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Title of fellowship: Pathological diagnosis of gynecological cancer

Host institution: BC Cancer, Provincial Health Services Authority, Vancouver, Canada



Dr. Rana Chanchal 
King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, India

Title of fellowship: Analysis of immune microenvironment in breast cancer by utilizing tissue microarray and computerized image analysis techniques

Host institution: University of Nottingham, Nottingham, United Kingdom



Dr. Damigou Mawuli Sambiani 
Hôpital Aristide Le Dantec, Institut Juliot-Curie, Dakar, Senegal 

Title of fellowship: Screening and management of early lesions of the uterine cervix

Host institution: SOS Cancer Niger, Niamey, Niger


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


Srabani Mittal

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

Title of fellowship: 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

Title of fellowship: 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


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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