The UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill constitute an ideal setting for a training program in cancer prevention and control that emphasizes multidisciplinary, collaborative research. An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the UNC Lineberger has considerable strength in the population sciences backed by a well-established Cancer Center and the nationally recognized UNC School of Public Health. Center-specific resources include:
- Established, well-funded scientific research programs in Cancer Prevention and Control and Cancer Epidemiology and a quickly developing program in Cancer Outcomes.
- Core resources established to support the population sciences (Rapid Case Ascertainment, Next Generation Sequencing and Genotyping, CHAI — Communication for Health Applications and Intervention)
- Other core resources that support the population sciences as well as other research (Biostatistics, Tissue Procurement, Oncology Clinical Protocol Office) and
- A developmental/seed grants program dedicated to cancer prevention and control/cancer epidemiology.
Throughout all its research efforts but best evidenced by the translational research projects in its Breast SPORE, the Cancer Center has promoted multidisciplinary and collaborative research. Moreover, an emphasis on cancer prevention and control, the population sciences in general, and research on health disparities has distinguished the UNC Lineberger over the past 20 years.
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill enhances the already rich multidisciplinary training environment at the UNC Lineberger. With their outstanding departmental training opportunities, faculty, and students, the nationally recognized UNC Schools of Public Health, Nursing, and Medicine are major resources for and close collaborators of the CCEP. Important cross-disciplinary training resources, such as the Preventive Medicine Residency Program, and the Public Health Leadership Program/Health Care and Prevention Curriculum, are available for clinician postdoctoral fellows. One of the growing strengths of the UNC Lineberger and its Population Sciences programs has been its increasing collaboration with faculty and disciplines outside of the traditional Health Affairs schools. The tremendous range of expertise and training available throughout the University provides incredible depth and flexibility in training opportunities while also emphasizing cross-disciplinary interactions.