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Abeloff Scholars Program

Honoring the memory of Martin D. Abeloff, M.D., late Director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center

Platz Professor and Martin D. Abeloff, MD Scholar in Cancer Prevention, Deputy Chair of the Department of Epidemiology at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is the current Abeloff Scholar.

The goals of cancer prevention and control are the understanding of the causes and risk factors for cancer in healthy populations; the discovery and development of new approaches to cancer chemoprevention; and the implementation and assessment of community-based initiatives, including cancer risk reduction and cancer screening.

The next generation of specialists in cancer prevention and control must be trained in multidisciplinary science and have the skills to translate basic science to community-based interventions and clinical outcomes.  These specialists will have to address the ever-increasing burden of cancer worldwide and the special needs of millions of cancer survivors.  The Johns Hopkins Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center is a unique and ideal training venue for these specialists. To prepare these specialists, we have established the Martin D. Abeloff Scholars Program in Cancer Prevention and Control to include the Martin D. Abeloff Faculty Scholar and two Martin D. Abeloff Scholars-in-Training.

The Martin D. Abeloff Faculty Scholar will be one of the world’s most outstanding scholars of cancer prevention and control. The Scholar will be recruited by the executive committee of the Abeloff Scholars Program with a focus on minority candidates.  The Program will provide salary support and benefits for a three-year period.  After three years, the Scholar will rotate off and a new outstanding scholar can be recruited and appointed.  The scholar will devote 50% of their time to the development of basic laboratory or population-based investigations.  The other 50% of their time will be devoted to a structured program that will provide mentoring, networking, and formal training to enhance the translational research skills of the Abeloff Scholars-in-Training.  The Scholar will meet regularly with the executive committee to assure progress in mentoring and research is facilitated and supported.

The two Martin D. Abeloff Scholars-in-Training will be senior postdoctoral fellows, oncology fellows, or scientists who are looking to develop an academic career in translational research in cancer prevention and control.  The Abeloff Scholars Program will support salary and benefits for a two-year period. The Scholars-in-Training will have a strong foundation in one of the basic sciences, clinical sciences, or population sciences and will identify a laboratory focus and a collaborative research activity to broaden their opportunities in clinical and translational research. The structured mentoring program will assure that these young investigators can become integrated into the wide number of translational Cancer research opportunities in prevention and control.  Importantly, these scholars and their training backgrounds will not be limited by U.S. residency requirements, and therefore candidates can be drawn from the diverse, international community of cancer trainees.  By the year 2050, two-thirds of all cancer in the world will be diagnosed in Asia and we intend for the Abeloff Scholars-in-Training program to increase the breadth and depth of collaborative research efforts and impact around the world.

The Martin D. Abeloff Scholars Program will address the capacity building needs for cancer prevention and control by training and supporting outstanding mature investigators and mentors, and by training young scientists, whose impact on this field will be felt for the rest of the century.

Donate Now through the Abeloff Scholars Online Giving Form or call 410-516-4203.