Happy Summer, ASPO!

Happy Summer, ASPO!

I wanted to start out by telling you how excited I am to be your president for the next two years. ASPO has always been an organization that has meant a lot to me, because of the science it has exposed me to and the networks it has helped me develop. I know I hear similar things from many of you, and our past president Peter Kanetsky outlined this nicely in his recent presidential address. I am honored to be helping to support that legacy and look forward to continuing to help ASPO sustain its mission of fostering “the development of investigators and other professionals involved in cancer prevention and control, and the exchange and translation of scientific information to reduce cancer burden.” My priorities for the next year are to develop a plan for ongoing management of ASPO, increase the activity and visibility of our communication channels (i.e., Twitter, ASPO pages in CEBP, website, and Facebook page), and to develop a plan to increase membership. I welcome your input on ASPO’s direction and activities over the next two years. I will be periodically posting blogs on the website to keep you updated on ASPO activities. Feel free to reach out to me on Twitter (k_basenengquist), comment on the blog post, or send me an email at

I’m still coming off the high of the recent ASPO meeting. Many thanks to Jasmin Tiro and Hazel Nichols for their leadership of the program committee, and to all the program committee members for their hard work in putting a great program together. The program evaluation indicated that 94% thought the meeting was excellent or above average. We are now in the midst of planning for the 2020 meeting in Tucson, with the program committee ably led by Drs. Kate Weaver and Tim Rebbeck.  They just held the first program committee about a week ago, and discussed some great ideas for symposium topics. If you have ideas for the meeting that you’d like to share with the program committee, do so as soon as possible – they have to get much of the program planned before the middle of July so that we can put in the NCI conference grant. The program committee members are Tomi Akinyemiju, Amit Algotar, Hoda Badr, Michele Cote, Tracy Crane, Carolyn Fang, Erin Kent, Lorna McNeill, Sandi Pruitt, Benjamin Rybicki, Stephanie Schmit, Alexandra White and Amy Trentham-Dietz.

Thanks for reading. I look forward to working with you over the next two years!

2019 ASPO/BCRF Fellowship

2019 Cancer Research Fellowship
For Young Scientists at the Postdoctoral or Clinical Fellow Level
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2019 Research Fellowship in Cancer Research: This Fellowship, sponsored by The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), will provide a one-year award of $40,000 per year (2nd year contingent upon funds available and sufficient progress made in Year 1) to an early stage investigator in the U.S. engaged in meritorious cancer prevention research focusing on breast cancer in the clinical setting.

Letter of Intent

Each applicant is required to submit a very brief letter of intent (via e-mail) to the address below by May 28, 2019. This letter should be no more than two paragraphs and should include the following: 1) Name of Applicant and Degree(s) held; 2) Institution and Department Affiliation; 3) Name of Mentor, Degree(s) and Institution Affiliation; 4) Title of Research Project; and 5) Specific Aims of the Project. Letter can be sent to: Heidi Sahel (e-mail:


Candidates must have completed the MD, PhD, or other doctoral degree. Candidates must currently be a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow, but for no more than 4 years prior to the year of the award. Academic faculty holding the rank of assistant professor or higher, graduate or medical students, federal government employees and employees of private industry are not eligible. A candidate need not be a member of ASPO at the time of application, but must be nominated by an ASPO member. Student members may not be nominators.

Application Process

Application should include:

  1. One page statement from applicant regarding his/her research goals.
  2. Letter of recommendation from mentor and a statement from mentor that he/she has reviewed the
    application and discussed it with the applicant.
  3. Evaluation section: Explain how the data generated during this proposal will be used for future grant
    applications and expected publication.
  4. A biosketch is required from applicant and mentor (NIH format is acceptable).

Papers that have been accepted for publication but not yet submitted may be included in the Appendix.

Abstracts should be no more than 500 words. Please use ½ inch margin with 11 pt Arial font.
Deadlines: Letter of Intent – May 28, 2019
Full application due: – June 28, 2019

Selection Process

Applications will receive careful scientific evaluation by a multidisciplinary committee consisting of ASPO members who are experts in basic, behavioral, and clinical cancer research. Applications must be received in complete form by June 28, 2019. After e-mailing a PDF file of the final application to Heidi Sahel ( please send the original to the address below. An application can be found at

For Further Information, contact:
Heidi Sahel
American Society of Preventive Oncology
330 WARF Building, 610 Walnut St., Madison, WI 53726
Telephone: (608) 263-9515; e-mail:

The Fellowship recipient will be announced in July 2019

Click here to view this flyer.

To download the application, visit the ASPO 2019 Fellowship Application.

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