This 5-day workshop now in its 13th year, brings together 20-25 senior fellows from the leading medical oncology, pediatric oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, and surgical subspecialty fellowships in the United States.
The course is organized and co-directed by Dr Stacey Berg, Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Ethics at the Texas Children's Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, and Dr. Keith Flaherty, Director Center for Targeted Therapy MGH/Harvard. Joining them is a faculty of recognized leaders in the areas of tumor biology, molecular oncology, product and assay development, clinical trial design, and translational oncology from major teaching institutions, NCI and industry.
The program addresses current and evolving new translational technologies used in cancer research including gene array, proteomics and analysis of genetic polymorphisms in the context of human disease. Additional topics overview important growth regulatory pathways in cancer, identification of therapeutic targets, basic steps in the development of a novel therapeutic or clinical assay and key regulatory aspects of product development and the conduct of human research. Throughout the course, the faculty share their own examples of translational research from their laboratories. In addition to didactic sessions the students participate in panel discussions highlighting common problems and roadblocks in translational research. Additional topics include:
- Oncogenesis and Discovery Tools
- Growth Factor Receptors
- Target Discovery and Assessment
- Genomics and Arrays
- Targeted Imaging
- Preparing an Investigational New Drug Application
- From Animal Models to Novel Therapeutics
- Identifying Genes Associated with High Risk
- Signal Transduction
- Development of Bio-Markers and Clinical Application of Targeted Therapeutics
- Ethical and IRB issues
- Grant Writing
A unique component of the workshop is the commitment of the majority of the faculty to be in attendance during the entire course, thus, allowing the students extensive interaction with the faculty as mentors. Small group intensive sessions and "After dinner" talks focused on career development topics such as grant writing and creating successful oral presentations underscore the career building opportunities offered.
This program is supported by grants from the non-profit sector, industry, the non-profit sector and individual contributions from faculty, board members and alumni.
Course Date: April 25-29, 2014
Location: Eaglewood Conference Center,
Application Deadline: February 21, 2014
Notice of Acceptance: March 10, 2014
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In addition to these programs, The Cancer Education Consortium has a strong interest in developing programs on Pharmacoeconomics, Cancer Genetics, and Cancer Survivorship.