American Association for Cancer Research

MICR Forum

MICR logo"The Role of Training and Mentoring in Navigating a Successful Cancer Research Career"

Monday, April 7, 2014
9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Room 7, San Diego Convention Center

Chair: Sanya Springfield, Ph.D.

The purpose of this session is to highlight the progress of trainees who have been supported through the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program and the critical elements to consider in developing a career path in cancer research. This session will present training opportunities available to students and early stage investigators across the academic continuum. The speakers will address the intricacies of developing strong scientific research proposals, including review of literature, significance of the research problem, definition of a hypothesis-driven proposal, and grantsmanship. Common errors and pitfalls to avoid will be discussed. The speakers will also examine the importance of networking, academic partnerships, mentoring relationships, and strategies for successfully navigating obstacles on the journey to a successful cancer research career. Panel members will include NCI Program Officers as well as a successful former Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) trainee.

Introduction
Sanya Springfield, Ph.D., Chair
NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities, Bethesda, MD

NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
Nelson Aguila, D.V.M., Deputy Director

CRCHD/DTB/CURE Program
Peter Ogunbiyi, D.V.M., Ph.D., Branch Chief, Diversity Training Branch
Alison Lin, Ph.D., Program Director
John Ojeifo, M.D., Ph.D., Program Director
Anil Wali, Ph.D., Program Director

Associate Professor, FORMER CURE Grantee
Elva Arredondo, Ph.D.
San Diego State University, San Diego, CA

Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A