American Association for Cancer Research

Educational Workshops & Special Courses

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Educational workshops and special courses provide young investigators with opportunities to develop skills in clinical trial design, molecular biology, drug development, translational research, and related fields. These programs provide opportunities for individuals with some career experience to sharpen their skills, expand their expertise, and form collaborations among peers and leading cancer researchers from around the world. Many educational workshops and special courses are supported by grants from the National Cancer Institute and educational grants from corporate supporters.

Currently accepting applications:

  • Accelerating Anticancer Agent Development and Validation Workshop
    May 7-9, 2014 • Bethesda, MD, USA
    Registration now available

    This workshop is designed to bring together leaders in clinical and translational cancer research from academia, industry, NCI, and FDA to assist investigators in understanding and improving the process of cancer drug development.

  • Integrative Molecular Epidemiology Workshop
    August 11-15, 2014 • Boston, MA, USA
    Application deadline extended to: Wednesday, April 23

    This workshop is designed to accelerate the training of the next generation of cancer researchers who must be well-skilled in the integration of biology and epidemiology in studies of etiology and outcome. The workshop is primarily targeted toward molecular epidemiologists, but the materials are designed to also be appropriate for geneticists, statisticians, bioinformaticians, molecular biologists, physician scientists and others who have completed basic course work in epidemiology.

  • Translational Cancer Research for Basic Scientists
    October 26-31, 2014 • Boston, MA, USA
    Application deadline: Monday, May 12

    This workshop will introduce the full spectrum of translational cancer research to late-stage Ph.D. candidates, early-career Ph.D.s, and established Ph.D.s in transition to translational research. The weeklong immersion course will feature: 1) didactic lectures; 2) offsite interactive visits to radiology and pathobiology departments, an IRB session, and outpatient cancer treatment clinics; and 3) small group discussion sessions. The extensive facilities of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Cancer Center will serve as the primary teaching venue for the “real world” offsite interactive visits. Participants will gain insights into clinical research and networking opportunities to foster their transition into the world of translational cancer research.

Not currently accepting applications:

  • Methods in Clinical Cancer Research (Europe)
    June 21-27, 2014 • Flims, Switzerland
    Applications are no longer being accepted for this workshop. The application deadline was February 10.

    Errors made in the design and conduct of a clinical trial can make it impossible for the trial to provide a definitive answer about the effectiveness of a new approach. Poor design can thus lead to the abandonment of promising avenues of research that are based on sound basic scientific work and to delays in the introduction of new treatments into the general practice of medical oncology. ECCO, AACR, EORTC and ESMO have responded to this problem by designing jointly a program that will (1) introduce junior clinical oncologists in any oncology subspecialty to the principles of good clinical trials design; i.e., give them the tools they need to conduct clinical trials that will yield clear results which investigators can use to proceed to the next level of research; (2) expose junior clinical oncologists to the full spectrum of challenges in clinical research, from conventional antineoplastic agents and multidisciplinary treatment regimens to gene therapy, in the expectation that they will then want to devote all or a portion of their future careers to some aspect of clinical research; and (3) develop a cadre of well-trained, experienced researchers whose expertise will foster better clinical trial designs and thereby hasten the introduction of improved regimens for cancer therapy and prevention into everyday medical practice and patient care.

  • Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop
    July 20-27, 2014 • Snowmass Village, CO, USA
    Applications are no longer being accepted for this Workshop. The application deadline was March 24.

    An intensive, one-week workshop on the latest developments in molecular biology relevant to clinical oncologists, from those in the early stages of laboratory training to those who are ready to transition to junior faculty positions.
    Supported by a generous grant from the National Cancer Institute

  • AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop
    July 26-August 1, 2014 • Vail, CO, USA
    Applications are no longer being accepted for this Workshop. The application deadline was March 17.

    An intensive workshop in the essentials of effective clinical trial designs of therapeutic interventions in the treatment of cancer for clinical fellow and junior faculty clinical researchers in all oncology subspecialties, including radiation and surgical oncology and radiology.
    Supported by a generous grant from the National Cancer Institute and educational grants from corporate supporters.

  • ACORD – Australia & Asia Pacific Clinical Oncology Research Development Workshop
    September 14-20, 2014 • Sunshine Coast, QLD, Australia
    Applications are no longer being accepted for this workshop. The application deadline was February 24.

    A weeklong intensive training program on clinical trials design for cancer researchers in all oncology subspecialties from the Australia and Asia Pacific region.
    Collaborating Organizations: American Association for Cancer Research, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Cancer Australia, Cancer Council Australia, Clinical Oncological Society of Australia, European Society for Medical Oncology, Medical Oncology Group of Australia, and the National Cancer Institute.

  • Croucher Summer Course in Cancer Biology
    Dates and location for the 2015 course will be announced in mid-2015.

    This five-day residential summer course in Hong Kong is sponsored by the Croucher Foundation and co-sponsored by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). The course will aim to educate and inspire talented postdoctoral fellows and early career researchers, both locally and from overseas. Applications from promising graduate students will also be considered. The faculty consists of world-renowned international speakers, who will present seminars on a wide range of topics, including epigenetics, genetics, genomics, p53, metabolism, immunotherapy, microbes, and hypoxia. Ample time will be provided for intensive interactive discussions between faculty and participating students. The summer course will provide an excellent opportunity for early career scientists to learn from experienced scientists directly. Course participants will be selected through a competitive application process.

For updated information or questions on any of these workshops, please contact the AACR Program Development Department at 215-440-9300 or