23rd Annual AACR Workshop: Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology

An Intensive Workshop on the Latest Developments in Molecular Biology Relevant to Clinical Oncologists Pursuing the Desire to Bridge the Gap as Physician-Scientists

July 20-27, 2014
Westin Snowmass
Snowmass Village, Colo.

Applications are no longer being accepted for the 2014 Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop. The application deadline was Monday, March 24.


William G. Kaelin Jr., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.
Mark W. Geraci, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colo.
Levi A. Garraway, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Mass.

The goal of this workshop is to provide a substantive overview of the emerging role that molecular biology plays in the clinical world. The organizers are primarily seeking students who are motivated to build a career in translational cancer research, i.e., the exciting research front at the interface between basic research and clinical investigations.

Exciting new research on the molecular mechanisms that control cell growth and differentiation has resulted in rapid expansion of our understanding of the fundamental nature of cancer cells and has suggested valuable new approaches to cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. These advances in the applications of basic research findings to clinical cancer research and patient care have led to new therapeutic and prognostic tests, and promise even greater innovations in the future. The purpose of this workshop is to accelerate this process by increasing the clinical oncologist’s awareness and working knowledge of molecular biology concepts and techniques. Participants will benefit greatly from attending this workshop, because participants will be able to interact closely with experts in the field of molecular biology; discuss relevant literature in molecular biology; better design and implement experiments, especially those incorporating cutting-edge technology; communicate more effectively with their basic science colleagues; and apply the advances of molecular biology to the problems of clinical oncology based on the background and hands-on laboratory training received at this workshop.

Comments from previous attendees:

  • A tremendously helpful and high yield course, both in terms of molecular science and faculty interactions. The most valuable seminar I have attended to date, and truly an invaluable resource.


  • I cannot say enough wonderful things about the amazing week I have had at this workshop! I have made some really good friends, met new colleagues and potential collaborators, and identified some new mentors. I am walking away from this workshop with renewed passion, enthusiasm, and inspiration for a successful career as a physician-scientist. THANK YOU for inviting me to participate!


  • I was reviewing a K08 grant application this week and a basic science intensive manuscript and realized how much that I had learned at the workshop. It is as dramatic as a light switch effect.

Supported by a generous grant from the National Cancer Institute. For further information, please contact Amy Baran, Ph.D., Program Administrator, at 215-446-7192 or