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Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop – 2020

An intensive workshop providing a substantive overview of molecular biology, translational cancer research, current lab techniques, career development, and the best practices of grant writing for the aspiring physician-scientist

Notice of Termination

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), after careful consideration and comprehensive evaluation of currently available information related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, have made the difficult decision to terminate the AACR Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop, originally scheduled for July 19-26, 2020, in Snowmass Village, Colorado.

We recognize that this unique program which offers a mix of education, training, and mentorship is highly valued by the cancer research community. Although the 2020 Workshop will not take place, we will be extending the eligibility by one (1) year in order to allow anyone who was eligible for the 2020 Workshop to apply again for the 2021 Workshop.

The AACR appreciates your patience and understanding during this unfortunate situation.  If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Our heartfelt sympathies go out to everyone impacted by this global health crisis.

Workshop Director

Ross L. Levine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Workshop Codirectors

Mark W. Geraci, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Christine M. Lovly
, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee
Jean Y. Tang
, Stanford University School of Medicine, Redwood City, California

For over 25 years, the Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop has endeavored to provide a catalyst that inspires oncologists-in-training to acquire knowledge of the range of investigative approaches that might be tapped to pursue cutting-edge research and the ability to develop an incisive research plan to address key unanswered medical questions based on this knowledge.

The goal of this workshop is to contribute to the training of aspiring physician-scientists, a cohort of the cancer workforce that truly spans from bench to bedside. This training is accomplished through lectures from the top investigators in the field of translational cancer research and five hands-on laboratory sessions demonstrating current techniques that are essential for a research career. Mentoring, career development, guidance in grant writing, opportunities to network and discuss scientific literature, and “office hours” for one-on-one meetings with faculty members are also featured to round out this unique educational experience.

Comments from previous attendees:
  • This course exceeded my expectations in every way. It provided incredible opportunities to network with leaders in the oncology field, allowing in-depth discussions of career development, grant writing, and scientific innovation. In addition, this workshop allowed time to establish relationships with other future leaders in the field. I thoroughly enjoyed this week and would recommend this for any physician-scientists in the field of oncology.
  • I was blown away by this experience. I came in thinking it was a great opportunity to hear from some world-renowned scientists and also get more hands-on experience with newer lab techniques, and it certainly met those expectations, but it was so much more than that. I truly felt how committed the faculty were to being there for us and supporting us as we pursue this unique training process. I think it is easy to feel lost and overwhelmed in the very lengthy and demanding physician-scientist pathway, and hearing individual stories and perspectives really helped to humanize and normalize the process. I came away feeling inspired and reminded of why I chose this field in the first place. The mentorship aspect really exceeded my expectations, and I am so grateful that this course exists for that purpose.
  • This is truly a phenomenal experience for an aspiring physician-scientist. Trainees with different levels of experience can still make a lot from the program. Networking, educational programs, hands-on lab experiments, grant writing exercises, and, more than anything, being mentored by the thought-leaders of oncology research makes it an exceptional workshop by all means. Also, you get all this in the most serene part of the earth! #Unforgettable
  • The MBCO Workshop exceeded my expectations; it was an amazing week and a fantastic experience. The talks from the faculty were inspirational and reassuring, and hearing their stories and their career trajectories both improved and enhanced my confidence and excitement in developing my career. The lab sessions were great introductions and refreshers to get me up to speed with modern day molecular biology techniques, and deepened my understanding and enthusiasm for returning to the bench. Overall, this was an outstanding workshop, and I greatly enjoyed the experience. I would do it all over again if I could.

This workshop is supported in part by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25CA057732. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

For further information, please contact Amy Baran, PhD, Senior Program Administrator II, at (215) 446-7192 or [email protected].

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