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Goals of the workshop

The goal of the Translational Cancer Research for Basic Scientists Workshop is to provide basic research scientists with a better understanding of translational research, teach them how to adapt their research for maximum clinical impact, and help them transition into a new career in translational cancer medicine. During the course of the week, attendees will gain perspective and background knowledge of the disease from translational scientists in academia and industry, clinicians, and patients, while learning about the latest methods and approaches in cutting-edge translational cancer research. 

This innovative workshop addresses many aspects of translational research including: 

  • collaborating on multidisciplinary teams; 
  • working effectively with industry partners; 
  • recognizing the unique needs and environment of the clinic and clinical laboratories; 
  • navigating the regulatory and compliance issues in translational science; 
  • understanding the perspective of patients and clinicians in order to place research questions into a broader context.  

Registration fees

Early-career participants (predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and early-career scientists) who are accepted to the workshop will be required to pay a registration fee of $2000. This covers workshop registration, shared hotel accommodations for the full week of the workshop, the majority of meals and breaks, and the costs of workshop activities and materials. Participants will be required to pay for their own travel to and from Cambridge, Massachusetts.  

Senior scientists who are accepted to the workshop will be required to pay a registration fee of $2500 for the workshop. All senior scientists are required to pay for their own housing for the duration of the workshop and their travel to and from Cambridge. Senior scientists receive all workshop materials and meals offered as part of the workshop.  

Workshop Site

The majority of workshop sessions and meals will take place at the workshop hotel located in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Located close to Boston, the city of Cambridge offers many educational, sight-seeing, culinary, and cultural activities within a short distance of the hotel. 


All accepted participants are expected to make their own travel arrangements to the workshop, including arrangements for transportation from the train, bus, or airport to the hotel.


Early-career participants must reside at the workshop hotel for the duration of the workshop and participate in all group meals. Early-career participants will receive the following complimentary accommodations, which are included as part of their registration: a hotel room to be shared with one other participant for the full week of the workshop. Early-career participants who request other accommodations (single-occupancy or a room shared with a non-attendee) at the workshop hotel will be charged half the cost of the room.  Early-career participants in the Boston area are encouraged to stay at the workshop hotel since the program includes early morning and late evening events. Please note that the registration rate for all early-career participants (out of area and local) is the same regardless of accommodations selected. 

Senior scientists are encouraged to reside at the workshop hotel, but are not required to do so. The workshop rate for single/double occupancy is available to all senior scientists. Senior scientists will have the option of sharing hotel rooms with other participants depending upon availability.