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Cancer Research Career Enhancement and Related Activities

research trainingCancer research education, training and career enhancement activities at Rutgers Cancer Institute encompass a broad spectrum of formal training programs, seminars, conferences and educational events spanning the academic continuum from Middle School through Postgraduate with Career Enhancement continuing to include faculty. 

The Office of Education and Training works closely with the leadership and program directors at Rutgers Cancer Institute, Rutgers University and, in some cases, other institutions:

  • To develop and implement programs that leverage the strength of Rutgers Cancer Institute in training the next generation of basic, clinical, and population researchers and the broad-based population
  • To provide Rutgers Cancer Institute-supported seminars, conferences and retreats to impart the most up to date information for the education of trainees, faculty, and the community
  • To provide state-of-the art career enhancement opportunities to Rutgers Cancer Institute faculty

Rutgers Cancer Institute Research Programs and Activities


BOLDBioCONECT Oncology Leadership Development (BOLD) Initiative

BOLD is unique week-long summer learning opportunity for students who have an interest in learning about cellular biology and genetics of cancer, as well as the diverse careers connected to the field.
 

Biology of Cancer, ONline Education Connecting Teens (BioCONECT)

BioCONECT is an integrated curriculum supplement that enhances learning by encouraging students to transfer their knowledge of biology and genetics to real-life situations using breast cancer as the context. The overall goal of the curriculum is to improve science skills and increase awareness of breast cancer among high school students.
 

Continuing Umbrella for Research Experience (CURE) Program

The CURE Program provides research training and academic and professional enrichment activities for highly motivated local high school and undergraduate underrepresented minority students.
 

Clinical Research Experience for High School Students (CREHST)CURE student research

The goal of the CREHST program is to expose promising high school students from underrepresented minority populations to the excitement of state-of-the-art biomedical research, with a particular focus on clinical research, and to actively promote careers of such individuals in cancer research.
 

Discrete Mathematics and Theoretical Computer Science (DIMACS) Collaborative Learning Experience

Department of Chemistry: Honors Laboratory Research in Organic Chemistry
Faculty from the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Rutgers University Chemistry Department guide students in understanding the biomedical context, synthesis and use of targeted-based peptides. This undergraduate program introduces the common practices of organic chemistry laboratory research and relates them to real world research problems facing cancer investigators.
 

Graduate Studies in Precision and Personalized Medicine
Cancer institute faculty contribute to a collaborative program with the Rutgers University Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). The main objective of the program is to increase the number of BME professionals trained in cancer-specific biomarker screening, patient-tailored nano delivery systems, and immunotherapies. The program also provides students with special enrichment activities in entrepreneurship and commercialization through the Rutgers Center for Innovative Ventures of Emerging Technologies.
 

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Translational Research in Cancer

These fellowships are available to either PhDs who wish to develop careers in clinical relevant research or MDs (MD/PhD) finishing their training who wish to prepare for research careers in academia, government, and the private sector.
 

Postgraduate (post-MD) Training Programs and Fellowships


Collaborative Training Activities Between Rutgers Cancer Institute and Other Institutions


Rutgers University and Princeton University MD-PhD Program
 

Rutgers Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity (IMSD)

The goal of this program is to increase opportunities for and the success of PhD students from groups historically under-represented in the biological/biomedical sciences.
 

Bridge to the Doctoral Degree

This collaborative program between the University of Puerto Rico - Mayagüez campus and the Molecular Biosciences program at Rutgers is funded by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and supports training of under-represented students from UPR transitioning to Rutgers University for a PhD degree. 
 

Rutgers University iJOBS Program (Predoctoral and Postdoctoral)

This program exposes life science PhD students and postdoctoral students to non-academic career options and empowers them to pursue their career goals. The iJOBS programming has now expanded to all campuses of Rutgers University as well as Princeton University, Rowan University, New Jersey Institute of Technology and Stevens Institute of Technology. iJOBS offers programming to broaden trainee's perspectives, experiences and knowledge to facilitate pursuit of research and research-related academic or private sector careers.
 

Meetings, Seminars and Courses


Meetings

Annual Retreat for Cancer Research in New Jersey

Co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Commission on Cancer Research (NJSCCR), the Annual Retreat provides presentations from investigators across programs at the Rutgers Cancer Institute, as well as consortium members and additional institutions. It hosts up to 500 attendees annually and includes both podium and poster presentations. This one-day event includes minisymposia developed by each of the Rutgers Cancer Institute programs, a Public Forum Symposia designed to bring the most up to date research information to the community, and presentations by shared resource directors and managers at the Rutgers Cancer Institute.
 

Governor's Conference on Effective Partnering in Cancer Research

These thematic conferences, held at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, bring together national and international leaders in research and participants from multiple institutions in the state.

 

Seminars

The Distinguished Lecture Series (webcast)

This monthly seminar series invites prominent scientists from around the country to visit the Rutgers Cancer Institute. The series has featured Nobel laureates, members of the National Academy of Sciences, and other preeminent researchers. Each lecture attracts more than 100 attendees from multiple research programs across the consortium. Speaker are proposed by faculty and program leaders and invited by the Director of the Cancer Institute. Trainees have an opportunity to lunch with speakers during their visit. 
 

Cancer Center Grand Rounds (webcast)

This weekly seminar series invites hosts clinical/translational speakers from prominent research institutions. In addition to providing important research updates, the series provides an opportunity to discuss new research collaborations and allows the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey trainees to meet with a wide range of leaders in the field. Speakers are chosen and invited by program leaders and faculty assure integration with the program science. Trainees have an opportunity to lunch with speakers during their visit. This is a CME accredited series.
 

Department of Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds (webcast)

This series occurs the first Tuesday of every month September through June and is focused on issues of specific interest to the radiation oncology community. Speakers are chosen and invited by program leaders and faculty to assure integration with the program. This is a CME accredited series.
 

The Graduate Student/Fellow Seminar Series

This weekly conference features work-in-progress presentations from students and/or fellows at the Rutgers Institute of New Jersey. All trainees at the Rutgers Cancer Institute are required to present their work every year thus contributing to their career development. 
 

Grant Writing Seminar

The university sponsors full-day as well as multi-session grant writing programs provided by highly-rated external consulting firms. For example, over the last two years, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) sponsored a full-day Grant Writers Workshop titled "Write Winning Grant Proposals," which was attended by newly-recruited faculty from the Rutgers Cancer Institute.
 

Topics in Molecular Medicine (Rutgers Course 16:681:681)

This is a graduate level course taught by Cancer Institute faculty members during the fall semester of each year.  The sessions follow a journal club format.  The students discuss a research paper which is selected by the faculty member moderating that session.  The objectives of this course are to: 1) introduce students to molecular approaches used to prevent, diagnose or treat cancer; 2) develop skills to critically review cancer research literature; and 3) develop effective scientific communication skill.

Byrne Seminar: Eliminating Cancer: Novel Targets and Therapeutic Approaches (Rutgers Course 01:090:101:12)

Through this seminar series held in the fall semester of each year, incoming freshman undergraduate students at Rutgers are introduced to the novel approaches being used for target identification and treatment at the Cancer Institute and how these are being translated into cutting edge treatments for cancer patients. The seminar has ten sessions of eighty minutes each.  Dr. Chaudhary provides a basic introduction to the biology of cancer, followed by talks from Cancer Institute faculty speakers on tools for identifying novel targets, diagnosis, and prognosis in disease specific areas (melanoma, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, prostate cancer, and hematological malignancies).  The first half of each disease specific session is led by a basic researcher and focuses on the biology, while the second half is led by a clinician and focuses on the targets and therapy.


Courses
 

Clinical Research Design

Taught by faculty at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, the goals of this 13-lecture introductory course are to:

  • Provide a basic understanding of concepts, research methodologies, biostatistical tools and ethical and regulatory procedures in patient-oriented research
  • Train scholars to interpret the results of clinical investigations 
  • Utilize the knowledge gained for research and patient care

Topics covered in the course include:

  • Hypothesis-based research
  • Clinical research design
  • Epidemiology
  • Clinical trials
  • Statistical methods
  • Ethical issues in clinical investigation

This course is offered to postgraduate trainees at the Rutgers Cancer Institute, postdoctoral fellows in our translational research training program, and junior faculty. Due to increased demand in the last year, participation has been expanded to Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School faculty as part of their formal mentoring program.
 

Basic Science Tutorial for Translational Research 

In order to assure that all trainees have a common basal level of basic science knowledge related to cancer, all trainees participate in a "tutorial" program in basic science fundamentals for cancer research in the fall of their first year in the program. This tutorial consists of nine informal "blackboard" sessions of one to one and a half hour in length, during which program faculty will discuss with the new trainees the basic science principles essential for translational cancer research. This tutorial will include three sessions on the fundamentals of cancer molecular biology, three sessions on fundamental immunology and three sessions on the fundamentals of pharmacology.
 

Translational Research in Cancer Seminar

This seminar meets twice monthly and includes a short didactic section given by a relevant member of the training faculty followed by discussion of papers and "work in progress" by the trainees. Each trainee and their mentor present an overview and discussion of results once per year. The remaining sessions follow the form of a disease based course focusing on basic, clinical and translational issues in particular malignancies, providing an overview of disease characteristics. Subjects and papers are chosen to give a comprehensive understanding of the etiology, biology and therapy of the various malignancies. an additional advantage of this approach is that ongoing research and literature papers are discussed providing examples of studies encompassing both laboratory and clinical aspects of translation. This exposes them to "cutting edge" translational approaches to the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.

 

Career Enhancement Opportunities for Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey Junior Faculty


Objective Analysis of Self and Institution Seminars (OASIS)
 

Rutgers Program for Early Career Excellence (PECE)
  

Training in Responsible Conduct of Research

All faculty and trainees are required to complete a course in Responsible Conduct of Research. Designed following NIH requirements as to frequency, content, duration, and participation by faculty (including Rutgers Cancer Institute faculty), the course is managed by the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. 

Faculty and staff conducting clinical research are also required to complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) training provided by Rutgers Office of Research Regulatory Affairs. The Rutgers Cancer Institute Office of Human Research Services maintains records of completion of CITI training for all Rutgers Cancer Institute faculty and staff and provides reminders for regular refresher training. Similar courses are required by our Princeton consortium institution

Grant Writing Seminar

See description above
 

Clinical Research Design Course

See description above

 

 

 

 

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