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Training Programs

Translational Cancer Biology Training Program 

Program Director: Arthur Mercurio, PhD

The Translational Cancer Biology Training Program supports pre- and post-doctoral trainees who are interested in careers in cancer research. The program includes faculty from most basic science and clinical departments and integrates the cancer-related activities at UMass Chan Medical School into a unified program that provides outstanding training. Basic mechanisms of cancer genetics and cell biology, and translational cancer research are the major research interests of the program faculty. Our program fosters interactions and collaborations between basic and translational scientists that involve trainee participation. A goal of this program is to provide trainees with an understanding and appreciation for cancer as a disease by exposing them to clinical cancer research and medicine. This goal is accomplished by the courses and activities offered, and through interactions with the UMass Cancer Center and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science. The training program is also a key component of the Cancer Biology PhD Program and the Postdoctoral Program in Cancer Biology.

Implementation Research Training Program in Cancer Prevention and Control 

Principal Investigators: Stephenie Lemon, PhD and Judith Ockene, PhD, MEd, MA 

PRACCTIS (Prevention and Control of Cancer Training for Change in Individuals and Systems) is an NCI-funded training program for pre-doctoral and postdoctoral trainees. It is designed to train the next generation of scientists to conduct implementation research that addresses critical cancer prevention, control and care delivery issues across the cancer continuum, including primary prevention, cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship.