Mayo Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Training Program

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): Mayo Cancer Genetic Epidemiology
Research Training Program. The mapping of the human genome will profoundly
affect the practice of medical care. For cancer, the translation of genomics
to disease detection, prevention, and treatment will require the training of a
new cadre of investigators, armed with an understanding of cancer genetics and
having proficiency in the application of methodologies to the study of human
populations. The NCI's program announcement PAR-00-064, "Cancer Education and
Career Development Program" is ideally designed to fund the training of
investigators who are sorely needed to help bridge the laboratory-population
translational interface.

Mayo Clinic is a highly respected center for medical training, research and
patient care. The Mayo environment has the key elements needed for an
outstanding training program in cancer genetic epidemiology research. With
the proposed Mayo Cancer Genetic Epidemiology Research Training Program, we
will build upon our Comprehensive Cancer Center and graduate education
infrastructures to develop a combined didactic-mentored training program in
cancer genetics and epidemiologic translational research. This proposed
program would be available to epidemiologists, geneticists, biostatisticians,
bioinformaticians, and clinicians. Such a training program currently does not
exist at Mayo. The foundation for the program consists of a carefully crafted
selection of didactic courses, the mentoring of each trainee by two faculty
members - each from different disciplines, and a wide variety of research
experiences made available through our large base of funded cancer research
studies. The mentors are nationally and internationally known in their
respective fields, have a track record of consistent funding, and have
demonstrated excellence in mentoring junior investigators. Each trainee will
be integrated with long-standing multidisciplinary tumor groups at Mayo to
enhance their research experience. This program will allow us to train
investigators from diverse backgrounds in complementary disciplines and
enculture them on multidisciplinary investigations in which laboratory-based
genetics research is translated to population science studies.
Effective start/end date8/3/017/31/19


  • Medicine(all)