Research Training Program in Neuro-Oncology

Project: Research project

Project Details


DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant)
Primary brain tumors are neurologic diseases that are cancers and cancers that
are neurologic diseases. They pose a unique challenge to both neuroscience and
cancer research and their study demands a unique training environment, one that
recognizes the special nature of the central nervous system and the tumors that
develop there. Fellowship opportunities for primary brain tumor research do not
currently exist at Mayo Clinic Cancer Center and fellowship opportunities in
other laboratories are not relevant as primary training sites for young
scientists interested in these tumors.
This application requests support to establish a new multidisciplinary research
training program to develop scientists who will advance and significantly
impact the nation?s Neuro-Oncology research agenda. The Program proposed herein
is a basic science, laboratory-based, research training experience under the
mentorship of 31 established investigators aligned along four tumor categories
and supported by molecular cytogenetics, gene therapy, signaling, invasiveness,
epidemiology, and experimental therapeutics along with microarray, imaging and
mouse models cores.
We initially propose to recruit 1-2 trainees and expand to a steady state of 4
trainees per year. Each trainee will be expected to complete at least two years
of hypothesis-driven research supplemented by required attendance at a Core
Curriculum that provides the optimal training, education, and career
development environment. A unique feature is the development of a "Fusion"
position specifically set aside to mentor a gifted individual from the Mayo
Foundation "Predoctoral Program in Neuroscience of Human Disease (T 32 NS
07424)" through this Training Grant into academic Neuro-Oncology. The Faculty
have extensive experience in mentoring pre-and post-doctoral fellows to
success, have the necessary core of NIH and other extramural support, and have
a productive, stable and cohesive training faculty with an impressive record of
joint publications. Qualified candidates from underrepresented populations will
be actively recruited to this Program. Application, selection, and trainee
progress will be administered through a Training Program Steering Committee.
StatusNot started