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NCI announces a course for postdoctoral Fellows: Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO)

TRACO 2008 Exam and Evaluation now Available!

Recent advances in understanding cancer biology are beginning to be translated into improvements in diagnosis and treatment of cancer. In the post-genome era, we increasingly rely on strong collaboration between basic and clinical scientists to develop novel approaches for treatment of human disease. The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) of the NCI is one of the largest centers for cancer research in the world, with approximately 250 Principal Investigators, and has a major role in development and implementation of many of new technologies, such as genomics and proteomics.

The Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO) course will be held on Monday afternoons from September to December at the Bethesda Campus, Bldg. 50 ground floor auditorium. TRACO is designed to provide an overview of general principles of cancer biology and treatment, epidemiology, mechanisms of resistance, metastasis, use of preclinical models, and identification of novel molecular targets. Participants will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn new information, glimpse into future developments of translational research in clinical oncology, meet leaders in cancer research, and interview cancer survivors. The participation of NIH Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellows is encouraged.

Links and Related Training Opportunities:
This course is part of a developing curriculum for training NCI clinical and postdoctoral fellows.  TRACO complements other topics in human diseases and therapies covered in "Demystifying Medicine for PhDs" which is hosted by Dr. Irwin M. Arias.  Additional classes offered by the CCR Office of Training and Education include: “Redox Biology (RB), Statistical Analysis of Research Data (SARD), Cancer Biotechnology (CB), Teaching In Medical Education (TIME), Scientific Management Training (SMT) and Cancer Scientific Writing (CSW). For additional postdoctoral training at NIH view

Location and Time:
Two hour sessions will be on Mondays, 4-6 p.m., Bldg. 50 ground floor auditorium (Rooms 1227/1233) with videoconferencing to NCI Frederick (Bldg. 549, Rm. A). In addition lectures will be videocast and archived (   Each session will have two 50-min lectures in Basic and Clinical Sciences with ample time for discussion and analysis. A handout for each lecture will be distributed on site.

There is no registration fee.  The deadline for Registration is September 4, 2008. For more information contact Dr. Terry Moody, by e-mail ( by FAX (301-480-4323) or by phone (301-451-9451).

Participants, who register for the course, may receive a certificate of completion after attending the lectures and completing a computer-based examination.

Course registrants can attend NCI tumor boards, Grand Rounds, and/or visit technical facilities. Please contact Dr. Moody ( to make appropriate reservations.





Irwin Arias, MD

S. Ambs, PhD

J. Khan, MD

Pierre Henkart, PhD

C. Annunziata, MD

L. Korde, MD

Terry Moody, PhD

C. Austin, MD

T. Moody, PhD

Jonathan Wiest, PhD

K. Camphausen, MD

F. Maldarelli, MD

Lyuba Varticovski, MD

N. Caporaso, MD

J. Morris, MD


P. Choyke, MD

J. Schiller, PhD


N. Caplen, PhD

E. Szabo, MD


W. Dahut, MD

M. Verma, PhD


G. Giaccone, MD

J. Viner, MD


C. Harris, MD

B. Vonderhaar, PhD


P. Henkart, PhD

W. Wilson, MD


K. Hunter, PhD

E. Zudaire, PhD


J. Janik, MD


Schedule and Speakers



Speakers: 4 p.m., 5 p.m.

Sept. 8

Introduction, Lung Cancer

T. Moody, G. Giaccone

Sept. 15

Clinical Trials, Small Molecules

J. Janik, C. Austin

Sept. 22

HIV, Metastasis

F. Maldarelli, K. Hunter

Sept. 29



Oct. 6

Angiogenesis, Ovarian Cancer

E. Zudaire, C. Annunziata

Oct. 13



Oct. 20

Imaging, Prostate Cancer

P. Choyke, W. Dahut

Oct. 27

Breast Cancer, Genomics

L. Korde,  J. Khan

Nov. 3

Lung Cancer, Radiation Oncology

E. Szabo, K. Camphausen

Nov. 10

Immunology, Colon Cancer

P. Henkart, J. Viner

Nov. 17

Lymphoma, siRNA

W. Wilson, N. Caplen

Nov. 24

P53 and Inflammation, Epigenetics

K. Harris, M. Verma

Dec. 1

Health Disparities, Epidemiology

S. Ambs, N. Caporaso

Dec. 8

Cervical Cancer, Lung Cancer Vaccines

J. Schiller, J. Morris

Dec. 15

Cancer stem cells, Case Reports

B. Vonderhaar, TBA

PowerPoint Presentations  (only available on the NCI network)




9/12/08 Introduction ~9MB
11/3/08 Prostate Cancer ~10.5MB
12/12/08 Clincial Trials Overview ~2MB