The Cancer Biology Training Consortium, a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, was created in 2007 to provide a forum to advance cancer research training across the U.S. Annual institutional membership is $750 and covers all cancer affiliated faculty, administrators and trainees. Membership payments are due by July 15 each year.

Tackling cancer, which will soon become the leading cause of U.S. mortality, requires highly educated and trained researchers. The objective of the Cancer Biology Training Consortium is to create a forum for development of the innovative and multidisciplinary training mechanisms needed to produce the highest quality cancer scientists.

The Cancer Biology Training Consortium seeks to reduce death and suffering due to cancer through a collaborative network of organizations with the shared goal of improving graduate, medical and post-doctoral training and educational programs to produce the highest quality cancer researchers.

Benefits of Membership include:
– Discounted annual Retreat registration fee, and opportunity to bring trainees
– Opportunity to shape the future of Cancer Biology training, including through NCI supporting mechanisms and white papers (example: Essential Components of Cancer Education (2015), Position Paper: Ph.D. Training in Cancer Biology (2017)
– CABTRAC web resources including
– – archived collective data from CABTRAC member programs
– – opportunities to conduct targeted surveys
– – opportunities for job/employment listings
– Opportunity to serve on CABTRAC Board

Benefits of attending the CABTRAC Retreat include:
– Networking with successful T32 applicants
– Hearing new and late-breaking ideas and information from NCI staff
– – and ideas of how to deal with those new issues
– Interactions with NCI staff, including key T32 information and opportunities for more dynamic information exchange than with usual contacts with program officer, study section reports, etc.
– Exchanging innovative program and curriculum/pedagogy ideas
– Small group discussion and breakout sessions enable a wide range of perspectives to be voiced
– Opportunity to identify persons to join your external advisory boards

Benefits to graduate students & postdoctoral trainees who attend:
– Speed-mentoring
– Presenting their science to a wider audience
– Networking with other trainees and faculty
– Seeing the future of cancer biology
– Broader vision of career opportunities
– Seeing perspectives, practices from other institutions and programs

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