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Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO)

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The deadline for registration is 9/4/2014.
The first 150 registrants will be accepted for the class. For more information contact Dr. Terry Moody, by e-mail ( or by phone (240-276-7785).


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 NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR) is one of the largest cancer research organizations in the world, with more than 200 principal investigators, and has played a major role in development and implementation of many new technologies, such as nanotechnology, next generation sequencing, 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, Building 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, and meet leaders in cancer research. The participation of NIH postdoctoral and clinical fellows is encouraged.


Related Training Opportunities:

This course is part of an ongoing training curriculum for NCI clinical and postdoctoral fellows. TRACO complements other topics in human diseases and therapies covered in Demystifying Medicine, which is hosted by Dr. Irwin M. Arias. Other classes offered periodically by the CCR Office of Training and Education include: Redox Biology, Statistical Analysis of Research Data , Cancer Biotechnology, Teaching In Medical Education, and Scientific Management Training . For additional postdoctoral training opportunities at NIH visit

Location and Time:
Two 1-hour sessions will usually occur on Mondays, 4:00 to 6:00 pm in the Building 50 ground floor auditorium (Rooms 1227/1233) with videoconferencing to NCI at Frederick (Building 549, Room A). In addition, lectures will be videocast and archived at Each session will have two 50-minute lectures in basic and clinical sciences with ample time for discussion and analysis. A handout for each lecture will be distributed on site.  Classes are held from Sept. 15, 2014 – Dec. 8, 2014.

Participants who register for this course may receive a certificate of completion after attending the lectures and completing an online examination.

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



Irwin Arias, MD C. Annunziata, MD   T. Moody, PhD
Terry Moody, PhD N. Caplen, PhD  O. Olaku, MD
Lyuba Varticovski, MD N. Caporaso, MD Y. Pommier, MD
Jonathan Wiest, PhD P. Choyke, MD     D. Salomon, PhD
Farah Zia, MD M. Dobrovolskaia, MD J. Schiller, MD
  K. Dunleavy, MD    A. Simeonov, PhD
  C. Harris, MD J. Smith, MD
  P. Hussain, PhD E. Szabo, MD
  S. Jakowlew, PhD M. Verma, MD
  A. Krauze, MD J. Wei, PhD
  R. Madan, MD   F. Zia, MD
  F. Maldarelli, MD E. Zudaire, PhD
  M. Merchant  



Lecture 1 (4:00 p.m.)

Lecture 2 (5:00 p.m.)

Sept. 15 Introduction Clinical Trials
Sept. 22 Lymphoma Prostate Cancer
Sept. 29 Ovarian Cancer Immune Response
Oct. 6 Small Molecules TGF beta
Oct. 15 Tumor Imaging HIV
Oct. 20 Breast Cancer Radiation Oncology
Oct. 27 Epidemiology Small Cell Lung Cancer
Nov. 3 Cervical Cancer Cancer Stem Cells
Nov. 10 Angiogenesis Epigenetics
Nov. 17 RNAi Case Report
Nov. 24 Micro RNA and Inflammation Genomics
Dec. 1 Non-SCLC Topoisomerase
Dec. 8 Nanotechnology Pancreatic Cancer
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