CANCURE provides an interdisciplinary programme to train ESRs in the knowledge, techniques and processes of translational cancer research. The principal focus is prostate cancer but researchers entering this programme will be trained for other translational research. There is an urgent need to train researchers in how best to do such research in a multidisciplinary and integrated approach if they are to develop research teams and projects that will better respond to the challenges posed by advances in systems biology, imaging, functional analysis, high throughput screening and bioinformatics. Because this is a most demanding area of biomedical research, focused on one of the most intractable cancers -known to be slowly growing in half of men by the time t hey reach the age of 40- the proposed training brings together leading specialists from 7 countries.
Eleven ESRs will be initially assessed, so that courses, skills training and project work can be tailored to their needs. ESRs will be guided and monitored by an Advisory Committee, comprising complementary experts in translational research, experienced university professors, external experts and by specific local mentors. They will attend annual summer workshops, dedicated CANCURE training workshops, inter national training courses, and taught courses that include personal skills, languages and ethics. Best practises will be adopted, such as those recommended by the "Statutes of the EMBL International PhD Programme", in order to work toward Euro-PhDs. The training is focused on enabling ESRs to return to labs or industry, develop integrated multidisciplinary research projects and research teams, use the latest advanced technologies, build on collaborations established through the course and thus enhance Europe's ability to compete in this very tough area.
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