We are excited to share that the UF Health Cancer Center recently launched two new education & training programs: the Team-based Interdisciplinary Cancer Research Training (TICaRT) Program and the Diversity Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (DPREP).
Team-based Interdisciplinary Cancer Research Training (TICaRT) Program
We are excited to share that the UF Health Cancer Center was awarded a new training grant in the Spring, funded by the NCI (T32 CA257923), leading to the development of the Team-based Interdisciplinary Cancer Research Training (TICaRT) Program, led by Dietmar Siemann, Ph.D., Andrew Judge, Ph.D., and Lizi Wu, Ph.D.
The objective of this T32 training program is to provide pre- and post-doctoral trainees from a broad range of disciplines the opportunity to develop interdisciplinary skills in cancer research and experience with transdisciplinary approaches. This program is based on the premise that advances in fundamental understanding of cancer and its clinical management rarely occur in isolation but typically represent team-based research endeavors. We believe that early exposure of trainees to interdisciplinary education and training coupled with team-based learning will better position them for successful cancer research careers.
Our first cohort of T32 trainees joined the program this Summer:
Tailoring virtual human voice and character customization as a part of a telehealth intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening among Black adults.
Discovery and Development of Novel Cancer Therapies.
Identification of miRNA-Associated Therapeutic Targets in Colorectal Cancer through Cutting-Edge Biochemical and Bioinformatics Methods.
The role of the human gut microbiome in combinatorial cancer therapy response in pan-solid tumors.
UF Diversity Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program
The Cancer Center is seeking to address disparities in the oncology workforce through a training program for minority (URM) students that will help to increase the diversity of our graduate programs and enhance opportunities for these trainees to develop careers as scientists who will lead, conduct and support cancer research across the nation.
We are currently piloting a Diversity Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program (DPREP) that accepted five post-baccalaureate trainees from five Florida minority-serving institutions. This 12-month training program provides opportunities for baccalaureate graduates to develop skills as young scientists and to explore their interest in cancer research. Under the leadership of Dietmar Siemann, Ph.D. and Debra Lyon, Ph.D., R.N., the program offers immersive experiences providing career and skills development and multidisciplinary mentored cancer research training for our postbaccalaureate trainees and supports the successful transition of these talented URM STEM-graduates into a doctoral training programs, specifically STEM-focused Ph.D. programs or combined professional and Ph.D. programs (M.D./Ph.D., Pharm.D., Ph.D./R.N.).
We are now seeking extramural funding to continue and expand this program to recruit URM post-baccalaureate students from a wide range of undergraduate STEM programs from a state-wide network of colleges and universities, in collaboration with minority-serving institutions throughout Florida, including Historical Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and rurally-located colleges.