Faculty Fellowship in Pediatric Oncology Clinical Research
The Faculty Fellowship in Pediatric Oncology Clinical Research provides a formal, comprehensive, multidisciplinary clinical research educational program to teach pediatric oncologists the design, implementation and analysis of all phases of clinical research trials. These junior faculty, known as Paul Calebresi Scholars, are funded through a K12 grant from the National Cancer Institute.
This is a structured program in which trainees receive in-depth education through a core clinical research curriculum and participation in clinical research training in one of five specialized training tracks: clinical pharmacology, neuro-oncology, cell and gene therapy, leukemia or solid tumor.
These specialized areas have been purposely chosen for two reasons: First, within Texas Children's Cancer Center, they represent funded programs of significant research strength, each with strong collaborative interactions between basic and clinical scientists. Second, within the field of pediatric oncology, they represent critical areas in which clinical research success must occur for continued progress against childhood cancer to be realized.
Research Tracks and Mentorship
Trainees are assigned two formal mentors (one in basic science and one in clinical research) from within their specialty track. Clinical and basic research mentors will be paired or grouped according to their contribution to each individual project and assigned by the Advisory Committee. In addition, the trainee may select one or two additional faculty mentors who have expertise relevant to their specific project.
Trainees will receive in-depth education through a core clinical research curriculum (through the Clinical Scientist Training Program) and participation in clinical research training in one of five specialized training tracks:
Funding and Expectations
Successful applicants will be appointed as instructors or assistant professors. Funding will cover salary and fringe benefits, a laptop computer, project supplies, tuition and one trip per year. Candidates are expected to spend 80 percent of their time devoted to clinical research and career development activities.