About the Program
About the Training
Success of cancer nanomedicine depends on scientists with a cross-disciplinary background in nanotechnology, cancer biology and clinical medicine. Our goal is to equip a cohort of outstanding young scientists with the multidisciplinary concepts and skills to improve cancer diagnosis and therapy based on concepts, tools and discoveries made in nanoscience and nanotechnology. The Carolina Cancer Nanotechnology Training Program (C-CNTP) has a very strong and balanced network of experienced researchers and mentors in chemistry, material and pharmaceutical sciences joined by experts in cancer biology, pharmacology, genetics, and informatics as well as clinician scientists engaged in cancer nanotechnology research. The CCNTP is supported by the NIH/NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer grant T32 CA196589.
Elements of CCNTP Training
- A robust postdoctoral experience including focused didactic training and an intense cross-disciplinary mentored cancer nanotechnology research experience with established senior faculty mentors from complementary fields.
- Individualized cross-disciplinary education using innovative instructional tools.
- Intensive training with Integrated Learning Accelerating Module in conjunction with flipped classrooms during the initial period in the program to remediate differences in backgrounds.
- Workshops and didactic courses during the subsequent training period to deepen knowledge and understanding in key areas of cancer nanotechnology research, advanced technology and translational science aspects. Each workshop will be approximately equivalent to a one credit graduate course and trainees will be expected to complete at least three workshops during two years of training. The background and interests of the trainee along with the advice of the faculty mentors will guide the choice of the workshops and courses.
- Opportunities to conduct original cancer nanotechnology research projects, applications for cancer nanotechnology pilot grants within C-CNTP and other grants available at UNC-Chapel Hill. All trainees will submit proposals for external funding in the second year of training (e.g., K99/R00, K23, K08, DoD).
- Writing and proposal submissions that build written and oral communications skills needed to publish manuscripts in scholarly journals, report results at scientific meetings, and write successful individual extramural support applications focused on problems of cancer nanotechnology.
Individual Development Plans
Individual Development Plan (IDP) documents for postdoctoral trainees provide a framework that identifies both professional development needs and career objectives for the trainee. IDPs help the postdoc to identify both short-term goals and help define milestones along the way to achieving specific long-term objectives. IDPs also serve as a communication tool between postdoctoral scholars and their mentors.
The program directors provide oversight of the C-CNTP and are responsible for implementation of all NIH policies, procedures, and processes. They oversee the C-CNTP functions, create the C-CNTP program structure, take the lead in the mentoring program, and provide vision and scientific leadership.
Principal Investigator and Program Director
Training Program Coordinator
Instructional Design and Support Consultant
External Advisory Committee:
The EAC selected by the program directors is composed of international scientists representing the key areas of the C-CNTP. The committee provides an independent assessment of the program’s effectiveness. This committee will also provide input regarding national trends in cancer nanotechnology training, and evaluating the UNC program in comparison with other US programs.
Internal Steering Committee:
The Internal Steering Committee (ISC) will be the key functional group for the C-CNTP. The ISC will comprise senior leaders at UNC Chapel Hill with active research and training interests in areas relevant to cancer nanotechnology.
The ISC’s will oversee the C-CNTP research and training activities and provide systematic internal evaluation of the program and administrative advice. They will guide the overall functioning of C-CNTP including:
- Nomination and selection of trainees;
- Approval of mentor/co-mentor pairings and mentoring committee’s appointments;
- Nomination and selection process for new faculty for the C-CNTP;
- Advising on C-CNTP courses and workshops and choice of faculty to conduct the workshops;
- Monitoring progress of trainees including annual presentations to the ISC;
- Evaluating the overall training program and assisting the PI in reporting to the NCI. The ISC will meet with the EAC to receive its report and recommendations on an annual basis as part of the program evaluation process.
The program faculty represent a distinguished group of scholars with an impressive record of productivity and extramural funding success and training accomplishments. Program faculty will play critical roles in the C-CNTP. This includes service as a primary mentor or co-mentor, and teaching contributions to workshops, courses and seminars. Both primary and co-mentorship imply a significant commitment of time and effort on the part of the faculty member.
The Carolina Cancer Nanotechnology Training Program and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are committed to the principles of diversity and equal opportunity and are particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people, including minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.
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