Clinical Translational Research Training Program

Clinical Translational Research Training Program

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Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology

The Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology fosters a training program for clinical translational research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK). The award provides three years of junior faculty funding to selected scholars.

Under the leadership of Simon Powell and Renier Brentjens, the award establishes a nationally recognized high-volume K12 program at MSK to train the next generation of translational cancer physicians.

This program seeks to recruit and train eligible MD, DO, and MD/PhD applicants derived from multiple specialties, including medical oncology, surgical oncology, GYN oncology, radiology, radiation oncology, pathology, neurology, pediatric oncology, and infectious diseases for careers in cancer related translational research.

Since the program was first funded in 2015 with a five-year grant, MSK has trained 19 K12 scholars. These scholars have published 58 papers (21 first-author), led 20 clinical trials, and received peer-reviewed grant funding from federal agencies, professional societies, and foundations including the National Cancer Institute, American College of Nuclear Medicine, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Stand Up to Cancer, and Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy.

In 2020, the grant was renewed for another five years, through 2025.

Learn more about the Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology:

  • Project Description and Eligibility Requirements

    K12 scholars will work with both a laboratory and a clinical mentor over the three-year program to prepare for academic careers focused on translational work.

  • Application

    External applicants should establish relationships with the proposed mentors prior to submission of the K12 Career Development application. External applicants should contact these mentors well in advance of the application deadline. For assistance identifying mentors, please contact the program administrator at MedK12Applications@mskcc.org.

  • Faculty

    Faculty mentors include translational researchers with a wide range of scientific and clinical interests.