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About UNC iTOP

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The UNC iTOP training program focuses on training clinicians, basic scientists, and MD-PhD candidates in clinical/translational disease-based research. We recognize that optimal care of patients afflicted with cancer can only be achieved through a multi-disciplinary approach. Our major focus is to educate future researchers from a variety of backgrounds in the approaches and tools that will be needed to perform tissue-based research.

UNC iTOP provides research training support for up to two years, training physicians-in-training in translational oncology bench research and immersing PhDs in a clinical/translational environment. The curriculum includes relevant introductory coursework as well as mini-rotations (see Sample of iTOP Activities) to provide trainees with an in depth perspective on the different aspects of tissue-based research.

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  • Hannah Trembath, MD presenting poster at conference.

    Congratulations to Hannah Trembath, MD!

    Congratulations to Hannah Trembath, MD, UNC General Surgery resident for her mini-oral presentation at the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association 2024 meeting!        

  • Emily presenting poster

    UNC Pathobiology Symposium at the NC Botanical Garden

    Our predoctoral trainee, Emily Kounlavong, presented their research at the UNC Pathobiology Symposium on October 13, 2023. The symposium was held at the NC Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill, NC. Poster title: Enhanced detection and characterization of targetable EGFR and ERBB2 exon 20 insertion mutations in urothelial carcinoma.  

  • Trainees at Post-doc Day

    48th Annual UNC Lineberger Postdoctoral-Faculty Research Day at The Carolina Inn

    So proud of our trainees at the 48th Annual Postdoctoral Faculty Research Day! Denis Okumu, PhD, was a moderator and session chair. Presenters include Travis Nelson, PhD and Hannah Trembath, MD. This event was on October 5, 2023 at The Carolina Inn.  

  • retreat

    UNC iTOP T32 held annual retreat

    On June 21, 2023, the UNC iTOP T32 held a scientific retreat at the N.C. Botanical Gardens. We are proud of our current and graduating trainees of the program!


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