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About UNC iTOP

Sample of iTOP Activities

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.

The program supports three post-doctoral trainees and one pre-doctoral trainee per year.

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  • Kearney, Joe

    46th Annual Postdoc Day

    Joseph Kearney, MD presented an oral presentation at the 46th Annual Postdoc Day at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center on the topic, “Cancer-Associated Fibroblast Heterogeneity Influence on Tumor Cells.”

  • PDAC Extracellular Matrix

    Congratulations to UNC-iTOP trainees, Drs. Joe Kearney and Vincent Perez on their recent review on the PDAC Extracellular Matrix. For the article, please visit the link below:          Dr. Joe Kearney                                          … Continued

  • Kearney, Joe

    Joe Kearney, MD, receives Steve Sotsky Pancreatic Cancer Research Award

    Dr. Joe Kearney is recognized by the outstanding work in the field of pancreatic research by a post-doctoral trainee. The award is intended to facilitate your attendance at AHPBA, where you will present your research and engage within the AHPBA community. For more information, please visit: 

  • Yeh

    The Synergistic Scientist

    Doctor and surgeon. Researcher and teacher. Entrepreneur and mentor. Jen Jen Yeh, MD, takes on multiple roles at UNC — and she wouldn’t have it any other way. From treating a variety of cancers to developing a company for an innovative drug-delivering device, she succeeds across fields and strives to share this synergy with her … Continued