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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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  • Chen, Kevin

    Kevin Chen, MD, presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress

    UNC iTOP post-doctoral trainee, Dr. Kevin Chen, MD, presented their research at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress in San Diego, CA. The trainee gave a talk on, “Development and Validation of Machine Learning Models to Predict Ureteral Injury During Colorectal Surgery” on October 18, 2022. To view on Twitter, please visit here. Kevin … Continued

  • 47th day

    Poster presentations for 47th Annual Postdoctoral/Faculty Research Day

    Three of the UNC iTOP T32 Trainees presented during the UNC Lineberger 47th Annual Postdoctoral/Faculty Research Day on October 13, 2022 on their scientific research. These trainees were selected by a committee to present their poster at this event hosted by Training and Education (CRTEC) in UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center.   Breanna Jeffcoat (pre-doctoral … Continued

  • Dr. Martinez

    iTOP T32 Welcomes New Trainee, Jose Martinez, MD, PhD

    The UNC iTOP T32 welcomes one new post-doctoral trainee, Jose Martinez, MD, PhD, effective September 1, 2022. We are honored to have accepted this trainee in the program, and look forward to their future accomplishments during the year.

  • MBCO

    AACR Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop

    Dr. Andrew Gdowski, post-doctoral candidate on UNC-iTOP, was accepted to attend the AACR Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop on July 17-24, 2022. This was held in The Viceroy Snowmass, Snowmass Village, CO.  


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