Training Grants

Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program (NIH/NCI T32 CA 09695)

Contact: Sofia Gonzales [sofias]

Our mission is to train the next generation of researchers in the development and clinical translation of advanced techniques for cancer imaging and its application. With funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), we are able to offer the Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program to well-qualified applicants.

This T32 training program is the evolution of our longstanding program, formerly known as "Advanced Techniques for Cancer Imaging and Detection," established and led by our former Chair Dr. Gary M. Glazer in 1992.

SCIT is a two-year program training five fellows (roughly half PhD / half MD) per year over a five year funding cycle. Drs. Sandy Napel, PhD, and Graham Sommer, MD, lead this newly redesigned program, featuring 23 mentors with independent cancer-focused or -related funding, and seven (five internal / two external) distinguished program advisors. Our strengthened required coursework component includes two courses in the clinical/cancer sciences, two in imaging science, one in biostatistics, one in medical ethics ("Responsible Conduct of Research"), and attendance at a minimum of six multidisciplinary tumor boards. In addition, trainees can select from a multitude of electives offered by various Stanford University Departments, e.g., Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Bioengineering, Biomedical Informatics, and Cancer Systems Biology. The primary focus of the program is participation in a mentored cancer-imaging research project aimed at publication in peer-reviewed journals, and presentation at National meetings. We especially feature "paired mentorship," in which each trainee is teamed with both a basic-science and physician mentor, to provide guidance in course and research-topic selection, and in performing clinically-relevant cancer imaging research.

Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars - SMIS (NIH/NCI 2R25CA118681-06)

Contact: Sofia Gonzales [sofias]

TThe Stanford Molecular Imaging Scholars (SMIS) program is a cross-disciplinary post-doctoral training program at Stanford University that brings together 45 faculty mentors from 15 departments in the Schools of Medicine, Engineering, and Humanities and Sciences. Faculty mentors provide a diverse training environment spanning biology, physics, mathematics/biocomputation/biomedical informatics, engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, cancer biology, immunology, and medical sciences. The centerpiece of the SMIS program is the opportunity for trainees (PhD, or MD with an emphasis on PhD) to conduct innovative molecular imaging research that is co-mentored by faculty in complementary disciplines. SMIS trainees also engage in specialized coursework, seminars, national conferences, clinical rounds, ethics training, and the responsible conduct of research. The three-year program culminates with the preparation and review of a mock grant in support of trainee transition to an independent career in cancer molecular imaging with the ultimate program goal of preparing our trainees to become leaders in the field.

Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Imaging at Stanford (NIH/NIBIB 5T32EB009653-02)

Contact: Donna Cronister [rslmac]

This new multidisciplinary pre-doctoral training program at Stanford University in biomedical imaging technology recently completed its first year (September 2011) during which time we have successfully recruited two trainees as proposed. Our mission is to train the next generation of researchers in, and inventors of, biomedical imaging technology. Imaging technology continues to evolve at a rapid pace generating new techniques in research today that will become the standard of care for tomorrow. There is a great need for trained researchers in this field to fill positions in academia, industry, and government. Stanford University has a unique multidisciplinary research effort in biomedical imaging that spans magnetic resonance, computed tomography and radiography, radionuclide and optical methods for molecular imaging, ultrasound, and hybrid imaging such as Xray/MR and PET/MR, as well as image processing and analysis for diagnosis, radiation therapy, and science.

Other postdoctoral training opportunities can be found in the following centers:

Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and Translation (CCNE-T)
Contact: Billie Robles [brobles]

In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Center (ICMIC)
Contact: Billie Robles [brobles]

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