Training Program Plan
This training program will have the following three specific goals and each of the goals will be achieved through specific training plans as briefly described below:
Long-term training (12 months) for scientists from China: Training will provide education and mentoring at Yale University for selected scientists. While there is an urgent need to train scientists in all areas related to cancer studies, we have identified the following critical disciplines as the focus for this long-term training program: Cancer epidemiology; molecular and genetic epidemiology; cancer prevention and control, and biostatistics. This training program will develop a critical core of research faculty at China’s Cancer Institute with expertise in modern methods of cancer-related research.
Intermediate term training (6 months) for scientists of major research projects from China: Scientists identified from on-going research projects will travel to Yale University to receive specific training related to their research projects. Priority for the intermediate term training will be given to programs with major public health significance.
Short-term training (less than a month) for scientists with focused training needs: This training will be implemented both in the US and in China for individuals or a group of cancer research scientists who would benefit from a short period of training in a specific area. Trainees appropriate for the short-term training program include: 1) Workshops (one-week) to be conducted in China in major areas of cancer research and ethical conduct of research on human subjects for Chinese scientists who are unable to travel to the U.S.; 2) Scientists who have completed major portions of their research projects, but require training in skills for data preparation, data analyses, or preparation of scientific manuscripts for publication, especially for English language journals, which has been a major deterrent for Chinese scientists in public health and in the dissemination of results from Chinese research; and, 3) Scientists who need training in areas of grant writing, especially for grant submissions to agencies outside China (such as US NIH), research ethics, study management and project budgeting.
Videoconferencing tutorials and lectures will be designed to help scientists who require particular skills arising outside the prescheduled training programs or workshop sessions.
The training program will assist in building an infrastructure that will allow China’s Cancer Institute to function as a national center of excellence for teaching and cancer-related research. The newly established infrastructure will 1) facilitate training of new generations of cancer research scientists nationwide in China, and 2) provide resources for nationwide research collaboration in effective methods for cancer prevention and control.