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Last Updated: 10/28/16

Cancer Research Imaging Camp

An Educational Opportunity for Basic Cancer Researchers

June 24-29, 2012

Application Deadline:
February 10, 2012

Sponsored By:
Cancer Imaging Program, NCI

In Partnership with:
Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
American Association for Cancer Research

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

A Unique Opportunity:
Postdoctoral fellows and early career-level faculty in fields related to basic cancer biology are invited to apply for a special intensive course on in vivo imaging techniques. Through lectures and hands-on laboratory sessions, participants will gain experience with a wide range of imaging modalities, including advanced optical imaging, MRI, PET, SPECT, CT, and ultrasound. After this course, participants will be able to select and apply the appropriate in vivo imaging technique necessary to investigate a biological hypothesis and to interpret the resulting imaging data. Attendance is strictly limited to invited participants.

General Information:
The Cancer Research Imaging Camp will be held at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN beginning with lunch at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 24, and ending at noon on Friday, June 29, 2012. Participants must attend all sessions. Students who do not complete the entire workshop or who leave before noon on June 29 could jeopardize their institution’s ability to send students the following year. Participants will be responsible for their travel to and from Nashville, TN and for a registration fee of $475.

Participant Eligibility:
The Cancer Research Imaging Camp workshop is designed for postdoctoral fellows and early career-level faculty in fields related to basic cancer biology.

Participant Selection:
Participants will be selected by the Workshop Selection Committee. Preference will be shown to investigators demonstrating a commitment to the integration of in vivo imaging into their research. The Selection Committee seeks to assemble a group of students from diverse academic and research institutions who work in a variety of cancer research areas. Women and persons from groups considered by the National Cancer Institute to be underrepresented in cancer research are encouraged to apply. Preference will be given to investigators working in the United States and Canada. All selected participants will be expected to present a 5 min. synopsis of their current research at the Camp.

Room and board in Nashville will be provided by the NCI at no additional cost to the participant. Participants will not have an abundance of free time, and we therefore strongly discourage the attendance of spouses and other guests.

How to Apply:
No paper requests will be accepted, and only complete online requests will be considered. The complete request must include:

  • A one-page description of your current in vivo imaging experience.
  • A one-page description of your general area of cancer research and how you plan to integrate in vivo imaging into that research.
  • NIH biosketch — format can be found at Instructions for the biosketch form can be found on pages I-71 and I-72 of the SF424 Application Guide found at
  • Letter of Recommendation — You must submit a letter from your Program Supervisor, Department Head, or Cancer Center Director in support of your application for this workshop. This letter should describe the quality of your experimental work and the impact that advanced in vivo imaging techniques could have on its progress.

Submit the completed application form no later than February 10, 2012. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance by March 19, 2012.

For questions about the application process, please contact:
Anne E. Menkens, Ph.D.
Program Director
Molecular Imaging Branch
Cancer Imaging Program
Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
National Cancer Institute
Tel: 301-496-9531

Faculty List:

Name Institution
Ackerman, Joe Washington University, St. Louis
Badea, Cristian Duke University
Bielat, Ken National Cancer Institute/NIH
Chenevert, Tom University of Michigan
Colvin, Danny Vanderbilt University
Does, Mark Vanderbilt University
Evelhoch, Jeff Merck
Ferrara, Kathy University of California - Davis
Garbow, Joel Washington University, St. Louis
Gore, John Vanderbilt University
Hight, Matthew Vanderbilt University
Jacobs, Paula National Cancer Institute/NIH
Krohn, Ken University of Washington
Kurhanewicz, John University of California - San Francisco
Lewis, Jason Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Manning, Charles Vanderbilt University
Meade, Tom Northwestern University
Menkens, Anne National Cancer Institute/NIH
Mohla, Suresh National Cancer Institute/NIH
Peterson, Todd Vanderbilt University
Piston, David Vanderbilt University
Sloane, Bonnie Wayne State University
St. Croix, Claudette University of Pittsburgh
Sutcliffe, Julie University of California - Davis
Tandon, Pushpa National Cancer Institute/NIH
Tantawy, Noor Vanderbilt University
True, Jarrod Vanderbilt University
Watkins, Simon University of Pittsburgh
Yankeelov, Tom Vanderbilt University