CPDR Education and Training
The training and education initiatives of the CPDR, Department of Surgery, USU, has been a great success and it has continued to grow since its inception. Faculty and staff of the CPDR-BSRP are dedicated to the research training and education of post-doctoral fellows, graduate students, medical students, undergraduates and high school students in state-of-the-art cancer molecular biology, genetics and translational research.
The program has on average 10 trainees per year, who are mentored by a designated faculty or senior scientist of the CPDR-BSRP. The CPDR-BSRP provides great opportunities for the trainees to present their findings and to receive bold criticism in the CPDR's Thursday Seminars. Moreover, the bi-weekly Science Hour is providing special opportunity for postdoctoral fellows and students to discuss their newest findings. Special experts in the field of prostate cancer or other cancers are invited to the CPDR on a monthly basis, to address the latest findings of their research (Figure 1B). The CPDR supports the visits of distinguished basic science and clinical researchers in the field of prostate cancer for four "CPDR Saturday" lectures on yearly basis. Urology residents receive CME credits for their participation in the Saturday meetings. CPDR trainees actively participate in local events such as lectures and workshops at NIH, USU and other research institutions in the area. Training of CPDR employees at local
CPDR staff actively participates in the Department of Surgery Research Meetings supporting the Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University basic science research and education mission. CPDR trainees have been provided with the opportunity to present their findings in one or two international or local conferences a year. The immersion of CPDR trainees to intense scientific debates is an important goal of the Training and Education Program at CPDR. As a result the CPDR is proud of the numerous invited presentations special awards, travel awards that our trainees were honored with in the past.
Opportunities for motivated high school and college students are available at CPDR. This provides an opportunity for students to gain exposure to the field of biomedical research. Since 1999 four-six students per year have gained valuable experience through this program, and several of them have embarked on educational paths leading to medical or graduate school.
Read the FEBRUARY 2014 Newsletter
Loss of the NKX3.1 tumorsuppressor promotes the TMPRSS2-ERG fusion gene expression in prostate cancer
Thangapazham R, Saenz F, Katta S, Mohamed AA, Tan S-H, Petrovics G, Srivastava S and Dobi A.
BMC Cancer. 2014: Jan 13;14:16.
ERG rearrangement and protein expression in the progression to castration-resistant prostate cancer.
Gsponer JR, Braun M, Scheble VJ, Zellweger T, Rentsch CA, Bachmann A, Perner S, Sesterhenn IA,
Srivastava S, Dobi A, Bubendorf L, Ruiz C.
Prostate Cancer Prostatic Dis. 2014 Jan 28. doi: 10.1038/pcan.2013.62. [Epub ahead of print]