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Andrea Apolo, M.D.
Medical Oncology Branch and Affiliates

“The Clinical Investigator Development Program has given me the opportunity to be an independent investigator and develop a bladder cancer program at the NCI. My goal is to advance the treatments available for patients with bladder cancer with a focus on anti-angiogenic targeted agents. I am currently the principal investigator of three clinical bladder cancer studies at the NCI. The mentorship I have received while in this program has been outstanding and has helped guide my development as an investigator.” For bio, education...

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Application Deadline: October 31, 2013

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR), part of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), is pleased to announce our annual call for applications for an exciting training opportunity intended for physicians interested in dedicating their careers to clinical research. Come join a vibrant, multidisciplinary research community where hallmarks are: commitment to flexible funding necessary to support innovative, high-impact bench-to-bedside research, access to the largest hospital in the world devoted exclusively to clinical research, extensive shared research resources, and access to a broad range of scientific and clinical expertise. The Clinical Investigator Development Program is intended to assist board-eligible/board-certified translational researchers to transition from a mentored position to that of independent investigator in either laboratory-based or patient-oriented research in academia or comparable positions in government and industry. Potential areas of interest include medical oncology, pediatric hematology-oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology, neuro-oncology, urology and dermatology. Program objectives are to: develop competence and skills in study design, protocol development and patient-oriented research; acquire knowledge related to the ethical and regulatory issues of conducting clinical research involving human subjects; gain direct experience with and develop strategies for the collection and management of research data; and learn about function, development, organization and leadership of a multidisciplinary research team.

Who We Are

The CCR is nationally recognized as a premier training ground for clinical research, which is conducted in the state-of-the-art Clinical Research Center in Bethesda. Successful applicants will join a cadre of 250 talented scientists conducting cutting-edge research on the campuses of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda and Frederick, Maryland.

About the Program

Selectees will be appointed as "Assistant Clinical Investigators" for 3-year periods at a competitive salary commensurate with subspecialty training and experience and will be assigned dedicated laboratory space, if needed, and an independent budget; travel and training funds; and access to an extensive infrastructure including research nursing, data management support, animal facilities, core services and advanced technologies such as imaging/microscopy, protein chemistry and purification, mass spectrometry, flow cytometry, genomics, and transgenic and knockout mice. An attractive federal government employee benefit package includes health and life insurance coverage, a retirement savings program and relocation expenses. Student loan repayment is possible through the NIH. Program participants must successfully complete the courses Principles and Practice of Clinical Research, Clinical Pharmacology, and Ethical and Regulatory Aspects of Clinical Research; develop a research proposal within the first 6 months in collaboration with a mentor; and apply for an NIH Career Development Award (K mechanism) by the end of the second year. There will be an annual review of each participant's research program.


Candidates may be U.S. citizens, permanent residents or possess (or be eligible for) the appropriate work visa, and must have completed subspecialty training at a U.S.-accredited institution in appropriate fields.


Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

How to Apply

Applicants must submit a current curriculum vitae, complete bibliography, 3 letters of recommendation, academic transcripts, U.S. citizen/permanent residency documentation or documentation of visa eligibility, evidence of board certification or board eligibility and a 1-page description of research interests and goals and how these relate to the chosen field. Apply online at Applications must be submitted on or before 11:59 p.m. EST, October 31, 2013. Paper applications will not be accepted. Questions may be directed to Ms. Romi Sawhney at

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