Overview of the doctoral programme in tumor biology and oncology

The program is designated as the research training program in Tumor Biology and Oncology (FoTO), in operation since 2003.

This program is supervised and integrated with the Cancer Research KI

The main objective of the program is to aid the acquisition of the learning outcomes of the doctoral education within the complex field of cancer biology and oncology, and to foster translational research.

The program promotes interactive research, favours a good environment for the doctoral studies, with the long-term vision to prepare the students for their future career. Several activities have been developed over the years to achieve these objectives. Doctoral courses are key components and tailored to knowledge acquisition (basic and advanced) and development of critical thinking. A national school for clinical cancer research students was initiated from the network, and its very good outcomes inspires the FoTO-program to analyse this as a concept for the whole program. The student-supervisor annual meeting serves as platform to collect inputs to keep the program aims updated and anticipate the need of the future research. The tight interaction with the KICancer and the Cancer Research KI networks offers meeting venues for tutors and researchers (national and international), identifies issues that are relevant in the field, discusses the need of infrastructures or the use of the current ones, favors collaboration between different disciplines, including epidemiology, patient-oriented clinical research and basic biomedical research. The “Meet the scientist” sessions, collaboration with international Cancer Centers (e.g. DKFZ, Mayo Clinic, MD Anderson, Weizmann institute), and student-organised conferences stimulate networking, promote direct contact between students and prominent researchers to discuss cancer research and leadership. The natural follow up to the carrier development is the Young Cancer Leader program designed to promote interaction between young researchers. Fostering a new generation of doctoral students starts at the level of undergraduate education, therefore FoTO organizes the “cancer track” within the master program in Biomedicine.