CCE’s own advanced training program TRYTRAC launched

Education being the third pillar of CCE’s revised strategy, is a cornerstone to guarantee the sustainability of the consortium. The TRYTRAC program – “A European advanced TRaining program for Young cancer leaders in TRAnslational Cancer research” – was launched last November.

The program aims to increase interactions between the clinical and translational researchers of the CCE member institutions. And it directs to promote the next generation leadership, contributing to a strong network. Not only will it allow participants to learn from the best, but also get to know each center more in-depth while increasing their knowledge in translational cancer research assets and pitfalls. One of the expectations on the program from Päivi Östling, associate professor, Co-PI, Science of Life Laboratory & Dept. of Oncology Pathology, Karolinksa Institutet is “To learn about how translational research and precision care is done across the top cancer research institutes and hospitals in Europe.”

TRYTRAC in short:

  • Advanced lectures and discussions on cutting edge translational and clinical cancer research with focus on Personalised Cancer Medicine, and future leadership.
  • Knowledge about the profile and strengths of the hosting CCE center.
  • One workshop, 2-3 days/ 6-months period at a CCE center, running for 3 – 3,5 years.

“The participants make a team of experienced young scientists focusing on translational cancer research from different entry points. Their high expectations and interactive attitude further raised our expectations that they will create a network of the next generation scientists  within our Cancer Core Europe Institutions” commented Ingemar Ernberg, leader of the task force Education.

Virtual welcome
The multidisciplinary group of 16 participants representing five of the seven centres so far, is composed of both preclinical and clinical researchers, all with a strong translational cancer research focus. The first workshop was planned to take place in Stockholm this autumn, but as many other activities this year, it was halted by the pandemic. But the spirit was still there to start up and instead, participants were invited to the virtual welcome with President Emile Voest giving the overview of CCE and Ingemar Ernberg presenting the TRYTRAC concept and content, followed by a round table presentation of participants themselves. The enthusiasm and engagement did not lack - already the following day the participants created a platform where they can connect and exchange ideas, resources and opportunities.

According to Dr. Andreas Mock, MD, Resident in Medical Oncology and Data Scientist at NCT Heidelberg  “The TRYTRAC program stands for the ambition of Cancer Core Europe to build a sustainable research network between the participating comprehensive cancer centers. Connecting young leaders is directed towards the future of innovative cancer research and clinical trial design and can serve as a nucleus for multi-institutional initiatives. I feel privileged to participate in this advanced program and look forward to share ideas with a peer group of highly capable colleagues, collectively think out of the box and learn more about the fantastic cancer centers in Europe. ”

The first workshop is planned for next year, April 22-24 at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm under the theme ‘PCM beyond genomics’. Clearly 2021 will be exciting to follow the very first class embarking on the program.

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