Comprehensive Cancer Research Training Program

September 16-17, 2019

The Comprehensive Cancer Research Training Program is an annual immersive course that invites graduate and postdoctoral students, residents, clinical fellows and research fellows to take part in a free, unique, comprehensive introduction to the vanguard of current cancer research. 

This ambitious curriculum features daily plenary sessions on general topics followed by half-day sessions on two scientific themes, each featuring three to four presentations. Numerous nationally and internationally renowned Stanford faculty present didactic lectures and discussions on current topics of basic, translational and clinical cancer research.

Course Coordinator

Karen Tran

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Course Overview

The Comprehensive Cancer Research Training Program (CCRTP) course has been held since September 2007. This educational initiative has been exceedingly well received.

The Stanford Cancer Institute invites again graduate students and post-doctoral students (residents, clinical fellows, research fellows) and junior faculty members to attend the annual Comprehensive Cancer Research Training Program.  In particular, trainees from the respective Schools of Medicine, Schools of Engineering and the Schools of Humanities and Sciences are encouraged to participate.  The Stanford Cancer Institute will host this course between Monday, September 16 and Tuesday, September 17, 2019, at the Bechtel Conference Center.

This dynamic educational event features a plenary session on a topic of general interest every morning followed by sessions on scientific themes with three presentations each.  The didactic lectures on current topics of basic, translational and clinical cancer research are presented by nationally and internationally renowned faculty from Stanford University.  Each didactic lecture is followed immediately by a discussion.


At the end of each day, the participants are asked to evaluate the presentations.  After the course, the directors will send to the participants a limited number of questions allowing summative evaluations of the course.  These evaluations will be mailed electronically to the course participants one month following the course. Participants are strongly encouraged to provide feedback to the course directors.


Attendance is limited to 120 participants.  Early registration is encouraged.  Attendees may register  until September 9, 2019.  Registration is complimentary for Stanford students and faculty. For non-Stanford attendees, a registration fee of $70.00 is required and payable by check or credit card.

Each trainee will be awarded a certificate of participation at the end of the course, Tuesday, September 17, 2019. 

Program Directors

Professor of Radiation Oncology (Radiation and Cancer Biology) and of Genetics
Professor of Medicine (Oncology) and of Genetics and, by courtesy, of Pediatrics
Associate Professor of Medicine (Oncology) at the Stanford University Medical Center