Our mission is to train the next generation of researchers in the development and clinical translation of advanced techniques for cancer imaging and its application. With funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), we are able to offer the Stanford Cancer Imaging Training (SCIT) Program to well-qualified applicants.

This T32 training program is the evolution of our longstanding program, formerly known as "Advanced Techniques for Cancer Imaging and Detection," established and led by our former Chair Dr. Gary M. Glazer in 1992.

SCIT is a two-year program training five fellows (roughly half PhD / half MD) per year over a five year funding cycle. Drs. Sandy Napel, PhD, and Bruce Daniel MD, lead this newly redesigned program, featuring 17 mentors with independent cancer-focused or -related funding, and seven (five internal / two external) distinguished program advisors. Our strengthened required coursework component includes two courses in the clinical/cancer sciences, two in imaging science, one in biostatistics, one in medical ethics (“Responsible Conduct of Research”), and attendance at a minimum of six multidisciplinary tumor boards. In addition, trainees can select from a multitude of electives offered by various Stanford University Departments, e.g., Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Bioengineering, Biomedical Informatics, and Cancer Systems Biology. The primary focus of the program is participation in a mentored cancer-imaging research project aimed at publication in peer-reviewed journals, and presentation at National meetings. We especially feature “paired mentorship,” in which each trainee is teamed with both a basic-science and physician mentor, to provide guidance in course and research-topic selection, and in performing clinically-relevant cancer imaging research.


Emphasis on Diversity

While the SCIT Program requires each trainee at the time of the award to be a citizen of the United States, or a non-citizen national, or a permanent resident (see "trainee eligibility"), it is committed to training a diverse group of men and women, including underrepresented minorities, those with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, so as to increase diversity in the US research workforce. To achieve this, we leverage the diversity and outreach efforts made in cooperating departments, such as, Medicine, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences.

Please learn more on our Diversity Outreach page.

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(Sept 6, 2018) The SCIT Grant was renewed for an additional 5 years.

(May 2016) Joshua de Bever, SCIT trainee, wins Magna Cum Laude for presentation at 2016 ISMRM 24th Scientific Meeting, Singapore: "Simultaneous Acquisition of Acoustic Radiation Force Imaging and Proton Resonance Frequency Shift Thermometry Using Interleaved Acquisition with Temporally Constrained Reconstruction for Increased Temporal Resolution"

(13 March 2013) Funding for Years 21-26 approved! Check back soon for application information.

(21 June 2012) Program Director Napel and mentors Bammer, Daldrup-Link, Daniel, Fahrig, Levin, Pauly, Plevritis, Rao, Spielman receive 2012 Distinguished Investigator Awards from the Academy of Radiology Research.

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