Pancreatic Cancer SPORE Grant Career Development Program

Director: Fergus J. Couch, Ph.D.

The Career Development Program in the Mayo Clinic Pancreatic Cancer SPORE is for early midcareer faculty committed to mentored career development in translational pancreatic cancer research. One of the starkest realities facing the contemporary research community is the paucity of experienced investigators involved in translational pancreatic cancer research.

As part of the Career Development Program, pancreatic cancer researchers at Mayo Clinic, along with highly productive investigators in other areas of cancer research, have formed teams to mentor junior faculty interested in pursuing pancreatic cancer research careers.

Mayo Clinic's seamless blend of patient care and basic and applied research offers an environment conducive to this type of mentored translational research. Mayo Clinic also has competitive recruitment-to-faculty positions that produce outstanding scientists and clinicians early in their careers who need the impetus offered by the Career Development Program.

The Pancreatic Cancer SPORE continues to implement formal methods to recruit, select and evaluate awardees, and will ensure that they are integrated into the SPORE research environment. Participants in the Career Development Program are expected to build on the resources allocated to them to develop independent funding in pancreatic cancer research.