Careers | Research Training in Neuro-Oncology Grant (T32)
About the program...
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) awards National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Training Grants (T32 grants). The NIH awards these grants to eligible institutions to develop or enhance research training opportunities for individuals selected by the institution who are training for careers in specified areas of biomedical, behavioral, and clinical research. The program was created to help ensure that a diverse and highly trained workforce is available to assume leadership roles related to the nation’s biomedical and behavioral research agenda.
Duke University Medical Center holds a T32 grant for Research Training in Neuro-oncology, with Henry S. Friedman, M.D., James B. Powell, Jr. Professor of Neuro-oncology, as Principal Investigator.
The neuro-oncology research program began at Duke in 1937, and has been part of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center since its founding in 1971. It is composed of a group of investigators who have a long history of executing basic, preclinical and clinical studies together. The research program is led by Darell D. Bigner, M.D., Ph.D., Edwin L. Jones, Jr. and Lucille Finch Jones Professor of Cancer Research. Duke has one of only two NINDS specialized research center grants in neuro-oncology, one of only four NCI brain cancer SPORE (Specialized Program of Research Excellence) grants, and the faculty includes two NIH merit awardees.
The pediatric and adult clinical neuro-oncology services at Duke were combined in January 1997, into a multi-departmental joint program. The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke is directed by Dr. Bigner, with Dr. Henry Friedman, James B. Powell, Jr. Professor of Neuro-oncology, and Allan H. Friedman, M.D., Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery, as Deputy Directors. The Center comprises more than 75 full time employees committed exclusively to clinical neuro-oncology. The Center at Duke sees more than 800 new patients with brain or spinal cord tumors annually.
Trainees in neuro-oncology have access to all the resources of the neuro-oncology research program, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duke University Medical Center and Duke University Hospital.