MCCR Fellows: The Next Generation of Clinical Investigators

mccrThe 2017 MCCR Workshop – the 19th ECCO-AACR-EORTC-ESMO Workshop on Methods in Clinical Cancer Research – is a unique opportunity to build the next generation of cancer clinical research experts. The next edition will take place on 17-23 June 2017 in Zeist (the Netherlands), and application submissions will close on 8th February 2017.

Previously known as “Flims”, this workshop proved to be extremely successful over the past years. Clinical scientists who can set up and run high-quality clinical trials are vital to the advancement of new therapies and, thus, the presence of a strong research base is essential to the future of good quality cancer care. In an excellent environment for an educational focus, this well-recognised course trains the next generation of high-level clinical scientists who will develop new cancer therapies.

Workshop participants’ core activity is to develop their initial protocol proposal into a complete protocol: in small groups, they receive an extensive feedback on their trial concepts and complete the writing of their protocol by applying the knowledge acquired during the course. The added value of MCCR is its 1-week-long “full immersion” format and its world-renowned faculty of highly experienced clinical experts in the field of oncology. During this week, they provide their advices on protocol development and career mentoring to course participants during one-to-one sessions, small group discussions, lectures and panel discussions. The workshop also gives attendees the opportunity to build professional relationships with an elite group of peers from all over the world. Please find here a full programme overview for MCCR 2017.

Access to this exclusive workshop is highly competitive, but the 80 successful applicants live a very rewarding experience which will help them in their career. “As a fellow in paediatric oncology, I did in particular benefit from the discussions with and teaching by Dr Birgit Geoerger, a very experienced ITCC paediatric oncologist. However, also the exchange with medical oncologist and getting to know their perspectives was very interesting” says Dr. Elke Pfaff from Germany, workshop participant in 2016. “I was especially impressed by the motivating atmosphere during the whole workshop: everyone was eager to improve and work hard on the protocols, but also pleased to provide you with support and advice” she added, concluding by saying that “the experience and knowledge I gained during the course will not only help me substantially to implement the trial I worked on in Zeist, but will also be valuable for my future work in the field of oncology”. On this page, you can read more testimonials from MCCR workshop former participants with a specialisation in paediatric oncology.

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Key dates:
8 February 2017           Application submission deadline
17-23 June 2017          19th MCCR Workshop