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Inside Cancer Careers Podcast

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Inside Cancer Careers is a podcast that explores and illuminates the exciting world of cancer research training to bring a new generation of investigators into the field.  Using a human-interest angle, trainees share their personal experiences throughout their journey, including when they take the leap to an independent position. We will also bring you the insights and advice of established investigators and professionals in the cancer field.  Driven by collaboration, the Inside Cancer Careers podcast uncovers emerging trends and technologies in cancer research, examines how researchers can succeed in a high-pressure and competitive environment and delves into the importance of diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility in the workplace.

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NEW! Episode 6: The Equation for Faculty Success & Cancer Genetics at NCI

In this episode of Inside Cancer Careers, we hear from Dr. Avery August of Cornell University who shares his insights on how to support early career faculty and build a healthy research culture. We then hear from Dr. Jiyeon Choi of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics about training and establishing her research team at NCI.

Episode 5: Taking ACTION in Appalachia

In this episode of Inside Cancer Careers, we hear the amazing story of the very successful  Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) Program from Dr. Nathan Vanderford, an Associate Professor within the Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and Director of the ACTION program along with two ACTION program alums, Susanna Goggans and Michael Buoncristiani.

Episode 4: A Lab Tea Party & a Career in Cancer Kinases

In this episode of Inside Cancer Careers, we hear from Dr. Adrienne Boire, a Physician Scientist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and then we from Dr. Jim Woodgett, a President and Scientific Director of the Terry Fox Research Institute, Canada, Senior Scientist at the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute (LTRI), and Professor in the Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto.

Exclusive Episode: Curiosity + Strategy = Progress with Dr. Karen Knudsen

In this special episode, we feature Dr. Karen Knudsen, CEO of the American Cancer Society (ACS).  Dr. Knudsen shares with us her career journey into science and the path that led her to her current leadership role at the ACS.  She shares her story of finding the right mentor, asking the right questions, and being open to new opportunities. 

Episode 3: Starting Your Lab & Repaying Your Loans

In this episode of Inside Cancer Careers, we first hear from Dr. Simon Schwörer, on how he started his own lab. We then hear from Matthew Lockhart who discusses the NIH Loan Repayment Program (LRP) along with LRP Ambassador, Dr. Dionna Williams, Hopkins, and LRP recipient, Dr. Arnethea Sutton.

Episode 2: Giving and Getting a Grant

In this episode of Inside Cancer Careers, we hear from Drs. Hubbard and Johnson Chavarria about being a Program Director and awarding grants.  Later we hear from Dr. Dianna Ng, a K08 awardee, who shares her science career journey and the process that led her to successfully receiving a grant. 

Episode 1: Discovering Your Professional Motto

In the inaugural episode of Inside Cancer Careers, we are featuring a conversation between Dr. Mary Grace Katusiime and one of her mentors, Dr. Camille Lange. Dr. Lange shares the importance of building a strong professional network and having a personal professional motto throughout your journey.