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Translational Research in Clinical Oncology

The virtual Translational Research in Clinical Oncology (TRACO) course is usually held on Monday afternoons from September to November by WebEx. TRACO is designed to provide an overview of general principles of cancer biology and treatment, epidemiology, genomics, precision medicine, mechanisms of resistance, use of preclinical models, and identification of novel molecular targets. Participants will have an unprecedented opportunity to learn new information, glimpse into future developments of translational research in clinical oncology and meet leaders in cancer research. The participation of NIH Postdoctoral and Clinical Fellows is encouraged.


The 2021 TRACO registration is now CLOSED.  

For more information contact Dr. Terry Moody at or by phone at 240-276-7785.


Participants who registered for the course, may receive a certificate of completion after attending the lectures and passing the TRACO examination. 

Location and Time

Two hour sessions will usually occur on Mondays, 4-6 p.m by WebEx.  In addition lectures will be videocast and archived. Each session will have two 50-min lectures in Basic and Clinical Sciences with ample time for discussion and analysis.  Classes will occur from Sept. 7, 2021 to Nov. 29, 2021.   

Faculty Coordinators

  • Irwin Arias, M.D.
  • Oliver Bogler, Ph.D.
  • Terry Moody, Ph.D.
  • Lyuba Varticovski, M.D.
  • Farah Zia, M.D.


  • C. Annunziata, M.D.
  • J. Brudno, M.D.
  • S. Goff, M.D.
  • P. Choyke, M.D.
  • H. Chen, M.D.
  • W. Dahut
  • M. Dobrovolskaia, Ph.D.
  • S. Gopal, Ph.D.
  • C. Harris, M.D.
  • P. Hussain, Ph.D. 
  • J. Luo, Ph.D.
  • E. Nichols, M.D. 
  • R. Madan, M.D.
  • F. Maldarelli, M.D.
  • T. Moody, Ph.D.
  • O. Olaku, M.D.
  • Y. Pommier, M.D.
  • J. Schiller, Ph.D.
  • E. Szabo, M.D.
  • J. Smith, M.D.
  • A. Simeonov, Ph.D.
  • W. Timmer, Ph.D.
  • M. Verma, Ph.D.
  • J. Wei, Ph.D.
  • F. Zia, M.D.
TRACO Course Schedule
Date Topics Faculty
Sept. 7


Cervical cancer

T. Moody

J. Schiller

Sept 13

Global Health and Cancer

COVID-19 and Cancer

S. Gopal

B. Dahut

Sept. 20

Ovarian cancer 

Immune checkpoints

C. Annunziata

S. Goff

Sept. 27

Small Molecules   

Clinical trials

A. Simeonov 

J. Smith

Oct. 4

Radiation oncology

Tumor imaging  

E. Nichols

P. Choyke

Oct. 12

Prostate cancer 


R. Madan


Oct. 18


CAR-T cells

 J. Wei

J. Brundo

Oct. 25

Breast Cancer 


F. Zia

H. Chen

Nov. 1


Brain Cancer 

J. Luo

W. Timmer

Nov. 8



E. Szabo

F. Maldarelli

Nov. 15


Case Reports

M. Verma

O. Olaku

Nov. 22

Precision medicine


C. Harris

Y. Pommier

Nov. 29

Pancreatic cancer


P. Hussain

M. Dobrovolskaia

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