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Translational Research in Clinical Oncology

Female and Male Scientists Working in The Laboratory

The virtual TRACO course will usually held on Monday afternoons in the Fall by WEBEX.  TRACO is designed to provide an overview of general principles of cancer biology and treatment, 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. 

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


The TRACO registration is now CLOSED.


Participants who registered for the course, may receive a certificate of completion after attending the lectures and passing the TRACO examination.  The exam will be open from 12/15/2023 - 01/12/2024.

Location and Time

Two hour sessions will usually occur on Mondays, 4:00-6:00 p.m. ET, via Webex. Lectures will be videocast and archived.  Each session will have two 50-min lectures with ample time for discussion and analysis. Classes will occur from September 5, 2023 to December 4, 2023.

Faculty Coordinators

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


  • C. Alewine, M.D., Ph.D.
  • S. Ambs, Ph.D.
  • P. Choyke, M.D.
  • M. Dobrovolskaia, Ph.D.
  • Freedman, A., M.D.
  • S. Goff, M.D.
  • S. Gopal, M.D.
  • T. Greten, M.D.
  • C. Harris, M.D.
  • Karzi, F, M.D
  • Lee, J.M., M.D.
  • J. Luo, Ph.D.
  • F. Maldarelli, M.D., Ph.D.
  • T. Moody, Ph.D.
  • E. Nichols, M.D. 
  • O. Olaku, M.D.
  • M. Ossandon, PhD
  • Y. Pommier, M.D., Ph.D.
  • J. Schiller, Ph.D.
  • M. Shah, M.D.
  • E. Szabo, M.D.
  • J. Smith, M.D.
  • A. Simeonov, Ph.D.
  • M. Verma, Ph.D.
  • J. Wei, Ph.D.
  • F. Zia, M.D.
TRACO Course Schedule
Date Topics Faculty
Sept. 5


Cancer imaging

T. Moody

P. Choyke

Sept. 11

Cervical cancer

Cancer disparities

J. Schiller

S. Ambs

Sept. 18

Cancer global health

Immune checkpoints

S. Gopal

S. Goff

Sept. 25

Cancer microbioita

CAR-T cells

T. Greten

M. Shah

Oct. 2

Liquid biopsy

Clinical Trials

M. Ossandon

J. Smith

Oct. 10

Radiation oncology

Small molecules

E. Nichols

A. Simeonov

Oct. 16

Prostate cancer    

Ovarian cancer

F. Karzi

Lee, J.M.

Oct. 23

Breast Cancer 


F. Zia


Oct. 30



J. Luo

Freedman, A.

Nov. 6



J. Wei

E. Szabo

Nov. 13



M. Verma

Nov. 20


Case Reports

F. Maldarelli

O. Olaku

Nov. 27

Pancreatic cancer


C. Alewine

Y. Pommier

Dec. 4

Precision medicine


C. Harris

M. Dobrovolskaia

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