Training in Brain Tumor Research Seminars

The Brain Tumor Research Program at MD Anderson Cancer Center offers robust training in brain tumor research through its two-year Training in Brain Tumor Research Seminars course. This program opens its doors to national and international scientists alike, spanning various levels of education, from summer students (high school and college), to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. 

Besides the innovative and translational research opportunities that MD Anderson provides its research trainees, the Training in Brain Tumor Research Seminars educational course offers weekly one-hour training lectures based on two components:

  1. Top lectures in brain tumors from experts in fundamentals and trending topics in brain tumors, such as clinical aspects, neurodevelopment, and neuropsychology. These lectures are informative and encourage our trainees to continue moving towards our common goal. 
  2. Presentations from the trainees' current projects or published data. Allowing trainees to present in front of their peers and mentors assists with the development of professional communication skills and establishment of networking. Trainees receive constructive criticism pre-presentation as well as during their seminar. This platform has been used, for example, as an opportunity to rehearse Ph.D. thesis defenses by trainees.

The Training in Brain Tumor Research Seminars has an average audience of 50 people from different areas of research, such as Neuro-Oncology, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychology, Pathology, Radiation Oncology, Pediatrics, and Melanoma.

Training in Brain Tumor Research Brochure

Fall 2014 Training Seminars Schedule

Training in Brain Tumor Research Seminars Directors

Candelaria Gomez-Manzano, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Neuro-Oncology
Suyun Huang, MD, PhD
Department of Neurosurgery

Contact Information

Maria Cruz-Hernandez



Awards and Recognition

2014 Caroline Ross Fellowship Awards

Javier Figueroa, MD, PhD (mentor: Frederick Lang, MD)

Lynette Moore, PhD (mentor: Wei Zhang, PhD)

Yanhua Zheng, PhD (mentor: Zhimin Lu, MD, PhD)

M. Belayat Hossain, PhD (mentor: Candelaria Gomez-Manzano, MD)

Successful Dissertation Defenses

Nahir Cortes-Santiago, MD, PhD on 06/04/2014 (mentor: Candelaria Gomez-Manzano, MD)

Javier Figueroa, MD, PhD on 04/19/2014 (mentor: Frederick Lang, MD)

Sarah R. Klein, PhD on 10/15/2013 (mentor: Juan Fueyo, MD)

Upcoming Seminars

All seminars are held on Mondays from 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the BSRB - Conference Room S5.8004 A/B

September 29, 2014
Speaker: Kwanhu Yu, PhD

October 6, 2014
Speaker: Jun Wei, PhD

October 13, 2014
Speaker: Enric Xipell Badalls, BS

October 20, 2014
Speaker: Tomasz Zal, PhD

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