2018 Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium
Save the Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019 for the 2019 Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium at 1 Mid-Campus Building MD Anderson Cancer Center. More details to come.
An annual event jointly sponsored for more than 10 years, Postdoktoberfest brings together postdocs from many of the Texas Medical Center institutions: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Methodist, UT Health, Rice and Texas A & M. Postdoktoberfest is appropriately hosted at the John P. McGovern Texas Medical Center Commons (The Commons) and features food, beverages and a completely casual and friendly atmosphere.
Trainee Research Day is an ideal opportunity for our postdoctoral research fellows and graduate medical education fellows and residents to showcase and be rewarded for their exciting research in the basic sciences, clinic, population and translational science. In addition to the oral competitions, an “Elevator Speech” competition provides trainees the opportunity to convey their science in under two minutes.
2018 Trainee Research Day
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
|2018 Trainee Research Day Winners|
|AMGEN Award In Basic Science Research|
||Stephen Mok, Ph.D. Effects of anti-CTLA-4 and anti-PD-1 on memory
T-cell differentialtion and resistance tumor relapse
|Mentor: James P. Allison, Ph.D.|
||Jianfeng Shen, Ph.D. ARID1A deficiency promotes mutability and potentiates
therapeutic antitumor immunity unleashed by immune checkpoint blockade
|Mentor: Guang Peng, Ph.D.|
||Tara H.W. Dobson, Ph.D. Repressive chromatin remodelers in SHH-driven
|Mentor: Vidya Gopalakrishnan, Ph.D.|
||Na Niu, M.D., Ph.D. Amitotic Division of Polyploidy Giant Cancer Cells: A
New Mechanism for Acquired Drug Resistance
|Mentor: Jinson Liu, M.D., Ph.D.|
|Bayer Award in Clinical Research|
||Lauren Colbert, M.D. Response to Radiation Treatment in Cervical Cancer is
Associated with Clonal Expansion of Antigen Specific T-cells and Cervical
|Mentor: Ann H. Klopp, M.D., Ph.D.|
||Huakang Tu, M.D., Ph.D. Is folic acid safe for non-muscle-invasive bladder
|Mentor: Xifeng Wu, M.D., Ph.D.|
||Clinton Yam, M.D. Impact of metaplastic histology in triple-negative breast
cancer patients receiving neoadjuvant systemic therapy
|Mentor: Stacy L. Moulder, M.D.|
||Karine Al Feghali, M.D. Interplay of age and Performance Status on Patterns
of Care and Outcomes in Elderly Patients with Glioblastoma: A National
Cancer Database Analysis
|Mentor: Caroline Chung, M.D.|
|Bristol-Myers Award in Translational Research|
||Jacqulyne Robichaux, Ph.D. Mechanisms and Clinical Activity of an EGFR/
HER2 exon 20-Selective Kinase Inhibitor in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
|Mentor: John Heymach, M.D., Ph.D.|
||Nicole Kettner, Ph.D. Palbociclib Resistant Breast Cancer Cells are Sensitized
to Inhibition of DNA Repair and Cancer Stem Cell Pathways
|Mentor: Khandan Keyomarsi, Ph.D.|
||Miriam Morrell, D.O. Tumor Vessel Normalization After Aerobic Exercise
Enhances Therapeutic Efficacy in Ewing Sarcoma
|Mentor: Keri Schadler, Ph.D.|
||Ruli Gao, Ph.D. Chemoresistance Evolution in Triple-Negative Breast Cancer
Delineated by Single Cell Sequencing
|Mentor: Nicholas Navin, Ph.D.|
|Bristol-Myers Award in Population Science|
||Monica REyes, Ph.D. Doxorubicin-Induced Cardiotoxicity in iPSC-
Cardiomyocytes: Altered Mitochondrial Gene Expression and Function
|Mentor: Michelle A.T. Hildebrandt, Ph.D.|
||Andrew Lee, M.D., Ph.D. Is Early-Stage Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma Truly Early:
Stage Migratin on Final Pathology With Surgery-First vs. Neoadjuvant Therapy
|Mentor: Ching-Wei Tzeng, M.D.|
||Robert Dood, M.D. Defining Survivorship Trajectories Across Patients With
Solid Tumors: An Evidence-Based Approach
|Mentor: Anil Sood, M.D.|
||Nathan Parker, Ph.D. Physical Activity is Associated With Improved Quality
of Life and Functional Fitness Among Patients Receiving Preoperative Therapy
for Pancreatic Cancer
|AMGEN Award in Quality Improvement Research|
||Ko Un Clara Park, M.D. Opioid Prescriptions After Breast Cancer Surgery:
Perception and Reality
|Mentor: Sarah DeSnyder, M.D.|
||Woo J. Chi, D.D.S. Development of a Dental Laboratory Standard Operating
Procedure at MDACC Oral Oncology Clinic
|Mentor: Mark Chambers, DMD|
||Samantha Tam, MD The Effect of Facility Volume on Treatment Mentor:
Guideline Compliance and Overall Survival in Oral Tongue Squamous Cell
|Mentor: Randal Weber, M.D.|
|Cancer Survivorship Abstracts|
|1st||Robert Dood, M.D. Defining Survivorship Trajectories Across Patients with Solid Tumors: An Evidence-Based Approach|
|Mentor: Anil Sood, M.D.|
|2nd||Na Niu, MD, PhD Amitotic Division of Polyploidy Giant Cancer Cells: A New Mechanism for Acquired Drug Resistance|
|Mentor: Jinson Liu, M.D., Ph.D.|
|3rd||Ashley M. Henneghan, Ph.D. Evidence of Accelerated Brain Aging in Breast Cancer Survivors Treated with Chemotherapy|
|Mentor: Shelli Kesler, Ph.D.|
|Scientific Elevator Speechs|
|Judges' Choice: Jemima John, Ph.D.|
|Mentor: Larkin Strong, Ph.D.|
|People's Choice: Jamima John, Ph.D.|
|Mentor: Larkin Strong, Ph.D.|
Endowed Fellowships are awarded competitively to clinical and postdoctoral fellows who are nominated by faculty members.
The Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium, a unique and exciting event connecting the private and public sector, industry, and academia, is organized by postdoctoral fellows of sponsoring institutions throughout the Texas Medical Center and offers access to experts from a variety of career fields. The APCS provides a great opportunity for postdocs to learn more about different career options and strategies to navigate those career paths. Space is limited. Registration is required.
The Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium provides a platform for postdoctoral fellows in the Texas Medical Center to present their current research in the areas of basic and translational research and features presentations and hosts interactive sessions facilitated by experts in a variety of fields. The APSS offers the opportunity to network with colleagues from TMC Institutions while presenting your science, learning from colleagues, a featured keynote and invited speakers, as well as gaining valuable career skills during breakout sessions. 2017 APSS Electronic Booklet and poster abstracts.
Established by the Postdoctoral Association in 2005, the Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentor Award annually recognizes and honors faculty members whose careers have been underscored by their valuable mentoring of postdoctoral fellows at MD Anderson and honors a faculty member who, through demonstrated guidance of postdoctoral fellows, exemplifies the fundamental mentoring qualities of teacher, coach and sponsor.
|Robert M. Chamberlain Distinguished Mentors
|2018||Huifang Linda Lu, M.D., Ph.D.||General Internal Medicine|
|2017||Annemieke Kavelaars, Ph.D.||Symptom Research
||Steven W. Millward, Ph.D.||Cancer Systems Imaging|
|2015||Pratip K. Bhattacharya, Ph.D.||Cancer Systems Imaging|
|2014||Wendy A. Woodward, MD, Ph.D.||Radiation Oncology|
|2013||Jennifer Irvine Vidrine, Ph.D.||Health Disparities Research|
|2012||Amy B. Heimberger, M.D.||Neurosurgery|
|2011||Xifeng Wu, MD, Ph.D.||Epidemiology|
|2010||David W. Wetter, Ph.D.||Health Disparities Research|
|2009||Michelle C. Barton, Ph.D.||Biochemistry and Molecular Biology|
|2008||Carol J. Etzel, Ph.D.||Epidemiology|
|2007||Dean G. Tang, M.D., Ph.D.||Molecular Carcinogenesis|
|2006||Varsha V. Gandhi, Ph.D.||Experimental Therapeutics|
|2005||Robert M. Chamberlain, Ph.D.||Epidemiology|
Coinciding with National Postdoc Appreciation Week, often with other TMC institutions we celebrate with such activities as Postdoktoberfest and an international luncheon which celebrates the diversity of our postdoctoral community.
Academic Insights Seminar Series gives postdoctoral fellows insight into a broad range of career options within academia including tenure and non-tenure track faculty, scientific writers, research scientists, teachers, grant managers, program managers, administrators, etc. The monthly series offers seminars and panel discussions on topics to help postdocs identify the requisite non-lab based skills and insights necessary to launch an academic career.
Responsible Conduct of Research is a monthly seminar series that meets the NIH requirements of 8 contact hours in responsible conduct of research training. Fellows can view their transcript and download their certificate of completion from the MD Anderson Education Center. View the 2017 - 2018 RCR Seminar Series Schedule or 2018 -2019 RCR Seminar Series Schedule.
- What happens if an NIH-funded postdoc doesn’t complete the required training in one year?
NIH strongly encourages the postdoc to complete the required training as soon as possible. If the postdoc is on an institutional training grant (e.g., T32) there will be consequences for the review of the renewal (Type 2) application.
- What if a postdoc is partially funded by another source?
Regardless of other sources of support, NIH training programs (National Research Service Award) require full-time training, and trainees must comply with all NRSA requirements (see NIHGPS). There is no prorating the required hours of RCR training. RCR training must be face-to-face as much as possible, but exceptions may be granted by the awarding Institute. Please contact the NIH Program Officer in charge of the award.
- If I move to a faculty position and have completed eight (8) hours of RCR training as a postdoc, do I need to complete RCR training again?
If you are transitioning to a faculty position and wish to apply for a K-award, you must complete eight (8) hours of Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) training that is tailored to that career stage as NOT-OD-10-019 requires that “Instruction must be undertaken at least once during each career stage, and at a frequency of no less than once every four years.” This RCR requirement is limited to K-awards and also applies to associate and full professors who might apply for a K24 award. Currently, RCR at MD Anderson is designed for postdocs.
- To be compliant, how often must a postdoc complete the eight-hours of required training?
Every four years.
Postdoctoral Networking Coffee Breaks provide networking opportunities to all postdocs in MD Anderson. Coffee and snacks are served, free for all postdocs. We typically host these on the first Friday of each month.
Hosted approximately twice a year by the Gulf Coast Consortium housed on the campus of Rice University, these popular day-long workshops are designed to develop mentoring skills and insight and to provide the opportunity for interactions between mentors at different institutions and in different discipline. With one session for faculty and another for postdocs, this evidence-based mentor training outlines practical strategies and practices for effective mentoring relationships, especially useful for mentors with limited experience. Such strategies and practices include the incorporation of Individual Development Plans which are strongly encouraged by all NIGMS-sponsored training and research awards. The workshops are facilitated by Victoria McDonnell, Dr.PH and Robert Tillman, Ph.D., NRMN Master Facilitators, and facilitators from institutions located in the Texas Medical Center.
For additional TMC-related events, please visit the TMC Lead Calendar.