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2016 STO Fellows’ Forum (STOFF)

Location: Cary, NC
Dates: December 8 - 10, 2016
Application Deadline: August 31, 2016

The Society for Translational Oncology Fellows’ Forum (STOFF) (formerly conducted by the Cancer Education Consortium) is a 3-day intensive workshop that brings together 20-25 fellows and junior faculty* (within 5 years of training completion) from the leading medical, surgical, radiation and pediatric oncology subspecialty fellowships in the United States to educate rising stars in translational cancer research.

In its second year, STOFF is being conducted under the auspices of the Society for Translational Oncology (STO) which permanently moved the workshop to North Carolina in 2015. This will allow a unique collaboration with SAS (Cary, North Carolina) whereby their experts will share their expertise as faculty. SAS will provide meeting space to host STOFF in their Executive Briefing Center on the SAS campus.

Founded by Dr. Bruce A. Chabner (Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School) 20 years ago and currently co-chaired by Dr. Jeffrey Engelman (Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research) and Dr. Keith Flaherty (Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School), the distinguished STOFF faculty includes researchers and educators from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and leading U.S. cancer centers. The workshop has received national recognition for its focused and practical approach to preparing oncologists to conduct cancer drug research. Alumni total more than 375.

STOFF provides an opportunity for oncology fellows and junior faculty to interact with leaders in drug development and translational research in a workshop environment. It promotes:

  • Professional development in translational cancer research
  • Research, education, and the science of drug development in oncology
  • Networking of oncology fellows and faculty
  • Mentorship to guide career development for young oncologists

Educating young oncologists in the field of clinical and translational research is an investment in the future and is likely to impact on the quality of cancer patient care for years to come. Bringing STOFF to North Carolina will allow STO to take advantage of the resources in cancer research now found in the North Carolina scientific community.

The broad-based curriculum covers a range of topics related to new drug development. Expert faculty will lead discussions and present important information regarding preclinical and clinical evaluation. The discussion will include a focus on validation of targets and biomarkers and confirmation of mechanism of action and resistance in clinical trials.

* The number of scholars selected for participation in this workshop will be limited to a total of 25 in order to have ample opportunity for one-on-one interface with the prestigious faculty as well as peer-to-peer networking.

Eligibility / Application Process

Applicants must currently be enrolled in an accredited hematology/oncology or subspecialty training program or be junior faculty within 5 years of training completion with a demonstrated commitment to cancer research.

To apply, candidates should electronically forward the following: 1) current CV; 2) letter of recommendation from department chairman or program director; and 3) one-page letter describing applicant’s purpose in attending the program, including a brief description of past/ongoing activities illustrating interest in the field. All three application components must be transmitted at the same time to: STOFF@sto-online.org. No partial submissions will be considered.

STO’s award covers:

US FELLOWS: Expenses for tuition, course materials, group meals, round-trip airfare, ground transportation and hotel accommodations. Personal expenses (e.g., telephone, room service, individual meals) are the responsibility of each attendee.

US JUNIOR FACULTY: Expenses for tuition, course materials, and group meals.
Attendees will be responsible for airfare, ground transportation and hotel accommodation expenses.

ALL INTERNATIONAL: Expenses for tuition, course materials, group meals, and hotel accommodations. Attendees will be responsible for airfare and ground transportation expenses.

Workshop Dates and Preliminary Agenda

Application Deadline: August 31, 2016
Notification: September 30, 2016

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - Arrivals for welcome dinner at 6pm
  Location: Embassy Suites Raleigh Durham Research Triangle
Friday, December 9, 2016 - All day meeting/workshop, hosted by SAS
  Location: Executive Briefing Center, SAS Campus
Saturday, December 10, 2016 - All day meeting/workshop
  Location: Embassy Suites Raleigh Durham Research Triangle
Sunday, December 11, 2016 - Half day meeting/departures mid-day
  Location: Embassy Suites Raleigh Durham Research Triangle


Embassy Suites, Raleigh-Durham/Research Triangle, Cary, North Carolina, USA (map)


This program is supported by industry, the non-profit sector, and individual contributions from faculty and alumni.