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Membership

Categories of Membership

CC Membership is available to those who have an interest in cancer, delivery of cancer care, cancer-related research, cancer clinical trials, and training. This includes faculty, physicians, advanced practice providers, and fellows at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD), San Diego State University (SDSU), La Jolla Institute (LJI), The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), Rady’s Children’s Hospital, or another non-NCI-designated institution within the MCC catchment area. Members of other NCI-designated centers are not eligible. Membership categories include MCC Member, Associate Member, Clinical Program Member, and Member in Training. Specific qualifications for membership within a particular category are outlined below:

Membership Criteria

MCC Member
​To be eligible for Membership you must satisfy the following:
Have a faculty appointment at UCSD, SDSU, or LJI.
Actively conduct basic, translational, clinical, or population-based cancer research. 
Have recent publications that are relevant to cancer and/or cancer actively focused. 
AND satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
​Hold current cancer research grants from the National Cancer Institutes (NCI) or an NCI-approved peer-reviewed agency or organization (see list below) as principal investigator (PI). Grants must be cancer-related and sponsored by an NCI-approved peer reviewed agency.
Conduct clinical research as a PI on an investigator-initiated trial(s) that accrue a minimum of five patients per year to therapeutic clinical trials.
​Be a member of an NCI Sponsored Cooperative Group (National PI or Study Chair, PI on U10/UM1 grant, NCTN Committee Chair, etc.).
Hold a cancer center leadership position(s) in a shared resource and/or a leadership position in a cancer-relevant organization on a national or international level.

MCC Associate Member
Be a faculty member who is involved in cancer-focused research, care, or education at UCSD, SDSU, LJI, TSRI, JCVI, Rady’s Children’s Hospital, or another non-NCI-designated institution within the MCC catchment area who is involved in cancer research and/or patient care or clearly and consistently interested in cancer (as defined by their fields of research or area of clinical activity) even though you do not meet requirements for MCC Membership.
AND satisfy at least one of the following requirements:
​Within the past three years, you have submitted a competitive cancer-related grant application and are lead author (first or senior) of peer-reviewed cancer related publications.
Be a newly recruited faculty member or an established investigator new to cancer research and are applying for independent competitive cancer-related funding.
​Contribute to clinical cancer research as a co-investigator of an investigator-initiated trial(s) that and accrues a minimum of three patients per year to a therapeutic clinical trial.

MCC Clinical Program Members
Clinical Program Members are UCSD faculty, physicians, and/or advanced practice providers who are primarily dedicated to cancer patient care. Clinical Program members need not have academic contributions.

MCC Member in Training
Members in training are postdoctoral fellows, residents, or clinical fellows at any of the aforementioned institutions engaging at least 80% effort in cancer research/care.

Benefits

MCC Members
Enhanced access to collaboration with scientists and clinicians.
Use of MCC shared resources at rates discounted through the CCSG and enhanced prioritization for resource utilization (for example, NIH-funded investigators may have priority).:
Examples of shared resources are:
UCSD - MCC
Biorepository and Tissue Technology
Biostatistics
Biobehavioral
Flow Cytometry
In Vivo Imaging
Microscopy
Radiation Medicine
Transgenic Mouse Core
Sanford Burnham Prebys Cancer Center
Chemical Library Screening Core
Functional Genomics Core
Cancer Metabolism Core
Salk Cancer Center
Gene Transfer, Targeting and Therapeutics Core (GT3)
Transgenic Core (TG)
Mass Spectrometry Core


Ability to apply for targeted funding, developmental funds, and interim research support as available or offered by MCC.
Assistance, if resources allow, with pre-award and post-award grant management.
Access to support for clinical trials from the Clinical Trials Office (CTO).
Eligibility to participate in MCC-sponsored educational seminars, special educational events, and educational retreats.
Eligibility for marketing and posting features on the MCC website in accordance with UCSD policy.
Eligibility for shared use of MCC office and research space for MCC-related purposes when appropriate and available.
For UCSD-based members, assistance with fund-raising activity for MCC-designated priority program areas.
Inclusion in the MCC information loop such as information regarding funding opportunities from federal and non-federal sources.

Associate Members:
Enhanced access to collaboration with scientists and clinicians.
Use of MCC shared resources with increased prioritization. 
Ability to apply for targeted funding, developmental funds, and interim research support as available or offered by MCC.
Assistance, if resources allow, with pre-award and post-award grant management.
Access to support for clinical trials from the Clinical Trials Office.
Eligibility to participate in MCC-sponsored educational seminars, special educational events, and educational retreats.
Eligibility for marketing and posting features on the MCC website in accordance with UCSD policy.
Eligibility for shared use of MCC office and research space for MCC-related purposes when appropriate and available.
For UCSD-based members, assistance with fund-raising activity for MCC-designated priority areas.
Inclusion in the MCC information loop such as information regarding funding opportunities from federal and non-federal sources.

Clinical Program Members
Enhanced access to collaboration with scientists and clinicians.
Eligibility for marketing and posting features on the MCC website with required approvals.
Eligibility for shared use of MCC office and research space for MCC-related purposes, when available and when appropriate as determined by MCC Director.
Assistance with fund-raising activity for MCC-designated program areas.
Inclusion in the MCC information correspondence including that regarding MCC events.

Members In Training
Enhanced access to collaboration with scientists and clinicians.
EEligibility for marketing and posting features on the MCC website with required approvals.
Inclusion in the MCC information correspondence including that regarding MCC events.
Eligibility for administrative support on NIH Moores Cancer Center-type grant efforts (P01, or nominated opportunities, etc.)
Assistance with financial management of research grants if occupying Moores Cancer Center space
Proposal of new shared resources, which would facilitate and advance new research activities and initiatives
Access to assistance with designing statistically valid laboratory experiments and clinical trials (e.g., biostatistics, CTO, Clinical Protocol Development Service, etc.)
Access to assistance with launching new diagnostic and therapeutic clinical trials or being partnered with clinicians who can help translate bench discoveries into clinical trials. This includes help with Institutional Review Board (IRB) applications and federal regulatory requirements (IND’s, etc.)
Opportunities for improved research or clinical space or facilities, clinical specimen (blood, urine, tissue) collection, improved animal space, etc.

Expectations

Members are expected to contribute to the MCC through the following contributions:
​Support MCC’s Strategic Plan, mission, goals, and priorities.
Secure funding as a principal investigator and/or develop investigator-initiated trials and accrue patients to MCC clinical trials, cooperative and other MCC clinical trials, where possible.
Publish cancer research articles in peer-reviewed journals. List MCC as an affiliation on publications if occupying MCC space or if supported by developmental or intramural grant funding or having utilized MCC Shared Resources*.
Participate actively in program activities, 50% of monthly activities, i.e. 6 meetings per year that include MCC sponsored seminars, committees, retreats, lectures, and forums. 
Participate in Moores Cancer Center committees when requested.
Sustain evidence of cancer-related publications and grants and interactions with other MCC members as defined by joint publications, joint grants, or joint research activities.
Demonstrate collaboration and interaction with other MCC members, and promote interdisciplinary, multi-investigator research efforts (P01s, U01s, SPOREs, etc.).
Provide MCC with an updated curriculum vitae (CV), including all publications and research support, NIH biosketches, or Other Support pages at least annually but more often if requested.
Provide information to MCC on cancer studies (including new grant applications, up-to-date patient accrual information, and external audit reports) regardless of whether MCC shared resources have been utilized.
Submit all UC San Diego-based cancer-related studies involving humans and/or human specimen data to the MCC Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee prior to or concurrently with submission to IRB.
Demonstrate commitment to teaching; participate in educational and/or training programs related to cancer.
Participate in an annual member survey (e.g., shared resources) and to assist MCC in its strategy and service planning efforts.
Members and Associate Members in good standing, i.e. that meet all membership requirements, will submit membership renewal application every 3 years. See membership reappointment details below.
Clinical Program Members and Members in Training to submit membership renewal application every 5 years.
Submit therapeutic clinical trial protocols conducted at UCSD through MCC CTO.

Application & Review

Membership will be reviewed and renewed every three years based on membership criteria.
Initial and renewal applications will be reviewed by the Senior Leaders Council, which will serve as the Membership Committee. Recommendation for membership will be provided to the MCC Director. The MCC Director has final authority on approval, disapproval, or termination of membership. Final approval and notification to the candidate for membership and status will be provided by the MCC Director.
If you are interested in applying for MCC membership, please complete and submit our electronic membership application form.

Required information/documents for application:
Demographic Information.
Membership Type.
Summary of Cancer Research with Keywords.
Collaborations.
Shared Resources/Program Affiliation Request.
Areas of Interest.
Documents:
Current Statement of interest in joining the MCC and research focus (1,500 words maximum).
Current NIH biosketch.
Current Curriculum Vitae.
Professional Headshot/Photo.
Membership Review:
The Cancer Center Support Grant Senior Leadership Council (CCSG SLC) will review eligibility of the applicant and determine appropriate membership category and P30 CCSG Program affiliation for Members/Associate Members. The Committee members include the following and other ad hoc members as appointed by the MCC Director:
CCSG Senior Leadership Council.
Director.
Deputy Director.
Deputy Director for Administration.
Associate Director for Basic Sciences.
Associate Director for Clinical Sciences.
Associate Director for Population Science, Disparities and Community Engagement.
Associate Director for Shared Resources.
Associate Director for Research Education and Training.
Program Director(s), Cancer Biology and Signaling.
Program Director(s), Structural and Functional Genomics.
Program Director(s), Cancer Control.
Program Director(s), Hematologic Malignancies.
Program Director(s), Solid Tumor Therapeutics.
Membership Reappointment:
During the period of preparation for EAB review or NCI designation, all Members and Associate Members will have their membership status reviewed for reappointment. Reappointment review will evaluate membership criteria and activities associated with membership responsibilities, as detailed above. As a consequence of review, members may have their membership category changed or terminated. In addition, members who join another NCI-designated cancer center will have their membership terminated.



** Research projects funded by the non-NIH organizations with peer review funding systems listed here. 

 

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