Membership

Consideration of an individual for membership in the University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) requires a major interest in promoting the mission of the UACC. Only applicants meeting all criteria in the defined categories will be considered.

UACC Membership Application Form (PDF)

Member Category Included on Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG):

Research
Member
  • Faculty (“in good standing”) with a primary appointment in the University of Arizona Tucson and/or Phoenix campuses who are actively conducting basic, translational, clinical, or population-based cancer research, and,
  • A principal investigator or co-principal investigator on a cancer-related, peer-reviewed, funded research project defined by the NCI, and/or,
  • A principal investigator of an investigator-initiated cancer clinical trial accruing a minimum of 10 patients to interventional treatment clinical trials per year.
  • This category may include: mid/senior faculty who do not have their own cancer funding but serve a significant scientific role as co-investigators with other Research Members and/or hold key scientific leadership positions.
  • All Research Members have recent cancer-related publications in peer-reviewed journals, and be primary users of UACC Shared Resources.
Associate Research Member
  • UA Junior faculty (“in good standing”) with a primary appointment in the University of Arizona Tucson and/or Phoenix campuses (UA faculty) with non-peer-reviewed, cancer-related research funding or career development awards (e.g., NIH K-awards or similar career development awards and ACS-IRG awards), or
  • The UACC Senior and Program leadership closely monitor and advise these junior investigators with the goal of transitioning them to Research Member status within three years.
  • UA Clinical faculty (“in good standing”) who are active in enrolling patients and are local site PIs of industry and/or NCI cooperative group-sponsored trials but do not meet the criteria of Research Member, or
  • Faculty not meeting the criteria for Research Member who serve as a Shared Resource Director, or Co-Director, PRMS, DSMB, or SRC Chair, and
  • Must be interactive participants in a UACC Research Program.



Member Category Not Included on CCSG:

Affiliate Member
  • Junior investigators, including UA faculty, non-faculty investigators (e.g., postdoctoral trainees, instructors, research associates, and non-tenure track assistant professors) who have no active, independent, cancer-related extramural funding but are interested and/or involved in cancer research, or
  • Tenured faculty, working in non-cancer related areas who are interested in making their research more cancer relevant, or
  • Investigators at other higher academic institutions deemed appropriate by the Director, who have initiated early interactions with UACC Members and participate in UACC activities.

Clinical
Member

  • This category is designed for UACC physicians and Advanced Practice Providers directly involved in the UACC’s patient care mission but not involved in initiating their own research initiatives and enrolling fewer than 10 individuals on interventional treatment trials per year.

 

General Membership Privileges Include:

  • Eligibility for research space in Cancer Center facilities as available

  • UACC website listing of Research Members and Associate Research Members

  • Access to Shared Resources and Common Equipment; Research Members receive priority use of, and rates for, the following UACC Shared Resources:

  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Behavioral Measurements and Intervention
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biostatistics
  • Cancer Imaging
  • Experimental Mouse
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Genomics
  • Proteomics
  • Tissue Acquisition and Cellular/Molecular Analysis
     
  • Clinical Protocol and Data Management services to including cancer clinical trial support of data management, pre- and post-award support, and protocol development assistance

  • Access to pre-award administrative services for multi-investigator, center-wide grants (e.g., P30s, SPOREs)

  • Waiver of registration fees for all UACC-sponsored conferences and retreats

  • Notification of available research awards, conferences, and seminars

  • Scientific and technical review of proposed research by scientific Program Members

  • Increased visibility through the UACC Public Affairs Office

  • Application for developmental funds, pilot project funding, and other special award funding through the UACC


Member Responsibilities:

  • Research Members and Associate Research Members must actively participate in one of the UACC scientific Programs. This includes but is not limited to authorship of collaborative cancer-related manuscripts, development of new research projects, intra– and inter– programmatic project collaboration, attendance at the UACC Program meetings, sponsored conferences, and seminars.

Program Program Leaders
Therapeutic Development Bob Dorr, PhD, RPH
Cancer Imaging Art Gmitro, PhD; Evan Unger, MD
Cancer Biology Nathan Ellis, PhD
Cancer Prevention & Control Sherry Chow, PhD; Cyndi Thomson, PhD, RD
  • Clinical Members must actively participate in established UACC multidisciplinary clinics, tumor boards, disease-oriented teams (DOTs), clinical trial meetings, and other UACC-sponsored clinical and educational programmatic activities.

  • All members must submit all cancer-related studies involving humans and/or human specimens/data to the UACC’s Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee (PRMC) prior to submission to the Institutional Review Board. All members’ cancer clinical trials will be routinely reviewed for accrual by the PRMC. The policies and procedures for the PRMC are available on the UACC website.

  • All members conducting clinical trials must provide information on cancer clinical studies (patient data, adverse events, protocol deviations, copies of IRB approval letters, revised protocols, audit reports, etc.) regardless of whether or not they utilize the UACC Clinical Trials Office.

  • All members conducting clinical trials must provide copies of IRB submissions in regards to serious adverse events, protocol deviations, and audit reports regardless if they utilize the UACC Clinical Trials Office or not.

  • Provide information annually to the UACC, or as required, to fulfill the CCSG applications to the National Cancer Institute including:

  • Updated Biosketch/CV
  • Updated funding
  • Updated research interests
  • Copies of all published research papers and abstracts
  • Clinical studies
  • Progress reports (as applicable)
     
  • All members must communicate to Program Leaders and Administration any major new cancer-related discoveries, grants, publications, and honors.

  • Participation with communication and development-related activities.

  • Acknowledge the CCSG, P30CA023074, including use of facilities, space, and Shared Resource(s), when appropriate, in research publications.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online UACC Membership Application Form (PDF) and upload an NIH-formatted biosketch including extramural support (CV if a biosketch is not available). Additional information can be obtained from the website or by contacting UACC-Membership@uacc.arizona.edu.

  2. Individual applications will be reviewed by UACC Leadership.

  3. Applicants will receive written notification of the decision on their applications.

Review of New Applications and Renewal of Membership
All Research Members, Associate Research Members, Affiliate Members, and Clinical Members will be reviewed annually by the UACC Leadership, and membership categories may be reassigned based on current review of category criteria and updated member information. Members must meet all the criteria listed in their current membership category, or their membership status will be recommended for reassignment. Membership reassignment recommendations will then be sent to the UACC Director for approval. The Director has final authority for approval, disapproval, or termination of membership.

-Updated May 26, 2015

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