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  • Cancer Research Training Program

The Cancer Research Training Program, supported by The Terry Fox Research Institute, with significant funding from Dalhousie Medical Research Foundation, annually supports approximately 40 Graduate Students, Postdoctoral Fellows, Medical Residents and Clinical Research Fellows pursuing cancer research within cutting edge facilities overseen by successful cancer researchers across Atlantic Canada. The program imparts a sense of community, allowing cancer research trainees to discuss their work and interact freely with their peers.

In addition to salary support to top-ranked trainees in Atlantic Canada, the Cancer Research Training Program provides:

  • Monthly Work-in-Progress sessions where trainees present their work to peers;
  • Quarterly Integrated Learning Sessions where local and national speakers share their expertise;
  • Travel awards enabling trainees to attend cancer research conferences around the world; 
  • Training via our annual Cancer Research Workshop and biennial Cancer Research Conference; and
  • A Skills Acquisition Program, offering financial support to cancer research trainees 
    wishing to visit another Institution to learn new techniques. 


Faculty supervisors place a high value on the program. They report that it allows them to conduct more and larger research studies and that their trainees’ efforts are crucial to the success and productivity of their research programs.

Many of the over 250 trainees who have taken part in the Cancer Research Training Program to date have chosen to pursue cancer research as a career.

May 2019 Trainees

For more information about the Cancer Research Training Program, refer to the Cancer Research Training Program Handbook.

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