Research

membership

Overview

Cancer Center members gain access to reduced rates at Center-sponsored core facilities and members-only pilot funding opportunities. The Center promotes intra and inter-programatic collaboration through seminars, programatic meetings, communications, and annual scientific retreat.

Membership is open to all cancer researchers throughout Louisiana regardless of institutional affiliation. Applicants may not be current members of an NCI-designated Cancer Center.

Center members are expected to actively participate in at least one LCRC research program; develop inter- and intra-programmatic research collaborations leading to publications and proposals;  provide annual updates of cancer-focused funding, publications, accruals, and leadership roles (nationally & institutionally) for LCRC progress reports; and acknowledge use of LCRC shared resources, salary support, and/or research development awards on research publications.

Membership Criteria

Faculty employed by the member partners of the LouisianaCancer Research Center (LCRC) – that is Louisiana State University HealthSciences Center in New Orleans, Tulane University Health Sciences Center,Xavier University of New Orleans, and Ochsner Health - and faculty from otherLouisiana state institutions conducting cancer research apply for LCRC membership using the membership application form found on the LCRC webpages, the LCRC partner institution leads, or available by request. After consultation with the membership committee the LCRC Director appoints members in a specific membership category based on set criteria described below. Regular review of membership by the LCRC Director and Membership Committee may result in continuation, termination or change in membership category. Continuous membership is contingent on continued pursuit of cancer-related peer-reviewed research and/or cancer-related clinical activities. To be eligible for LCRC membership, the applicant must have either a doctoral level full or part time faculty appointment OR a clinical or research appointment/employment at their institution. The membership committee is comprised of the leads of each partner institution and will incorporate programmatic leads as they are appointed. Membership category is determined as follows.

Full membership

The applicant must meet one of the following criteria: 

1. Be the Principal Investigator (PI), Multiple PI (MPI), or Project Director (PD) on NCI-approved peer-reviewed program-eligible awards (e.g., R01, P01, U01, DOD, ACS, AICR, etc.)*etc.) *. Peer-review is defined by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) but generally includes all federal organizations and large non-profits. For the list see this link. Grants must include a clearly defined cancer focus.  

2. Be PI of an investigator initiated clinical trial 

3. Serve in a leadership role in the LCRC 

Full members have the following benefits:  

a. Eligibility to compete for LCRC Developmental Funds and pilot projects 

b. Eligibility for subsidized use of LCRC supported shared resources 

c. Eligible to direct or assist strategic planning initiatives 

d. Association with a LCRC Research Program 

e. Invitations to scientific retreats, seminars and special programs 

f. Inclusion on the LCRC website

Associate LCRC Member

The applicant must meet one of the following criteria:

1. Have cancer-related co-publications in peer-reviewed journals

2. Provide a significant and independent clinical, translational, or basic science research contribution

3. Be in the first 3 years of a faculty appointment

4. Play a key role in a national cooperative group

Associate members have the following benefits:  

a. Eligibility to compete for LCRC Developmental Funds and pilot projects

b. Eligibility for subsidized use of LCRC supported shared resources

c. Association with a LCRC Research Program

d. Invitation to scientific retreats, seminars and special programs

e. Inclusion on the LCRC website

CONTRIBUTING Member

Faculty researchers who are doing cancer relevant work, but who do not qualify for Full or Associate member status.  

Collaborating members have the following benefits:  

a. Access to LCRC shared resources for Cancer focused projects

b. Invitation to scientific retreats, seminars seminars, and special programs

All members commit to:

— Actively participate in at least one LCRC research program

— Develop Inter- and intra-programmatic research collaborations leading to publications and proposals

— Provide annual updates of cancer-focused funding, publications, accruals, and leadership roles (nationally & institutionally) for LCRC progress reports

— Acknowledge use of LCRC shared resources, salary support, and/or research development awards

program area descriptions:

Tumor Biology: Work in discovery of new cancer driving mechanisms including signal transduction, hormonal response, apoptosis, tumor microenvironment, cancer immunology

Genes x Environment: Work in Viral Oncology, DNA Damage, DNA repair, some epidemiology

Therapeutics & Diagnostics: Developing therapeutics and diagnostics, developing or running cancer clinical trials.

Cancer Population Sciences & Disparities: The epidemiology of cancer, especially disparities, health equity, and behavioral interventions for better prevention and diagnosis.

Membership Application Process

Applicants should complete the Membership Application Online or download below and email to: membership@lacancerresearch.org

Complete applications should include: membership application; an updated biosketch in the latest NIH format (Word doc) including current and pending funding (where applicable); and a statement of cancer relevance for the applicants research (up to 1 page).

Applications are reviewed by the LCRC Membership Committee whose recommendations are forwarded to the Center Director for final determination.

COMPLETE MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION ONLINE

OR

DOWNLOAD MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

Areas of focus