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Cancer Center Membership Guidelines

Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) Cancer Center membership is open to individuals who have demonstrated an interest in cancer-related research and/or cancer-related clinical activities. Membership in the MCW Cancer Center is a privilege that provides several unique benefits. All Members:
  • Receive MCW Cancer Center publications and communications
  • Invitation to Annual Research Retreat

Research and Clinical members may take advantage of the following benefits:

  • Priority access and negotiated rates to use MCW Cancer Center shared resources (All members should acknowledge any use of shared resources in their research publications.)
  • Opportunity to apply for MCW Cancer Center seed grant funding 
  • Opportunities for leadership in cancer research
  • Potential access to MCW Cancer Center space
  • Membership listing on the MCW Cancer Center Website

 


 
Membership Criteria
 
Research Member
Established investigators must meet the following requirements:
  • MCW academic appointment (Assistant Professor or above) or a professional appointment with MCW affiliated hospitals and organizations deemed appropriate by the Director
  • Principal investigator of cancer-related, peer-reviewed* funded research OR Named investigator/collaborator of cancer-related, peer-reviewed* funded research OR Major contributor in the development and implementation of cancer-related institutional clinical trials AND a minimum of 5 patient clinical trial registrations per year
  • Recent cancer-related publications (during the last three years) in peer-reviewed professional journals
  • Clear commitment to participate in one or more MCW Cancer Center Research Programs
  • Utilization of MCW Cancer Center shared resources (core facilities) as appropriate
 
Junior investigators must meet the following requirements:
  • MCW academic appointment (Assistant Professor or Instructor) or a professional appointment with MCW affiliated hospitals and organizations deemed appropriate by the Director
  • Actively pursuing cancer-related funding
  • Recent cancer-related publications (during the last three years) in peer-reviewed professional journals
  • Clear commitment to participate in one or more MCW Cancer Center Research Programs
  • Utilization of MCW Cancer Center shared resources (core facilities) as appropriate
 
 
Clinical Member
Must meet the following requirements:
  • MCW academic appointment (Assistant Professor or above) or a professional appointment with MCW affiliated hospitals and organizations deemed appropriate by the Director
  • Significant professional involvement in cancer care and/or education
  • Clear commitment to participate in the development of the MCW Cancer Center’s mission
 
 
Affiliate
Must meet the following requirements:
  • MCW academic appointment (Assistant Professor or above) or a professional appointment with MCW affiliated hospitals and organizations deemed appropriate by the Director
 
 

Application Process:

  1. Read the membership criteria and determine which membership level is appropriate.
  2. Complete the electronic application and email required documentation to the Cancer Center
  3. Applicants will receive written notification of the decision indicating their type of membership following membership review.
 
Once an application for membership has been received, the relevant Program Leader will evaluate the application. When the Program Leader has approved an application, the Leadership Committee will review the application and make a final recommendation to the Center Director.
 
Research Programs:
  • Cancer Biology (Leaders: Balaraman Kalyanaraman PhD, Carol L. Williams PhD)
  • Tumor Progression & Metastasis (Leaders: Michael B. Dwinell PhD, Kathleen M. Schmainda PhD)
  • Hematologic Malignancy & Transplantation (Leader: William R. Drobyski MD)
  • Population Sciences (Leaders: Ann B. Nattinger MD, MPH, Joan Neuner MD, MPH)
 
New membership applications will be reviewed quarterly at the Leadership Committee meetings and every member will be reviewed at least once a year to ensure they continue to maintain a cancer focus and meet all criteria for membership status. As a result of this evaluation, membership can be revoked, or members can be assigned to a different membership category as appropriate. This evaluation is based on member productivity with respect to cancer publications, grants, and clinical trial accrual.
 

* Definition of Peer-Reviewed, Funded Research (per NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) Guidelines):
  • Awarded individual research grants, cooperative agreements and research contracts from the NCI including all awards with the following prefixes: R01, R03, R18, R21, R24, R25E, R29, R33, R35, R37, R41, R42, R43, R44, R55, P01 and P50 sub-projects, P30s other than the CCSG, U01, U54, U56, N01 research contracts and peer-reviewed, funded subcontracts of center members participating in collaborative research. (Note: Shared resources/cores of multi-component grants are not eligible for inclusion.)
  • Components of National Cooperative Groups (e.g., U10s, U19s) funded by the NCI
  • Individual research studies involving protocols approved by the NCI Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program (CTEP) and funded by NCI.
  • Individual research studies involving prevention and control protocols approved by the NCI Cancer Control Protocol Review Committee and funded by NCI.
  • Awarded research grants, cooperative agreements, and research contracts from other institutes of the NIH (same prefixes as above).
 
Awarded research grants from the following organizations also meet the NIH peer review standard:
  • Agency for Health Care Research and Quality (AHRQ)
  • American Cancer Society (ACS): national office only
  • American Foundation for AIDS Research (AFAR)
  • American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • Central Office of the Veterans Administration (VA) - excluding local/regional awards and “block” grants
  • Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  • Florida Biomedical Research Program
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Howard Hughes Foundation
  • Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
  • National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Prevent Cancer Foundation
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure
  • U.S. Army (DOD) special research programs in ovarian, breast & prostate cancer
  • University of California-Wide Breast Cancer Research Programs
     
To apply, click one of the links below

Research Member Application
Clinical Member Application
Non-MCW Faculty or MCW Staff Application