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Membership Application and Review Process


Cancer Center Objectives

The overall mission of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center parallels that of the UC Irvine School of Medicine: DISCOVER. TEACH. HEAL. Within the broad discipline of cancer medicine, we strive to:


  • Facilitate and promote interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary basic, translational, patient-centered and clinical cancer research across UC Irvine and its affiliates
  • Develop new knowledge about the causes, prevention, treatment and survival of cancer that will change the standards of care nationwide and globally


  • Disseminate this new information to cancer practitioners, caregivers, patients and their families, and the general public, both within our community and nationally
  • Train the next generation of cancer researchers and care providers


  • Deliver the highest quality clinical care to cancer patients through multidisciplinary diagnostic, therapeutic and prevention programs
  • Develop and sustain programs to determine and alleviate the burden of cancer within the community we serve

Significance of Membership

The research capacity of the UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center derives from its membership, which draws from the university’s exceptional intellectual wealth of community of physicians, medical researchers, biologists, physicists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists and social scientists.

This coalition of viewpoints and expertise creates a culture of innovation because it enables members to examine issues from a variety of perspectives and helps them to call upon the talents, wisdom and knowledge of their colleagues. The members of the UC Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center work to share their know-how and talent in order to:

  • Apply the highest standards of safety, therapeutics and knowledge
  • Apply the modern techniques of basic, clinical and population science to the study of cancer and use them to benefit all populations affected by cancer, as well as to understand and eliminate disparities in cancer care and health differences between diverse population groups
  • Conduct multi-disciplinary clinical treatment programs that provide patients with the most appropriate and effective combinations of advanced therapies available, including experimental therapies
  • Develop evidence-based oncology to inform and transform cancer care
  • Educate and inform the community about the significance of cancer research and the application of research discoveries to cancer prevention, treatment and care
  • Initiate and develop cancer prevention, risk assessment and control research
  • Provide access to clinical trials for cancer patients, community oncologists and all populations, including medically underserved communities
  • Stimulate, support and facilitate collaborative interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary research in cancer through a multi-tiered research infrastructure that includes scientific programs, shared resources, organized leadership, pilot funding, interactive meetings and targeted recruitment
  • To provide education and training in cancer research and advanced cancer care for residents, post-doctoral fellows, clinical investigators and healthcare professionals at all levels of training and experience
  • Translate discoveries made in the laboratory, the clinic and the community into new applications that enhance cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, care and survivorship

Membership Benefits

All categories of members are provided regular information — primarily through email — about center research activities, symposia, education and outreach, and other activities in furtherance of the cancer center's mission. Members also receive the following benefits:

  • Priority access to cancer center shared resources
  • Ability to apply for competitive access to intramural funds provided by the cancer center
  • Clinical research, data management and recruitment support
  • IRB administrative support 

Membership Responsibilities

As part of the cancer research community, members receive benefits that entail certain responsibilities, namely:

  • A focus on cancer research regardless of perspective (e.g., basic scientist, clinical researcher, etc.)
  • Demonstrated commitment to collaborative activities with other members
  • Acknowledgement of cancer center membership in publications, cancer-related presentations and poster presentations; acknowledge Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) support (CA-062203) if shared resources are used in the conduct of the reported research or if CCSG-funded pilot project funds are awarded to the member
  • Annual submission of (1) a current “Other Support” and (2) a current four-page NIH biosketch outlining cancer-relevant work; renewal of membership every two years
  • Regular attendance at meetings of the program to which the member belongs
  • Reasonable availability for research-related activities, including mentoring, reviewer assignments, fundraising and service on cancer center committees developed to enhance research
  • Attendance at the annual cancer center research retreat
  • Submission of information requested on behalf of the cancer center

Membership Reappointment

Every two years, the status of all members will be reviewed for reappointment. In addition to meeting the criteria, a member's reappointment review will also evaluate ongoing activities associated with membership objectives.

In particular, consideration will be given to collaborative activities with members of the center’s programs, attendance at membership meetings sponsored by the programs or by the center, participation in center research efforts, leadership in significant outside organizations engaged with cancer, participation in peer-review study sections or other demonstrations of interaction with the cancer program.

As a consequence of review, members may have their categorical membership changed or terminated.