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University of California Irvine Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Membership Application and Review Process


Objectives of the Cancer Center

The overall mission of the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center parallels that of our parent institutions, to DISCOVER, TEACH, and 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 that we serve

The 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 assets of exceptional intellectual wealth provided by the community of physicians, medical researchers, biologists, physicists, chemists, mathematicians, engineers, computer scientists and social scientists. This coalition of viewpoints and expertise creates a culture for innovation, because it enables members to look at 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 and 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 including 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 health care 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 e-mail, about Center research activities, symposia, education and outreach, and other activities in furtherance of the Cancer Center mission.  Members, in addition, receive the following benefits:

  • Priority access to Cancer Center shared resources
  • Ability to apply for competitive access to intramural funds provided by the Center, notably, Grants-In-Aid for Academic Clinical Oncologists, Seed Grants, Bridge Funding, and Protocol Specific Data Management support
  • Administrative support for the execution of cancer clinical contract and grant proposals and post award administration, as well as administrative support for the execution of major, collaborative funding proposals such as P01 and U01 proposals, “roadmap” proposals, T32 training grants, or SPOREs; these proposals are characterized by substantial, multidisciplinary participation of researchers
  • Clinical Research Office, data management and recruitment support
  • Quality IRB administrative support
  • Access to the CFCCC information systems support team
  • Priority use of Cancer Center meeting facilities
  • Ability to apply for CCSG-supported leadership positions
  • Access to office and research space controlled by the Cancer Center
  • Access to the CFCCC Director of Development for assistance with fundraising
  • Access to cancer-related administrative support and resources such as: Survey Monkey, recording devices, cameras, laptops, projectors, video conferencing software, etc. 

 Membership Responsibilities

As part of the cancer research community, the benefits received by Members 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 Center membership in publications, cancer related presentations and poster presentations; acknowledge CCSG support (CA-62203) if Shared Resources are utilized 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 activities, reviewer assignments, fundraising activities, service on 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, all members will have their membership status reviewed for reappointment.  In addition to meeting the criteria, reappointment review will also evaluate ongoing activities associated with membership objectives.  In particular, collaborative activities with members of the Center’s Programs, attendance at membership meetings sponsored by 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 will be considered.  As a consequence of review, members may have their categorical membership changed or terminated.