Amy Bouton, PhD, Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology and Ex Officio Past President of the Cancer Biology Training Consortium (CABTRAC), appeared on a recent episode of the NCI’s Inside Cancer Careers podcast titled “The State of Cancer Training: The CABTRAC Perspective.”
Dr. Bouton discussed topics including the importance of retention to sustaining a diverse research faculty, and the relevance of training to careers across academia and beyond.
“They (trainees) are learning important skills. They’re learning important people skills. They’re learning important problem-solving skills. And they’re being introduced to discovery science. It doesn’t matter where they end up. Those skills and that introduction to discovery and research, I think, can do wonders for the way they look at the world and the way they look at their careers,” Dr. Bouton said. “And I think if we convey that to our trainees, then they are much more engaged and excited about doing it and recognize that really, the world is at their fingertips.”
CABTRAC was established in 2005 to facilitate the collaboration between individuals and institutions dedicated to training cancer researchers, working with more than 80 institutions and NCI’s Cancer Training Branch.
Dr. Bouton, former UVA Comprehensive Cancer Center Associate Director for Education and Training, appeared with CABTRAC President Mary E. Reyland, PhD, Professor of Craniofacial Biology at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medial Campus; President-Elect and Secretary Rolf A. Brekken, PhD, Professor of Surgery and Pharmacology, Deputy Director of the Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research, and Director of the Cancer Biology Graduate Program at UT Southwestern; and Vice President and Treasurer Dan Welch, PhD, Professor of Cancer Biology Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Kansas.
Hosted by Oliver Bogler, PhD, Director of NCI’s Center for Cancer Training, Inside Cancer Careers is available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.