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Prostate Cancer SPORE Investigator Resources

Prostate Cancer SPORE Investigator Resources

Career Development Program and Developmental Research Program

The Career Development Program (CDP) is intended to recruit and train junior faculty investigators at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago for careers in prostate cancer translational research through strong mentoring and career guidance. Career development investigators are selected after careful review of their credentials and potential to develop an independent career in prostate cancer research. Dr. Lee assigns each investigator a primary mentor, with whom he/she meets monthly, and a secondary mentor who meets with the career development investigator quarterly. Special efforts have been made to emphasize the recruitment of women and minorities to the SPORE Career Development Program. CDP investigators who are making significant progress after the first year are eligible for an additional year of funding.

The Developmental Research (pilot) Program supports innovative research initiatives by providing seed money through the funding of pilot projects. On an annual basis the SPORE solicits innovative translational research projects from investigators at Northwestern University, University of Chicago and NorthShore University Health System in all areas of prostate cancer with the ultimate goal of improving outcomes in prostate cancer patients. The SPORE funds five projects for a period of one year, with the option to extend funding for a second year if the research is successful and an extension is justified.

To learn more or to apply for a CDP or pilot, please contact:

Robin Leikin, PhD
Scientific Program Director, Lurie Cancer Center


The Prostate SPORE Investigators meeting is held the third Wednesday of each month in the Galter Pavilion of the Feinberg School of Medicine, 21st floor, conference room 21-150. Each meeting is 2:00pm-4:00pm. All members of the SPORE team are required to attend. For more information, please contact:

Betsy Haberl
Program Administrator, Prostate SPORE