Carle Foundation Hospital and the Beckman Institute Launch a New Fellows Program with a Cancer-related Research Focus

Carle Foundation Hospital and the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology are pleased to announce an exciting new Fellows program that will provide a young scientist with the opportunity to spend several years conducting cancer-related translational research. The Carle Foundation Hospital - Beckman Institute Fellows Program is intended for a recent Ph.D. who will focus his or her research efforts on engineering biological materials for molecular imaging investigations of cancer.

Beckman Institute Director Pierre Wiltzius said this is the first partnership of its kind with Carle Foundation Hospital.

"The development of this Fellows program is another step toward a great relationship with Carle Foundation Hospital. A relationship that we hope brings about tangible results in cancer-related research." Wiltzius said.

The selected candidate will be appointed for up to three years and will interact with Beckman Institute faculty as well as clinical mentors at the Carle Foundation Hospital. During the term, the Fellow will be allowed the opportunity to fully focus on research. The Fellow will be given access to state-of-the-art facilities and will be provided with staff support to aid their efforts.

"The Carle Foundation Hospital Beckman Institute Fellows wont have to worry about teaching or administrative responsibilities," Wiltzius said. "This gives recent Ph.D.s the opportunity to immerse themselves in their research and jump-start research programs that we hope yield advances in areas including non-invasive cancer screening and detection."

The ability for the Fellow to have relationships with mentors at Carle Foundation Hospital is also a great advantage of this program.

"Collaboration between practicing physicians and scientists is the key to translational research," said Suzanne Stratton, Ph.D., Vice President of Research at Carle Foundation Hospital. "The only way to develop new medical treatments and diagnostic tools is by close partnership between clinical and research disciplines. The ultimate goal is to improve patient care."

The Carle Foundation Hospital Beckman Institute Fellows Program will contribute to the Carle Foundation Hospital accomplishing its goals of enhancing relationships with University of Illinois scientists, advancing its translational research program in the area of breast cancer research, and providing an opportunity for its medical staff to collaborate with researchers in the search for breakthrough discoveries that will improve healthcare.

Applications for the 2008 Carle Foundation Hospital-Beckman Institute Fellows Program are now being accepted. The deadline for applications and supporting materials is Friday, April 4, 2008. The announcement of the selected Fellow will be on Friday, May 16, 2008.