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UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) membership is available to all UCLA faculty. Members must have: a predominant and productive interest in cancer and/or related disciplines; the ability and willingness to contribute to JCCC; and an academic title in the Regular, In-Residence, Adjunct, or Clinical Instructor series at UCLA. Exceptions to this policy are considered on a case by case basis. Application for membership in JCCC is voluntary and also connotes agreement by the applicant with JCCC´s membership obligations and basic objectives (see below).
JCCC membership usually is offered only in conjunction with prior departmental appointments; therefore, approval by the applicant´s departmental chair as well as the relevant JCCC research program director is required.
Applicants should indicate on the application form the JCCC research program which best fits their primary area of interest. Current JCCC research programs are:
Applicants whose interests lie outside any of the defined JCCC program areas, as listed above, should explain their situation by describing their cancer-related activities briefly on the application form. A limited number of members may be categorized as "Members-At-Large."
Initial applications for JCCC membership are reviewed by JCCC leadership on an ongoing basis, at which time supplemental materials may be requested. There is an annual review of all members conducted by the JCCC Senior Leadership and Program Directors. Criteria for reviewing applications include the following:
Current Productivity in Cancer Field
- Cancer-related publications during previous three years
- Training activities in cancer
- National and community service (study sections, consultation to the National Cancer Instititue, voluntary assistance to cancer organizations, etc.)
Service to JCCC
- Administrative contributions and/or
- JCCC committee activities and/or
- In-house scientific peer review
- Communications/educational activities for the JCCC (scientific seminars, talks to lay groups, etc.)
Privileges of JCCC Membership
- Priority access to JCCC shared resources or core services
- Access to office and research space controlled by JCCC
- Invitation to participate in funded program area activities
- Access to Media Relations office for assistance with news releases or media inquiries
- Use of specialized facilities and resources (e.g., Good Manufacturing Practice Suite, Gene Expression Shared Resource, etc.)
- Grant and meeting information
- Listing of on-campus activities and seminars
- Assistance with fund-raising through the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA
Non-member faculty also may have access to seed grant funding under specifically defined circumstances (see separate guidelines for seed grant and fellowship support).
Objectives of JCCC
- Be dedicated to innovation and excellence in interdisciplinary cancer research and training. Its mission is to help move basic research into the applied setting to reduce cancer incidence, morbidity and mortality, and to improve detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
- Serve as a community resource to sponsor and conduct informational activities for lay people and healthcare professionals and to implement outreach programs linking those communities to the research and services of JCCC.
- Develop new program areas to assist and complement existing cancer research and clinical resources.
- Strive for the highest quality of clinical care by: promoting multidisciplinary diagnostic, treatment, and prevention services; demonstrating and evaluating new clinical management techniques; and fostering the rapid clinical application of demonstrably useful methods of cancer management.
- Strengthen oncology teaching programs in pre- and post-doctoral fields and in the allied health professions and encourage new ones to train the professional and technical personnel necessary to attack the cancer problem nationally.
- Strengthen shared resources for member investigators and will institute new shared resources as needed (see Shared Resources).
- Contribute to strengthening areas in cancer research and clinical service at UCLA that now require greater depth or breadth. In particular, the center will strive to develop oncology programs by fostering new appointments of high quality and by providing space, developmental and/or shared resource support where required.
- Operate multidisciplinary cancer research facilities in the Louis Factor Health Sciences Building. Partial centralization of cancer-related activities at UCLA: 1) contributes to increased efficiency in the use of facilities; 2) improves communication among investigators in many fields; 3) facilitates common utilization of shared resources; and 4) contributes to improved multidisciplinary cancer patient care within JCCC.
- Encourage active participation in its programs by practicing health professionals in Los Angeles and throughout the metropolitan region. This participation is the basis for developing a coordinated community cancer control program in cooperation with other agencies and medical centers serving the area.
Obligations of JCCC Membership
- All cancer researchers, whether members or not, must submit to the Internal Scientific Peer Review Committee (ISPRC), prior to submission to the appropriate Institutional Review Board, information about proposed clinical cancer research protocols in which they are the principal investigator. We are required by the National Cancer Institute to peer review all clinical protocols.
- All members should acknowledge the use of the Cancer Center facilities, space or assistance from the core grant, as appropriate, on their research publications, and they should send single copies of reprints of these published papers to the JCCC Administrative Office for record-keeping purposes.
- Please carefully review these Membership Guidelines and Objectives. Additional information may be obtained, if required, by calling (310) 825-5268 or by writing to the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center Administrative Office, 8-684 Louis Factor Health Sciences Building, Box 951781, Los Angeles, California 90095-1781 (campus: 8-684 Factor, 178121).
- Complete the membership application form and all required attachments. (Incomplete applications will be returned for completion before review.)
- Applications for membership should be submitted directly to the JCCC Administrative Office. Each application will be reviewed by the respective program area director(s) and forwarded to the Membership Committee. Recommendations of the Membership Committee will be submitted to the JCCC scientific directors. Final recommendations will be made to the JCCC Director.