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 Mays Cancer Center Membership

The UT Health San Antonio Membership

The Mays Cancer Center is an Organized Research Unit of UT Health San Antonio, and as such is subject to the rules and guidelines set out for an Organized Research Unit.

The Mays Cancer Center, an NCI-Designated Cancer Center, has a formal membership policy in support of the cancer center's mission

  • To promote interdisciplinary research in cancer-related areas of basic science, clinical research and cancer prevention, and control, and

  • To foster the application of the results of that research in the community setting, especially in the South Texas community serviced by this cancer.

Eligibility Criteria for Membership

Cancer Center Support Grant(CCSG) Members
Eligible candidates for this type of membership include those who
  • Have been a Principal Investigator on an NIH research project grant or other equivalent peer-reviewed, cancer-related grant or contract within the last two years; or

  • Are a Principal or Co-Investigator of cancer center clinical trials.

Associate Members
Eligible candidates for associate membership include those who have not yet met the requirements for CCSG membership but are progressing toward meeting those criteria as evidenced by a growing record of cancer-related publications and funding. This includes those who may be clinical investigators or educators and may not necessarily hold NCI-approved, R01 equivalent peer-reviewed research funding, but significantly contribute to the other missions of the UT Health Cancer Center: cancer-related education, dissemination or care.

This also includes individuals who are significant collaborators on research programs conducted by Mays Cancer Center members by contributing to the design and conduct of the research and co-authoring resulting cancer-related publications or playing an active role in cancer-related funded peer-reviewed projects.

Associate members are expected to make every effort to obtain NCI-approved cancer-related peer-reviewed funding within four years of initial appointment as an associate member as evidenced by submission of grant applications and a strong publication record.

Associate members may request to become a CCSG member at any time if they meet the criteria.

Significant collaborators and Co-Investigators from institutions other than UT Health San Antonio and the center are eligible for either CCSG or associate membership, provided they meet the criteria and are not from other NCI-supported cancer centers.

In all cases, cancer-related work will be verified by the publication and funding record of the potential member.

Affiliate Membership
Eligible candidates for affiliate membership include current trainees at the institution who are involved in cancer research. Professional students must be performing cancer research for course credit or conducting sufficient cancer related research that would result in co-authorship of an abstract or manuscript. M.S. and Ph.D. students must have at least one aim in their master's thesis or doctoral dissertation with direct cancer relevance. Postdoctoral trainees must be actively involved in cancer research that has the potential to result in a cancer-relevant manuscript or a presentation at a non-institutional meeting, ideally at the national level. In addition, the affiliate trainee's mentor should be a member (CCSG or associate) of the cancer center.

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Responsibilities of Membership

  • Attendance at member retreats
  • Attendance at center-wide and program-specific seminars and retreats
  • Participation in the annual Research Symposium
  • Provide annual update of publications, research funding, and research progress; as well as bio sketches and other support for senior leaders
  • Serve as scientific reviewers for pilot project applications as needed
  • Provide written progress reports for projects supported by pilot project funds
  • Give a seminar to share information obtained at meetings/symposia attended with support from the center's funds
  • Willingness to accrue patients to clinical trials
  • Acknowledgment of the Mays Cancer Center affiliation and shared resources, if appropriate, and NCI Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA54174) in publications, posters, and oral presentations
  • Provide evidence of cancer-related extramural funding and research publications
  • Willingness to represent and speak on behalf of the center in the community as requested

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