The overall goal of the Career Enhancement Core is to provide a broad range of research-related activities that will build and improve research expertise in Tobacco Regulatory Science (TRS). The focus is on supporting project teams, raising awareness of TRS at the University of Rochester and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell Park), growing the number of TRS researchers, and engaging with investigators at other NIH/FDA Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science (TCORS). We will use traditional and innovative approaches to address the following aims:
1) Create competency-based approaches and case studies for TRS career enhancement.
2) Provide collaborative pilot projects and other supervised TRS research experiences.
3) Provide flexible career enhancement resources to enhance TRS learning and research capacity.
4) Foster collaborative networks among TCORS investigators nationally.
We will build on considerable existing resources at the University of Rochester and Roswell Park, including the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute and associated Coordination Center for Leading Innovation and Collaboration. Career enhancement activities will include mentored pilot projects, synergy papers, webinars and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), career stories by current investigators, an annual student TRS competition, virtual lab tours, independent studies, internship and exchange programs, an annual Roswell Park /University of Rochester conference, and infusion of TRS content into existing curricula, seminars, and trainee and mentor development programs.