State-of-the-Art Principles and Skills Development for High-Impact Cancer Research

hicr-1120%20x%20250%20blank%20hero.jpgCancer Biology & Therapeutics: High-Impact Cancer Research is the acclaimed Harvard Medical School post-graduate certificate program for cancer research. It teaches the principles and skills shaping today’s most important cancer research activities.  

Participants learn directly from distinguished leading experts who have achieved breakthroughs in fields from discovery biology to therapeutics and prevention. Faculty are leaders from Harvard and other internationally recognized institutes.


With so many new and promising strategies and recent developments, the opportunities to produce and enable high-impact cancer research are unprecedented. Recent advances continue to expand and reshape our views of the essential features of cancer. We are learning important new aspects of how cancers develop, how to find and diagnose cancers earlier, how to design and unleash powerful new anti-cancer therapies, and how to evaluate cancer risk and even prevent tumors from arising. These advances are delivering useful, productive changes that lead to better cancer outcomes. 

In this special program, world leaders in cancer research share their insights and teach this changing science. Participants learn the new fundamentals of a wide spectrum of cancer science and the skills necessary to envision, design and lead cutting-edge cancer research projects that can contribute to these changes. 

This program is designed to help participants make high-impact contributions that lead to better cancer outcomes. As a participant, you will:

  • Explore the most current understanding of the molecular and cellular basis of cancer development, detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention
  • Learn innovative science from the innovators themselves
  • Hear about new cancer treatments from the individuals who developed the therapies and are testing them in ongoing clinical trials
  • Hone the skills necessary to identify and answer key questions needed to make your own future contributions
  • Customize your learning experience for your specific interests
  • Build an international network of colleagues and friends

This Harvard Medical School program is open to both new and seasoned researchers. The customized facets of this program enable you to tailor your learning experience to your specific research interests and career goals. 

Program Start/End Date: October 29, 2018 | October 26, 2019

Workshop Dates
  • Workshop 1: October 29 – November 2, 2018 | Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Workshop 2: April 8–12, 2019 | Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  • Workshop 3: October 21–26, 2019 | Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Admission Dates
  • Early Admissions Deadline: August 17, 2018
  • Early Admissions Deposit Deadline: August 31, 2018
  • Application Closes: September 21, 2018
  • Tuition Due: October 1, 2018
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