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The UCCH offers numerous scientific training opportunities

Scientific Training at UCCH

The numerous laboratories and medical departments of the University Cancer Center Hamburg (UCCH) provide a wealth of training opportunities for medical and science graduate students, early-career physicians, postdoctoral fellows and technical specialists.

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Translational cancer research for UCCH junior scientists

UCCH training program “Translational Cancer Research for Junior Scientists”

“Translational Cancer Research for Junior Scientists” is a training program especially designed for UCCH early-career scientists (doctoral students and postdoctoral fellows with a training background in life sciences) who are particularly interested in translational cancer research. The program’s various modules which we offer our participants will provide basic research scientists with a better understanding of translational science and with impulses for possible adaptions of their own current or future research for maximum clinical impact.

Please note that this training program is no PhD program in the classical sense. It is not possible to obtain an academic degree via participation in the program. However, it is a great opportunity to widen one’s horizon and to network with researchers and clinicians in the field of translational cancer medicine. It provides modules that can be attended concomitantly to one’s regular lab work in agreement with the individual PI. As participation is limited registration is mandatory. Please scroll down for all further details (curriculum, registration process, certification).


Dr. Natascha Kömm ( +49 (0) 40 7410 - 57932 , )


  • Module I: Clinic Visits

    A special and central feature of the training program is the module “Clinic Visits” that facilitates first-hand insight into the clinical perspective in cancer medicine and a unique opportunity to move ‘from bench to bedside’. This module consists of a theoretical and a practical part. The module starts with a lecture providing basic clinical oncological knowledge followed by whole-day visits on UCCH wards (each visit up to max. 3 days). The attendees accompany the ward’s clinicians during their daily work and thereby directly get in touch with cancer patients (please note that each attendee may visit max. 2 wards depending on the request).

    If you wish to attend the module “Clinic Visits”, please note that participation in the introductory lecture is mandatory. Please also note that a good knowledge of the German language is advantageous for participation in this module as this is the common spoken language on the wards, in tumor boards etc. A further requirement due to safety reasons is a Hepatitis B vaccination. The individual date for your “Clinic Visit” has to be agreed with the hosting department (after your admission for the module).

    Please note that registration for this module will be possible again in early 2019. The call for registrations will be announced on this website and via e-mail.

  • Module II: Lab Rotations

    Attendees of the module “Lab Rotations” get the opportunity to rotate to another UCCH lab in order to be advised in a special method or on a special technical device which should ideally be of use for one’s own research project. The duration of the rotation should be approx. 1 to 2 weeks (either en bloc or spread over a period of max. 3 months) and has to be agreed with the hosting lab depending on the method (after your admission for the module).

    Please note that registration for this module will be possible again in early 2019. The call for registrations will be announced on this website and via e-mail.

  • Module III: Journal Club

    Attendees of the module „Journal Club“ individually select and present publications from the field of translational cancer research. The publications are presented in English via PowerPoint slides and are subsequently discussed by all Journal Club participants under supervision of the module coordinators Dr. Ann Parplys or Dr. Natascha Kömm.

    If you wish to register for the module “Journal Club” you commit yourself to attend it on a regular basis. The Journal Club takes place weekly on Tuesdays, 12:00 to 13:00 in Campus Lehre, room 303 (exceptions occur and are announced to all attendees who registered for the module and submitted their contact data to one of the Journal Club coordinators).

    It ist possible to join the Journal Club at any time during the course of the year.

    If you wish to register for the Journal Club please contact one of the following coordinators:

    Journal Club Coordination:

    Dr. Natascha Kömm ( +49 (0) 40 7410 - 57932 , )

    Dr. Ann Christin Parplys ( +49 (0) 40 7410 - 51993 , )


  • Registration

    Please send your registration via e-mail to in English or German. Your registration e-mail should include the following information:

    • Which module(s) do you wish to register for? (It is possible to select a single module or to attend a selection of modules.)
    • Your full name and title
    • Your affiliation (department) and position (PhD student, Postdoc, etc.)
    • Your contact data (phone number and e-mail address)
    • The name of your PI
    • For the module "Clinic Visits": A brief declaration that you received a Hepatitis B vaccination


  • Certification

    Confirmations of participation in the UCCH Training Program are issued on request only. If you wish to have your participation in one or several modules confirmed, you may contact the UCCH Science Team via e-mail ( ).