Cancer Institute Membership Policy

Membership Criteria

Membership in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute (SOCCI) is available to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center faculty and medical staff who have an interest in cancer, cancer-related research, clinical trials and training, and who meet the criteria outlined below.

Membership Categories

Core Member

Faculty or medical staff with one of the following satisfies the eligibility requirement for Core Membership:

  • Demonstrated commitment to cancer research through scientific productivity, as evidenced by 1) current cancer research grants from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) or an NCI-approved peer-review agency or organization (see list below), or 2) within the past three years has submitted a competitive grant application and is a lead author (first or senior) of peer-reviewed cancer-related publication(s).  Those applying for SOCCI membership on the basis of an unfunded competitive grant application should provide the cover page of the most recent “Summary Statement”.
  • Conducts cancer-related research as a principal investigator of a Cedars-Sinai IRB / IACUC approved study or serves as a leader in extramural cancer related programs, and is a lead (first or senior) author of peer-reviewed cancer-related publication(s) within past three years.
  • A newly recruited faculty member in a cancer research field applying for independent competitive funding within three years of recruitment.
  • A faculty or Medical Staff member who holds a SOCCI level leadership position and contributes to the research objectives in important ways that lead to furthering the research mission of the SOCCI (research programs, committees or shared resources).

In addition, the following are required for Core Membership:

  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching, educational and / or training programs related to cancer.  
  • Regularly attends and participates in SOCCI sponsored seminars, committees and forums.  

Collaborative Member

Collaborative Members are Faculty and Medical Staff with expertise to enrich the overall interdisciplinary research environment of the SOCCI, but who are unable to commit to the level of activity required of Core Membership. A candidate for Collaborative Membership meets at least one of the following eligibility criteria:

  • Conducts clinical research as a principal investigator of Cedars-Sinai IRB-approved therapeutic clinical trials or accrues significant numbers of patients to such clinical trials (minimum of 5 patients per year).  
  • Is a principal or co-investigator of a Cedars-Sinai IRB / IACUC approved research protocol who systematically contributes to the research as a key collaborator (for example, procures clinical specimens, provides diagnostic expertise, directs laboratory experiments etc.).

In addition, the following are required for Collaborative Membership:

  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching, educational and / or training programs related to cancer.  
  • Regularly attends and participates in SOCCI sponsored seminars, committees and forums.  

Clinical Associate Member

Clinical Associates are Faculty clinicians and Medical Staff who enrich the overall interdisciplinary research environment of the SOCCI through all of the following:

  • Active role in Cedars-Sinai IRB-approved therapeutic cancer clinical trials (for example, accrues patients to these trials, aids in recruitment, facilitates protocol acquisition).
  • Member of a cancer related Center of Excellence or demonstrated participation in multi-disciplinary cancer conferences and / or tumor boards (Applies to Medical Staff).  
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching, educational and / or training programs related to cancer.  
  • Regularly attends and participates in SOCCI-sponsored seminars, committees and forums.  

Membership Responsibilities, Resource Access, and Application Procedure

Responsibilities

Core Members, Collaborative Members, and Clinical Associates are expected to contribute to the SOCCI through support of and participation in SOCCI activities, and to:

  • Demonstrate collaboration and interaction with other SOCCI investigators and inform the Director and / or program leader of cancer-related intramural research proposals and extramural grant applications in which the member is or plans to be involved in order to better plan and implement programs and to document the SOCCI’s research base.  
  • Support the SOCCI's mission, goals and priorities.
  • Provide the SOCCI with an annual summary of research activities and an updated NIH bio-sketch (including all publications and research support) and list the SOCCI as an affiliation on all publications.  
  • Submit all Cedars-Sinai-based cancer-related studies involving humans and / or human specimens / data to the SOCCI Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee prior to submission to IRB.  
  • Provide information to SOCCI on Cedars-Sinai-based cancer studies (including up-to-date patient accrual information and external audit reports) regardless whether SOCCI shared resources have been utilized.  
  • Participate in SOCCI inquiries and research audits as needed.
  • Serve on program and review committees as needed.  
  • Provide data to SOCCI related to clinical outcomes, and participate in SOCCI’s clinical quality improvement efforts.
  • Notify SOCCI leadership prior to external research audits.

Resource Access and Assistance

  • Use of SOCCI shared resources at no cost or discounted rates depending on type of membership and resource availability (for example, NIH-funded investigators may have priority of use).  Examples may include:
    • Biostatistics / Bioinformatics Core
    • Research Informatics
    • Bio-repository
    • Genomics Core
    • Imaging Core
    • Micro-array Core
    • Flow-Cytometry Core
    • Clinical Research Office (including, grant / development and management, financial management, compliance and regulatory assistance).
  • Eligible to apply for targeted funding, developmental funds, and interim research support as available or offered by SOCCI.
  • Eligible to participate in planning in program development.
  • Eligibility to participate in SOCCI-sponsored educational seminars, special educational events and educational retreats.
  • Eligibility for marketing, posting and features on Web Site and other activities as developed by the SOCCI.
  • Eligibility to shared use of SOCCI office and research space for SOCCI-related purposes when appropriate.
  • Assistance with fund-raising activity for SOCCI-designated program areas.

Membership Review Process

Membership will be reviewed and renewed annually, based on membership criteria.

Initial and renewal applications will be reviewed by the Membership Committee, and recommendation for membership will be provided to the SOCCI Director. The SOCCI Director has final authority on approval, disapproval, or termination of membership.  Final approval and notification to the candidate for membership and status will be provided by the SOCCI Director.  

If you are interested in applying for SOCCI membership, please complete and submit our electronic membership application form.

List of National Cancer Institute approved peer-reviewed agencies and organizations:

In addition to research grants, contracts and cooperative agreements from the NIH, awards from the following agencies may contribute to “peer reviewed, funded projects” (list source: http://cancercenters.cancer.gov/grants_funding/index.html on 23 February 2010)

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
American Cancer Society (ACS): national office only
American Foundation for AIDS Research (AFAR)
American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR)
Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
Central Office of the Veterans Administration (VA) – excluding local/regional awards and “block” grants
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Howard Hughes Foundation
Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Science Foundation (NSF)
Prevent Cancer Foundation
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
University of California-Wide Breast Cancer Research Program
U.S. Army (DOD) special research programs in ovarian, breast and prostate cancer
Florida Biomedical Research Program

Other awards from Department of Energy (DOE), Department of Defense (DOD), Department of Agriculture (DOA), the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), State Health
Departments, etc. may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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