The cc-TDI Childhood Cancer Nanocourse is a 5 day mini-course divided into two undefined segments – presentations by multidisciplinary expert speakers and discussion forums where experts and course participants engage in continued exploration of a topic.  Nanocourse speakers provide historical and basic introductory material that allows participants to understand and appreciate the current state of a disease’s research position in relation to such things as investigational targets, drug development and clinical trial design.


The GOALS of the Nanocourse are to:

  • Practice the skill of scientific discussion
  • Integrate material from expert presentations into your own knowledge
  • Discuss ideas that address important needs and unanswered questions about a disease
  • Form an opinion as a group on a direction which inspires you in which you feel research could be directed and that may ultimately improve outcomes
  • Identify strategic steps that are necessary to advance your idea, collaborative partnerships required and a communication strategy to share your efforts with the community.
  • Complete a group presentation
  • Have fun


The OBJECTIVES of the Nanocourse are:

  • For community members who have a range of scientific knowledge to lead or collaborate on a family and patient  prioritized project to generate new knowledge or tools for advancing research for the unmet needs of childhood cancers.
  • Projects will have a genuine science outcome that may do such things as answer a research question, enable infrastructure to support research, inform or support action among the childhood cancer community or facilitate policy decisions related to advancing childhood cancer research.
  • To enable an introductory learning experience of your child’s disease in relation to treatments, biology, pathology and clinical trials as well as an introduction to the scientific research process (how research works, what barriers exist, and how to overcome challenges to make progress in research on your child’s disease).
  • To develop a strategic roadmap or project that will involve networking and  building informed collaborations with other families, researchers and childhood cancer stakeholders.
  • To communicate project outcomes publicly in an open access scientific journal or other media format where possible to ensure your contribution to science is acknowledged and readily available to be utilized within the community.