Big Data Training for Cancer Research

Helping health researchers develop skills for managing, visualizing,
analyzing, and integrating big data

Upcoming Special Lecture Series (Zoom & in-person)

Time: All lectures held from 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm (PDT)

In-person location: Sue Gross Auditorium

2024 Special Lecture Series (July 15 - 24, 2024)

Tracking Exposure and Spread of Infectious Diseases

Monday, July 15
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Phillip Felgner, PhD

Director of the Vaccine Research & Development Center, UC Irvine

Systems Biology Approaches in Cancer Research

Tuesday, July 16
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Marian Waterman, PhD

Deputy Director, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Big Data and Cancer: Where are we going?

Wednesday, July 17
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Richard Van Etten, MD, PhD

Professor of Medicine and Biological Chemistry
Director & Senior Associate Dean & Associate Vice Chancellor, Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Endowed Director’s Chair in Cancer Research & Treatment, University of California, Irvine

Research Misconduct: From Definitions to Prevention

Thursday, July 18
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Georg Striedter, PhD

Professor of Neurobiology & Behavior and Research Integrity Officer, UC Irvine

Overview of Bioconductor for Cancer Research

Friday, July 19
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Sean Davis, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Informatics and Data Science
Professor of Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine

Integrating Data Types to Understand the Impact of Early-Life Experiences

Monday, July 22
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Hal S. Stern, PhD
Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor 
Chancellor’s Professor, Department of Statistics
University of California, Irvine

UC Irvine and HHS/NIH Health Ecosystem

Tuesday, July 23
1 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Steve A. N. Goldstein, MA, MD, PhD, FAAP
Vice Chancellor, Health Affairs
Distinguished Professor of Pediatrics, Physiology & Biophysics, and Pharmaceutical Sciences
Susan & Henry Samueli College of Health Sciences
University of California, Irvine

Around the Corner: Peering into the Future for Personalized Precision Health

Tuesday, July 23
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Eric Stahlberg, PhD
Director of Cancer Data Science Initiative at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research

Utilizing Data to Make Advancements for Cancer

Wednesday, July 24
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD
Associate Director for Informatics and Data Science Program in the NCI Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology 

What is BigCARE?

Cancer big data is a collection of high-density information from a variety of sources, and it requires sophisticated statistical and computational tools to analyze and extract knowledge. Built on a previous big data training program designed for general biomedical researchers, BigCARE is aimed at helping cancer researchers develop the necessary analytical skills to work with big data, and translate it into knowledge that facilitates precision cancer medicine.

BigCARE 2024 Summer Workshop

The Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center (CFCCC) of the University of California, Irvine is pleased to announce the annual NCI-funded workshop on “Big Data Training for Cancer Research” (BigCARE) on July 14-26, 2024. This intensive workshop will help cancer researchers develop skills for managing, visualizing, analyzing, and integrating various types of omics data in cancer studies. The workshop is open to researchers including oncologists, faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students. With supplemental funding from NIAID, we also welcome researchers in infectious & immune-mediated diseases. Individuals from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. The workshop will be held on-site at the University of California Irvine, in Irvine, CA. There is no cost for registration, tuition, food, and lodging! Travel scholarships would be available for a limited number of participants. Please submit your application by clicking the "APPLY TODAY" button. For more information, please visit our APPLY page, or email us at

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Frequently Asked Questions

Researchers including oncologists, faculty, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students who are inexperienced in big data science. For graduate students, we require you to pass the qualification/preliminary exam to apply. With supplemental funding from NIAID, we also welcome researchers in infectious & immunemediated diseases.

All applicants will be required to have finished coursework related to cancer biology, to have research training in cancer studies, and to have taken one graduate level class in statistics.

To apply to the workshop, applicants must complete the online application. It calls for applicants to provide personal information, a summary of education background, a research statement (at most 2000 characters), an NIH biosketch, and completion of a questionnaire which helps us assess your statistical/computing skills. Additionally, graduate students/post-docs/research staff will be asked for a letter of support from their mentor(s) that clearly states that they are supportive of your participation in the program and recognize the time commitment necessary to successfully complete the program.

You need to provide the CITI training certificate, complete pre-course survey, go through the pre-course materials, and set up accounts for accessing supercomputer as preparation for the training program. Instructions will be provided once you are enrolled.

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