Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute

2023 Pediatric Cancer Nanocourse

For RMS patients & families (student & Wilms' spots are full!)

August 7-11, 2023 at the Portland area cc-TDI Lab

What is a nanocourse, anyway?

nanocourse is a dynamic approach to teaching advanced scientific topics in a condensed fashion. Put simply: our nanocourse is a crash course in pediatric cancer. 

The goal of the Pediatric Cancer Nanocourse is to train members of the public to act as informed liaisons between childhood cancer researchers and the community. Features of the course will include:

  • A didactic overview of childhood cancer treatment, biology, pathology, and clinical trials
  • An introduction to the scientific research process: how research works, what barriers exist, and how to overcome challenges and make progress on rare childhood cancers
  • Lectures on Wilms' tumors and Rhabdomyosarcoma
  • Daily mentorship and hands-on opportunities to shadow our research scientists in the laboratory
  • A self-selected group research project, with the opportunity to collaborate with fellow participants 
  • The opportunity to build network of informed and empowered advocates who can drive the cure of rare cancers
Previous course members have had their findings published in the peer-reviewed scientific literature. There is no cost to attend the course, but participants are required to cover their own travel, lodging, and meals.  This is an immersive hands on experience -- virtual attendance by videoconference is not possible.  

We believe that liaisons like you are critical to speeding the development of new and effective treatments for rare pediatric cancers. We look forward to learning with and from youPlease contact scientific director Charles Keller, MD with questions at

Read published findings by our previous course graduates