Leadership for Cancer Informatics Research (The Course)
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Course Info

This course includes 1 attempt.

This course is part of a series of courses for the Informatics Technology for Cancer Research (ITCR) called the Informatics Technology for Cancer Research Education Resource. This material was created by the (ITCR Training Network (ITN) which is a collaborative effort of researchers around the United States to support cancer informatics and data science training through resources, technology, and events. This initiative is funded by the following grant: National Cancer Institute (NCI) UE5 CA254170. Our courses feature tools developed by ITCR Investigators and make it easier for principal investigators, scientists, and analysts to integrate cancer informatics into their workflows. Please see our website at www.itcrtraining.org for more information.

This course aims to provide research leaders with guidance about:  

 1) How to effectively lead and support team members on informatics projects  

 2) How to perform informatics projects well  

 3) How to support informatics collaborators, mentees, and employees

 4) How to better support diversity within your team

 5) Tools that can help you perform informatics projects well

The course is intended for researchers who lead research teams or collaborate with others to perform multidisciplinary work. We have especially aimed the material for those with moderate to no computational experience who may lead or collaborate with informatics experts. However this material is also applicable to informatics experts working with others who have less computational experience.

Students will be graded based on their performance on short multiple choice quizzes.



  • Leadership
  • Medicine

Course Material

  • About this course
  • Introduction
  • Motivation
  • Target audience
  • Curriculum
  • Informatics teams challenges
  • Meet the team!
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    Introduction Quiz10 attempts allowed
  • Guidelines for multidisciplinary informatics teams
  • Finding and creating informatics teams
  • Communication for informatics teams
  • Record keeping practices
  • Leadership best practices
  • Conclusion
  • References
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    Team Guidelines Quiz10 attempts allowed
  • Informatics project guidelines
  • Identifying good informatics questions
  • Informatics project pitfalls
  • Informatics project pitfall mitigation methods
  • Conclusion
  • References
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    Project Guidelines Quiz10 attempts allowed
  • Informatics relationships
  • Cultivating good multidisciplinary lab relationships
  • Collaborating with informatics experts
  • Employing informatics experts
  • Mentoring informatics students
  • Conclusion
  • References
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    Lab Relationships Quiz10 attempts allowed
  • Promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Diversity is beneficial
  • Underrepresentation in cancer informatics
  • Examples of contributions by individuals of underrepresented groups
  • Underrepresentation in clinical trials
  • Strategies to promote more equitable inclusion in clinical trials
  • What does it take for clinical research to be ethical?
  • Research practices to reduce cancer health disparities
  • Ways to better support a more diverse research team
  • Conclusion
  • References
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    Promoting Diversity Quiz10 attempts allowed
  • Informatics lab management tools
  • Slack
  • Git and GitHub
  • Docker
  • Figshare
  • RStudio and R Markdown
  • Jupyter
  • Note-taking apps
  • Conclusion
  • References
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    Management Tools Quiz10 attempts allowed
  • About the authors


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