Call for projects to recruit a team leader working in the field of Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC)

Deciphering the complexity of aggressive breast cancer to improve survival

The Cancer Research Center of Toulouse (CRCT, Inserm / CNRS / University Toulouse III Paul Sabatier), together with the Fondation Toulouse Cancer Santé and the IUCT-Oncopole will support a new Chair of excellence and are now launching a call to recruit a team leader willing to start a new research team working in the field of Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC).

Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) is a highly heterogeneous and clinically aggressive neoplasm that accounts for 15-20% of breast cancers with the highest mortality rate of all breast cancer subtypes.

TNBC is defined by a poorly differentiated state, lack of expression of the estrogen receptor (ER) or progesterone receptor (PR), and without overexpression/amplification of human HER2. Unlike hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, which is usually treated with hormonotherapy, or HER2-positive breast cancer, which can be treated with therapeutic antibodies (e.g. trastuzumab), TNBC management does not benefit so far from effective targeted therapy, and conventional chemotherapy remains the standard of care for patients, with limited clinical impact. In addition, the molecular biology of this cancer type is still poorly understood. Therefore, a better understanding of TNBC oncogenesis and the identification of novel actionable targets could greatly benefit to patients with TNBC.

The objective of this Chair is to better understand the genetics, biology and microenvironment of TNBC, based on innovative technologies such as single cell molecular analysis, as a source for novel targets and therapeutic strategies.

This Chair is aimed at world-class researchers. The laureate will receive funding equivalent to an ERC Starting Grant of €1.5 million for a period of 5 years. The terms of the funding will be negotiated with the laureate.

This Chair complies with the CRCT’s scientific priorities and will benefit from the support of IUCT-Oncopole’s clinical and bioclinical teams who are currently investigating the genomic landscape and the characteristics of metastatic TNBC. The successful applicant will conduct world-class research using state-of-the art technological platforms, shared between the CRCT and the IUCT-Oncopole, for the molecular exploration of patient tissues.

Applications must include :

  • A non-confidential summary of the project for the general public (maximum 1 page, Calibri 10 font)
  • The complete scientific project, including the scientific objectives of the project, the methodology and techniques, as well as the expected results (5 pages maximum excluding figures, Calibri 10 font).
  • The complete CV of the applicant.
  • The complete list of the applicant’s publications.
  • A proposed budget.

The evaluation of the projects will be done on site by an international external jury in spring 2023, with an expected start in autumn 2023. The exact timetable will be communicated to applicants at a later date.

Applications should be sent before 8 january 2023 to

Centre de Recherches en Cancérologie de Toulouse

Toulouse Cancer Research Center (Oncopole)

Toulouse – FR

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