Telehealth Demonstration Launched to Improve Cancer Research and Care
On March 1, HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson and NCI Director Andrew von Eschenbach launched a state-of-the-art, broadcast-quality telemedicine system at the King Hussein Cancer Center (KHCC) in Amman, Jordan.
"For so many regions of the world, technology and telemedicine will mean the difference between life and death for many patients," Thompson said. "I applaud the continued collaboration among all the nations who are working together to make our world a healthier place for all of us."
The demonstration of the system in Amman involved a link to St. Luke's Hospital in Dublin, Ireland, for a consultation on a patient at KHCC. The system will promote collaboration between cancer specialists, facilitate professional education and training, and permit consultation in cancer research protocols and patient care throughout Jordan and the Middle East, at selected sites in the United States as well as in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Other sites around the globe are being planned. Read more
RPG Funding Policies for FY 2004
There has been some confusion in the grantee community about our R01 policy and whether the cuts might represent a reduction of support from a grantee's current award level. I hope this message corrects any misunderstandings, and clarifies the rationale behind our decisions.
Although NCI funding remains at a historically high level, our operating budget in the current fiscal year (FY 2004) is slightly lower than that of last year as a result of cost-of-living adjustments, an increasing number of noncompeting grants, and assessments to support the NIH Roadmap Initiative and other centralized activities. To maintain the momentum of scientific discovery, we will continue to fund the maximum number of competing R01 research grants. The abrupt change in our rate of growth, however, has necessitated a modification in our funding policies. To secure the funds necessary to maintain the R01 payline at the 20th percentile, we will reduce the award amount of competing grants to a greater degree than has been the case over the past two years. This budget adjustment will enable us to support 75 more R01 grants than would have been possible if we maintained budget reductions at recent levels. Read more