President's Cancer Panel Meets in Ohio
On Sept. 27, the President's Cancer Panel held the second in its series of meetings on "Translating Research to Reduce the Burden of Cancer" at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center in Columbus. Concerns voiced by participants included the need for more effective crossdisciplinary and crosscultural communication, public education on cancer as a disease process and the complexities of biomedical research, data sharing among researchers, and partnerships between academic medical centers and community organizations to disseminate research findings. Individuals who testified emphasized the importance of prevention research; reporting accurately and clearly to the public about cancer discoveries; promoting clinical trials as a treatment of first choice, instead of last resort; addressing clinical burdens of community physicians and oncologists; and more rigorously studying strategies for implementing proven cancer discoveries in communities. The panel will hold two more meetings, after which it will develop a report to the President and Congress outlining key issues and recommendations for better translating research to reduce the cancer burden.
NCI Hosts Seminar on Cancer and the Environment
The press office in the NCI Office of Communications held its 10th Science Writers' Seminar, "Cancer and the Environment," on October 7. Approximately 25 science and medicine reporters attended the seminar and about 120 people logged on to the videocast. Scientists from NCI and the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) discussed topics such as the interaction between genes and the environment and how scientists determine whether a substance causes cancer. Speakers included Drs. David Longfellow, Ken Cantor, and Ed Trapido, all of NCI, and Dr. Christopher Portier of NIEHS. The press office plans to expand the seminar program this year, collaborating with NCI-designated cancer centers to hold frequent seminars in cities across the country. Journalists can get more information about the seminars by contacting the NCI press office at (301) 496-6641 or firstname.lastname@example.org.