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December 7, 2004 • Volume 1 / Number 47 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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NCAB Considers Expanded Intramural/ Extramural Collaborations

Leading National Cancer Institute (NCI) scientists briefed the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) last week on several innovative collaborations involving NCI-funded extramural researchers and NCI's intramural research program. With cancer research moving toward a more transdisciplinary, team approach, the briefing was an update on how NCI is advancing team science and serving as a venue to discuss expansion of collaboration between the intramural and extramural communities.

In particular, noted Dr. J. Carl Barrett, director of the NCI Center for Cancer Research (CCR), NCI leadership is looking to NCAB for guidance on leveraging the unique opportunities offered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) clinical center.

Several of the collaborations between the NCI intramural and extramural community involve consortia, which can provide the large number of patients and investigational uniformity needed to answer some of the most difficult cancer research questions. The Molecular Neuro-Oncology Consortia, jointly led by NCI and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, for example, has launched the Glioma Molecular Diagnostic Initiative (GMDI). GMDI includes a retrospective study of approximately 300 glioma tumor specimens, and a 1,000- to 1,500-patient prospective study involving collaborative groups and select other institutions funded by the NCI Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program.  Read more  

Director's Update

Annual Budget Proposal Provides Insight into NCI Priorities

It is with great hope for the future that I have submitted to Congress The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research (available at http://plan.cancer.gov), NCI's plan and budget proposal for fiscal year 2006. This proposal reflects efforts to acquire and apply the resources and programs to achieve our challenge goal to the nation - to eliminate suffering and death due to cancer by 2015.

Anchored in seven strategic investment areas, this proposal describes next steps for delivering the promise of improved cancer care and public health for all. These strategic areas are: cancer prevention, early detection, and prediction; overcoming cancer health disparities; the strategic development of cancer interventions; an integrated cancer trials system; advanced technologies; integrative cancer biology; and molecular epidemiology.  Read more  


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