The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center will sponsor and host the Fourth International Conference on Cervical Cancer, May 19-22, 2005, in Houston, Texas. The conference will be co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, NCI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the European Institute of Oncology, Medical School of the University of Turin, and the Mirano Medical Center (Venice, Italy). The conference goal is to provide an update on research in cervical cancer by assembling leaders from multiple disciplines involved with all aspects of cervical cancer causation, prevention, and screening. The conference will focus on optical techniques for screening and detection, novel surgical approaches and chemo-radiation, prophylactic and therapeutic HPV vaccines, behavioral interventions, and quality-of-life issues. For more information go to http://www.mdanderson.org.
CTWG Seeks Feedback on Draft Recommendations
NCI's Clinical Trials Working Group (CTWG) is requesting feedback on its draft recommendations to improve the national clinical trials system. Developed over the last few months, the draft recommendations evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of the current system and address a wide range of issues. They are posted on the CTWG Web site (http://integratedtrials.nci.nih.gov). All stakeholders in the clinical trials process are encouraged to submit feedback to email@example.com by April 15. Comments will be considered during the preparation of the final recommendations, which will be presented to the National Cancer Advisory Board at its June 7 meeting.
caBIG Annual Meeting will be Webcast Live
The plenary sessions of the 2005 caBIG Annual Meeting on April 12-13 will be webcast live. Due to a large response, registration to attend the meeting has already been closed. The webcast will enable additional interested individuals to learn about the latest developments in NCI's caBIG initiative (NCI Cancer Bulletin, March 22, 2005). Webcast information and a meeting overview are available at http://caBIG.nci.nih.gov/2005_Annual_Meeting.
Science Writers' Seminar on Childhood Cancers
Extraordinary progress has been made in treating childhood cancers. A child diagnosed with cancer in the 1970s had less than a 50 percent chance of surviving for 5 years; today, 5-year survival rates for all childhood cancers are approaching 80 percent. NCI is sponsoring a Science Writers' Seminar to highlight the latest scientific discoveries in children's cancer and treatment on April 26. Speakers will include Drs. Lee Helman and Alan Wayne of NCI; Dr. Donald Small of Johns Hopkins University; and Kathy Russell, acting executive director of the Children's Inn at NIH. An NCI patient will also speak on the experience of having cancer as a child. The seminar will take place from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room of the Children's Inn on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md. Journalists wishing to register for the press briefing should contact Dorie Hightower or Ann Benner in the NCI Press Office at (301) 496-6641 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.