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November 1, 2005 • Volume 2 / Number 42 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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CCR Grand Rounds
November 8: Dr. Jeffrey M. Trent, President and Scientific Director, Translational Genomics Research Institute; "Towards Systems Medicine: Applications in Bio-Defense"

November 15: Dr. Mark Levine, Chief, Molecular and Clinical Nutrition Section, Digestive Diseases Branch, National Institute of Diabetes & Digestive & Kidney Diseases; "Ascorbic Acid in Humans: Tight Control and Unexpected Consequences for Cancer Therapy"

CCR Grand Rounds are held 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the NIH campus in Bethesda, Md., in the Clinical Center's Lipsett Amphitheater.

President's Cancer Panel Meets to Discuss Recommendations
The President's Cancer Panel held two meetings in Washington, D.C., on October 24 and 25 to follow up on selected recommendations from its 2004-2005 annual report, Translating Research Into Cancer Care: Delivering on the Promise, which identified and discussed existing barriers to translating research into clinical practice. Last week's meetings focused on team science and the culture of research, workforce infrastructure, dissemination, and community participation. To catalyze action in these areas, the Panel assembled key stakeholders and decision makers to assess progress, identify critical next steps, and encourage collaboration. The results of these meetings will be published in the 2005-2006 annual report of the President's Cancer Panel, expected to be released in June 2006. For additional information about the Panel, go to or call 301-451-9399.

NCI Staff Honored
On October 26, NCI staff were honored for their outstanding contributions to the institute and to cancer research at the 2005 NCI Director's Awards Ceremony. NCI Director Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach presided over the ceremony to thank the staff for their exceptional work.

Among those recognized at the ceremony were the recipients of the NCI Director's Gold Star Award: Dr. Lee J. Helman for his management of the Clinical Research Program and willingness to assume the duties of Acting Director, Scientific Research; Sharon Miller for her innovative work in the Research Contracts Branch; and Dr. Edward Trimble for his efforts on international partnerships to reduce the burden of gynecologic cancer around the world.

In his remarks, Dr. von Eschenbach emphasized that, because of the dedication and hard work of the staff, NCI is making progress toward its goal of eliminating the suffering and death due to cancer.

A full list of this year's recipients is available at

ABC News Features Lung Cancer and Smoking in November
During November, ABC-TV's World News Tonight will launch "Quit to Live: Fighting Lung Cancer," a series of reports on smoking cessation and lung cancer prevention. The reports, airing three to five times each week, will highlight smoking cessation, public policy on smoking and tobacco, and recent medical advances on lung cancer treatment and prevention.

The network is partnering with NCI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North American Quitline Consortium to provide resources to help people quit smoking. ABC will direct viewers to the national toll-free quitline phone number (800-QUIT NOW, 800-784-8669), which automatically connects callers to their state-based quitlines, and to the Web site for additional resources on smoking cessation and lung cancer. The network Web site,, will also devote a portion of the site to the series.