The 5th International Conference of the African Organization for Research and Training in Cancer (AORTIC), "Cancer in Africa: A Call to Action," took place in Dakar, Senegal, on November 14-17.
The conference was attended by 406 people from 37 countries. Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade opened the meeting with a pledge of personal support for the development of cancer programs in Africa. The keynote addresses were delivered by Dr. Simon Schraub of the Centre Paul Strauss in Strasbourg, France, and Dr. Joe Harford of NCI. For more information about AORTIC, go to www.aortic.org.
Roberts and Sporn Win Komen Brinker Award
Drs. Roberts and Sporn have collaborated for more than 30 years on research on transforming growth factor beta, a messenger molecule integral to the activities of the cell cycle. Their work is now forming the basis of new therapeutic approaches in breast cancer.
The award was established by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in 1992 to recognize extraordinary achievement in breast cancer-related basic and clinical scientific research. Dr. Trevor J. Powles of Parkside Hospital in London received the award for clinical research.
Seminar Describes Cancer Disparities
Several media outlets reported stories based on the event. HealthDay News published a story about the fatalism of some cancer patients, including those affected by poverty and lack of education, which also appeared on Forbes.com. The largest weekly newspaper serving Native Americans, Indian Country Today, is planning an article about cancer in the Native American community that will highlight NCI's Community Networks and Patient Navigator programs. A number of radio interviews with NCI staff also resulted from the seminar.
Software for Proteomics Analysis Available
The new software platform is the first comprehensive, freely available resource for proteomics researchers. A paper describing the base system was published early online December 8 in the Journal of Proteome Research.
The software version 1.1, an analytical platform supported by NCI's cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid™, was developed at the Seattle-based Hutchinson Center as part of a large NCI-funded research consortium to develop basic platforms for research into proteomics. Members of the Hutchinson Center-led consortium include the Institute for Systems Biology, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, and the Plasma Proteome Institute.
CPAS will provide researchers with open-source tools for organizing, managing, processing, and interpreting the vast amounts of data generated by proteomics and other biological experiments.
For more information, go to https://cabig.nci.nih.gov/workspaces/ICR/CPAS/document_view.
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