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April 18, 2006 • Volume 3 / Number 16 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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Featured Meetings and Events
A calendar of scientific meetings and events sponsored by the National Institutes of Health is available at
Revised Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool Available
A revised version of the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Tool is now available on NCI's Web site. Intended for use by health professionals, this tool calculates 5-year and lifetime estimates of a woman's risk of developing invasive breast cancer based on her medical history, reproductive history, and family history of the disease. The tool was designed by scientists at NCI and the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project, an NCI Clinical Trials Cooperative Group.

The revised tool has a more appealing user interface and includes information about the statistical model upon which the tool is based. A "Quick Links" feature provides easy access to a broad range of breast cancer-related information on the NCI Web site, including information about current breast cancer prevention and treatment clinical trials. The tool can be accessed at

Cover of NCI Cancer Bulletin Cancer Bulletin Wins Award
The NCI Cancer Bulletin has received a 2006 Award for Excellence in the Print Media Communicator Awards competition in the Government Newsletter category. The Print Media Communicator Awards is an international awards competition that recognizes outstanding work in the communications field. Entries are judged by industry professionals who look for products that serve as benchmarks for the field.

There were 5,214 entries from throughout the United States and several foreign countries for the print competition alone. The Award for Excellence is given to projects that exceed industry standards in design and communications skills. The entire 2006 winner list is available at

The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research for FY 2007 Now Available in HTML
NCI recently posted the HTML version of The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research: A Plan and Budget Proposal for Fiscal Year 2007 at Users can perform enhanced searches and link to other sites for more information on programs and topics highlighted in the document. Users can also download a PDF from this site. Hard copies can be ordered by sending an e-mail to

This FY 2007 plan and budget proposal describes new and continuing activities that, in the best judgment of NCI's leadership, will help achieve the challenge goal of eliminating the suffering and death due to cancer. The document describes five high impact areas requiring an infusion of resources to maximize research advances. Each is essential to accelerate progress against cancer and contribute to the overall health of the nation.

"Understanding NCI" Teleconference Set for April 27
The next teleconference in the "Understanding NCI" series will take place on April 27 at 2:00 p.m. (EDT). This teleconference will provide an introduction to the issues surrounding biorepositories and biospecimen research. Join Dr. Carolyn Compton, director of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research, and Paula Kim, NCI Board of Scientific Advisors member and advocate, in a discussion of tissue banking. Callers will be able to ask questions and participation is free. Interested individuals should call 1-800-857-6584 (Passcode: TISSUE). More information is available online at the Office of Liaison Activities Web site at

DCEG Holds Town Meeting
NCI Deputy Director and Deputy Director for Translational and Clinical Sciences Dr. John Neiderhuber was the featured speaker at the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics' (DCEG) annual Town Meeting on April 10. Dr. Neiderhuber emphasized his strong support for the work being carried out by DCEG investigators as well as the rest of NCI's intramural research program. He noted that, despite the current fiscal constraints, there are still tremendous opportunities to pursue excellent science by leveraging NCI's existing resources and promoting team science through partnerships with the extramural community. He reiterated his belief in team science, and expressed the view that NCI's strength resides in its staff.