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May 16, 2006 • Volume 3 / Number 20 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 (NIH) is available at
Meltzer to Head CCR Genetics Branch
Dr. Paul Meltzer has been named chief, Genetics Branch, and head, Clinical Molecular Profiling Core at NCI's CCR. He joins CCR from the Cancer Genetics Branch of the National Human Genome Research Institute.

Dr. Meltzer is internationally recognized for his groundbreaking work on genes and mechanisms in cancer cell development. He and his colleagues advanced studies of gene expression profiles in cancer cells to better understand the progression and prognosis of cancers. By focusing on gene expression, gene amplification, and chromosomal abnormalities in various types of cancer cells, he is leading efforts to classify cancers, advance understanding of molecular events that mark cancer origin and progression, and identify novel therapeutic targets.

Dr. Meltzer earned his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Technology and M.D. from the University of Tennessee. He received postdoctoral training in genetics at the University of Cambridge and the University of Arizona, the latter at which he also completed his clinical training in pediatric hematology-oncology.

Body & Soul cover Body & Soul Mini-Symposium: Moving Research to Practice
On May 1, NCI held a mini-symposium to discuss research evidence to guide future efforts of its Body & Soul program, in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, African American church organizations, and representatives from the NIH Office of the Director.

Body & Soul is a faith-based, healthy living program developed by NCI-funded investigators for African American churches. The program provides congregations with strategies on how to include more fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet. It also teaches program leaders how to incorporate these messages into church gatherings, activities, and workshops.

At the symposium, key researchers presented the latest findings in cancer prevention and chronic disease behavior interventions - such as diet, physical activity, screening, and obesity - in faith-based channels, and discussed with practitioners the issues related to broadly disseminating the most effective findings in order to address and have an impact on important health issues.

To learn more about Body & Soul, or to order a free copy of the Body & Soul Program Guide, visit

This Week Is National Women's Health Week
National Women's Health Week began on May 14 and ends on May 20. Information on treatment, prevention, genetics, screening, clinical trials, literature, research, and statistics for cancers that occur mainly in women can be found at Highlights of NCI-supported research to understand, prevent, diagnose, and treat cancers in women are available at Information on other federal, state, regional, and local planned events celebrating National Women's Health Week can be found at

NCI's Diet History Questionnaire Is Now Web Based
The Diet History Questionnaire (DHQ), developed by NCI staff, is a food frequency questionnaire (FFQ) for researchers that consists of 124 food items, and includes both portion size and dietary supplement questions. The DHQ was designed to be easy to use and has been shown to be as good as, or superior to, other FFQs for most nutrients.

As an extension of the DHQ, NCI recently unveiled DHQ*Web, which is a Web-based questionnaire nearly identical in content to its hard-copy predecessor. DHQ*Web is a free research resource that takes advantage of the key aspects of automated and electronic questionnaires - respondents follow automated skip patterns, must complete all questions before proceeding, can navigate within the instrument to modify responses, and can log in at any time. DHQ*Web provides more efficient data quality because respondents cannot complete the questionnaire with missing or inconsistent responses.

For more information and a demonstration, go to