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September 19, 2006 • Volume 3 / Number 36 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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Gallahan Appointed Deputy Director of DCB
Dr. Daniel Gallahan Dr. Daniel Gallahan has been appointed deputy director of NCI's Division of Cancer Biology (DCB). As deputy, Dr. Gallahan will support DCB's mission of furthering cancer biology research through effective management of grants, as well as facilitation of new ideas, concepts, technologies, and opportunities while continuing to oversee the division's efforts in technology and systems biology, specifically the new Integrative Cancer Biology Program.

Prior to his appointment, Dr. Gallahan had been serving as DCB's associate director and chief of its Structural Biology and Molecular Applications Branch. He played a major role in developing and managing NCI's IMAT program, which has led to the development of new technologies for cancer research.

Dr. Gallahan trained as a cancer biologist and had a distinguished career as a bench scientist within NCI's intramural program. His postdoctoral training included molecular biology, proteomics, bioinformatics, and cancer biology.
CCR Grand Rounds
September 26: Dr. Javed Khan, Principal Investigator and Attending Physician, Oncogenomics Section, Pediatric Oncology Branch, Center for Cancer Research. "Translational 'omics' in Cancer."

October 3: Dr. Steven K. Libutti, Head, Tumor Angiogenesis Section, Surgery Branch, CCR. "Targeting the Tumor Microenvironment 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.

Current, Former NCI Grantees Win Lasker Awards
On September 17, the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation announced the winners of the 2006 Lasker Awards. Three scientists, who are current and former NCI grantees, were honored with the Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research.

Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco; Dr. Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Dr. Jack Szostak of Harvard Medical School were recognized for their work in predicting and discovering telomerase, an RNA-containing enzyme that synthesizes the ends of chromosomes, protecting them and maintaining the integrity of the genome. Their work laid the foundation for studies that have connected telomerase and telomeres to human cancer and age-related conditions. Drs. Blackburn and Greider currently hold NCI grants; Dr. Szostak is a former NCI grantee.

The awards will be presented on September 29 in New York City. Additional information about the Lasker Awards and the other award winners for 2006 is available at

eHealth Conference Focuses on Patient-Centered Care
Last week, nearly 200 scientists from government, academia, survey research, and public- and private-sector practitioners gathered in Bethesda, Md., for the second annual conference on "Critical Issues in eHealth Research." The meeting focused on patient-centered care and consolidated the conceptual, methodological, and technological issues that emerge as health information of all kinds is managed and communicated through electronic media.

Featured Meetings and Events
A calendar of scientific meetings and events sponsored by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is available at

Dr. Jon Kerner, deputy director for research dissemination and diffusion in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, summarized a number of trends that are driving the field, including the shift to paperless health records in the electronic domain. Referring to the interface between electronic and interpersonal activities, he said, "We have to realize that at the end of the day, all of the electronic data represent real people and patients."

Joining NCI as meeting sponsors were the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Library of Medicine, the NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and Office of Disease Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the American Medical Informatics Association, and the Health e-Technologies Initiative, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.