Drs. Robert Yarchoan and Hiroaki (Mitch) Mitsuya of NCI's HIV and Aids Malignancy Branch in the Center for Cancer Research (CCR) will receive the first NIH World AIDS Day Award in recognition for their outstanding scientific contributions to HIV/AIDS research at NIH.
The announcement was made on December 1 to coincide with World AIDS Day. The award, sponsored by the NIH Office of AIDS Research and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, will be presented at a ceremony on January 11, 2007, at the NIH Institute and Center Directors meeting, where the recipients will also give a brief presentation on their research.
NCI Releases New Tobacco Control Monograph
Intended for health professionals, the monograph explains the conceptual framework and methodological approach used in the evaluation, a paradigm that will be useful in assessing future tobacco-use prevention and control efforts in the United States and around the world.
As one measure of its success, ASSIST interventions were adopted in numerous settings beyond ASSIST states, and tailored to state and local conditions. Aspects of the intervention strategy are now being applied to other public health issues, such as physical inactivity and obesity.
The monograph can be found at http://cancercontrol.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/17/. Print copies also are available free of charge.
NCI Introduces New Database
The "NCI-Nature Curated" section of the database currently contains 32 pathways and 1,327 interactions. Each of these pathways is verified by one or more experts in the field. All pathways and interactions are human.
The forum aims to identify and prioritize promising opportunities for high-impact cancer prevention research, and to enhance a collaborative response to these opportunities within CCR and with other NCI divisions, including the Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis and DCP.
NCI and non-NCI speakers, plus two panels of experts, will address the following questions during a full-day's agenda: What are the best molecular targets for cancer prevention? Are there biomarkers that reliably predict the likelihood of cancer endpoints? Can molecularly targeted nutritional interventions be designed? What prevention studies should get high priority?
For more information, go to http://web.ncifcrf.gov/events/CancerPreventionThinkTank2006/default.asp.
Geographical Information Systems Inform Cancer Research
NCI can help researchers use GIS by providing tools to analyze spatial patterns and trends, and to evaluate the impact of cancer control interventions, as well as geographic, social, behavioral, genetic, and health care delivery factors on the cancer burden.