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March 9, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 5

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BSA Meeting Held

NCI's Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA) met March 8 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. In addition to a report from NCI Director Dr. John E. Niederhuber, the meeting featured status updates on NCI’s Patient Navigation Research Program (PNRP) and the NCI Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer. The full agenda and a videocast of the public portions of the meeting are now available.

2010 Survivorship Research Conference Accepting Applications

2010 Cancer Survivorship Research conference bannerApplications are now being accepted for the Survivor Advocate Program for the 2010 Cancer Survivorship Research Conference, scheduled for June 17–19 in Washington, DC. This biennial conference brings together investigators, clinicians, and survivors to share and learn about the most up-to-date cancer survivorship research. This year’s conference is co-sponsored by NCI, the American Cancer Society, LIVESTRONG, and the CDC.

The Survivor Advocate Program provides travel scholarships for 20 advocates to attend the conference. Participants will learn firsthand about emerging advances and opportunities in cancer survivorship science and will have the opportunity to interact with other advocate leaders and survivorship researchers. Applications must be submitted by April 9. Learn more about the program and view eligibility requirements on the Survivor Advocate Program's Web site.

NCI and German Cancer Research Center Launch Exchange Program

NCI’s Dr. Joe Harford and Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum Director Dr. Otmar Wiestler sign an agreement on a new exchange program for young scientists. NCI’s Dr. Joe Harford (seated at left) and Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum Director Dr. Otmar Wiestler (seated at right) sign an agreement on a new exchange program for young scientists.

The German Cancer Research Center, Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum (DKFZ), and NCI have announced a new exchange program for young scientists, the DKFZ-NCI Fellowship Program in Cancer Research. The exchanges will enable young researchers to work at the partnering institute for up to 4 years and possibly create their own junior research groups upon return to their home country.

The agreement on the exchange program was signed February 18 at the State Department by the director of DKFZ, Dr. Otmar D. Wiestler, and Dr. Joe Harford, director of NCI’s Office of International Affairs (OIA).

The first call for proposals for the fellowship program can be found on the OIA Web site. A major focus within this research program will be cancer stem cells. NCI and DKFZ will co-sponsor a conference in Heidelberg, Germany, on this topic in October, when the first fellowship recipients are expected to be announced. Further details regarding this conference will soon be available on the OIA Web site.

NIH Offers New Online Health Resource for Seniors: Life after Cancer

Life after Cancer is a new online resource for older adult cancer survivors that can help them anticipate the follow-up care they will need after treatment, learn about lifestyle changes that can improve their quality of life and survival, and understand the physical and emotional changes they may encounter, including their relationships with friends and families.

The resource was developed by NCI for NIHSeniorHealth.gov, a health and wellness Web site developed especially for older adults by the National Institute on Aging and the National Library of Medicine. NIHSeniorHealth features more than 40 other health topics covering issues of interest to older adults, including memory and mental health, healthy aging, several types of cancer, and more. To make the Web site easy for older adults to use, information is presented in short, easy-to-read segments that can be accessed in various large-print type sizes. The site also offers open-captioned videos, simple navigation, and a speech function that lets you hear the text read aloud.

NHGRI Launches Online Tool for Educators on Genetics and Genomics

In an effort to address the growing need among health care professionals for knowledge in genetics and genomics, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) has launched the Genetics/Genomics Competency Center (G2C2), a free online tool for educators who train nurses and physician assistants. Educators can use G2C2 to find and download materials for use in their classrooms and to share their genomic and genetic teaching resources and materials with other educators by uploading material, which is regularly reviewed by the center’s editorial board to ensure quality control.

NHGRI’s Genomic Healthcare Branch will host a Webinar this spring to provide educators with a tutorial on using the tool and to answer questions about the resource.

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