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April 5, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 7


Crossing Disciplines to Explore Questions about Cancer

Attendees of the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting file into a plenary session. “A lot of the easy stuff [in cancer research] has been done,” Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn said over the weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), currently under way in Orlando, FL. The “face of cancer research” is much more interdisciplinary today than in the past, and this is how new frontiers will be explored, she added.

Dr. Blackburn, who is president of AACR and a Nobel laureate for her pioneering research on telomeres, noted that life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering are converging: “Over and over, we are seeing what we thought were separate disciplines come together.” Read more > >


NCI FY2012 Budget Proposal Available Online

NCI recently released The Nation's Investment in Cancer Research, a professional judgement budget for fiscal year 2012. The theme for this year’s document is “Cancer: Changing the Conversation.”




  • FDA Update

    • FDA Approves New Treatment for Late-Stage Melanoma
  • CMS Update

    • CMS Issues Proposed Decision Memo on Medicare Coverage of Sipuleucel-T
  • Legislative Update

    • Congressional Staffers and Advocates Take Part in Project Cancer Education
  • Notes

    • NIH Research Plan Aims to Prevent and Treat Obesity
    • Member Sites Selected for Cancer Immunotherapy Trials Network
    • Free Telephone Workshop Series for Cancer Survivors


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