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April 20, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 8

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New Cancer Signatures Funding Opportunity Announced

NCI is seeking new projects for its Strategic Partnering to Evaluate Cancer Signatures (SPECS) program. The SPECS initiative, a multidisciplinary program, supports large collaborative research groups that are exploring how information derived from comprehensive molecular analyses can be used to improve patient care and patient outcomes.

The program announcement will be open from 2010–2012, with application submission deadlines of June 15 each year. Partnerships may include industry, hospitals, and academic, government, and other entities.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Tracy Lively ( or Dr. James V. Tricoli ( Applicants anticipating direct costs in excess of $500,000 in any year of the project must contact Dr. Lively by May 1, 2010.

Learn About NCI Resources and Opportunities at BIO International Convention

BIO International Convention tile

NCI experts will be present at the 2010 BIO International Convention, which will take place May 3–6 in Chicago, IL. While at the convention, visit NCI’s exhibit at booth #1221 to engage with NCI experts and get the latest information on the resources, initiatives, and partnerships NCI has to help advance promising cancer research discoveries into new cancer therapies.

NCI and Republic of Croatia Formalize Alliance

Dr. Radovan Fuchs, Dr. Darko Milinović, and Dr. Joe Harford at the March 25 signing ceremony From left to right: Dr. Radovan Fuchs, Dr. Darko Milinović, and Dr. Joe Harford at the March 25 signing ceremony

On March 25, NCI and two ministries of the Republic of Croatia signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU solidifies ongoing collaborations between NCI and Croatian scientists and provides a vehicle for short- and longer-term exchanges of clinician-scientists and nurses engaged in clinical cancer research.

The memo was signed in Cavtat, Croatia, by Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Darko Milinović, who is also minster of health and social welfare; Minister of Science, Education, and Sports Dr. Radovan Fuchs; and Dr. Joe Harford, director of NCI’s Office of International Affairs. Dr. Steven Pavletic of NCI’s Center for Cancer Research also represented NCI at the signing ceremony.

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