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June 15, 2010 • Volume 7 / Number 12


NCRR and Yale Host Third Annual Clinical Research Management Workshop

The Yale Center for Clinical Investigation and the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) will host the Third Annual Clinical Research Management Workshop June 21–22 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Bethesda, MD. This year’s workshop will provide a venue for collaboration among representatives from the NIH community, Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) sites, clinical research organizations, private industry, health advocacy organizations, academia, government, and others to explore clinical research management topics ranging from recruitment and retention strategies to grants and contract management.

Participants will discuss challenges to the clinical research management process and share strategies and tools for process improvement with a focus on clinical oncology trials. Dr. George Weiner, director of Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa, will discuss budgeting resources and prioritization. Dr. James Doroshow, director of NCI’s Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, will speak on “Expectations for Academic Health Centers in Clinical Research Management of NIH-Sponsored Trials.” Other speakers will discuss the prospective use of metrics, performance analysis, recruitment and retention, and industry’s evolving perspective on management.

A poster session on June 21 will highlight best practices in process control, institutional review boards, contracts management, metrics, registration, and electronic protocol management.

Call 203-785-3482 to register in advance or register onsite.

NCAB Convenes Meeting Next Week

The National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) will meet June 22–23 in Building 31 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD. The agenda is now available, and the meeting will be broadcast online.

Third Telephone Workshop for Cancer Survivors Slated for June 22

The third of four telephone workshops in NCI’s annual “Living With, Through, and Beyond Cancer” series will be held June 22 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. EDT. Part III of the series is titled “Survivorship and Workplace Transitions.”

The free series offers cancer survivors, their families, friends, and health care professionals practical information to help them cope with concerns and issues that arise after treatment ends. The workshops are presented by CancerCare, in collaboration with NCI, LIVESTRONG, the Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.

Speakers for the June 22 workshop include Peter Daly, a patient advocate from the University of Wisconsin; Martha Gaines, director of the Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin; and Dr. Cathy Bradley, professor and chair of the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research at the Massey Cancer Center.

Part IV, “Survivors Too: Communicating With and Among Family, Friends, and Loved Ones,” will take place on July 13.

These workshops are free; no phone charges apply. To register, visit the CancerCare Web site.

If you missed parts I or II of the series, recordings are available online via podcast.

Administrative Supplements to Increase Awareness of Pediatric Cancers

NCI has announced the availability of administrative supplements to NCI-funded research grants that address and/or are relevant to public awareness of cancers in children, adolescents, and young adults. The Caroline Pryce Walker Conquer Childhood Cancer Act of 2008 gave the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to award grants to increase public awareness of pediatric cancers and available treatments and research.

NCI will commit approximately $1 million in FY 2010 to fund four to seven administrative supplements in response to this initiative. The application submission deadline is July 16, 2010. September 1, 2010, is the earliest anticipated start date for supplement awards.

For additional information, see NOT-CA-10-026. General inquiries concerning program and review matters should be directed to Stacey Vandor or Dr. Lenora Johnson.

caBIG Annual Meeting Slated for September

2010 caBIG Annual Meeting banner

The 2010 cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) annual meeting, “Building a Collaborative Biomedical Network,” will take place September 13–15 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC.

caBIG is an information network led by NCI’s Center for Biomedical Informatics and Information Technology that enables cancer researchers, physicians, and patients to share data and knowledge. The components of caBIG are widely applicable beyond cancer as well. The caBIG mission is to develop a collaborative information network that accelerates the discovery of new approaches for the detection, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer, ultimately improving patient outcomes.

Registration and abstract submissions are now being accepted. Admission is free and open to the public. Registration, however, is required and available online along with more information.