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September 6, 2011 • Volume 8 / Number 17


Research Funds for Provocative Questions Now Available

NCI's Provocative Questions Project is seeking applications from researchers eager to influence the state of cancer research by tackling potentially game-changing scientific questions that could drive progress against cancer. The grants will support research projects that use sound and innovative research strategies to solve specific problems and paradoxes in cancer research.

A total of 24 provocative questions posed during the nationwide Provocative Questions workshops and from website submissions have been selected for inclusion in the Request for Applications (RFAs), "Research Answers to NCI's Provocative Questions."

The RFAs can be viewed at: (R01) (R21)

The deadline for applications is November 14. Questions may be directed to Dr. Jerry S.H. Lee.

National Cancer Advisory Board Meets Next Week

The National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) will meet September 12–14 in Building 31 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD.

The agenda is now available, and the proceedings will be broadcast live online. An archived videocast will be available a few days after the meeting.

Videocasts of past meetings are available here.

President Proclaims September Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

The White House has issued a presidential proclamation designating September National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Despite advances in pediatric cancer treatments in recent decades, "too many children and their families have faced the harmful effects of cancer," President Barack Obama declared in the proclamation. "In memory of the young lives taken from us far too soon, and in honor of the families who stood beside them, we continue to support researchers, doctors, and advocates working to improve treatments, find cures, and reach a tomorrow where all our children can lead full and healthy lives."

Learn more about NCI's childhood cancer resources and research here.

Research to Reality Cyber-Seminar: 
Guide to Community Preventive Services

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During the September 20 NCI Research to Reality (R2R) cyber-seminar, Shawna Mercer, director of The Guide to Community Preventive Services, will explain how to use the Community Guide, a free resource from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to help public health practitioners choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease.

In addition, Myra Pinckney, case manager/outreach coordinator of the St. James-Santee Family Health Center in South Carolina, will share lessons learned and the impact of the Community Guide on her program and community.

For more information and to register for this event, visit the R2R website, where you can watch presentations and join the discussions. This cyber-seminar will be archived on the R2R website approximately 1 week after the presentation. If you missed any of the past cyber-seminars, you can view them on the R2R archive

NIH Conference Focuses on Technologies for Detecting and Diagnosing Cancer in Low- and Middle-Income Countries

NIH hosted a conference on improving cancer care in low- and middle-income countries at its Bethesda, MD, campus August 22 and 23.

The meeting, Cancer Detection and Diagnostics Technologies for Global Health, brought together oncologists, clinicians, public health scientists, engineers, and researchers from academia, government, nongovernmental organizations, and industry to discuss strategies and technologies for improving the care of cancer patients around the globe.

The majority of deaths from cancer worldwide occur in low- and middle-income countries, and researchers are trying to develop simple, portable, and affordable technologies for detecting and diagnosing cancer in communities that lack resources and medical infrastructure. One focus of the meeting was on bioengineering and low-cost cancer diagnostic tools for treatable cancers.

Treatable cancers, telemedicine and imaging technologies, cancer biomarkers, biosensors, and infectious causes of cancer were among the topics discussed. The meeting also featured demonstrations of technology prototypes that have the potential to detect and diagnose cancer in its early stages.