National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
October 16, 2012 • Volume 9 / Number 20


Director's Consumer Liaison Group to Meet Next Week

The NCI Director’s Consumer Liaison Group (DCLG) will meet October 25 and 26 in Bethesda, MD. The meeting will feature presentations and discussions about how research advocates can help research findings make their way into routine clinical practice more quickly. Attendees will also hear an update on NCI activities.

The DCLG provides informed, nonscientific perspectives to the NCI director on promoting research outcomes that are in the best interests of cancer patients. Specifically, DCLG members provide insight into enhancing input, optimizing outreach, and promoting strong collaborations, all with respect to nonscientist stakeholders, in the interest of meeting common institute and community goals.

The meeting is open to the public and the agenda is available online. Please register by e-mailing Frances Young at or calling 301-435-7788.

Meet NCI Experts at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

NCI at APHA 2012 tile

NCI will participate in the American Public Health Association (APHA) 140th Annual Meeting, which will be held October 27–31 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

APHA attendees can learn more about NCI’s funding opportunities, cancer information resources, research, cancer control programs, and fellowships at NCI Exhibit Booth #2425. Attendees can also connect with NCI staff at the exhibit booth during the Meet the Experts Sessions and attend sessions involving NCI staff.

For a list of session with NCI staff and activities at NCI’s exhibit booth, visit NCI's APHA 2012 webpage.

NCI Reaches Facebook Milestone

Screenshot of NCI's Facebook page NCI’s Facebook page topped 15,000 “likes” this week. Launched in 2010, the platform provides a way for users to interact with NCI, keep up to date with institute activities, and to share their own perspectives. The page includes questions and discussions initiated by group members, as well as links to NCI resources and cancer news.

“We consider this a significant milestone,” said Deb Pearson, community manager for NCI’s Facebook page who also helps oversee NCI’s Cancer Information Service. “It’s a great platform for people to request and share information, and it also informs us about the needs and stories of those in the cancer community. For a growing number of people, social media channels are how they choose to reach out. We are happy that we can accommodate them.”