NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
June 12, 2007 • Volume 4 / Number 19 E-Mail This Document  |  Download PDF  |  Bulletin Archive/Search  |  Subscribe

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CCR Intern Wins Intel Foundation Award
CCR Intern Dayan "Jack" LiDayan "Jack" Li, a high school intern in CCR's Laboratory of Pathology, was awarded an Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award and a $50,000 college scholarship at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF) on May 18.

Mr. Li, under the guidance of Dr. David D. Roberts, worked with cells from the inside of human umbilical veins to examine the effects of thrombospondin-1 (TSP1) and nitric oxide (NO) on angiogenesis. His objective was to determine how to inhibit this process­­, which is essential to tumor growth and metastasis. He found that when TSP1 was combined with NO, the reaction switched from inhibitory to stimulatory.

The Intel event is the world's largest precollege celebration of science. Held annually in May, the Intel ISEF brings together nearly 1,500 students from more than 40 nations.

Free Telephone Workshop for Cancer Survivors
NCI, in collaboration with CancerCare, the Lance Armstrong Foundation, the Intercultural Cancer Council, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, and the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, will present the workshop, "Finding Hope and Meaning after Treatment," on June 19 from 1:30-2:30 p.m., EDT. This is the final installment of the three-part telephone workshop series "Cancer Survivorship: Living With, Through, & Beyond Cancer."

This 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. Parts I and II of the series are available as podcasts on the CancerCare Web site.

70 Years of Excellence in Cancer Research

If Memory Serves...

With the encouragement of NCI representatives, in 1939, seven U.S. states began to include cancer control in their health departments' missions; three states established cancer commissions. NCI also began to distribute information on cancer for public education, and produced a movie for this purpose with the help of the American Society for Control of Cancer that was designed for nonscientific viewers. Eventually, the Institute published "What to Know, What to Do about Cancer" - a prelude to NCI's "What You Need to Know About..." series - and distributed 48,000 copies for free. Read more)

For more information about the birth of NCI, go to http://www. cancer.gov/aboutnci/ncia.

NCI Helps Create Radiation Emergencies Management Web Site After months of development by an interagency team that included two NCI experts, a unique Web site was unveiled on March 8 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Radiation Event Medical Management (REMM) site was established to provide just-in-time information for diagnosis and treatment guidance to health care providers - primarily physicians - who do not have formal radiation medicine expertise. In the event of mass casualties during a radiological and/or nuclear event, REMM is a one-stop, algorithm-based response, backed by an exhaustive catalog of information and links to relevant Web sites. The Web-based system can be downloaded in advance of such an emergency where Internet access might be compromised. The information has been vetted by some 45 subject experts in the fields involved.

The site emerged from work at the Office of Preparedness and Emergency Operations in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response at HHS. Dr. Norman Coleman of NCI's Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis was the team leader; Dr. Judith L. Bader, Captain, USPHS, of NCI's Office of Communications and Education is the managing editor of REMM.

NCI Releases New Tobacco Control Monograph
NCI has released Greater than the Sum: Systems Thinking in Tobacco Control, the latest in the tobacco control monograph series. The monograph describes key lessons from the first 2 years of the Initiative on the Study and Implementation of Systems (ISIS), an NCI-funded project that explored systems thinking approaches and methodologies to public health.

The monograph is available online and can be ordered at http://dccps.cancer.gov/tcrb/monographs/.