Conference Moves Transdisciplinary Science Forward
An international audience participated onsite and via videocast in the "Science of Team Science (STS): Assessing the Value of Transdisciplinary Research" conference on October 30-31, jointly sponsored by NCI's Behavioral Research Program in DCCPS, the NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, and the American Psychological Association. The conference integrated existing knowledge in the STS field, opened new avenues of research on several cutting-edge topics, and identified high-priority topics for future investigation. The archived videocast can be found at http://videocast.nih.gov, and presentations soon will be posted at http://behavioralresearch.cancer.gov.
OSPA Releases 21 Disease-Specific Snapshots
NCI's Office of Science Planning and Assessment (OSPA) recently developed and released a set of 21 disease site-specific "Snapshots," including 4 new ones on pediatric cancer, head and neck cancer, sarcoma, and Kaposi's sarcoma, plus 17 that were updated. The compact one-page, double-sided documents provide a snapshot of trends in disease incidence and mortality, NCI's investment by fiscal year, examples of current relevant NCI initiatives, and selected opportunities for advancement. To view or download the snapshots, visit http://planning.cancer.gov/disease/snapshots.shtml.
Nanotech Investigators Meeting Embraces Team Science
On October 25-26, NCI leadership welcomed members of the Alliance for Nanotechnology in Cancer to the first annual Investigators Meeting hosted by the University of California, San Diego's Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence. More than 200 members of the Alliance teams - including cancer biologists, engineers, chemists, and clinical oncologists - shared their new nanotech-enabled approaches to targeted therapies, cancer imaging, and detection techniques, and identified new opportunities for collaboration.
Challenges in translation of technologies to the clinic, as well as featured experts from industry and the FDA who defined key steps toward commercialization, were highlighted. Various Alliance work groups presented progress on bioinformatics tools development, data and research tools sharing, and multifunctional nanoscale drug delivery systems. Several poster sessions fostered connectivity among Alliance investigators and encouraged the development of new ideas for research collaborations. Students and postdoctoral candidates currently working within their Alliance programs also attended.
New Ovarian Cancer Booklet Available
NCI has updated What You Need To Know About Ovarian Cancer, which answers cancer patients' questions about symptoms, diagnosis, staging, and treatment. The booklet can be downloaded from http://www.cancer.gov/publications. Print copies can be ordered online or by calling 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).
Science Offers Online Alerts and Research Summaries
Science magazine offers a variety of e-mail alerts to registered users and subscribers. Select from Content Awareness alerts, CiteTrack Personal Research alerts, and Career and Grant alerts. Most alerts are free for registered users with username and password. More information is available at http://sciencemag.org/ema.