National Cancer Institute NCI Cancer Bulletin: A Trusted Source for Cancer Research News
April 21, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 8

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NCI Streamlines Clinical Trials Search Process

Screenshot of Clinical Trials search page. Last Friday, NCI launched a redesigned clinical trials search form (
) on The new form is based on extensive user research with patients, caregivers, health professionals, and information specialists from NCI’s Cancer Information Service. It uses a “progressive discovery” design model to help users explore the available search options. Users begin with a condensed form and can expand search choices as needed instead of being presented at the start with a long form. Enhancements include:

  • A single search form (combines features from previous basic and advanced search tools)
  • Better user interface for long selection lists
  • Expanded search choices for interventions/treatment modalities
  • Keyword search that can be used to focus searches
  • Intuitive layout for display of search results

The clinical trials search feature is one of the most visited areas of NCI’s Web site. The redesigned form streamlines the search process to help visitors find trials of interest with precision and ease.

New Resources on Cancer Health Disparities Research Available

Screenshot of CRCHD home page. NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) recently redesigned their Web site, New features include a new diversity training section, an introduction and overview of the Minority Institution/Cancer Center Partnership (MI/CCP) program and its grantees, and useful information about the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program that supports a continuum of diversity training and career development opportunities. The site also provides practical and up-to-date information about funding and training opportunities for junior investigators from diverse backgrounds; a new resources page with information about cancer health disparities research priorities; and an overview and history of CRCHD and health disparities research across NCI and NIH. A complete CRCHD staff listing with photos and biographies is also featured on the site.