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June 30, 2009 • Volume 6 / Number 13

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Dr. Diane Meier Participates in White House Health Reform Stakeholder Discussion

Dr. Diane Meier Dr. Diane Meier

On June 18, Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Director and NCI-grantee Dr. Diane Meier joined the third and last White House health care stakeholder discussion on health reform. The discussion was held by Nancy-Ann DeParle, director of the White House Office of Health Reform, and it focused on prevention and cutting the cost of care.

Dr. Meier and Ms. DeParle were joined by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel from the Office of Management and Budget, Dr. Bob Kocher from the National Economic Council, Dr. Kavita Patel from the Office of Public Engagement, and Dr. Dora Hughes from the Department of Health and Human Services, who co-moderated the discussion.

Prior to the discussion, Dr. Meier said, “I am thrilled to have this opportunity to speak directly with the White House about the important role palliative care can play in providing high quality, yet very cost-effective care for patients facing serious and chronic illness.” At the meeting, she told the panel that preventing the wrong care can help save the health system money that can be used to pay for wellness and prevention. “Americans are aging with serious, chronic illnesses, but despite enormous expenditures, they still get uncoordinated care, extreme burdens on their families, and poorly managed pain.”

NCI Scientists Featured in Journal of Minority Medical Students

A Journey of Discovery

The careers and contributions of several NCI scientists were recently profiled in a special supplement to the Journal of Minority Medical Students. The supplement, A Journey of Discovery, highlights NCI training programs and is intended to motivate up-and-coming minority biomedical scientists to chart their own cancer research careers.

Some of the featured researchers include Dr. Sam Mbulaiteye of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Dr. Worta McCaskill-Stevens of NCI’s Division of Cancer Prevention, Dr. Jeffrey White, director of NCI’s Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and Dr. Lauren Wood of NCI’s Center for Cancer Research.

Drs. Mbulaiteye, Wood, and White were joined by Dr. Maria Cantu of NCI’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities in April for a national radio tour to promote cancer research careers for National Minority Cancer Awareness Week. The radio tour was organized by the NCI Office of Communications and Education’s Multicultural Media Outreach team.

These researcher profiles were adapted for the NCI training portal on The portal contains links to profiles and interviews of minority cancer researchers and students at different stages of their education and careers.

caBIG Annual Meeting Slated for July

Logo for the caBIG 2009 Annual Meeting

The 2009 cancer Biomedical Informatics Grid (caBIG) annual meeting will take place at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC, on July 20–22.

caBIG has been developed to enable the sharing of data and knowledge, simplify collaboration, speed research delivering diagnostics and therapeutics to the clinic, and realize the potential of personalized medicine. It connects major segments of the cancer community—linking the NCI-designated Cancer Centers, Community Cancer Centers, large-scale NCI science endeavors, and countless scientists. caBIG capabilities also provide a platform for other disease communities.

Admission is free and open to the public. Registration, however, is required. More information and registration are available online.

BSA Meeting Held

NCI's Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA) met June 22 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. The public portions of the meeting can be viewed online.

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