CRN Monthly Update for December 2013
In this issue:
- Message from the Coordinating Center
- CRN Video Premiere
- Have You Heard?
- Request for Applications
- SWG/Core Updates
- Important Dates
- Resource Reminders
Message from the Coordinating Center
Greetings from beautiful downtown Oakland. We hope that everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving (Thanksgivikah?).
The CRN held an exciting and packed set of meetings around our annual fall in-person Steering Committee meeting at the National Cancer Institute last month. Highlights included:
- CRN Scholars Meetings. Along with enhancing the sense of community that comes from in-person meetings, the venue provided the opportunity for these budding scientists to meet with NCI colleagues with shared research interests. The Scholars also participated in a mock study section using previously reviewed grants, for which they were subsequently able to compare their reviews with the summary statements that the grants actually received. This mock study section was expanded to include several NCI cancer prevention fellows and CRN-based junior scientists, and benefited from the involvement of a Scientific Review Officer (Thank you, Kathy Salaita!). Thank you to our leaders of the CRN Scholars program, Diana Buist, Terry Field, and Sarah McDonald.
- Lung Cancer Screening. An organizational meeting focused on pending final lung cancer screening guidelines from the US Preventive Services Task Force, and the potential research and care delivery opportunities that arise from their implementation in CRN health care settings. Attended by researchers from CRN and other institutions, participants also included clinicians and operations leaders involved in guidelines implementation and health IT. Aside from the NCI, other agencies and organizations were also represented, including the Veterans Administration, the Agency for Health Care Research and Quality, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Thanks to the organizing committee, including Paul Doria-Rose and Ann Geiger from the NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, Paul Pinsky from the NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention, and Deb Ritzwoller, of Kaiser Permanente Colorado.
- NCI's Office of Cancer Survivorship. An informal visit to explore research opportunities in this area (thanks, Jessica Chubak, for organizing this meeting).
- Mid-Atlantic Site Visit. An informal visit with researchers at Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic Permanente Research Institute, whose offices are located in Rockville, MD, only a few miles from the NCI. Thanks to Chu-Ling Yu for organizing this meeting and hosting us.
The main purpose of our gathering was our two-day Steering Committee meeting, in which we shared accomplishments in the past year, progress, and goals for the next year and beyond. Most importantly, we met with our two Advisory Boards - our External Advisory Board of pre-eminent scientists from a variety of disciplines of relevance to the CRN, and our Clinical and Operations Advisory Board, consisting of clinical and operations leaders from several of the CRN's participating institutions. We had wide-ranging discussions with them, received numerous suggestions for improving our operations, and benefited greatly from the interactions of our Steering Committee members with our Advisory Boards. We are still compiling and digesting all that took place, and look forward to building upon these interactions. Thank you to all who participated!
-Larry, Heather & Melissa
CRN Video Premiere
The first three CRN Informational Videos are finally ready to go! They will be posted on our Web site soon. Feel free to disseminate widely.
Have You Heard?
We are pleased to announce that Dr. Russell Glasgow has agreed to join the leadership team for the CRN's Communication & Dissemination Scientific Working Group. Dr. Glasgow recently joined the University of Colorado School of Medicine, where he is Associate Director of the Colorado Health Outcomes research program. An international leader in dissemination science, he was previously at the National Cancer Institute as deputy director for implementation science in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Dr. Glasgow is also familiar with the CRN, as he was a scientist the Kaiser Permanente Colorado's Institute for Health Research.
Dr. Glasgow replaces Dr. Borsika Rabin, research scientist at Kaiser Permanente Colorado's Institute for Health Research. We are grateful to Dr. Rabin for taking on this leadership role during the past several months, and look forward to her continued participation in CRN research projects and activities.
The Applied Research Program and Surveillance Research Program within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, National Cancer Institute (NCI) are pleased to announce the publication of Comparing Cancer Care and Economic Outcomes Across Health Systems: Challenges and Opportunities in Journal of the National Cancer Institute Monographs (No. 46: August 2013).
Mark Hornbrook and Joan Holup have a chapter in the book Prostate Cancer: A Comprehensive Perspective. Their chapter is "Population-Based Health Systems as a Foundation for Prostate Cancer Control Research: The Cancer Research Network".
Request for Applications
- NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)
LOI due 12/08/2013
Full application due 1/08/2014. Click here for the full announcement.
- NCI Provocative Questions
LOI due 12/16/2013.
Full application due 1/15/2014. NCI recently issued 20 new Provocative Questions (PQs) for 2014. The five themes are: Cancer Prevention and Risk; Mechanisms of Tumor Development or Recurrence; Tumor Detection, Diagnosis, and Prognosis; Cancer Therapy and Outcomes; and Clinical Effectiveness.
- DoD Breast Cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
- Pre Application due 12/19/2013.
Full application due 1/9/14. Read the full announcement.
- Pre Application due 12/19/2013.
In case you missed the presentations at the Fall Meeting, we have archived them on the Portal for review.
CRN's Pilot Project Program will release the next Call For Applications in January 2014. Keep an eye out!
Abstract Submission Deadlines
- 12/09/2013 - National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Annual Conference
- 01/08/2014 - Society of General Internal Medicine
- 01/14/2014 - International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER)
- 02/01/2014 - American Society of Health Economists, Biennial Conference
- 02/04/2014 - American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting
- December 6-9, 2013 - AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities, Atlanta, GA
- December 8-11, 2013 - Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Annual Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, Orlando, FL
- December 10-14, 2013 - San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, TX
- February 13-15, 2014 - American Psychosocial Oncology Society (APOS), Tampa FL
Past issues of all CRN Newsletters can be found on the Web site: http://crn.cancer.gov/dissemination/newsletter.html
The following materials, developed by the Publications Committee, are on the portal:
- Publication Review Form
- CRN Review Checklist and Boilerplate Language: Suggested language for acknowledging the CRN and the VDW in manuscripts and elsewhere.
- CRN Manuscript Criteria: "What is a CRN publication?" How to categorize manuscripts that result from CRN Core-funded projects (CRN1-3) and CRN facilitated or enabled projects.
Also on the portal are PDF's of our new CRN Flyers.
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