CRN Monthly Update for December 2013

In this issue:

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:

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

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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.

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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).

Prostate Cancer Book

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".

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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.

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SWG/Core Updates

In case you missed the presentations at the Fall Meeting, we have archived them on the Portal for review.

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Important Dates

CRN's Pilot Project Program will release the next Call For Applications in January 2014. Keep an eye out!

Abstract Submission Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences

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Resource Reminders!

Past issues of all CRN Newsletters can be found on the Web site:

The following materials, developed by the Publications Committee, are on the portal:

Also on the portal are PDF's of our new CRN Flyers.

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