The CRN Connection, July/August 2013

In this issue:

Funded Pilot & Developmental Projects

The CRN has completed the review process for the 2013 Pilot & Developmental Projects Award, and are very pleased to announce this year's recipients. Congratulations!

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The call for the next round of Pilot and Developmental Project applications is expected to go out in early 2014. Our sincere thanks go out to all of the applicants, CRN investigators, and reviewers for participating in this process.

—Larry, Alyce, Heather, and Melissa

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Scientific Working Group Updates

Communication & DisseminationExternal Web Site Policy

We have hosted two conference calls related to the proposal review process. The first was held on June 27th, and was focused on NCI/NIH reviews. Highlights of the insights and advice that were shared on this call can be accessed hereExternal Web Site Policy.

The second call, held on July 25th, focused on PCORI reviews. We were joined by 4 reviewers who recently served on the Communication and Dissemination as well as the Improving Healthcare Systems review panels, as well as 13 participants from 7 CRN sites.

Borsika Rabin (KPCO) will be taking over Jim Dearing's role as co-leader of the SWG. Welcome, Borsika! We want to thank Jim for his thoughtful and enthusiastic leadership and wish him the best in his new position as Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at Michigan State.

NEXT CALL: September 26th, 4 pm ET, with a focus on Collaborating with the CRN.

Prevention & ScreeningExternal Web Site Policy

We held our second meeting on June 20th. Tom Vaughan discussed the potential for research collaborations with scientists working in cancer centers, and Paul Doria-Rose presented NCI priorities for P&S research. To listen to the archived WebEx meeting, please click hereExternal Web Site Policy.

Currently, we are engaging with the core CRN leadership team to identify investigators with previous CRN-affiliated research studies that focused on prevention and screening. We wish to encourage these scientists to develop grant applications and engage them in P&S SWG activities. If you are interested in joining, please visit our Web siteExternal Web Site Policy or email Nirupa Ghai.

NEXT CALL: September 30, 11 am PT.

Epidemiology of Prognosis & OutcomesExternal Web Site Policy

Our August meeting focused on Developing a Proposal in the CRN: Administrative Aspects, Collaboration and Communication. We are currently discussing how to leverage the expertise in the SWG to support research proposals in the coming year, and have created a manuscript writing group. Our calls are held monthly on the 3rd Wednesday at 11 AM (MT).

We have developed a SWG Web siteExternal Web Site Policy where you can find meeting minutes, member bios, presentations and works in progress. Please contact Michelle Wrenn if you have any questions or would like to join the EPO SWG.

NEXT CALL: September 18, 11 AM MT.

Health Care Quality & Cost

We have been actively involved in submitting manuscripts and developing proposals. If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved in this SWG, and to stay informed about upcoming calls, please contact Joanna Bulkley.

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Scholars Program Update

We are delighted to congratulate two CRN Scholars on their recent professional successes.

Alexi Wright, an Assistant Professor at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was awarded a K07 grant to study "Chemotherapy Near Death: Modifiable Factors and Outcomes in Ovarian Cancer." Unfortunately for the Scholars Program, Dr. Wright was required to relinquish her CRN Scholar award under the terms of the K award. However, she hopes to continue working with the CRN to study CA125 testing in ovarian cancer as well as other projects in the future.

Hazel Nichols, currently a Research Fellow at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, has accepted an Assistant Professor position in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Nichols will continue to participate in the CRN Scholars program working towards a proposal on breast cancer prevention among premenopausal and high risk women.

The CRN Scholars are planning for their second semi-annual in person meeting to be held in Rockville MD the day before the Fall CRN Steering Committee meeting. The meeting agenda will address some of the individual and group learning objectives the Scholars have defined for their 26-month training program. We hope this will also be an important time for Scholars to have 1:1 meetings with NCI staff to learn more about the intra- and extra-mural research programs and opportunities.

More information on the Scholar's Program, including curriculum materials, can be found on the CRN Portal, in the Scholars Folder. Please note that CRN login access is required.

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Q&A Corner

Interview with Dr. Mark C. Hornbrook, by Dr. Alyce Adams

Cancer costs the US an estimated $200 billion per year, including more than $77 billion for medical care. Understanding the drivers of these costs and their relationships to health care quality and patient outcomes is a critical focus of the work of Dr. Mark C. Hornbrook. Mark C. Hornbrook, PhD, is a health economist and Chief Scientist at Kaiser Permanente's Center for Health Research and a recognized expert in research focusing on the determinants of medical care utilization, expenses, economic burden, health outcomes, and comparative effectiveness. Dr. Hornbrook is a member of the Executive Committee of the Cancer Research Network and co-leads the CRN Health Care Quality and Cost scientific working group (with Drs. Jane Weeks and Debra Ritzwoller).

Dr. Alyce Adams, Co-Lead, Outreach and Collaborations Core for the CRN, recently sat down with Dr. Hornbrook to discuss the importance of the CRN and how others can leverage these unique resources to answer cutting-edge research questions.

Dr. Adams: How did you get involved in the Cancer Research Network?

Dr. Hornbrook: I was actively involved in the creation of the Health Care Systems Research Network as an investigator at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. When the NCI issued the RFA for the CRN, the HCSRN Board decided to respond as a group to demonstrate the CRN's viability as a foundation for multi-site population-based research. Dr. Ed Wagner, Director of Group Health Cooperative's research center was designated as the overall PI for the CRN proposal. While I had no prior cancer research experience....

Read the full interview....External Web Site Policy

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Position Announcement

The National Heart Lung and Blood Institute's Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS), Bethesda, MD will be searching for a Medical Officer or Health Science Administrator (PhD scientist) to work on studies of the prevention and treatment of adult obesity.

The position will be located in the Clinical Applications and Prevention Branch (CAPB), which supports, conducts, and initiates population, community, and clinic-based research on the causes, prevention, and clinical care of cardiovascular diseases. CAPB research areas include but are not limited to obesity, physical activity, behavior-oriented trials, health services research, and cardiovascular risk prevention through the lifespan.

We will be seeking individuals with expertise and strong interest in:

Relevant fields of doctoral level training include psychology, nutrition, genetics, health communications, and economics. We especially urge persons who meet the above description to apply if they also have:

Contact Larry Fine or Peter Kaufmann for more information about this position.

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HCSRN Orientation Webinar - Sept 26. 11am PT

For anyone interested in learning more about the HCSRN, there will be an orientation Webinar on Thursday, September 26, 2013, 11am - 12pm Pacific.

For login and teleconference details, please contact Melissa Williams or Heather Clancy.

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Important Conference Dates

Abstract Submission Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences

November 2-6, 2013 - American Public Health Association (APHA), Annual Meeting and ExpoExternal Web Site Policy, Boston, MA.

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Fun Facts from the CRN

Submit your own Fun Facts to Melissa Williams!

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