CRN Monthly Update for May 2013

In this issue:

Pilot Project Update

We are in full-swing with the first round of CRN Pilot Project applications. A call for applications was disseminated on March 1, and required letters of intent were received on April 12. After review by scientists at CRN institutions, non-CRN institutions, and the NCI, we invited 29 applicants to submit full applications, which are due June 21. Depending on budget requests, we expect to support five to seven Pilot Projects, with start dates around September 1, 2013.

We are implementing a review process that we anticipate will be fair, expeditious, and result in the support of compelling research projects. Meanwhile, many thanks to the reviewers of the Letters of Intent -- many of whom are being tapped to review the full applications.

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Progress Report News

It is difficult to believe, but we are already nearing completion of the first nine months of the current round of funding for the Cancer Research Network. One of the things this signals is that our Progress Report to the NCI is due in a few short weeks, on June 30. We have already sent requests to CRN colleagues for text contributions to various aspects of the Progress Report, describing our work and plans for the future. We have also contacted all subcontract institutions with projected budgets for FY2, and projected estimates for any carryforward funds. We will be working with all institutions involved to come to a reasonable and coherent document that provides an outline of our work, to date and in the future.

Thank you to all the investigators, project managers, and grants administrators for working with us and making this process as smooth as possible.

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Changes in the Steering Committee

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Stacey Honda as the new Site Principal Investigator for KP Hawaii. Dr. Honda is a board-certified clinical and anatomic pathologist, head of laboratory services for KP Hawaii, and clinical research leader in the Center for Health Research - Hawaii. She has attended CRN Steering Committee meetings, and brings expertise in areas that will strengthen the CRN. She takes over for Dr. Andrew Williams, to whom we bid a fond farewellExternal Web Site Policy and wish him the best in his new endeavors.

Dr. Jim Dearing of KP Colorado has also announced that he will be joining the faculty at Michigan State University, joining their outstanding program in health communications and dissemination research. Among other activities, Jim has co-led the CRN's Communications & Dissemination Scientific Working Group, and was also the Principal Investigator of the CRN Cancer Communication Research Center. As he will not be joining Michigan State University until September, he will continue to work with the CRN over the next couple of months during the transition period.

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Scientific Working Group Updates

Communication & Dissemination

On Thursday, June 27th from 4-5pm ET, the C&D SWG will host a call focused on the NIH proposal review process. Investigators with experience as reviewers will share their insights on the review process, and will offer examples from actual proposals.

The following month, on Thursday, July 25th from 4-5pm ET, the C&D SWG will be hosting a similar call with a focus on PCORI grant submissions. A number of CRN investigators will be serving on PCORI review panels prior to that call, so will have recent experiences to share.

Please contact James Nutter, for more information.

Prevention & Screening

Our first quarterly call for the full group of all interested scientists will be held on June 20th, at 11 AM PDT/2 PM EDT. Paul Doria-Rose from the National Cancer Institute will present on: NCI priorities for Prevention and Screening.

If you are interested in attending, please email Nirupa Ghai, to be included in the invitation.

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CRN Publications Review

The Publications Committee has refined the CRN manuscript criteria for publications resulting from CRN core funded and enabled or facilitated projects.

It is strongly encouraged that publications resulting from the use of CRN data and scientific resources be submitted to the Publications Committee ( for review as it allows the network to assure proper acknowledgment and accurate description of the CRN; to protect collaborative partners, relationships and activities; and to provide editorial comment at the committee's discretion.

The process for publication review and manuscript criteria is outlined in this flowchart (text description).

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The Cancer Survivorship E-Learning Series

The Cancer Survivorship E-Learning SeriesExternal Web Site Policy is a free continuing education program that provides a forum to educate primary care providers to better understand and care for survivors in the primary care setting.

This program is available through the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center (The Survivorship Center), a collaboration between the American Cancer Society and the George Washington University Cancer Institute funded by a 5-year cooperative agreement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The first module entitled "The Current State of Survivorship Care and the Role of Primary Care Providers" is led by Dr. Larissa Nekhlyudov, General Internist at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates and Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School.

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Delivery Science Fellowship Opportunity

The Division of Research in Kaiser Permanente's Northern California region is pleased to offer a new post-doctoral fellowship program in Delivery Science beginning July 2014.

Fellows will be MDs or PhDs who spend two years at the Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, doing research training, including structured mentorship, coursework, and projects. The environment offers outstanding opportunities to do studies of clinical effectiveness, patient-centered outcomes, and delivery science (also called implementation research). The health care system has 3.4 million patients, a multi-specialty physician group with more than 7,000 clinicians, and rich electronic medical record data. The Division of Research is a nationally respected group with more than 50 faculty-level investigators and a grant portfolio of more than $90 million annually, providing an excellent environment for training and research.

Applications are being accepted starting May 15, with a deadline of September 15 this year, for fellows to start in July 2014.

For more information see the full announcement on the Web siteExternal Web Site Policy. Questions can be directed to

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Request for Information

Opportunities for Cancer-relevant Innovative Technologies with Transformative Potential.
Respond by June 30, 2013

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is looking for feedback from cancer researchers, clinicians, and other interested members of the community through a Request for Information (RFI).

The purpose of the RFI is to seek input on the most important needs and promising opportunities to develop technologies with strong potential for accelerating cancer research or clinical care. NCI is interested in understanding the communities' perspective on areas where state-of-the-art capabilities are insufficient for clinical care or to explore biological or epidemiological facets of cancer.

Responses to the RFI will be used for consideration of research priorities and may help to develop future funding opportunities.

Read complete instructions on how to respond.

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Funding Opportunities

LOI Due 6/19: PCORI's Improving Infrastructure for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes ResearchExternal Web Site Policy. Pre-LOI Webinar will be held June 3, 3:00pm EST. Applications are due September 27, 2013.

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Upcoming Conferences

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