CRN Monthly Update for November 2013

In this issue:

Message from the Coordinating Center

The Coordinating Center is hard at work optimizing communications within the CRN. This is our next attempt to streamline even further and deliver content that is relevant and useful. Please let us know if you have any input or suggestions about our efforts. Thanks!

— Larry, Heather & Melissa

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CRN Quick Facts

24 Collaboration Inquiries

We've had 24 inquiries for collaboration since the start of Year 1, and eight of those have come in since the start of October.

63 Papers Published

According to our count, we've had 63 papers published using CRN resources since September 2012. This count is primarily based on publications linked to the CRN1-3 grant number and information provided to the Coordinating Center by CRN investigators. Here is the list; let us know if your publication is not included!

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Have You Heard?

New CRN Personnel: Dr. Deborah Schrag, medical oncologist and health services researcher at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School, has agreed to join the CRN as external co-lead of the Health Care Quality & Cost Scientific Working Group. She is familiar with the CRN, having collaborated with many of us on the REACT Grant (Research on Effectiveness of Advanced Cancer Treatments), an NCI Grand Opportunity grant supported by ARRA (stimulus) funds.

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).

From the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter - "Dr. Diana Miglioretti was recently named one of two finalists for the's 2013 "Most Influential Radiology Researcher." Her paper, "The use of computed tomography in pediatrics and the associated radiation exposure and estimated cancer risk" in JAMA Pediatrics was selected as one of two finalists for the Minnie 2013 "Scientific Paper of the Year." The campaign is designed to recognize the best and brightest in medical imaging. provides the first comprehensive community Internet site for radiologists and related professionals in the medical imaging industry." Congratulations Diana!

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Request for Applications

Patient-Centered Outcomes Research (PCOR) for Treatment Options in Uterine Fibroids
LOI due 11/15/2013.
Full application due 12/16/2013. Developing a Prospective Multi-Center Practice-based Clinical Registry (P50)External Web Site Policy
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

Communication & Dissemination
Monthly conference calls are held on the 4th Thursday of each month. Contact for more info.
Epidemiology of Prognosis & Outcomes
10/16 - Hosted a webinar on Submitting Applications to the CRN. Slides from this webinar will be posted soon on the CRN portal. Calls are held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Contact for more info.
Health Care Quality & Cost
First webinar was held on 10/14. The slides from the presentation are posted on the CRN Portal. Contact for more info.
Prevention & Screening
Quarterly webinars are held on the 3rd Monday of each quarter. Next one is scheduled for December 16, 2013 at 12pm PT. Contact for more info.
Scholars Program
CRN Scholars, CRN junior investigators, and NCI fellows are participating in a mock study section to experience the NIH grant review process first-hand. The mock study section meets Wednesday November 13 in Rockville, MD. Many thanks to the CRN investigators who loaned their grant proposals for this learning activity.
Informatics Core
The VDW Implementation Group (VIG) meeting took place in Seattle on October 23-25. CRN programmers and a handful of investigators were represented at the meeting. The VIG is responsible for ensuring quality and consistency of the VDW across participating research centers, and it was clear that greater involvement of research scientists will benefit the ongoing work of the VIG. CRN scientists are encouraged to participate on the VIG content area working groups, such as Tumor and Infusion Medications. If you are interested in participating, please contact Monica Fujii, Informatics Core Project Manager, or Heather Clancy, CRN Project Manager.

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Important Dates

CRN FALL MEETING AT NCI - Nov 12-15. See you there!

Abstract Submission Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences

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The CRN Portal

Don't forget about all of the useful information housed on the CRN Portal:

If you need assistance logging on, please contact

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