CRN Monthly Update for February 2014

In this issue:

Message from the Coordinating Center

We would like thank Stacey Honda and the KP Hawaii Center for Health Research (CHR) for hosting a very informative Site Visit in January 2014. Site visitors included Larry Kushi, Mark Hornbrook, Jessica Chubak, Paul Doria-Rose, and Heather Clancy. We spent two full days meeting with the CHR Team learning more about their research scientists and their interests, data systems, general administrative procedures, and efforts to foster collaborations with their clinicians. We were fortunate to be able to meet with KP oncologists and other clinicians, and to meet researchers from other institutions in Honolulu. We visited a couple of their clinic locations, including the KP Moanalua Medical Center, and came to better appreciate some of the operational challenges they face given the geography of Hawaii. It may be obvious, but it's not so easy to drive from Maui to the KP hospital in Honolulu!

In case you haven't seen the emails, the CRN has announced its second annual call for Pilot & Developmental Project applications. All projects must involve population sciences research -- epidemiologic studies or health care services research, broadly defined -- that is conducted within the integrated health care settings of the CRN and its affiliate sites. Key dates include a March 3 deadline for submission of required Letters of Intent, and May 16 application deadline for those invited to submit a full application. Applicants will be notified regarding funding by the end of June.

-Larry, Heather & Melissa

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Workshops and Webinars

The CRN has scheduled a webinar during which the 2013 CRN Pilot and Developmental Project Awardees will present their work and progress over the past few months. Please join them us on Tuesday, February 25, 9:00-11:00am PT. Follow the link for full detailsExternal Web Site Policy.

Dissemination and Implementation Science Training Workshop at the HCSRN Annual Meeting, Wednesday, April 2, 2013 2:30-6:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. The CRN Communication & Dissemination Scientific Working Group is hosting a Dissemination and Implementation Science Training Workshop that will provide attendees with grounding in D&I Science concepts, strategies, and design principles.
Link to flyer (PDF) External Web Site Policy for more information.

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PCORI Funding Opportunity Highlight

In response to the recent PCORI funding pre-announcementExternal Web Site Policy, the CRN Coordinating Center (CC) is working to form research groups to respond to specific topics of interest. Areas that have been highlighted include:

Please communicate your interest in these projects as well as other CRN-related efforts with the Coordinating Center so that we can facilitate collaborations and coordinate meetings. Letters of Intent due Friday, March 7, 2014.

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Additional Funding Opportunities

Letters of Intent due: Monday, March 3, 2014

Cancer Research Network

Application Deadline: March 25, 2014 (LOI due 30 days prior)

National Cancer Institute

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

American Cancer Society

Application Deadline: May 20, 2014; September 23, 2014 (LOI due 30 days prior)

National Cancer Institute

Application Deadline: June 10, 2014 (LOI due 30 days prior)

National Cancer Institute

Application Deadline: June 20, 2014 (LOI due 30 days prior)

National Cancer Institute

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Scientific Working Group/Core Updates

Communication & Dissemination

The Communication and Dissemination SWG had another productive group call on January 23. They discussed a variety of ideas for future papers on communication as well as ways to increase engagement and proactive outreach.

Epidemiology of Prognosis & Outcomes

The Epidemiology of Prognosis & Outcomes SWG is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. James R. Cerhan, MD, PhD, as co-lead of the SWG. Jim Cerhan is professor of epidemiology and chair of the Department of Health Sciences Research at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, co-leader of the Genetic Epidemiology and Risk Assessment Program in the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, co-director of the Biorepositories Program in the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. and associate director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Registry.

Jim succeeds Christine Ambrosone, who served the CRN ably in this role during its first year of current funding, and continues to be involved in research projects with CRN colleagues. Indeed, Christine is a co-investigator on a research project that recently received a 7th percentile review, and that will examine dietary and genetic factors in bladder cancer prognosis that involves Roswell Park Cancer Institute, KP Northern California, and KP Southern California. Multiple and Site PIs on this project include Li Tang, Roswell Park, Marilyn Kwan and Larry Kushi, KPNC, and Virginia Quinn, KPSC. Congratulations to the research team on likely (fingers crossed) funding.

Please join us in welcoming Jim to the leadership of the EPO SWG, and thanking Christine for her contributions to the CRN.

Prevention & Screening

The fourth P&S SWG network meeting was held on December 16, 2013. Amit Singal, a CRN Scholar, shared his research project on Hepatocellular Carcinoma and discussed the potential for research collaborations with scientists working in the CRN. Doug Corley gave a presentation on Cancer Screening Models . View and listen to the meetingExternal Web Site Policy.

We plan to hold our next network teleconference on March 17, 2014 at 12 PM PT.


The 2013 Scholar Cohort has been very busy getting ready for this year's HCSRN meeting in Phoenix. Together they will present:

Additionally, Grace Clarke Hillyer was accepted for the Early Career Reviewer program with the Center for Scientific Review!

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CRN Calendar

All times listed are Pacific.

A calendar of upcoming events in March [D]

For detailed meeting information, contact

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Just For Fun!

If you made it this far, you deserve a break! This video was shared with us recently and we had to pass it along because I know we all deeply understand the occasional pain of conference calls. (This is a YouTube link, so don't click if your internet policy prohibits this sort of thing).

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