CRN Monthly Update for January 2014

In this issue:

Message from the Coordinating Center

Greetings and Happy New Year from the CRN.

We continue to absorb lessons, thoughts and advice from our in-person November Steering Committee meeting. As part of this, we plan our continual improvement process to focus our activities strategically across the CRN, especially in ensuring that we are, broadly speaking, promoting cancer research in areas for which we most strategically positioned and to which we can make a noticeable and important impact.

We plan to continue our outreach activities to increase awareness of the CRN, its scientists, its data resources, and its integrated health care systems as outstanding settings to conduct population sciences cancer research. Our Scientific Working Groups are refining their research agendas to provide guideposts for being proactive as we seek out collaborative partners on CRN-based research projects. Our Informatics Core is taking concrete steps to identify areas for further resource development, even as quality assurance activities continue and as procedures for conducting preparatory-to-research queries have been implemented. We are examining methods for better tracking and communications, internally - within each of our organizations, and across CRN organizations - and externally, with ongoing and potential partner scientists and institutions. While we have a full plate ahead of us, we are also excited about the possibilities and look forward to reaching our potential.

Meanwhile, researchers at several CRN Sites have been actively involved in submissions to the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) initiatives to establish Community Sites for participation and data collection for NCORP-based research activities. In addition to these Community Site applications - we are aware of four such applications in which at least one CRN Site is involved - the CRN has also established collaborations with two Research Base applicants, to participate in Cancer Care Delivery Research activities. We hope that the various CRN institutions that are participating in these applications are all successful in receiving funding. Collaboration between the cooperative group oncology clinical trials research programs and the CRN's population-based epidemiology and health services research activities holds the promise of moving forward the cancer care research enterprise in a coordinated fashion not previously realized. This is not to preclude our overall focus on innovative, investigator-initiated research - but will hopefully create new opportunities to conduct impactful translational research.

Later this month, we will be issuing our 2014 Call for Applications for Developmental and Pilot Projects. We look forward to continuing to support projects that hold promise for resulting in innovative R01 or similar research projects. New to this year, we plan to hold informational webinar sessions to address questions that potential applicants may have. Details will be in the Call for Applications. We have also scheduled a webinar in which investigators who are currently funded through the CRN Developmental and Pilot Projects program will each be presenting their ideas and work-to-date. This is scheduled for Tuesday, February 25th; see below for more details.

Thanks for your continuing interest and support of the CRN and its activities. Please feel free to get in touch with us with any thoughts or suggestions at

-Larry, Heather & Melissa

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Have You Heard?

The 2013 CRN Pilot and Developmental Project Awardees will be presenting a webinar on their work and progress over the past year. Please join them 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 HCSRN April 2, 2013 2:30-6:00 PM. Pre-registration is required. The CRN Communication & Dissemination Scientific Working Group will host 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.

In case you missed the 11/26/13 webinar on Reporting, Guidelines, Measures and Harmonization: Following Up on the NIH D&I Working Meeting on Measures and Reporting, it is available on YouTubeExternal Web Site Policy. Featuring Borsika Rabin, Ross Brownson, and Chris Carpenter.

New SEER-MHOS Data Available!
New data from the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results-Medicare Health Outcomes Survey (SEER-MHOS) linked data set are now publicly available. This population-based surveillance resource, recently expanded to include MHOS data collected from 1998-2011, allows researchers to investigate the health status and health-related quality of life of older adult (ages 65 and over) Medicare Advantage enrollees with and without a cancer diagnosis.

Visit the SEER-MHOS Web site for more information.

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Request for Applications

Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

American Cancer Society

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Scientific Working Group/Core Updates


CRNnet system (as well as HCSRNnet) is undergoing a software upgrade in January to PopMedNet 3.x that will make it compatible with all other PopMedNet based networks such as NIH collaborator and the planned PCORnet network. This upgrade will allow CRNnet to leverage VDW querying capabilities developed by the AHRQ SPAN project, which is led by KPCO.

The Informatics Governance Document is now final. You can find a copy posted on the Portal.

Communication & Dissemination

On our last call, Bridget Gaglio presented preliminary findings from a paper she is leading that examines patient, provider, and system-level interventions to improve cancer communication, and the capacity of the CRN for addressing key gaps.

During our next call on January 23, 4-5pm ET, we will discuss a proposed framework for assessing communication in healthcare systems. Please contact Vanessa Neergheen to join.

Finally, beginning in January, Borsika Rabin will step down as SWG co-lead. We would like to thank Borsika for her strong leadership and great contributions to our SWG! We are delighted to welcome Russ Glasgow (University of Colorado School of Medicine) as he takes over as co-lead.

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Important Dates

CRN's Pilot Project Program will release the next Call For Applications later this month. Keep an eye out!

Abstract Submission Deadlines

Upcoming Conferences

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Career Opportunities

Faculty Position in Comparative Effectiveness Research at Moffitt Cancer Center: The Department of Cancer Epidemiology at Moffitt Cancer Center is seeking a faculty member (Assistant, Associate or Senior Member) with expertise in comparative effectiveness of treatments/interventions across the cancer continuum. The Department currently has 11 faculty engaged in various aspects of cancer epidemiological research including chemoprevention, nutrition, viral oncology, genetics/genomics and personalized medicine.

Successful candidates must have Ph.D. or M.D. and relevant research training and experience. We seek academic researchers who can contribute immediately, as evidenced by a history of peer-reviewed funding and publications.

Questions regarding the position should be directed to: Peter Kanetsky, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chair, Department of Cancer Epidemiology Review of applications will begin immediately.
To apply, visit Web Site Policy and keyword search requisition number 11729.

Group Health Research Institute (GHRI) is seeking a doctorate-level investigator. The successful candidate will be part of a highly collaborative, productive, multi-disciplinary scientific faculty and will be expected to build and maintain an independent, extramurally-funded research portfolio in their field of study. Candidates will be considered at all faculty ranks (Assistant, Associate, or Full Investigator) and in any research field that is well-aligned with the Institute's mission to improve health and health care (see examples below). Persons with interests and expertise in the following areas are particularly encouraged to apply: health informatics, health technology (e.g., eHealth, mHealth), qualitative and mixed methods research, and pragmatic clinical trials conducted in health care systems. Please see our Web site for more detailsExternal Web Site Policy.

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Resource Reminders!

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

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