CRN Monthly Update for October 2014

In this issue:

Message from the Coordinating Center

Greetings from the CRN Coordinating Center! We are really looking forward to the next three years of the current funding cycle of the CRN. The general theme of our annual meeting, held on October 10, with our Steering Committee and the members of our External Advisory Board and Clinical and Operations Advisory Board was: How can we best leverage the CRN to promote collaborative scientific research in the CRN setting?

This is the question we need to answer, and several suggestions arose during the meeting on how to modify CRN activities to achieve this goal. While we have not yet implemented any suggested modifications, as one concrete example, we plan to focus our Pilot Projects program to catalyze efforts that have a clear objective of resulting in R01 or similar grant submissions in the near future. We thank our Advisory Board members and the Steering Committee for their engagement in discussions during our meetings earlier this month.

We also plan to better engage scientists in communities of shared research interest, and see our newly developed interest groups in Head and Neck Cancers and Skin Cancers as examples of the types of discussions that can result in collaborative research projects. We will likely play a more proactive role in encouraging grant applications to appropriate research opportunities.

We are also in the midst of the application process for the next class of CRN Scholars, and look forward to receiving applications from the many outstanding individuals who have been invited to submit. Although we will be able to support only some of them, we hope that others will be interested in engaging with the CRN in development of their research ideas and careers.

We look forward to continuing to work with everyone who is part of the extended CRN community.

-Larry, Heather & Melissa

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Recent CRN-Related Publications

Hassett MJ, Ritzwoller DP, Taback N, Carroll N, Cronin AM, Ting GV, Schrag D, Warren JL, Hornbrook MC, Weeks JC. Validating billing/encounter codes as indicators of lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer recurrence using 2 large contemporary cohorts. Med Care 2014 Oct;52(10):e65-73. doi: 10.1097/MLR.0b013e318277eb6f. [View Abstract]

McMullen CK, Schneider J, Altschuler A, Grant M, Hornbrook MC, Liljestrand P, Krouse RS. Caregivers as healthcare managers: health management activities, needs, and caregiving relationships for colorectal cancer survivors with ostomies. Support Care Cancer 2014 Sep;22(9):2401-8. [View Abstract]

Basch E, Reeve BB, Mitchell SA, Clauser SB, Minasian LM, Dueck AC, Mendoza TR, Hay J, Atkinson TM, Abernethy AP, Bruner DW, Cleeland CS, Sloan JA, Chilukuri R, Baumgartner P, Denicoff A, St Germain D, O'Mara AM, Chen A, Kelaghan J, Bennett AV, Sit L, Rogak L, Barz A, Paul DB, Schrag D. Development of the National Cancer Institute's patient-reported outcomes version of the common terminology criteria for adverse events (PRO-CTCAE). J Natl Cancer Inst 2014 Sep 29;106(9). pii: dju244. Print 2014 Sep. [View Abstract]

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Cancer Counter Update

We are very pleased to report that the annual CRN Cancer Counter update is complete. Thank you to all the sites that responded to our request for updated tumor registry tabulations! The data have passed QA checks are now live on the cancer counter Web site.

This year 11 of the 16 HCSRN sites contributed new data (see the table below for details).

Kristal Rust created many new QA checks and provided feedback to sites to support site-specific data maintenance. Donna Eubanks made some helpful changes to the Cancer Counter web application, including updating the CRN logo and adding some additional instructions about how to handle unusual output issues.

Please visit the handy appExternal Web Site Policy and let us know if you discover any problems.

If you need access to the CRN CC app or have forgotten your username and/or password for this secure Web site, please let us know.

- Mark, Joanna, Kristal, and Donna at the Center for Health Research, Kaiser Permanente Northwest

Health Plan Research Center Site or Affiliate Tumor Data through:
Essentia Institute of Rural Health (EIRH) Essentia Institute of Rural HealthExternal Web Site Policy n/a 2012
Fallon Community Health Plan (MPCI) Meyers Primary Care InstituteExternal Web Site Policy Site 2010
Geisinger Health System (GHS) Center for Health Research and Rural AdvocacyExternal Web Site Policy Affiliate 2010
Group Health Cooperative (GHC) Group Health Research InstituteExternal Web Site Policy Site 2012
Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute (HPHC) Dept of Population Medicine, Harvard Med SchoolExternal Web Site Policy Affiliate 2010
Health Alliance Plan (HFHS) Henry Ford Hospital & Health SystemExternal Web Site Policy Site 2012
Health Partners (HPIER) Health Partners Institute for Education and ResearchExternal Web Site Policy Affiliate 2011
Kaiser Permanente Colorado (KPCO) Institute for Health ResearchExternal Web Site Policy Site 2012
Kaiser Permanente Georgia (KPG) Center for Health Research/SoutheastExternal Web Site Policy Affiliate 2010
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii (KPHI) Center for Health ResearchExternal Web Site Policy Site 2012
Kaiser Permanente Northern California (KPNC) Division of ResearchExternal Web Site Policy Site 2012
Kaiser Permanente Northwest (KPNW) Center for Health ResearchExternal Web Site Policy Site 2012
Kaiser Permanente Southern California (KPSC) Dept of Research and EvaluationExternal Web Site Policy Site 2012
Security Health Plan (MCRF) Marshfield Clinic Research FoundationExternal Web Site Policy Site 2012

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Research Interest Survey

Researchers and Scientists - please take a moment to fill out our Research Interest SurveyExternal Web Site Policy. It should take you no more than 3 minutes.

One of the mandates for CRN4 is to increase the use of our data resources by facilitating collaborative research. Collaborations increase the research capacity of CRN Sites; connections with clinical and operations partners advance clinically-relevant, translational research; and collaborations with academic researchers connect the scientific and data strengths of the CRN with investigators with new and exciting perspectives.

With the information that you provide we hope to:

Your response is greatly appreciated!

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Scientific Working Group Updates

Communication & Dissemination

Monthly group teleconferences will now be held on the 4th Monday of every month from 2-3pm EST. Most recently, Bridget Gaglio (PCORI Program Officer) presented on the new PCORI Communication and Dissemination funding opportunity on October 27.

Contact Vanessa Neergheen for more information on the C&D SWG.

Epidemiology of Prognosis & Outcomes

Contact Sarah Madrid for information on the EPO SWG.

Health Care Quality & Cost

Contact Joanna Bulkley for more information on the HCQC SWG.

Prevention & Screening

Doug Corley presented at the ASCO Quality MeetingExternal Web Site Policy in Boston, which ran October 17-18, 2014. His presentation is titled "PCORnet" in the session "Building Data Infrastructure to Evaluate and Improve Quality Care."

Doug is also giving a talk at Mt Sinai in New York regarding big data in relation to improving cancer prevention and screening.

Please contact Tracy Becerra for more information on P&S SWG activities.

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Calls for Abstracts

ASCOExternal Web Site Policy

Abstract submission opens November 14, 2014, Submission Deadline is February 3, 2015.

ASPOExternal Web Site Policy

Abstract submission deadline is November 24, 2014.

AACRExternal Web Site Policy

Submission Deadline is December 3, 2014.

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Prep to Research - Data Request Form

Reminder on where you can find the Prep to Research Data Request Form:

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Additional Funding Opportunities

Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC)

Application Submission Deadline is January 16, 2015.

If you wish to join an exciting learning collaborative of dissemination and implementation (D&I) researchers, we invite you to apply to our new program entitled: Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC). Funded by a five year grant from the National Cancer Institute, this unique education program is positioned to build capacity in D&I research in cancer prevention and control. The MT-DIRC is first of its kind for post-doctoral scholars (fellows) - primarily individuals in early careers who want to pursue D&I research in cancer. This program will place strong emphasis on mentoring, applying competencies and curriculum specifically focused on cancer disparities, and working with a diverse set of partners. For details see the full announcement hereExternal Web Site Policy.

Email us with any questions.

Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum
Application deadline December 19, 2014

The 2015 John Milner Nutrition and Cancer Prevention Research Practicum will take place March 2 to 6, and is now accepting applications - application deadline is December 19, 2014. The Practicum will be held at the National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, the NIH Clinical Center and the USDA Beltsville Human Nutrition Center. This week-long educational offering provides specialized instruction about the role of diet and bioactive food components as modifiers of cancer incidence and tumor behavior. The intent of the Practicum is to introduce participants to research currently being conducted in the field, expose them to available research opportunities, and lay the foundation for future researchers in diet and cancer prevention.

Find out details about the practicum, eligibility and applying to the practicum.

HCSRN-OAICs AGING Initiative Pilot Project Announcement
Application submission deadline Jan 15, 2015

The goal of the HCSRN-OAICs AGING Initiative is to bridge the Health Care Systems Research Network (HCSRN) with the Claude D. Pepper Older Americans Independence Centers (OAICs) to create a national resource to nurture and advance an interdisciplinary research agenda focused on older adults with multiple chronic conditions (MCCs). These efforts will lay the foundation to address the knowledge gaps that exist regarding the health and healthcare of these understudied patients.

The HCSRN-OAICs AGING Initiative includes a Pilot Projects program led by Dr. Rebecca Silliman from the Boston Pepper Center and Dr. Mark Hornbrook from Kaiser Permanente Center for Health Research. One of the crucial requirements for these applications is that an application must include collaborating investigators from both an HCSRN research center and a Pepper Center.

Please review the full RFAExternal Web Site Policy. If you have any questions about the Pilot Projects Program or the HCSRN-OAICs AGING initiative, please address them to Kathryn Anzuoni.

RFA-MD-15-001: System-Level Health Services and Policy Research on Health Disparities (R01)
Application deadline January 20, 2015

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to solicit innovative system-level health services and policy research that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the elimination of health disparities.

Find out more details.

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Employment Opportunities

Research BiostatisticianExternal Web Site Policy
Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Division of Research

Position responsibilities include consultation and collaboration on multi-disciplinary research teams, assistance and expertise in study design, statistical analysis, protocol development and grant submissions, and manuscript preparation. There is also an opportunity to lead independent methodological research.

Two Year Post-Doctoral Fellowship Opportunity in Cancer Epidemiology
Henry Ford Hospital - Josephine Ford Cancer Institute

The Department of Public Health Sciences within the Henry Ford Hospital (HFH) and the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute in Detroit, Michigan invites applications for a post-doctoral fellow position, available immediately, within our active Cancer Epidemiology research group. We have ongoing research in prostate, breast, ovarian, lung and colon cancer. Resources include an electronic medical record and patient databases in place for over 20 years, and a frozen tissue biorepository with specimen collection over the past 15 years.

We seek talented and motivated candidates who plan to begin or expand their research career as a cancer epidemiologist and who wish to play a leading role on projects focused on molecular epidemiology research of patients conducted within the large diverse HFH patient population.

Candidates must hold a PhD in epidemiology, bioinformatics, biostatistics or related discipline. Some molecular biology laboratory experience is desired, but not required.

Please address inquiries to Dr. Benjamin Rybicki.

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