CRN Monthly Update for October 2015

In this issue:


CRN Opportunity Funds

The CRN provides support to conduct cancer research in the integrated health care settings of participating institutions. Our Opportunity Fund supports up to $25,000 in direct costs per project for activities that will enhance R01 or similar cancer-related applications that have a clear timeline for submission. We are able to conduct preparatory-to-research analyses to support cancer research applications that involve one or more of our CRN Sites. Please see the detailed information packet.

HCSRN IRB Consulting Service

The Health Care Systems Research Network (formerly known as the HMORN) has an IRB working group that has developed useful operating procedures, including processes for ceded IRB review among HCSRN sites. This workgroup is now offering free consulting to research teams on preparing multi-site IRB submissions, use of the network's ceding process, and other questions. Please see their flierExternal Web Site Policy for more details on how to use the service.

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NCI Cancer Current Blogs

The NCI has kicked off a series of blog posts and wants to get perspective from the cancer community. Please share your thoughts in the comments section and encourage your colleagues to also engage and participate.

Proposed Blog Series

September 24: Cancer Trends: Influencing Care and Research Priorities

October 8: Understanding Cancer: The Role of Basic Science

October 22: Bringing Cancer Research to the Public: NCI’s Networks and Programs

November 5: A Holistic Approach to Reducing Cancer Health Disparities

November 19: Precision Medicine Part I: Understanding Precision Medicine

December 10: Precision Medicine Part II: Clinical Trials for Adults and Children

January 13: Cancer Prevention: The Best Defense

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MT-DIRC - 2016

Dissemination & Implementation training program at Washington University in St. Louis: Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer

Applications for the training program are due January 11th 2016.

If you wish to join an exciting learning collaborative of dissemination and implementation (D&I) researchers, we invite you to apply to our program entitled: Mentored Training for Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC). We invite applications from doctorally-trained individuals (PhDs, MDs) whose wish to focus on D&I research in the areas of cancer and chronic disease prevention, early detection, and survivorship. Most of the fellows will be individuals in early career stages, but some will be mid-career scholars who want to pursue D&I research in cancer. Diverse scholars from a range of disciplines are encouraged to apply. Participation in this program is two years. Program includes on-site training June 6th-10th, 2016 as well as continued mentoring during project development. For more information and application materials, visit their websiteExternal Web Site Policy, or email Maggie Padek.

CRN to support one person from a CRN Site to participate in the MT-DIRC program.

The CRN continues its affiliation with the MT-DIRC program, in which we support participation for one person from a CRN Site. This expands the resources available to the MT-DIRC program, as well as increases the capacity for dissemination and implementation science at CRN institutions. Scientists from CRN Sites who are currently participating in this program include Melody Eide (Henry Ford Health System), Erin Hahn (KP Southern California), and Neetu Chawla (KP Northern California). Neetu, who began the program this past June, has this to say:

"The MT-DIRC program has given me access to very strong mentorship in Dissemination and Implementation research, excellent training in theories and methods in this emerging field, and exposure to a network of possible collaborators. The core faculty are outstanding and many of them are reviewers for study sections evaluating D&I grant submissions. I would highly recommend this program for any scientist interested in receiving training in this area."

In order to be considered for CRN support, please follow the application procedures described above, and send an additional copy of your application to our email, so that the CRN knows you have applied. If you are accepted into the MT-DIRC program, we will work with Maggie Padek to determine financial support for program participation. If you have questions about CRN support for the program, please contact us.

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Recent Publications

Adams KF, Johnson EA, Chubak J, Kamineni A, Doubeni CA, Buist DS, Williams AE, Weinmann S, Doria-Rose VP, Rutter CM. Development of an Algorithm to Classify Colonoscopy Indication from Coded Health Care Data. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2015 May 18;3(1):1171. eCollection 2015. [View Abstract]

Atkins L, Hunkeler EM, Jensen CD, Michie S, Lee JK, Doubeni CA, Zauber AG, Levin TR, Quinn VP, Corley DA. Factors Influencing Variation in Physician Adenoma Detection Rates: a Theory-Based Approach for Performance Improvement. Gastrointest Endosc 2015 Sep 11. pii: S0016-5107(15)02848-5. [Epub ahead of print] [View Abstract]

Chongpison Y, Hornbrook MC, Harris RB, Herrinton LJ, Gerald JK, Grant M, Bulkley JE, Wendel CS, Krouse RS. Self-reported depression and perceived financial burden among long-term rectal cancer survivors. Psychooncology 2015 Sep 14. [Epub ahead of print] [View Abstract]

Goodman M, Fletcher RH, Doria-Rose VP, Jensen CD, Zebrowski AM, Becerra TA, Quinn VP, Zauber AG, Corley DA, Doubeni CA. Observational methods to assess the effectiveness of screening colonoscopy in reducing right colon cancer mortality risk: SCOLAR. J Comp Eff Res 2015 Jul 23:1-11. [Epub ahead of print] [View Abstract]

Jiang AJ, Eide MJ, Alexander GL, Altschuler A, Asgari MM, Geller AC, Fletcher SW, Halpern AC, Weinstock MA. Providers' Experiences with a Melanoma Web-Based Course: a Discussion on Barriers and Intentions. J Cancer Educ 2015 Sep 22. [Epub ahead of print] [View Abstract]

Marks AR, Pietrofesa RA, Jensen CD, Zebrowski A, Corley DA, Doubeni CA. Metformin Use and Risk of Colorectal Adenoma after Polypectomy in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 2015 Sep 16. [Epub ahead of print] [View Abstract]

Rahm AK, Hawkins RP, Dearing JW, Pingree S, Lomax JB, McDowell H, Morse EF, Barela B. Implementing an evidence-based breast cancer support and communication tool to newly diagnosed patients as standard care in two institutions. Transl Behav Med 2015 Jun;5(2):198-206. doi: 10.1007/s13142-015-0305-4. [View Abstract]

Wallner LP, Slezak JM, Quinn VP, Loo RK, Schottinger JE, Bastani R, Jacobsen SJ. Quality of preventive care before and after prostate cancer diagnosis. J Mens Health 2015 May 1;11(5):14-21. [View Abstract]

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Meetings and Calls for Abstracts

Society for Integrative Oncology - 12th International ConferenceExternal Web Site Policy
Meeting date: November 14-16, 2015, Boston MA.

Cancer Care Delivery in a Rapidly Changing Healthcare SystemExternal Web Site Policy
Meeting Date: November 17-18, 2015, Bethesda, MD.

ASCO Quality Care SymposiumExternal Web Site Policy
Call for Abstracts Deadline: October 27, 2015
Meeting date: February 26-27, 2016, Phoenix, AZ.

AACR Annual MeetingExternal Web Site Policy
Abstract Submission Deadline: December 1, 2015
April 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

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Additional Funding Opportunities

Upcoming application submission date: November 20, 2015

Advanced Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U24)

Early-Stage Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U01)

Sustained Support for Informatics Resources for Cancer Research and Management (U24)

Development of Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management (R21)

Up for a Challenge - U4C

The NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) is partnering with Sage Bionetworks to launch "Up for a Challenge (U4C)External Web Site Policy—Stimulating Innovation in Breast Cancer Genetic Epidemiology."

Submissions due Jan 15, 2016.

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Employment Opportunities

Two Faculty Investigators - Group Health Research Institute

Health Scientist - Healthcare Assessment Research Branch at NCI

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is conducting a national search for a Health Scientist to facilitate a new and innovative program of research in the assessment of health care in cancer. This includes assessment of population-based cancer-related health services utilization and outcomes; the dissemination and effective delivery of cancer-related health services by community-based health care providers and health care delivery organizations; and the role of economic factors related to the equitable, efficient, and effective provision of cancer-related health services.

See the NCI's full online job posting for more details.

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