CRN Monthly Update for January 2016

In this issue:


Existing Datasets

The CRN has collected information about the availability of cancer-related datasets from projects that were funded or enabled by the CRN. These datasets may be available for use by other investigators. Their availability can facilitate the conduct of additional research (e.g. by National Cancer Institute fellows, CRN Scholars, early-stage career investigators) and publication of findings using these existing data. The list of potentially available datasets may be downloaded on our website. We are grateful to Gaia Pocobelli's work in assembling this list of projects.

CRN Opportunity Funds

The CRN continues to solicit applications for Opportunity Funds, which 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. Please see the full announcementExternal Web Site Policy for more details.

2015 Research Highlights

If you missed our last newsletter, we featured several CRN publications in the areas of Training and Career Development, Screening, Treatment and Outcomes, Recurrence Detection, and Health Communication. We also featured three grants demonstrating work in cancer etiology, early detection and surveillance, and cancer prognosis. You can view this newsletter online.

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Webinar: Pilot Projects in Lung Cancer Screening

Monday January 18, 2016 - 12-1pm PT, 1-2pm MT, 3-4pm ET

Funded by the National Cancer Institute through administrative supplements, four pilot projects have been examining the implementation, data challenges, and opportunities in conducting research in lung cancer screening. These projects are led by Mike Simoff and Chris Neslund-Dudas of the Henry Ford Health System, Michael Gould (KP Southern California), Deb Ritzwoller (KP Colorado), and Lori Sakoda (KP Northern California). An update on their progress toward collectively providing insight into the possibilities and potential hurdles in using health systems and their research, clinical and data resources to conduct research to understand and improve the effectiveness of screening for lung cancer.

Please contact Tracy Becerra for more information.

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CASE/EPIC Study Section Merger

At the NIH Center for Scientific Review, two new sister study sections, the Cancer, Heart, and Sleep Epidemiology panels A and B (CHSA, CHSB), have become official standing committees within the Population Sciences and Epidemiology Integrated Review Group. These panels were formed by the merger of the former Cardiovascular and Sleep Epidemiology (CASE) and Epidemiology of Cancer (EPIC) study sections and were pilot tested for the last four rounds of review meetings. The goal of the merger was to create two equivalent panels to review the science formerly covered in CASE and EPIC--the epidemiology of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and sleep disorders. CHSA and CHSB were designed to address the significant scientific overlap in the fields of cancer, cardiovascular, and sleep epidemiology in addition to the multiple conflicts of interest that result because of the extensive collaborations in these fields. The CHSA and CHSB study sections have been approved by NIH and will review applications submitted for the October and November 2015 deadlines and thereafter. For more information about these new study sections visit the Center's website.

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Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research

The Minority Training Program in Cancer Control Research (MTPCCR) is now accepting applications for the annual "Careers in Cancer Disparities Research" Summer Institute set to take place on June 4-8, 2016 at UCSF and June 17-21, 2016 at UCLA. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 12, 2016 by 5pm (PST).

The purpose of the MTPCCR is to increase ethnic diversity in the field of cancer disparities research by encouraging minority master’s students and master's level health professionals in public health and social/behavioral sciences to pursue a doctoral degree and a career in research. However, applicants need not have plans to pursue doctoral training or prior interest in cancer prior to applying to the program.

Application information and more details can be found on the webpages for each program:

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Recent Publications

Brooks GA, Cronin AM, Uno H, Schrag D, Keating NL, Mack JW. Intensity of Medical Interventions between Diagnosis and Death in Patients with Advanced Lung and Colorectal Cancer: A CanCORS Analysis. J Palliat Med 2016 Jan;19(1):42-50. [View Abstract]

Swegal WC, Singer M, Peterson E, Feigelson HS, Kono SA, Snyder S, Melvin TN, Calzada G, Ghai NR, Saman DM, Chang SS. Socioeconomic Factors Affect Outcomes in Well-Differentiated Thyroid Cancer. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2015 Dec 15. pii: 0194599815620778. [Epub ahead of print] [View Abstract]

Sun V, Grant M, Wendel CS, McMullen CK, Bulkley JE, Altschuler A, Ramirez M, Baldwin CM, Herrinton LJ, Hornbrook MC, Krouse RS. Dietary and Behavioral Adjustments to Manage Bowel Dysfunction After Surgery in Long-Term Colorectal Cancer Survivors. Ann Surg Oncol 2015 Dec;22(13):4317-24. [View Abstract]

Hahn EE, Tang T, Lee JS, Munoz-Plaza CE, Shen E, Rowley B, Maeda JL, Mosen DM, Ruckdeschel JC, Gould MK. Use of posttreatment imaging and biomarkers in survivors of early-stage breast cancer: Inappropriate surveillance or necessary care? Cancer 2015 Dec 9. [Epub ahead of print] [View Abstract]

Yabroff KR, Dowling EC, Guy GP Jr, Banegas MP, Davidoff A, Han X, Virgo KS, McNeel TS, Chawla N, Blanch-Hartigan D, Kent EE, Li C, Rodriguez JL, de Moor JS, Zheng Z, Jemal A, Ekwueme DU. Financial Hardship Associated With Cancer in the United States: Findings From a Population-Based Sample of Adult Cancer Survivors. J Clin Oncol 2016 Jan 20;34(3):259-67. [View Abstract]

Tosteson AN, Beaber EF, Tiro J, Kim J, McCarthy AM, Quinn VP, Doria-Rose VP, Wheeler CM, Barlow WE, Bronson M, Garcia M, Corley DA, Haas JS, Halm EA, Kamineni A, Rutter CM, Tosteson TD, Trentham-Dietz A, Weaver DL; PROSPR consortium. Variation in Screening Abnormality Rates and Follow-Up of Breast, Cervical and Colorectal Cancer Screening within the PROSPR Consortium. J Gen Intern Med 2015 Dec 9. [Epub ahead of print] [View Abstract]

Guy GP Jr, Yabroff KR, Ekwueme DU, Virgo KS, Han X, Banegas MP, Soni A, Zheng Z, Chawla N, Geiger AM. Healthcare Expenditure Burden Among Non-elderly Cancer Survivors, 2008-2012. Am J Prev Med 2015 Dec;49(6 Suppl 5):S489-97. doi: 10.1016/j.amepre.2015.09.002. [View Abstract]

Haque R, Shi J, Schottinger JE, Ahmed SA, Cheetham TC, Chung J, Avila C, Kleinman K, Habel LA, Fletcher SW, Kwan ML. Tamoxifen and Antidepressant Drug Interaction in a Cohort of 16 887 Breast Cancer Survivors. J Natl Cancer Inst 2015 Dec 1;108(3). pii: djv337. Print 2016 Mar. [View Abstract]

Kroenke CH, Chubak J, Johnson L, Castillo A, Weltzien E, Caan BJ. Enhancing Breast Cancer Recurrence Algorithms Through Selective Use of Medical Record Data. J Natl Cancer Inst 2015 Nov 18;108(3). pii: djv336. Print 2016 Mar. [View Abstract]

Buist DS, Chang E, Handley M, Pardee R, Gundersen G, Cheadle A, Reid RJ. Primary Care Clinicians' Perspectives on Reducing Low-Value Care in an Integrated Delivery System. Perm J 2015 Nov 2;20(1). [Epub ahead of print] [View Abstract]

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Meetings and Calls for Abstracts

ASCO Quality Care SymposiumExternal Web Site Policy
Meeting dates: February 26-27, 2016, Phoenix, AZ.

ASPO Annual MeetingExternal Web Site Policy
Meeting dates: March 12-15, 2016, Columbus, OH.

HCSRN Annual ConferenceExternal Web Site Policy
Meeting dates: April 14-16, 2016, Atlanta, GA.

AACR Annual MeetingExternal Web Site Policy
Late-breaking abstracts due: January 26, 2016
Meeting dates: April 16-20, 2016, New Orleans, LA.

Cancer and Primary Care Research International (Ca-PRI) Network Annual MeetingExternal Web Site Policy
Meeting dates: April 26-28, Boston, MA.

ASCO Annual MeetingExternal Web Site Policy
Abstract submission deadline: February 2, 2016
Meeting dates: June 3-7, 2016, Chicago, IL.

8th Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research ConferenceExternal Web Site Policy
Abstract submission deadline: February 8, 2016
Meeting dates: June 16-18, 2016, Washington, DC.

30th International Association of Breast Cancer Research ConferenceExternal Web Site Policy
Meeting dates: Aug 4-7, 2016, Portland OR.

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Additional Funding Opportunities

Upcoming application submission date: June 14, 2016

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)

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Employment Opportunities

Previously Announced:
Dissemination & Implementation Scientist - Kaiser Permanente Division of Research

The Division of Research, Kaiser Permanente Northern California, seeks an established investigator in the area of dissemination and implementation science. As part of one of the oldest and largest integrated health care delivery systems, investigators in the Division of Research also work with colleagues at other research organizations through the Health Care Systems Research Network and other academic partners. This setting provides an outstanding opportunity to conduct research in the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based programs, activities, and other interventions, at multiple levels from individual members to hospitals and health systems. The successful candidate will have a record of peer-reviewed funding and publications in dissemination and implementation research. This individual is expected to develop an externally-funded research program and conduct scholarly research that is recognized nationally and internationally, in collaboration with research, clinical, and operations colleagues in areas of mutual interest.

Please share the full position descriptionExternal Web Site Policy with anyone who may be interested in this opportunity.

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