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 Volume VI, Issue 1 February 2005

In This Issue

News from NCI
Strategic Plan for NIH Obesity Research

The deadline for the submission of abstracts to the “Critical Issues in eHealth Research” conference is just a few short weeks away (March 1, 2005). Abstracts are being sought for the 1st annual Scientific Conference entitled “Critical Issues in eHealth Research,” sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and the Health e-Technologies Initiative (a national program office of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation). The conference will convene scientists from government, academia, survey research and the private sector, practitioners from the private and public sectors, and students to discuss the state-of-the-science of eHealth research. Topics include but are not limited to design, methodology, ethics and evaluation of eHealth research from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. All submissions will be peer-reviewed and may be accepted for either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. New researchers and junior faculty are encouraged to submit abstracts. Abstracts are also welcome in the area of eHealth and minority health experiences.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically no later than midnight on March 1, 2005.
Submit abstracts online at:

- Martin Brown, NCI

Ed's Corner of the World
News from the CRN PI Ed

The CRN Steering Committee met on January 12th to review the 14 Pilot Fund Project Proposals submitted for Round II CRN Pilot Funds. Each proposal had been reviewed by at least two reviewers from within and outside the CRN. The Steering Committee was impressed by the overall quality of the proposals. The Committee based its final recommendations on the following criteria:

  1. Potential for an R01
  2. Involvement of a Junior Investigator
  3. Leverages the unique features of the CRN
  4. Scientific value for the dollar
  5. Expands the scope of CRN research

We are pleased to announce that two projects have been funded. They are: “Use of an interactive voice response system with physician feedback to reduce cancer symptoms: A Pilot Study” PI: Kari Bohlke, Group Health; and “Informing an R01 application: Interviewing Colorectal Cancer Survivors” PI: Ann Geiger, KPSC. We want to thank all the authors who submitted a proposal. The PI’s office is in the process of providing feedback and follow-up assistance to the projects that did not get funded. This issue of the CRN Connection features an update on the four projects funded last year in Round I of the Pilot Fund request for proposals.

The Health Care Systems Research Network Conference is being held April 4-6, in Santa Fe, NM. I look forward to seeing many of you there.

Ed Signature

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