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 Volume IV, Issue 2 September 2003 

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Cancer Research Network - The Cancer Research Network (CRN) is a collaboration of 11 non-profit HMOs committed to the conduct of high-quality, public domain research in cancer control. The CRN is a project of NCI and AHRQ.
News from NCI
NCI Focus on Health Disparities Research

Health disparities research is a major priority of NCI. For a description of current activities and funding opportunities in this area, see the DCCPS Web site devoted to this topic at:

NCI has been asked by DHHS to take the lead on department-wide Progress Review on health disparities. NCI staff have produced an extensive background paper on the subject which is serving as the reference document for a Health Disparities Roundtable meeting that will take place in Chicago in October. This Roundtable will be followed by a broader Health Disparities Progress Review Group that will promulgate recommendations for DHHS research and pro­gram priorities related to goal of eliminating health disparities. Information about the DHHS Progress Review Group on Health Disparities is at:

- Martin Brown, NCI

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

Hopefully by now you have all seen the Application Packet for CRN Pilot Funds. If you haven't, check the CRN Web site, or e­mail us ( and we'll get one to you. We realize that the September 15th deadline for an abstract is a tight deadline. However, we can be flexible with the date since the purpose of the Abstract is to help us identify the most appropriate reviewers.

If you can get us an Abstract by October 1st, we'll take it. However, be advised that we must adhere to the remainder of the timeline or we risk losing the funds. If you have any question about this or anything else about the pilot fund process, don't hesitate to contact us. We're hoping for lots of applications. Although we can't fund many projects, we will try to help all promising proposals in whatever way we can.

Ed Signature

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