Cancer Currents for December 2009

News and Notes from the Director
December 7 Deadline for AACR Funding Applications
Photo: Scientist

Several AACR fellowships and career development awards are available, with an application deadline of December 7, 2009, at noon, EST. The AACR Postdoctoral Fellowships are open to Postdoctoral Fellows and Clinical Research Fellows, and support the salary and benefits of the Fellow, with partial funds permitted to be designated to direct research expenses. The AACR Career Development Awards are open to junior faculty who completed postdoctoral studies or clinical fellowships no more than four years prior to the start of the grant term. The Awards provide two-year grants for direct research expenses and salary support. More information.

Jeannine Mills Receives Distinguished Service Award
Photo: Jeannine B. Mills, MS, RD, CSO, LD

The Oncology Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (ON DPG) of the American Dietetic Association presented Jeannine B. Mills, MS, RD, CSO, LD, with its 2009 Connie San Andres-Robles Distinguished Service Award at the Association's annual meeting in Denver, CO, in October. Mills was nominated by her peers in recognition of her outstanding contributions in service, dedication, and achievement to the practice of oncology nutrition and to the mission of the ON DPG. Read more.

Kaner Memorial Lecture on Thursday, December 17

The speaker for this year's David B. Kaner Memorial Lecture is George J. Bosl, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Bosl will present "Biology and the Management of Germ Cell Tumors" in Auditorium E at noon. Dr. Bosl's research has helped to identify more effective and less toxic treatment, a marker chromosome for germ-cell tumors that allows more specific treatment for this disease, and tumor studies that may enable a better understanding of why these tumors spread and fail to respond to treatment. Please join us.

Special Grand Rounds: "Continuing Health Sciences Education in the Era of Healthcare Reform" on January 7
Photo: Mary G. Turco, EdD, and Richard I. Rothstein, MD

Mark your calendars now for a special Grand Rounds on January 7, 2010, at noon in Auditorium E. Speakers Richard Rothstein, MD, and Mary G. Turco, EdD, will review Dartmouth's education challenges in the current healthcare reform environment, teach DHMC/DMS policies and actions necessary to protect and grow Dartmouth's academic reputation, and identify opportunities for DHMC/DMS to be a leader in health sciences education in the era of dramatic healthcare reform.

Save the Dates: "Role of PET-CT in Cancer Management" Symposium on March 5-7, 2010
Photo: Mount Washington Resort, Bretton Woods, NH

If you are a radiologist interested in oncologic imaging, an oncologist, a physician who refers patients for oncologic imaging, or a healthcare professional who works with patients with cancer, this is the syposium for you. The symposium will identify the most appropriate oncologic indications for PET-CT, describe common challenges in interpreting PET-CT scans, discuss the latest developments in using PET-CT for guiding cancer management, discuss how PET-CT is used for radiation therapy planning, and give examples of how PET-CT is used for staging, restaging, and monitoring therapy of patients with cancer.

NCI Soliciting Grant Applications for Exploratory Research of Emerging Technologies

In October, the NCI issued a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit grant applications that propose exploratory research projects on the initial application of emerging analytical technologies as laboratory or clinical tools. If successful, these technologies would accelerate research in cancer biology, cancer treatment and diagnosis, cancer prevention, cancer control and epidemiology, and/or cancer health disparities. This FOA solicits R21 applications that have high potential impact and allows for an element of technical risk; preliminary data are not required. More information.

Seminars on Writing NIH Research Grants and Biomedical Manuscripts Now Available Online
Photo: Christopher Dant, PhD

The popular seminars on writing NIH research grants and biomedical manuscripts, presented by Christopher Dant, PhD, are now available in video format on the Cancer Center website. The two seminars, "Writing the Biomedical Manuscript: A Systematic Approach" and "Writing the New NIH Research Grant: A Systematic Approach" are each about 45 minutes long. Dr. Dant is a faculty instructor at Norris Cotton Cancer Center and Dartmouth's Department of Immunology and Microbiology, and also works with investigators in developing individual grant proposals and programmatic initiatives. More information.

-Mark Israel, MD