Cancer Currents for January 2010

News and Notes from the Director
Thanks and Best Wishes for the New Year!
Photo: Mark Israel, MD

Over the course of 2009, Norris Cotton Cancer Center saw countless individual achievements in research discovery and in treatment advances and supportive services to patients throughout our region. The efforts and commitment of individual staff members are key to our enduring success, and I am confident that 2010 will continue to see remarkable achievements at Norris Cotton Cancer Center.

As the year turns, I'd like to recognize and thank our outstanding staff for the dedication and knowledge they bring to our Cancer Center science, administration, and clinical care. I'd also like to recognize the contributions of college, medical school, and medical center institutional leaders and administrative staff who facilitate the activities of our Center. Finally, I applaud the donors and volunteers who make good work possible through their dedication to our shared cause of conquering cancer.

With my warmest wishes for 2010 and hopes for joy and peace in the new year.

-Mark Israel

Charles Sentman and Yolanda Sanchez Named as Friends Scholars

Charles L. Sentman, PhD, and Yolanda Sanchez, PhD, have been named as the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center Research Scholars for 2010. The award nurtures innovative cancer research and supports early- to mid-career scientists working in areas central to the mission of the Cancer Center. Read more.

Save the Date: "Continuing Health Sciences Education in the Era of Healthcare Reform" Grand Rounds on January 7

Interested in learning about the rationale for policy changes impacting Grand Rounds speakers and attendees? Then please plan on attending this presentation by Richard Rothstein, MD, and Mary Turco, EdD, on January 7 at noon in Auditorium E.

New and Upcoming Grant Application Deadlines
  • American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants. Funds for seed money grants are available from our ACS Institutional Research Grant. Applications are due by January 17, 2010. More information.
  • The Dartmouth Center for Clinical and Translational Science is now taking applications for pilot grants. The proposed research must be readily identifiable as addressing issues in translational or clinical research. Applications are due by February 5, 2010. More information.
Rebecca Gray, New Senior Program Manager for the Friends of the Cancer Center
Photo: Rebecca Gray

The Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center is pleased to announce that Rebecca Gray is our new Senior Program Manager. Gray, who started November 30, comes to the Friends with a wealth of event, public relations, and board experience including a long relationship with the Susan G. Komen Foundation and their signature event, the Race for the Cure. Her Upper Valley team, Rebecca's Roadies, raised more than $100,000 over 10 years for the Manchester, VT, Race for the Cure. She has chaired the VT-NH Komen affiliate, managed the Race for the Cure event in Vermont and New Hampshire, and lobbied for cancer issues in both Europe and Washington, DC, under the Komen banner. Most recently, she worked in Dartmouth College's development office in the Donor Engagement and Stewardship department, and among other duties wrote stewardship correspondence for President Wright and other College officers.

Telisa Stewart, New Director for Community Education & Prevention
Photo: Telisa Stewart, MPH

We are very pleased to welcome Telisa Stewart, MPH, as Norris Cotton Cancer Center's Director for Community Education and Prevention, a new position in the Cancer Center Administration. Stewart will work to improve awareness of cancer risk and cancer prevention strategies through outreach to our regional communities. This focus responds to the shared vision of DHMC and the Cancer Center for healthy populations in our region. She will assess needs and implement approaches to informing individuals and communities about cancer prevention. In doing so, she will collaborate with Cancer Center prevention research scientists to disseminate evidence-based models for behavioral change, and will integrate her activities with those of the DHMC health outreach programs.

Stewart joins us from the Vermont Health Department, where she was Chief and Epidemiologist of the Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program, directing the program and providing analysis and interpretation of data for state-wide lead-poisoning surveillance. Prior to that position, Stewart served as a research assistant in Urology here at Dartmouth as she pursued a Doctorate in Public Health: Community Health and Prevention through Drexel University (completion: early 2010).

Radiation Oncology Walks Across the United States
Photo: Bust A Move Map

Bust A Move, the brainchild of radiation therapist Cat Tartaglia, is designed to get everyone in Radiation Oncology moving... together! With the entire department carrying pedometers, eleven teams log their total hours walked per week and mark their progress on a map hanging in the radiation therapy waiting room, with a route mapped out from Calais, Maine to La Push, Washington-a total distance of more than 3,500 miles! Read more.

Authorship Guidelines Released

Norris Cotton Cancer Center has released new guidelines for authorship of papers. Authorship should be discussed at the beginning of a collaboration expected to lead to publication. In determining if the quantity and quality of contribution warrants authorship, credit should be based on substantial contributions in three areas: conception or design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; drafting or critical revisions; and final approval of the version to be published. Contributors who do not meet these requirements may still be listed as "participated investigators" or in the acknowledgements section. Read more.

New Merged Prouty/Prouty Ultimate Website Live in January

This year, the Prouty website is going live in January-the earliest it has ever been registration-ready. We are also excited to announce the integration of the Prouty and Prouty Ultimate websites: Ultimate cyclists will be able to sign up with their families and teams without all the muss and fuss! Get your friends and family on board for Prouty 2010 so you can have a warm-weather plan in mind to get you through those cold winter doldrums.

"Life After Cancer" Radio Interview and Podcast Series

We had an especially successful and timely "Life After Cancer" monthly radio interview and podcast in December 2009 with Steven D. Poplack, MD, who discussed the screening mammography guidelines recently released by the US Preventive Services Task Force. Listen to the 16-minute episode. Note that after airing live, each interview is available for download, and you can also subscribe to the podcast series. The next episode, which will focus on cervical cancer, will air on Tuesday, January 10, 2010 at 3 p.m.

-Mark Israel, MD