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Cancer Currents for January 2011

Photo: Mark Israel, MD, Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center

News and Notes from the Director
A Few Words at the New Year...

As we begin the New Year, we have much to be proud of at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. High-impact science at Dartmouth contributed important new information about cancer and how to more effectively prevent and treat it. We furthered our commitment to delivering the most advanced cancer care and clinical trials throughout the region, and greatly expanded our outreach in cancer prevention. Importantly, we launched new initiatives to ensure the highest quality, patient- and family-centered care at each of our regional locations.

It is with great pride and appreciation that I acknowledge and thank all the exceptional leaders, clinicians, scientists, and staff of the Cancer Center. Your dedication, compassion, and expertise are the backbone of our tremendous success.

Linda Kennedy, New Associate Director of Community Affairs

It's with enormous pleasure that we welcome the arrival of Linda Skewes Kennedy as our Associate Director of Community Affairs. Linda has served in several positions throughout her 29 years at Dartmouth College. Her Dartmouth experience includes working with student leaders, organizational development, assessment, and outreach to families, faculty, and alumni. She's also involved with Americans Caring Teaching Sharing (ACTS), a Norwich, VT-based organization devoted to community development in rural Honduras.

In her role as Associate Director of Community Affairs she will lead, develop, and integrate key elements of cancer-relevant communications and community outreach across Norris Cotton Cancer Center and its parent institutions, with goals related to ensuring the healthiest populations throughout the region. As a member of Cancer Center senior leadership, she will participate in strategic planning, establishing and maintaining collaborative interactions necessary to achieve shared goals.

Her office is located in the Administration Suite (room 806) and her phone number is 653-3612. Please join me in extending her a warm welcome to the Cancer Center.

NCI Qualification as a Center of Quantitative Imaging Excellence

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has launched a new program to qualify existing NCI-designated Cancer Centers, including Norris Cotton Cancer Center, as Centers of Quantitative Imaging Excellence (CQIE). The primary objective of the CQIE Program, which is an element in NCI's effort to streamline the operational efficiency of the clinical trials process, is to establish a resource of "trial ready" sites within the NCI Cancer Centers Program that are capable of conducting clinical trials in which there is an integral molecular and functional advanced imaging endpoint. This program will significantly decrease potential variability in the performance of advanced imaging procedures while a patient is undergoing treatment as part of a NCI-sponsored clinical trial. To become a CQIE, NCI-designated cancer centers will participate in a site qualification and training process to begin next month. Expect to hear much more about this very important program.

Nanotechnology at Norris Cotton Cancer Center Grand Rounds

Photo: Members of the Dartmouth Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (DCCNE)Don't miss the opportunity to learn about the Dartmouth Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence, a collaboration between the Cancer Center, Thayer School of Engineering, and DMS that was established last year by a five-year, $12.8 million award from the NCI. Jack Hoopes, DVM, PhD, and Ian Baker, PhD, members of the Cancer Imaging and Radiobiology Research Program, will present "Nanotechnology in Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy: The Dartmouth Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence" on Thursday, January 13, from noon to 1 p.m. in Auditorium E.

Mark A. Israel, MD
Director, Norris Cotton Cancer Center