Cancer Currents for June 2013

News and Notes from the Director
Photo: Mark Israel, Director of Norris Cotton Cancer Center

When clinicians and researchers gathered at NCCC's annual scientific retreat in April, one of the themes discussed was the value a comprehensive cancer center adds to their work. It's a topic we all reflect on as we prepare for the renewal of our NCI Cancer Center Support Grant: what is happening at our cancer center that couldn't happen anywhere else?

At the retreat we heard several presentations on collaborative projects at the center, among them:

  • ŸBill Black (of Community and Family Medicine) and Cherie Erkman (program leader of the Lung Cancer Screening Program) on the implementation of a lung cancer screening program
  • Manabu Kurokowa and Todd Miller (of Pharmacology and Toxicology) on teamwork within the comprehensive breast program that is connecting basic cancer research to the clinic
  • Arminja Kettenbach (Biochemistry) and Casey Greene (Genetics) on inferring activity of key cancer regulators via systems analysis.

As an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center we've been recognized for supporting multidisciplinary programs in laboratory, clinical, and population-based cancer research. We commit significant resources and support to developing these programs, and to providing the infrastructure and shared resources so important to translational research. The clinical manifestation of this investment comes from the patient experience: discoveries in our labs move to treatment applications and community outreach that truly improve cancer care in our community.

The researcher at the bench brings a perspective that is different from the physician working with patients in the clinic. Researchers push into new territory to discover the best possible cancer care; physicians work to deliver the best care possible and enhance patient experience. Advances in care are made at the interface. Despite an inherent tension, these two perspectives energize translational science when channeled into interdisciplinary collaborations.

Shared resources, facilities with modern labs and expensive technology, and pilot funding help to support a collaborative culture that nourishes synergistic science: science where the sum is greater than the individual parts.

Weekly Grand Rounds lectures and tumor boards, multidisciplinary clinics and clinical trials, symposia, and active prevention and education outreach are just some of the venues and programs where people from all areas of NCCC collaborate to share their work with each other and with our community. This is what we do best at NCCC, and provides an extra dimension to the excitement that keeps each of us engaged in our work.

Leonard is D-H Vice President for Development

Skip Leonard, DHMC

Elwood Leonard will lead Dartmouth-Hitchcock's philanthropic programs as vice president for development, starting in August 2013.

Leonard currently serves as vice president and chief development officer at St. Vincent Health System and St. Vincent Foundation in Little Rock, Ark. In that role, he created a grateful patient program led by doctors, established and led funding strategies for the new Center for Advancing Innovation, and broke all giving records to the institution.

He holds a BA in political science from Ohio Wesleyan and MPAs from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and the University of Kansas' Edwin O. Stene Master's Program in Public Administration. The native Rhode Islander has two children and is married to Julie, a University of California Berkeley graduate and lawyer. He and his family are avid tennis players, fly fishing enthusiasts, and college hockey fans.

Changes to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Retirement Program

On May 15, 2013, Dartmouth-Hitchcock announced upcoming changes to the retirement program. The Retirement Program Sustainability section on the D-H intranet has information on the changes, including the full announcement letter that was mailed to all employees from Dr. Jim Weinstein and Robert Oden, chair of the D-H Board of Trustees.

Geisel Leads Campaign for Clinical Trials Transparency in the US

The Geisel School of Medicine and the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice have joined the international AllTrials Campaign in calling for all clinical trials to be registered and results reported. As the first U.S. academic center to sign on to the campaign, Dartmouth will take the lead in urging U.S. medical schools and patient advocacy groups to join the effort (more information here).

NCCC Wins Gold and Silver Lamplighter Awards

New England Society for Healthcare Communications (NESHCo) Lamplighter Awards were awarded on Monday, May 20, 2013 and NCCC Communications Director Donna Dubuc brought home gold and silver awards for two NCCC Communications campaigns.

Created to recognize excellent and exceptional healthcare communications, these honors are awarded each year in a wide variety of categories including, publications, public relations, and advertising. In the Community Relations/Outreach/Advocacy category, NCCC won gold for the "Lemons" Breast Cancer Screening Campaign, and silver for the Colorectal Cancer Screenings campaign.

NCCC's Second Annual Retreat

More than 200 scientists, clinicians, and students gathered for NCCC's 2nd Annual Scientific Retreat on April 26 and 27, 2013. The theme of the first day was the value a comprehensive cancer center adds to the work of research and treatment. The theme of the second day was tumor immunology.

Keynote speakers were Robert B. Diasio, MD, director of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, William J. and Charles H. Mayo Professor, professor of Molecular Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics and Oncology; and Glenn Dranoff, MD, professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

Yolanda Sanchez Appointed to Provost Search Committee

Yoli Sanchez NCCC DHMC

Yolanda Sanchez, associate director for Basic Sciences, is a member of the advisory search committee for Dartmouth's next provost. During the search, Martin N. Wybourne, vice provost for research and the Francis and Mildred Sears Professor of Physics, will continue to serve as interim provost.

N. Bruce Duthu, the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, has agreed to chair the advisory committee leading the search and the firm Isaacson, Miller, Inc., will support the committee as the search consultants throughout the process.

Leukemia Mini Symposium

2013 NCCC Leukemia symposium

NCCC investigators, clinicians, and regional partner institutions gathered for the 2013 Dartmouth Leukemia Mini-Symposium on May 3, 2013. The half-day symposium featured the work of two clinical investigators who are leaders in the research and treatment of blood cancers: Dr. Benjamin Ebert, from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Karp Family Research Laboratories and Dr. Catherine J. Wu, from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women's Hospital.

PRISM Open Forum Presentations

If you were unable to attend the 2nd PRISM Open Forum in April and would like to learn what the PRISM team is working on as part of the Infusion System-Wide Improvement Project, you can view the presentations here.

Ben Moss Donates 2013 Pinnacle Prize

NCCC Director Mark Israel; artist Ben Frank Moss; former Friends board member Jane Kitchel McLaughlin; Executive Director, Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center Jean Brown; Hood Museum Director Michael Taylor

On May 16, 2013, more than 90 people gathered at the Hood Museum for the unveiling of this year's Pinnacle Prize by Ben Moss. Read more about the artist and the event in the Focus article "Art Inspires, Supports, and Gives Hope to those Fighting Cancer." 

New Members and staff

Reilly McAllister has joined the Cancer Center as senior user support analyst. Reilly received a Bachelor's Degree in Computer Engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Massachusetts in 2012 and recently provided user support services to NCCC while Ryan Dougher was on vacation. His office will be located in the Rubin Building, Room 848 and he will be available via email to 

Reilly takes the position formerly held by Ryan Dougher, who left the Cancer Center for a position within Dartmouth College's Bioinformatics and Synergy team. Ryan was with Norris Cotton Cancer Center since February 2011 and will definitely be missed.

Cheryl Dodge has joined NCCC as an administrative assistant at the reception desk outside the director's office. She earned certification as a medical assistant from McCann Technical School in Massachusetts, and most recently has been working as a departmental and systems assistant at Williams College. Cheryl will report to Brenda Berube and will assist Tabatha Richardson in supporting Dr. Israel.

Ellen M. Johnson has joined the Cancer Center's IT Team as senior programmer/analyst. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology from the Florida Institute of Technology (FIT), a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from FIT, and has completed additional coursework in mathematics and scientific computer/mathematical modeling at the University of Massachusetts. Her professional career has included work at General Electric, the Raytheon Integrated Defense System firm, and the MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

Leadership change at NCCC Nashua and NCCC Manchester

As of June 1, 2013, Practice Manager Cheryl Scalese will oversee the operations and planning of both the NCCC Nashua and NCCC Manchester sites. A single practice manager overseeing the operations at two practices will offer a seamless integration of operations and resources and will assure policies and procedures are as standardized as possible.

  • In Manchester: Cheryl will report to Mary Ann Aldrich and Amy Stansfield. The NCCC Manchester staff reporting structure will not change.
  • In Nashua: Cheryl will report to Patty Fajans and Amy Stansfield. The only new change in reporting structure at NCCC Nashua is that Laura Menken will report to Cheryl. Deb Bowie will continue to manage the pharmacy operations and pharmacy staff.  
Skip Matthews Memorial Father's Day Run

June 16, 2013- The 10th Annual Skip Matthews Run on June 16th will commemorate the life of this exceptional friend, parent, husband, and personality. All proceeds from Skip's Run will benefit the Brain Tumor Research Fund at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Participants choose from a 4-mile race or a 1-mile walk/fun-run (kids welcome!).

Eastman Golf Tournament

June 28, 2013- The 30th Eastman Benefit to benefit Norris Cotton Cancer Center features an amateur golf tournament at beautiful Eastman Golf Links. Players may sign up as singles, doubles, threesomes, or foursomes (players will be placed into foursomes if not signing up as such). There will be a variety of opportunities to compete for prizes and awards. Refreshments will be available throughout the day, followed by an after-party with hearty hors d'oeuvres and award presentations. There are advertising and sponsorship opportunities for businesses and individuals alike.

Calling All Prouty Volunteers!

The Prouty needs the help of more than 1,200(!) volunteers this year. If you can help by volunteering, please register yourself at and spread the word to everyone you know who might be able to lend a hand. The Prouty would not happen safely and successfully without volunteers. Participants always tell us that having such great volunteer support is one of the things they love best about The Prouty. Sign-up today!

DHMC Fresh Veggie Days are Here!

The "fresh veggies day" season began on May 24.  Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees can purchase fresh, locally-grown farm produce every Tuesday and Friday from 3 to 5:30 p.m., near the East Mall Cancer Center entrance at DHMC. This program is a partnership between DHMC's Healthy Living Committee, Live Well Work Well, the Upper Valley Healthy Eating Active Living Partnership and the Lebanon Farmers' Market.

This year four local farmers are offering Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares as well as loose produce for sale on market days. These farms include: Cedar Circle Farm in East Thetford, VT; Blue Ox Farm in Enfield, NH; Autumn Harvest Farm, Grafton, NH; and Cedar Mountain Farm, Hartland, VT.

Mobile campus map

Dartmouth's mobile campus map is now available! To begin using the map, visit the Mobile Dartmouth app on your mobile device:

Also watch for the desktop version of the map, which will be released later this term. Questions or comments? Contact the map team at

Special Deal on NYC Day Trips

Get away to NYC on June 1st for just $50. A bus will pick people up at 6 a.m. at the parking lot near Jesse's. If you are interested in this trip, please contact Ed Boutwell at (802) 236-2511
(After Hours will be sending out information on fall NYC trips scheduled for September 14th, November 30th, and December 7th)

Rape Aggression Defense Course Starts June 18

The Lebanon Police Department is offering a Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Basic class starting Tuesday, June 18. The course is the largest women's self-defense program in the country, offering no-nonsense, practical techniques for women of all ages and abilities. The course is designed to give participants realistic and dynamic hands on training, and is taught by certified R.A.D. instructors, Lieutenant Scott Rathburn, Corporal Gerald Brown, and Officer Peter Begi, from the Lebanon Police Department.

The program is free, but class size will be limited to 20 (women ages 13-17 need parental permission to participate); attending all four of the basic R.A.D. classes is encouraged. Classes run from 6 to 9 p.m., and the first session on June 18, will be at the Lebanon High School cafeteria. The remaining three sessions will be held at the CCB on: Tuesday, June 18; Thursday, June 20; Tuesday, June 25; and Thursday, June 27. If you would like to participate in this class or would like further information please contact Beth Beraldi,, or call 448-8800.

Weekly Beginner MT Bike Road Rides

Dartmouth Outdoor Program is promoting "Open Outdoors," a program to help you get outside. We meet on Mondays at the Huntley Meadow Parking lot in Norwich off of Turnpike Rd at 5:15 p.m. and leave at 5:30. This will be geared for beginner mountain bikers, and we will ride the back roads of Norwich and Sharon. When the trails are dry we may experience some easy backwoods trails as well. This will become a weekly ride, so come join us! For more info please email Michael.Silverman@Dartmouth.EDU or call 603-646-1747

Computing Service Workshops Calendar available

The schedule for the Computing Services workshops is now available for June. Come get the training you want and need on Outlook, Lync, ListServ, and more. Open to faculty, staff, and students within the Dartmouth community. Check out the new calendar application we are using to post the workshops and mark it as a favorite. Space is limited and on a first come, first served basis.

Summer Softball Camp

The Dartmouth softball community camp offers your child a great chance to either learn the basics of the sport or progress in her current skill level—and have a blast doing it! The camp will be held from June 24 to 26 at Dartmouth's brand new softball facility and the price includes skill instruction, games, a camp tee, and time with both our current players and coaching staff. More information here.

One-Minute' Networking Course: June 12

In our professional lives, many of us would find it useful to have a succinct description of a project that we can present in one minute or less. This workshop will focus on quickly and clearly communicating how your project can make a difference. We will lead you through several activities meant to develop, compose, and polish "sidewalk talk," as well as practice in presenting the talk to supportive colleagues. Wednesday, June 12, 2013, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Register here.

Learn to Sail

Whether you have never been on a sailboat, or want to learn to race or fly a spinnaker, the Dartmouth Yacht Club on Lake Mascoma offers sailing classes to meet the needs of all of its members. Opening day is June 8, 2013. More info here.

Dates to note

June 3 Farewell Reception for Folt

You are cordially invited to a reception honoring Carol Folt and her many contributions to Dartmouth. Please join us in thanking Carol and offering her our best wishes as she departs for her new role as Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Monday, June 3, 2013, 3 to 5 p.m., Top of the Hop, Hopkins Center.

41st Annual ISOTT Meeting & EPR 2013

The EPR Center of the Geisel School of Medicine is pleased to host the 41st Meeting of the International Society of Oxygen Transport to Tissue (ISOTT), and the EPR 2013 Conference. The 41st ISOTT meeting will begin with check-in and reception on Saturday, June 22, 2013 and conclude with an evening banquet on Wednesday June 26, 2013. EPR 2013 will begin with check-in and reception on Monday, June 24, 2013 and conclude with an evening banquet on Friday June 28, 2013.

These conferences will bring together scientists, engineers, clinicians, and mathematicians in a unique international forum for the exchange of information and knowledge, the updating of participants on the latest developments and techniques, and the discussion of controversial issues within the field of biological oxygen transport to tissue and electron paramagnetic resonance.

The schedule will be organized to facilitate and promote discussions, with extensive discussion time allocated for oral presentations and short oral summaries prior to the poster presentations. Refreshments and exhibits will promote interactions. Posters will be up for the entire meeting. Read more here.

Registration Opens for Preventing Overdiagnosis Conference at Dartmouth

Registration is now open for "Preventing Overdiagnosis," an international scientific conference on September 10-12, 2013, at the Hanover Inn. The conference is hosted by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice in partnership with the BMJ, Consumer Reports, and Bond University (register here).

Invited presenters include:

  • Fiona Godlee, editor-in -chief, BMJ, chair.
  • Otis Brawley, author of How we do Harm, chief medical officer, American Cancer Society
  • Lisa Schwartz & Steve Woloshin, professors of Medicine, Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice
  • Jim Guest, president and CEO, Consumer Reports
  • Alex Barratt, professor Epidemiology, University of Sydney
  • Peter Gøtzsche, director, Nordic Cochrane Centre
  • Virginia Moyer, chair United States Preventive Services Task Force
  • Allen Frances, chair DSM IV Task Force
  • Barry Kramer, director Division of Cancer Prevention, National Institute of Cancer