Cancer Currents for March 2009

News and Notes from the Director
National Cancer Institute Renews Norris Cotton Cancer Center's National Designation

Norris Cotton Cancer Center was recently notified by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) that it was approved for an additional five years as an NCI-designated cancer center, a prestigious distinction that the Cancer Center has held continuously since 1978. The NCI's review of the Cancer Center was a positive one, and commented on the overall growth and strength of our scientific program, the important role we play in the region, and our active involvement in the State of New Hampshire's cancer control efforts. The review also cited our recent research contributions including a number of important advances in chemoprevention research, elucidating the role of the media in adolescent cancer risk behavior, establishing important cancer screening registries in colonoscopy and mammography, developing novel therapeutics and cancer vaccines, and leading advances in breast cancer imaging and in nanotherapeutics.

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New Distinguished Lecture in Cancer Science

The Cancer Center adds to its Distinguished Lecture Series this month with the inaugural Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center Distinguished Lecture in Cancer Science on Thursday, March 26. The Friends Distinguished Lecture in Cancer Science brings eminent intellectual leaders in the fields of cancer basic sciences to the Cancer Center to enrich perspectives on the problems of cancer for students, faculty, and the community at large. This Distinguished Lecture is made possible through the generosity and strong commitment of participants in the Prouty Century Ride & Challenge Walk each year. We're very pleased to welcome David Sidransky, MD, of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University as this year's speaker. Dr. Sidransky will speak on "Molecular Markers for Personalized Cancer Diagnosis and Therapy." Please plan to join us.

NH Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration Annual Meeting on April 6

Our leadership role in the New Hampshire Comprehensive Cancer Collaboration (NH CCC) is important to the Cancer Center's mission and our role as the region's only NCI-comprehensive cancer center. We invite and encourage your involvement in the group, which is holding its annual conference on Monday, April 6, in Concord. This year's conference will address "Evidence-Based Cancer Control Strategies." Dartmouth presenters include:

  • Margaret Karagas, PhD, who will speak on "Arsenic in Well Water in New Hampshire"
  • Martha Goodrich, MS, who will represent the NH Mammography Network and Colonoscopy Registry in discussing "The Power of Data in Evidence-Based Practice"
  • Ellen Prior, RN, BSN, MS, who will present Dartmouth-Hitchcock's efforts to implement the recent U.S. Public Health Services Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence

More information, view the brochure, and register.

H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH Receives Under Secretary's Award in Health Services Research
H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH

Congratulations to H. Gilbert Welch, MD, MPH, who is the recipient of the 2009 Under Secretary's Award for Outstanding Achievement in Health Services Research, the highest honor for Veterans Affairs health services researchers. Selection for the award represents exceptional merit with respect to improving understanding of factors that affect the health of veterans and improve the quality of their care, contributing to the future of VA health services research by inspiring and training the next generation of investigators, and enhancing the visibility of VA research through national recognition within the research community.

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Norris Cotton Cancer Center "Logo-istics"
Norris Cotton Cancer Center Logo

We are often asked what the Norris Cotton Cancer Center logo "means." The logo encompasses an icon-the orange circle surrounding three bars that form a triangle-followed by the words "Dartmouth-Hitchcock" and "Norris Cotton Cancer Center." The logo was designed to create a distinct brand for the Cancer Center as a nationally recognized cancer research and treatment center, while maintaining a clear connection to the Dartmouth-Hitchcock system. In the icon, the three bars echo the mountains of New Hampshire, like the bars of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock triangle, which also refer to the institutional pillars of research, patient care, and education. The circle surrounding the three bars suggests the sun, and thus light and hope, and also refers to the bidirectional nature of cancer research and treatment. The orange of the icon, while a change from the green we are accustomed to, was chosen for its association with warmth, energy, and strength.

If you need to use the logo, or have questions with regard to Cancer Center branding or materials, please contact Stephanie Beliveau-Gilchrest, who has recently taken on responsibility for marketing materials and support for the Cancer Center.

-Mark Israel, MD