Cancer Currents for November 2010

News and Notes from the Director
Photo: Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, NIH DirectorNIH Director’s Cancer Center Visit

The C. Everett Koop Institute at Dartmouth and Norris Cotton Cancer Center are pleased to present Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, in the First Annual C. Everett Koop Lecture at Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Dr. Collins will speak on "Exceptional Opportunities in Biomedical Research" on Thursday, November 4, from 12-1 p.m. in Auditoria E-F. Because space is limited, seating will be on a first-come basis for Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Dartmouth faculty, clinicians, students, and staff. To view the live or archived webcast or the podcast of this Grand Rounds lecture, see our Live and Recorded Grand Rounds and Fellows Lectures page.

New Cancer Center Website

After 15 months of hard work and collaboration, Norris Cotton Cancer Center's new website went "live" on Oct. 28. The project began in July 2009 with a needs analysis survey of the entire Cancer Center community, which resulted in a guiding principle for the site's redesign: to focus on providing information for current and prospective patients about our cancer care, our clinical trials, and how our research makes a difference in that care. Numerous meetings with groups of patients and families, researchers, donors, clinicians, and Cancer Center leaders across all our regional locations provided valuable input. Our web content producer Susan Colm coordinated with a top-notch Dartmouth-Hitchcock web/IS team to build the site's new structure, which provides a robust foundation for future development and content-delivery. Phase II for the new site includes a thorough content assessment, update, and expansion. Be sure to explore the new site!

NIH Loan Repayment Program

The NIH is accepting applications for its extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) now through November 15, 2010. These programs often allow scientific investigators to remain in the research workforce, achieve research independence, and focus their efforts on advancing the health of the nation. Undergraduate, graduate, medical school, and other health professional school loans qualify for repayment. More information and an LRP application are available online at, and application cycle updates are made via Twitter @NIH_LRP or

Logo: American Cancer SocietyACS Research Scholarships

Research scholarships from the American Cancer Society (ACS) are now available for first-year medical students and undergraduate juniors and seniors, and offer funding for the summer of 2011. ACS fellows will assist in a principle investigator's research program for 10 weeks and be given a stipend of $5,000. Cancer Center members already working with students should encourage them to apply for the scholarships directly. Lee Witters is assembling a list of Cancer Center investigators interested in working with an ACS fellow. If interested, email with your project title, a 2-3 sentence description, your contact information, and the type of student desired (DMS1 or undergraduate). Students not presently working with a mentor also should contact Lee for help in identifying an appropriate match. This program is restricted to students who are residents of the New England states, including New Hampshire and Vermont. The deadline for application is February 11, 2011, with applicants selected by late April.

Science Communication Seminars

Photo: Chris Dant, PhDChris Dant, PhD, is presenting two seminars this month designed to improve our scientific writing. The first, scheduled for November 9, focuses on the basics of clear writing. The second, to be held November 15, concentrates on effective science communication with peers. Please RSVP to Andrea Gilbert at or (603) 653-6018 if you plan to attend.

  • Basics of Clear Writing - more information (note that this seminar was rescheduled from Nov. 1 to Nov. 9)
  • Communicating Your Science to Your Peers - more information
Photo: Robert C. Bast, MDKaner Lecture on December 2

Mark your calendar for December 2, 2010, from 12-1 p.m. for the 33rd Annual David B. Kaner Memorial Lecture, a Norris Cotton Cancer Center Distinguished Lecture. This year’s speaker, Robert C. Bast, MD, is the vice president for translational research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where he holds the Harry Carothers Wiess Distinguished University Chair for Cancer Research. His lecture is entitled, "Challenges Facing Translational Research in Personalizing Cancer Care."

—Mark Israel, MD