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Cancer Currents for October 2014

Mark Israel

Of all the stages of construction progress we've seen in recent months, the emergence of the glass corridor that will connect the 6th floor of Norris Cotton Cancer Center to the new Williamson Translational Research building was for me an especially meaningful milestone.

More than a decade ago, as we planned the layout for the upper floors of the Rubin Building (which opened in 2003), we created a physical space designed to encourage opportunities for interdisciplinary interactions and collaborations among our researchers. The new Williamson building has been shaped by the same principles, expanding this collaborative circle to include various scientific disciplines at Geisel, policy shapers of The Dartmouth Institute, and more practitioners at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.

The linked 6th floor of the new building will be dedicated to cancer research bench science (wet labs), and will accommodate 13 bench science principal investigators. Cancer-relevant population sciences (quantitative biomedical informatics, biomedical informatics, and biostatistics) will be clustered on the 3rd floor, and cancer-relevant work also will be conducted on the Pathology (4th floor) and Comparative Medicine floors of the new building (see detailed floor assignments below).

The space this move will open up in the Rubin Building allows us to rearrange existing workspaces to form new collaborative clusters here as well. We are currently recruiting in immunotherapy and early phase clinical research, and we will be able to place new recruits among relevant established staff, including members who are currently housed on the Hanover campus.

One day next fall it will be possible to stand in one of the Rubin atriums and look out into a light-filled building alive with the activity of a community engaged in this expanded vision of the translational science model we created years ago. The clinicians and researchers travelling back and forth through the linking glass corridor will be a daily reminder of our enhanced commitment to work across disciplines to find better ways to diagnose, treat—and one day to cure—cancer.

Mark Israel, Director

Williamson Translational Research Building: at a glance

Director of Facilities David Harris gives this update on the construction progress:

  • The project is currently on time and under budget.
  • Expected completion date is early summer 2015, occupancy in fall of 2015.
  • The current plan for the six floors (163,000 square feet):
    Level 2: animal facility
    Level 3: Big data (quantitative biomedical informatics, biomedical informatics, and biostatistics)
    Level 4: clinical pathology
    Level 5: The Dartmouth Institute
    Level 6: cancer research bench science (i.e., wet labs).
    Level 7: to be determined

Life Sciences Symposium October 14

In the world of scientific research, microbes punch well above their weight and their size. Through these tiny creatures, scientists have learned fundamental aspects of biology: the genetic code, the concept of the gene and the central dogma. Join us at the 2014 Life Sciences Symposium to learn for yourself all that microbes have to teach us about biology of cells.

"Look and Learn: How Microbes Teach Us about Cell Biology" will be held on October 14, 2014 in the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center, Oopik Auditorium. Admission is free, and refreshments and lunch will be provided. Faculty, physicians, researchers, post-docs, graduate students, undergraduate students from Dartmouth and other universities and institutes across New England, and interested community members are welcome. To register, please fill out the online registration form. Contact Chris Bentivoglio with questions at

Imaging and Radiobiology Research Program Members Receive AAPM Award

AAPM President John Bayouth (left) with Professors Paul Meaney (center) and John Weaver (right) at the 2014 Awards and Honors Ceremony in Austin, Texas.

A team of researchers working to improve breast imaging techniques received The Moses and Sylvia Greenfield Award for the best paper (other than Radiation Dosimetry) published in Medical Physics by The American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) for 2013. The team includes engineering professors Paul Meaney and Keith Paulsen, and adjunct professor of engineering John Weaver. (Read more)

Skip's Run Raises $20K for Cancer Research

The 11th Annual Skip Matthews Memorial Run on June 15, 2014 raised $20,000 to support Norris Cotton Cancer Center's Brain Tumor Research Fund. Gathered to receive the donation are ( Rebecca Gray, Denis Ibey, Melissa Davis, Lisa Matthews, Pat Buccellato, Joanne Oscadal, Valerie Truell, Pat Morse, and Dr. Camillo Fadul.

Security Token Now Required to Access the D-H Intranet When Off-Site

Dartmouth-Hitchcock is adding a two-factor authentication process (called a token) to prevent hackers from stealing personal and patient information. On October 1, this new layer of protection will be required for anyone accessing our systems from outside of the D-H network.

You'll be required to enter a token (a six-digit code that generates randomly every 60 seconds) every time you log into your email, clinical applications, or the D-H intranet. If you have a smart phone, you can turn it into the token-generating device. It's free, easy to do, and takes only few minutes to install. Once installed, it will generate the six-digit codes you will need to log in from any remote device—such as your smart phone, your home laptop, your iPad, or another computer—when you are away from the clinic or office.

If you don't have a smart phone, or don't want to use your smart phone, a small hardware device, similar to a key fob, can generate the codes you need. You can ask for these fobs through the Help Desk (read more).

Employee Flu Immunizations Due by Fri., Nov. 7

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Influenza Immunization Policy requires all DHMC and Geisel employees and clinicians who work in any D-H location to either be immunized against the flu or qualify for a medical or religious exemption by Friday, November 7, 2014. This includes everyone who works, studies or is affiliated with D-H, including temporary and permanent staff, physicians, other credentialed providers, volunteers, agents, and consultants.

Policy, Medical and Religious Exemption Forms and FAQs: The policy, medical and religious exemption forms, a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), and FAQs for exempted employees, are available on the D-H flu intranet page. At Dartmouth, Dick's House has a website with information about flu vaccinations. Later this month Dick's House will host employee immunization clinics, and you can register for an individual appointment online here.

Flu Clinics Available on the D-H Lebanon Campus: The following flu clinics are available for employees, patients, and visitors. If you visit one of these please, make sure to say you are an employee so your record is forwarded to Occupational Medicine and bring your badge.

  • Wednesday, October 1, 7 am to 4 pm, on the level 5 hallway
  • Monday, October 6, Heater Road, time to be announced
  • Starting on Monday, October 6, lobby clinics will be offered M-F from 8 am to 4 pm, on level 4 near the parking garage. These clinics are open to all employees, providers, volunteers, and the public.

D-H Mandatory E-learning Modules Due November 30

Training and documentation are required to maintain our accreditation with The Joint Commission (TJC) and regulatory agencies such as the Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The required e-Learning modules provide necessary recurring safety and compliance training for all Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees and physicians. D-H Mandatory e-learning Modules are due November 30, 2014. All Dartmouth College employees working at the Geisel School of Medicine at any D-H facility are also required to complete the modules.

All D-H employees regardless of location must complete the following modules:

  • HR Policy Update
  • Fire and Life Safety
  • Health Care Safety
  • Compliance Awareness
  • Hand Hygiene and Infection Prevention (clinical/non-clinical module depending on role)
  • Patient Confidentiality

All clinical employees must also complete these modules:

  • Bloodborne Pathogens Clinical
  • Patient Safety for Clinical Staff

D-H employees hired on or after January 1, 2014 working in Lebanon must also complete the following modules:

  • Control of Hazardous Substances
  • Disruptive Behavior
  • Emergency Management
  • Health Care Security
  • VI 1 Whitebelt: D-H Case Study
  • VI 2 Whitebelt: Concept of Error
  • VI 3 Whitebelt: Continuous Improvement
  • VI 4 Whitebelt: RFP Case Study

Clinical employees hired on or after January 1, 2014 working in Lebanon must complete all of the above modules plus the following module:

  • Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation

To access your eLearning Modules, visit the eLearning page on the Intranet. If you have questions, please e-mail

Telling our Stories through Word and Image: Pubic Reading and Art Display October 28

Please join us for the 4th annual public reading of works written by patients, family members, and staff on Tuesday, October 28, 5:30-7:30 pm at Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Auditorium G (level 4). We invite you to attend a reception with refreshments before the reading and to view the multi-media artwork, created by patients and family members, on display in the atrium outside the auditorium.

Friends News

  • Friends Golf Tournament, Sky Meadow Country Club, Nashua, NH: We will have a great day of golf on Thursday, October 2, at the beautiful Sky Meadow Country Club in Nashua, NH. The event will include a 4-person scramble, lunch, and awards receptions following the golf. Cost per player is $125, $500 per foursome.
  • Harpoon Octoberfest Road Race: Join the Friends Team on Sunday, October 12, in the Harpoon Octoberfest Road Race, and raise money to benefit the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. This 3.6-mile road race kicks off the Sunday of Octoberfest starting at 11 am in Windsor, VT. Work up an appetite for Harpoon Octoberfest beer, bratwurst, and some Oompah by kicking up your heels on this scenic course at the brewery. Prosit!
  • Mullets in Movember Monarchs Game: Get your must-have MULLET and MUSTACHE at the annual Mullets in Movember Monarchs game, on at 7 pm Saturday, November 15. In partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and The Movember Foundation, the Monarchs will pay tribute to hockey hair while also extending homage to the coveted mustache. The first 3,000 fans will receive mullet wigs and mustaches, courtesy of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Help us and the Monarchs raise awareness for prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men. Join us! For tickets

Other Happenings

Check out VOX for listings like these on classes and events around campus:

  • Fall Public Astronomical Observing: The Department of Physics and Astronomy offers free viewing through their campus astronomical telescope to the Dartmouth community and the public. Weather permitting, observation of the moon, planets, and stars is available on Friday nights, 8 pm to 10 pm during the Dartmouth term. More info:

Information can also be found in the Geisel Insider:

  • Share Your Stories: Recognizing Great Work at Geisel: Many members of the Geisel community often go above and beyond to provide invaluable service to our school, but there are a limited number of official awards that allow us to recognize their hard work. Many of us work with faculty, staff, and students who are deserving of special acknowledgement, and we would like to ask you to submit a short paragraph (no criteria required, and no restrictions) to let us know about people you work with at Geisel who deserve to be recognized. Please send your submissions to Leslie Henderson at

Also check on DH-Today :

  • After Hours Bus Trip to Salem, MA: Hop on the motor coach and enjoy a Sunday in Historic Salem, MA on Sunday, October 26, 9 am to 9 pm; $35 per person. From the Salem Witch Trial museums to trolley tours, from shopping to parks and cemeteries...there is something for everyone, especially around Halloween. Open to Dartmouth and DHMC employees, partners, and families. Registration and pre-payment required: or visit

NCCC in the Media: September 2014

Statistical approach for calculating environmental influences in genome-wide association study (GWAS) results (Chris Amos) Science Daily, 8/27/14;BioMedicine, Science Newsline

African American Women Less Likely to Receive Breast Reconstruction Following Mastectomy (Tracy Onega) Science World Report, 9/11/14;Science Daily

Dartmouth research links genetic mutation and melanoma progression (Whipple/Brinckerhoff) Science Codex, 9/11/14;

Melanoma Risk Found to Have Genetic Determinant (Chris Amos), Science Newsline, 9/19/14; Vermont Digger

Dates to note

"Corporate Threats to Children's Health" - 5th Annual C. Everett Koop Distinguished Lecture
October 06, 2014
4:30 pm to 6 pm
Nelson A. Rockefeller Center, Hanover, NH

AACI CCAF Annual Meeting
October 26-28 2014
8 am to 5 pm

Grand Rounds

Norris Cotton Cancer Center typically holds Grand Rounds lectures on Tuesdays from 12 to 1 pm in the Barbara E. Rubin Building at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Our Events for Cancer Professionals listing shows our upcoming lectures. Most lectures can also be viewed live online. In addition, you can view recorded webcasts, or listen to recorded podcasts.