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Cancer Currents for September 2015

Mark Israel

What a treat to have enjoyed gorgeous weather warming our Labor Day celebrations. As summertime comes to a close, I want to salute everyone at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center for their hard work, commitment to all whom we serve, and unwavering focus on making this such an extraordinary place for our patients. Our Cancer Center serves our investigators, our staff, our community, and others, but no target of our attention is more important than our patients.

It is because of extraordinary work to address our patients' needs that NCCC was recently ranked as "high performing" by US News and World Report. It was the only cancer center in northern New England to receive the distinction.

We achieved this ranking as acknowledgement of our outstanding performance, including the highest possible score for use of advanced technologies; recognition of our patient outcomes, with a score of nine out of 10; and a perfect score for patient services, which include pain management, palliative care and hospice. The ranking also noted our high patient volume and scored NCCC's "nursing intensity" – the relative balance of nurses to patients – at the very highest level.

This is a distinction that each of us can take pride in, share with others, and cite as impartial acknowledgment of both our colleagues' talent and our institution's commitment.

I am incredibly proud of our diligent and dedicated physicians, nurses, investigators, technologists, staff and our many supporters who make NCCC one of the outstanding cancer centers in the country. Thank you!

Mark Israel, Director


Melanoma Research Alliance

The Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for high-impact translational research that has the potential to lead to near-term clinical application in melanoma prevention, detection, diagnosis, staging, and treatment. This cycle, proposals will be accepted for Team Science Awards, Young Investigator Awards, Academic-Industry Partnership Awards (for Established Investigators), and Special Opportunity Awards. MRA plans to release a second RFP by mid-September focused on additional Special Opportunity Awards.

The RFP is available on the MRA website at:

For more information on MRA, please visit

Please note the following key deadlines:

  • October 12, 2015: Team Science Award Letters of Intent are due
  • November 16, 2015: Young Investigator Award and Academic-Industry Partnership Award proposals are due

Proposals should be submitted via the proposalCENTRAL on-line application tool:

Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation is pleased to announce the Healthy Food Fund Guidelines and Application. The Foundation will award grants of up to $50,000 to community-based, not-for-profit organizations that grow, distribute and/or market fresh food so that they can measurably expand their reach and/or affordability.

Our goal for the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund is to make fresh, local food easily accessible and affordable for more low- and middle-income families in our region.

Special Announcements/Events

Dartmouth Genomics and Molecular Biology Shared Resource is pleased to announce:

  • Illumina Sequencing is HERE! No more outsourcing and waiting for data...
  • NextSeq generates ~ 400M reads per run, single or paired end reads, 75bp or 150bp read lengths
  • Ideal for RNA-Seq (mRNA, miRNA, lncRNA), Epigenetic studies, Exome studies & other applications
      • Excellent turnaround time – Run time is just 24 hours
      • FREE – Expert project consultation and experimental design
      • Competitive pricing – Just $0.05 per Million bases
        (1x75 bp run = $2000, 2x75 bp run = $3100, includes library pool QC)
      • For library preparation options, pricing, and project design talk to Joanna Hamilton, 603-653-9118 or visit Rubin 661

Writing & Presenting Skills

September 23: Presentation Skills – Presenting your Science to Your Peers, 11:00 am-Noon in Auditorium E

For Further Information Please Contact

New Members of NCCC

Cancer Control Research Program

Sarah Pratt, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Stephen Bartels, MD, MS
Herman O. West Professor of Geriatrics
Professor of Psychiatry, Community and Family Medicine, and of The Dartmouth Institute of Health Policy and Clinical Practice

Cancer Epidemiology Research Program

Karen Huyck, MD, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Section of Occupational and Environmental Medicine