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CRCHD Announcements

Challenge Grant RFA Released!

We’re delighted to inform you that the Challenge Grant RFA has been released and both the NCI and NIH Challenge Grant Websites are now available.

There are a number of opportunities that will be of interest! Be sure to check both the NIH and the NCI Challenge Grant websites. Please pay close attention to the CRCHD opportunities and feel free to contact the staff member listed for specific questions.

Challenge Grant Information:

NIH Challenge Grant Website

NCI Challenge Grant Website

The Challenge Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement has been released in the
NIH Guide and has been posted on

A Notice on Scoring, Review and Appeals has also been posted that will apply to Recovery Act FOAs

New Faces at CRCHD

We are pleased to welcome Dr. John Ojeifo and Ms. Huweida Shariff to the CRCHD family!

Dr. Ojeifo recently joined our staff as a Program Director and will be managing CRCHD's Career Development Awards, as part of our CURE Program. He is a cancer biologist by training, and formerly worked at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (LCCC) at Georgetown University.

Ms. Shariff will be providing administrative and extramural support to the Diversity Training Branch. Prior to joining the Center, she worked at a law firm in Rockville, MD, as an Administrative Support Staff Team Lead and Payroll Administrator.

CRCHD Presents to NCI’s Board of Scientific Advisors

Congratulations to Drs. Meade, Kaur, and Cooper for their outstanding presentations to the Board of Scientific Advisors. Their presentations captured some of the work the CRCHD's Community Networks Program (CNP) projects have been doing over the past few years, laying a strong foundation for the upcoming program reissuance.

NCI Board of Scientific Advisors Videocast

Outstanding Participation at the 2009 AACR Conference

Karen Patricia Williams and Dr. Leslie Cooper
Karen Patricia Williams, a junior investigator for CNP in Detroit and Dr. Leslie Cooper in front of the CRCHD display.

The 2nd annual, co-sponsored AACR-NCI conference, “Science of Cancer Health Disparities,” hosted over 400 researchers and practitioners. The agenda nicely balanced presentations in basic and applied science related to cancer health disparities, and the poster sessions provided a terrific platform for many of our junior investigators to present their research. For more about a junior investigator, Dr. Kushal Patel, who presented see the grantee spotlight section.

All in all we were delighted with the conference and are looking forward to working with the AACR on next year’s conference, to be held in the fall of 2010.

AACR Conference Podcasts

Coming Soon! A NEW Look for the CRCHD Website

Our updated CRCHD website includes an extensive diversity training section, new grantee tips and tools, an expanded resources section, staff bios, and more. We expect to launch in March, so look for it soon.

CALL TO ACTION: Love/Avon Army of Women

AVON’s Army of Women aims to match women to scientists seeking tissue samples for funded peer reviewed clinical studies. The response has been overwhelmingly positive, but the Army of Women is still seeking women-of-color participants, as well as to enroll additional peer-reviewed projects that are currently facing recruitment challenges.

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Cancer News from NCI, NIH, and other Federal Agencies

NCI to Receive Support from Stimulus Package

Thanks to NIH’s $10.4 billion in stimulus package funding the NCI is poised to receive approximately $1.2 billion for fiscal years 2009 and 2010. The NCI is currently developing a spending plan that increases the number of grants for individual investigators and that provides greater support for team research projects. Full spending plan details of NCI’s portion of the economic stimulus package will be announced in the near future.
Moving Ahead with NCI Stimulus Funds

Related Articles:
Washington Post
The Wall Street Journal
Inside Higher Ed

Newly Released! NCI President's Cancer Panel Report

To reduce the terrible toll of cancer, recommendations in three crucial actions include: 1) making reducing the cancer burden a national priority, 2) ensuring that all Americans have timely access to needed health care and disease prevention measures, and 3) ending the scourge of tobacco in the United States.

2007-2008 Annual Report

Worldwide Participation in the NIH Health Disparities Summit

The NIH-sponsored Summit The Science of Eliminating Health Disparities, took place December 15-18, 2008. The Summit attracted 300 speakers and over 4,400 participants. Ideas generated from the symposium will be formally submitted to Obama's administration.

Results to be Provided to President Obama

New Bill Offers Support for Nanotechnology Research and Development

The House recently amended the 21st Century Nanotechnology Research and Development Act (PL 108-153), authorizing activities for support of nanotechnology research and development, along with timeframes for achieving the objectives and evaluation metrics for assessing progress.

National Nanotechnology Initiative Amendments Act of 2009

President Obama Selects Top Rural Health Care Advocate to Oversee Key HHS Agency

President Obama recently announced that Dr. Mary Wakefield, one of the Nation’s top rural health care professionals, has been appointed as the new Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

Announcement from the Press Secretary Office

New Study: American Indians have Highest Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM)

A new report by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine and the National Center for Health Statistics presents findings on Americans’ use of complementary and alternative medicine, broken down by race/ethnicity and age.

CAM Use Report

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Cancer News From the Field

NCI Spotlights

Dr. Kushal Patel Presents on Influences in Colorectal Screening

Congratulations to Dr. Kushal Patel, one of our junior investigators on the NIH-funded, Meharry Community Networks Program (CNP) project, who presented at the recent AACR meeting, on understanding factors that influence colorectal cancer screening using sigmoidoscopy/colonscopy in primarily low-income African Americans.

Dr. Desiree A. Rivers Presents on "The Science of Patient Navigation"

Dr. Rivers, a fellow with the Moffitt-based PNRP, delivered an outstanding presentation at the recent OMH Third National Leadership Summit. She gave an overview of the PNRP and described some of the unique approaches and strategies used by projects at various program sites, including Portland, Boston, San Antonio, Rochester and Tampa. Dr. Rivers highlighted the progress to-date experienced by PNRP and the many lessons learned in implementing this significant work.

Dr. Temitope Keku Examines Colorectal Cancer Prognosis

Congratulations to a former K01 grantee, Temitope Keku, along with her collegues who recently published in the British Journal of Cancer. They evaluated tumor molecular markers, and developed a statistical strategy to improve the efficiency of molecular studies of colorectal cancer prognosis.

Statistical strategies to improve the efficiency of molecular studies of colorectal cancer prognosis

Dr. Michele Carbone Trying to Fix What Ails Cancer Center of Hawaii

Interim Chief for the Cancer Research Center of Hawaii, Michele Carbone is teaming up with Queen's Medical Center, the state's largest private hospital to raise awareness of the collective importance of cancer care in Hawaii.

Newspaper Article from The Honolulu Advertiser

Congratulations to Dr. Osman for Work on IQGAP1's Role in Exocytosis

Dr. Mahasin Osman, a K22 recipient, recently published in the Journal of Cell Science about her work on IQGAP1 and the dual role the gene plays in regulating exocytosis.

Also, Dr. Osman will be a contributing faculty member at the upcoming regional workshop, The Cell Biology of Protozoan Pathogens, which will take place in Accra, Ghana. The workshop is the result of a partnership between the American Society for Cell Biology and the University of Ghana, and will provide training for graduate students and young scientists in basic and applied research, from across Africa.

West African Regional Workshop

Dr. Heather Brandt Chairs Billboard Campaign

University of South Carolina cancer researcher Heather Brandt, investigator with South Carolina Cancer Disparities CNP, served as chair of a subcommittee that organized around 70 billboards that went up in the month of January. The effort, called "Moving to Action: Addressing Cervical Cancer in South Carolina," was part of national Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and urged women to have regular pap tests and to learn about the HPV vaccine.

STOP Cervical Cancer Campaign

Dr. James Hebért Starts Director's Blog

Dr. James Hebért, CNP PI for the South Carolina Cancer Disparities Network and Director of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program at the University of South Carolina, has started blogging! The Director's Corner Blog follows his research efforts in South Carolina and his experiences in India.

Science Advances in Childhood Leukemia

Dr. Cheryl Willman, the director and CEO of the University of New Mexico Cancer Center, and colleagues recently published their work in The New England Journal of Medicine identifying mutations in a gene that predicts a high likelihood of relapse in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Related information: Gene to Predict ALL

Jun J.Yang, a mentee of Dr. Willman, published in JAMA a genomewide analysis, in which they found dozens of gene variants that have significant associations with the response to treatment in children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).

Related information: Genetic Variations in Treating ALL

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Enhancing Practice

Years before Leukemia is Diagnosed Abnormal Cells are Present in Blood

Dr. Ola Landgren of NCI’s Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, along with other authors, published a paper published in The New England Journal of Medicine presenting their findings that abnormal white blood cells can be present in patients’ blood more than six years prior to the diagnosis of a chronic form of lymphocytic leukemia.

Releated Information: NCI Office of Media Relations

New Report on Methodologies to Collect Data on Hard-to-Reach Populations

A new report, LGBT of Color Sampling Methodology, presents best practices and sampling methodological strategies for collecting data in small, hidden, or hard-to-reach groups to reduce tobacco-related health disparities.

Special! Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU)

JHCPU's February issue has been released, with a theme of Minority Health and Cancer. Select papers include "Cancer Screening Practices among Physicians Serving Chinese Immigrants," "Medical Mistrust and Less Satisfaction With Health Care Among Native Americans Presenting for Cancer Treatment," and "Oral Cancer in Appalachia."

Free Booklet: Herbs at a Glance

Herbs at a Glance is a series of fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals—common names, uses, potential side effects, and resources for more information.

New Fact Sheet: Peanut Product Recall and Cancer Patients

New NCI fact sheet available to address the special concerns of cancer patients and their healthcare providers, in response to the recent recall of peanut products.

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Funding, Training, and Employment Opportunities

Disparities-Related Funding Opportunities

Check on-line for new disparities related funding opportunities, including:

National Center for Research Resources’ (NCRR) Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)

NCI's Innovative Molecular Analysis Technologies Funding Opportunities (IMAT)

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Training and Employment Opportunities

Check on-line for an up-to-date listing of training opportunities.

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Upcoming Meetings and Events

Check on-line for a listing of upcoming meetings and events for 2009.

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