Cancer Currents for April 2010

News and Notes from the Director
Genome Instability and Cancer Symposium (April 14, 2010)
Graphic: Genome

On April 14, Norris Cotton Cancer Center will host a regional symposium entitled "Genome Instability and Cancer." Investigators from the Cancer Center, The Jackson Laboratory, the University of Vermont, and University of Massachusetts will convene to discuss how instability in DNA sequence and chromosome numbers contribute to cancer and how to develop therapies to "unstable" tumor cells.

Join Norris Cotton Cancer Center on Facebook!
Graphic: Facebook Logo

Be sure to visit the Cancer Center's new Facebook page. We went "live" on March 24 and already the page is developing into a hub of activity and networking. Become a "fan" yourself! Here's where you'll find us:

Workshop: "Funding Opportunities at the NIH (K, F, R awards), the Peer Review Process, and Achieving Success" (April 27, 2010)

Stephen J. Korn, PhD, Director of Training and Career Development at the NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will be at the Cancer Center on Tuesday, April 27, to hold a training workshop on various NIH awards, with particular emphasis on career awards, fellowship awards, and research grants. Discussion will include eligibility for different mechanisms, DOs and DON'Ts of grant writing, and tips on how to succeed, as well as the NIH review process in detail. There will be a general lecture from 10:15 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., with break-out Q&A sessions to follow.

Patient and Family Resource Library Grand Opening Celebration (April 15, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.)

Join Patient and Family Services in celebrating our new and expanded resource library, Thursday, April 15, from 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. in the 2K reception area. Enjoy refreshments, music, poetry readings, and art displays. Peruse our lending library of materials covering clinical, supportive, and inspirational topics related to cancer.

More Upcoming Events for Patients and Families
  • "No One Alone" Spring 2010 Volunteer Training Program (Tuesdays, April 6 - May 11, 2010)
  • ACS Second Annual New Hampshire Living With Cancer Conference (April 17, 2010)
  • Living with a Brain Tumor: Nurturing and Practical Approaches for Patients and Caregivers (April 24, 2010)
  • Eat Well, Live Well: Cancer Survivors Day 2010 (May 23, 2010)
Third Annual Dartmouth Integrative Biology Symposium: "Clinical & Translational Science" (April 27 - 28, 2010)
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The invited speakers to the Third Annual Dartmouth Integrative Biology Symposium are the intellectual and innovative leaders in their respective fields of genomics, proteomics, biostatistics, bioinformatics, and systems biology. The purpose of the symposium is to make the research and medical communities aware of the latest cutting-edge ideas and progress in systems biology and translational research, and to raise awareness of the exciting advances in integrative biology at Dartmouth. Submit a poster for the Poster Session. New this year are iPads as prizes for the top three posters (and three drawings for iPads during the symposium for registered medical and graduate students). More information and registration.

More Upcoming Events for Cancer Professionals
  • Northeastern Genitourinary Oncology Symposium 2010 (April 23 - 24, 2010)
  • Grand Rounds: "The NCI Therapeutics Pipeline: Where Do Drugs Come From?" (April 29, 2010)
2010 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Awards Announced

We are very pleased to announce the 2010 recipients of the American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants: Anna M. Adachi-Mejia, PhD; Eunice Y. Chen, MD, PhD; Chengkai Dai, PhD; Lesley A. Jarvis, MD, PhD; and Mathieu Lupien, PhD. These grants support studies undertaken by investigators who are early in their careers and need pilot data before submitting individual research grant applications. Please join us in extending congratulations to this year's recipients and in expressing thanks to the American Cancer Society for its support of our Cancer Center and the work of its young investigators. More information.

Steve Bjerklie, New Communications Coordinator
Photo: Steve Bjerklie

Please join us in welcoming Steve Bjerklie as Communications Coordinator for Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Steve joins the Cancer Center Communications team in its efforts to "get the word out" about the Cancer Center and takes over the editing of Focus, the Cancer Center's newsletter, and writing press releases, brochures, and other materials. His first project was to organize and put up the Cancer Center's new Facebook page. Prior to joining the Cancer Center, Steve's 30-year career in journalism took him all over the world, and he will maintain his position as a New England correspondent for The Economist magazine.

New Edition of Focus
Graphic: Cover of Spring 2010 Focus

Focus for Spring 2010 is now available online and in print. In this edition, read profiles of Charles Sentman, PhD, and Yolanda Sanchez, PhD; Patient and Family Support Services; and the Prouty, and get an update on the ARRA research at the Cancer Center.

-Mark Israel, MD