Cancer Currents for December 2010

News and Notes from the Director
Photo: Robert C. Bast, MD - University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Kaner Lecture on December 2

Don't forget to join us on December 2 at noon for the 33rd Annual David B. Kaner Memorial Lecture, a Norris Cotton Cancer Center Distinguished Lecture. This year's speaker, Robert C. Bast, Jr, MD, is the vice president for translational research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. His lecture is entitled, "Challenges Facing Translational Research in Personalizing Cancer Care."

Dartmouth Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence: Alliance Challenge Projects

Graphic: Schematic of an iron-core nanoparticle with an iron oxide layer and a dextran coating NCI is funding Alliance Challenge Projects for the Dartmouth Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (DCCNE). The funding supports collaborative projects between DCCNE researchers and their counterparts at one of the 12 Cancer Nanotechnology Platform Partnerships (CNPP) or one of the other eight Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNE). The deadline is December 23, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. For more information about proposing a project, visit The proposal must include at least one other CCNE or CNPP, and only Dartmouth investigators currently funded by the DCCNE are eligible to apply. Other faculty can find a potential DCCNE-funded co-investigator at: Questions about Alliance Projects and proposals should be emailed to Bob Gerlach at

Updating the New NCCC Website

I encourage you to take a moment to check out the new Norris Cotton Cancer Center website. Launched in October, our new site is the result of a 15-month team effort to redesign and restructure the site using the new technical underpinnings and applications of the new Dartmouth-Hitchcock websites. We're already hard at work on phase II for the site—reviewing, adding to, and enhancing every aspect of its content. If you would like to request an update to the site, or are in need of new pages or an overhaul to an existing section, please fill out the Cancer Center Website Request Form to initiate your request. This form is available in the Computing: Website Update Requests section of the Employees portal:

Graphic: American Cancer Society logo American Cancer Society Institutional Grant

Funds for seed money grants are again available from the Cancer Center's ACS Institutional Research Grant. Up to $30,000 may be requested, primarily to pay for necessary supplies, reagents, animals, etc. At least one award is restricted to research in the special interest areas of psychosocial and behavioral research, health policy research, health services research, cancer in the poor and underserved, and childhood cancer. Applications are due no later than January 14, 2011. More information and application form.

Encouraging Correlative Studies Using Shared Resource Facilities

The success of "The Bridge to Translational Research" mini-symposium held at the end of October, which emphasized our shared resource facilities in molecular pathology, bioinformatics, genomics, and proteomics, has encouraged plans for more mini-symposia to promote translational research as a priority at the Cancer Center. To get the ball rolling, the Cancer Center will provide $10,000 toward use of a Cancer Center Core Grant-sponsored shared resource facility on the correlative component of a clinical or translational research proposal. Email Steve Bobin for more information at

Ethan Dmitrovsky Chairs NCI Board of Scientific Counselors

We're pleased to recognize Ethan Dmitrovsky, MD, as the new chair of the National Cancer Institute Board of Scientific Counselors for Clinical Sciences and Epidemiology. Dr. Dmitrovsky will guide this influential Board of physicians and scientists from cancer centers and universities around the country as it advises the director and scientific leadership of the NCI on the progress and future direction of cancer-related research programs. Read the full article.

Photo: Shaofeng Yan, MD, PhD Tiffany Blake Career Development Fellowship Winner

Please join me in congratulating Shaofeng Yan, MD, PhD, as the 2010 recipient of the Hitchcock Foundation's Tiffany Blake Career Development Fellowship. The Fellowship is given to promising young Dartmouth investigators who are committed to clinically oriented research and translating that research into effective treatments for patients. The objective of the two-year, $170,000 Fellowship is to encourage research-oriented clinicians to develop independent research skills and gain experience in advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to conduct research. Read full article.

Photo: pizza; credit: Shutterstock Pizza Talks for Post-Docs and Grad Students

Starting January 11, 2011, a weekly "pizza talk" on Tuesdays from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. will provide an opportunity for post-docs and graduate students working in the Rubin building to present research and get feedback from peers. This is an ideal forum to practice a talk before presenting it at an outside meeting. Pizza will be made available to those who attend. Those interested in presenting should sign up at CORRECTION: Pizza talks will begin on Friday, January 14, 2011, and will continue on Fridays from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

New Format Change for NIH, AHRQ, CDC, and FDA FOAs

Newly published NIH, AHRQ, CDC, and FDA Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are transitioning to a new format that is designed to be shorter, easier-to-read, and more scientifically focused. The new format is designed to simplify the application writing process for applicants, increase FOA clarity and transparency, and ensure that FOAs are current as changes are made to source documents. FOAs published in the previous format are still valid until their expiration date. For more information and inquiries, send email to

—Mark Israel, MD