The President's Cancer Panel held two meetings in Washington, D.C., on October 24 and 25 to follow up on selected recommendations from its 2004-2005 annual report, Translating Research Into Cancer Care: Delivering on the Promise, which identified and discussed existing barriers to translating research into clinical practice. Last week's meetings focused on team science and the culture of research, workforce infrastructure, dissemination, and community participation. To catalyze action in these areas, the Panel assembled key stakeholders and decision makers to assess progress, identify critical next steps, and encourage collaboration. The results of these meetings will be published in the 2005-2006 annual report of the President's Cancer Panel, expected to be released in June 2006. For additional information about the Panel, go to http://pcp.cancer.gov or call 301-451-9399.
NCI Staff Honored
Among those recognized at the ceremony were the recipients of the NCI Director's Gold Star Award: Dr. Lee J. Helman for his management of the Clinical Research Program and willingness to assume the duties of Acting Director, Scientific Research; Sharon Miller for her innovative work in the Research Contracts Branch; and Dr. Edward Trimble for his efforts on international partnerships to reduce the burden of gynecologic cancer around the world.
In his remarks, Dr. von Eschenbach emphasized that, because of the dedication and hard work of the staff, NCI is making progress toward its goal of eliminating the suffering and death due to cancer.
A full list of this year's recipients is available at http://www.cancer.gov/directors-awards.
ABC News Features Lung Cancer and Smoking in November
The network is partnering with NCI, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the North American Quitline Consortium to provide resources to help people quit smoking. ABC will direct viewers to the national toll-free quitline phone number (800-QUIT NOW, 800-784-8669), which automatically connects callers to their state-based quitlines, and to the smokefree.gov Web site for additional resources on smoking cessation and lung cancer. The network Web site, ABCNEWS.com, will also devote a portion of the site to the series.