Gallahan Appointed Deputy Director of DCB
Prior to his appointment, Dr. Gallahan had been serving as DCB's associate director and chief of its Structural Biology and Molecular Applications Branch. He played a major role in developing and managing NCI's IMAT program, which has led to the development of new technologies for cancer research.Dr. Gallahan trained as a cancer biologist and had a distinguished career as a bench scientist within NCI's intramural program. His postdoctoral training included molecular biology, proteomics, bioinformatics, and cancer biology.
Current, Former NCI Grantees Win Lasker Awards
Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn of the University of California, San Francisco; Dr. Carol Greider of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; and Dr. Jack Szostak of Harvard Medical School were recognized for their work in predicting and discovering telomerase, an RNA-containing enzyme that synthesizes the ends of chromosomes, protecting them and maintaining the integrity of the genome. Their work laid the foundation for studies that have connected telomerase and telomeres to human cancer and age-related conditions. Drs. Blackburn and Greider currently hold NCI grants; Dr. Szostak is a former NCI grantee.The awards will be presented on September 29 in New York City. Additional information about the Lasker Awards and the other award winners for 2006 is available at http://www.laskerfoundation.org.
eHealth Conference Focuses on Patient-Centered Care
Dr. Jon Kerner, deputy director for research dissemination and diffusion in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, summarized a number of trends that are driving the field, including the shift to paperless health records in the electronic domain. Referring to the interface between electronic and interpersonal activities, he said, "We have to realize that at the end of the day, all of the electronic data represent real people and patients."Joining NCI as meeting sponsors were the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Library of Medicine, the NIH's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research and Office of Disease Prevention, the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research, the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, the American Medical Informatics Association, and the Health e-Technologies Initiative, a national program office of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.