5/1/2010 AACI Update / May 2010
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News from the Association of American Cancer InstitutesMay 2010
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Innovation and Progress in the New Decade Theme of Capitol Hill Day

U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) accepts award for her support of cancer research. Pictured from left:
AACI President Michael A. Caligiuri, MD; AACI Executive Director Barbara Duffy Stewart, MPH; Douglas Blayney, MD, President, American Society of Clinical Oncology; Rep. Capps; Ellen V. Sigal, PhD, Chair and Founder, Friends of Cancer Research; Richard Jove, PhD, Director, Beckman Research Institute, City of Hope; William S. Dalton, PhD, MD, CEO, Center Director, Moffitt Cancer Center.

On May 5, approximately 60 cancer center leaders, representing 22 states and the District of Columbia, met with members of Congress to discuss the importance of federal investment in cancer research. AACI, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and Friends of Cancer Research, hosted the event.

During a reception the evening before the meetings, AACI, AACR, ASCO and Friends, along with cancer center directors from across the country, heard remarks from U.S. Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA), and U.S. Senator Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ). Capps also was honored with an award recognizing her commitment to the fight against cancer.
Jon Retzlaff, AACR’s Managing Director of Science Policy and Government Affairs, delivers morning briefing.
The next morning, AACI President-elect William S. Dalton, PhD, MD, CEO and Center Director, Moffitt Cancer Center, welcomed attendees. He underlined the need for cancer leaders to deliver consistent, targeted information to legislators as well as their staff members, many of whom are particularly knowledgeable about the needs of the cancer research community.

At the Hill Day luncheon, attendees honored Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) for his successful co-sponsorship and passage of federal legislation requiring health insurance plans to cover routine costs associated with participation in clinical trials. The measure was signed into law as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Picture on Left: (L to R): Stanton Gerson, MD, Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center; Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH); AACI President Michael A. Caligiuri; ASCO President Douglas Blayney. Picture on Right: Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) conducts discussion with cancer center leaders.

AACI President Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, introduced Sen. Brown and, with Stanton Gerson, MD, Director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, presented the senator with an appreciation for his outstanding leadership in cancer research. more...

AACI Moving Forward With Project Cancer Education

Joel Rice, CNP, welcomes the participants of Project Cancer Education
AACI staff and members of its Government Relations Steering Committee traveled to The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center earlier this year to experience first-hand Project Cancer Education, a new AACI initiative.

Developed under the auspices of AACI President Michael A. Caligiuri, MD, Executive Director of The Ohio State Cancer Center and CEO of the James Hospital and Solove Institute, Project Cancer Education (PCE) is a curriculum that educates lawmakers about the financial costs associated with providing world class care. It also highlights the role that elected state and federal officials play in sustaining the state of the art research and patient care provided at the nation’s cancer centers.

In partnership with Ohio State and the National Cancer Institute, AACI is moving forward with plans to expand PCE’s reach to a national audience, and efforts are underway to conduct a PCE demonstration later this year at NCI.
AACI’s Chris Zurawsky gathers facts about cancer research equipment.

Lynn O’Donnell, PhD, speaks to participants in the lab.
In an interview with Oncology Times, Dr. Caligiuri explained that the idea behind PCE is to provide the opportunity for elected officials and their staffs to fully appreciate the challenges and opportunities faced by cancer researchers.

“We wanted to bring them within the walls of the university, the medical center, and the cancer center, initially as medical students, so they could understand what training and education they need to go through as researchers, including the opportunities as well as the limitations, and then as physicians trying to successfully treat cancer patients, before surprising them with the announcement that they’ve been diagnosed with cancer,” he told the publication. more...

AACR Annual Meeting Highlights Research by AACI Members

The 101st Annual Meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), held last month in Washington, D.C., featured numerous presentations on work conducted by AACI cancer centers. AACI is proud to count AACR as a sustaining member. Major media outlets like The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and USA Today, covered studies involving AACI member centers. You can read about the studies at AACR’s website http://www.aacr.org/home/public--media/aacr-in-the-news.aspx , as well as in the “News from the Centers” section of this month’s AACI Update. more...

Online Registration for 2010 AACI/CCAF Meeting in Chicago

The 2010 AACI/CCAF Annual Meeting will be held at the Westin Chicago River North, October 3 –5. Information on the meeting, including the program and electronic registration is available at http://aaci-cancer.org/annual_meeting/index.asp. The meeting will bring leaders of AACI cancer centers—center directors and executive-level administrators—together with top personnel of national cancer research and advocacy organizations, industry, and government health agencies to share best practices and devise solutions to common challenges.

AACI and the Cancer Center Administrators Forum (CCAF) developed the program, with Stanton L. Gerson, MD, Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, chairing the program committee. This year’s event—expected to attract around 275 participants—will feature sessions on the informatics of genomics, the Chemical Biology Consortium, health care reform, and proton therapy. more...
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Stimulus Funding Expands Opportunities to Enhance Cancer Research and Care at Community Hospitals

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is using $80 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to expand research benefitting patients at the 16 member hospitals of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP) and to add 14 new hospitals to the current network. The expansion uses approximately $40 million of ARRA funds to support additional research opportunities within the original network of 16 NCCCP sites and another $40 million of ARRA funds to expand the network to include 14 new community cancer centers, for a total of 30 sites in 22 states. more...
AACR Elects New Officers, Directors and Nominating Committee

The members of the American Association for Cancer Research have elected Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH, as their president-elect. Garber is the director of the Cancer Risk and Prevention Program at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, associate professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and associate physician of medicine and attending physician of medical service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, Mass. more...