On January 29, 2009, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., NCI will host a pre-application meeting for the new TCGA funding opportunity. At this pre-application meeting, NCI staff will make presentations on the goals and objectives for the TCGA Research Network, discuss the RFA and peer review process, and answer questions. An NCI Grants Management Specialist will also be available to answer financial questions. Potential applicants may participate in person or via webcast at http://videocast.nih.gov.
TCGA Funding Pre-Application Meeting Details:
Thursday, January 29
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
6001 Executive Boulevard, Conference Room C
Rockville, Maryland 20852
An archived recording of the web cast will be available post-meeting at
On March 24, 2008, the NCI and NHGRI held a workshop entitled, “Genomics and Biology of
Glioblastoma Multiforme (GBM),” to review the initial GBM data from the TCGA Pilot Project.
The meeting also featured presentations by participating centers in TCGA to share the initial
findings and discussions on the challenges of translating this information. John Niederhuber,
M.D., Director of the NCI, led the introductory presentation with opening remarks given by Anna
D. Barker, Ph.D., Deputy Director.
Daniela S. Gerhard, Ph.D., introduced each session featured at the workshop. Special
presentations from participating centers in TCGA were held by Eric Lander, Ph.D., Stephen
Baylin, M.D., Neil Hayes, M.D., Paul Spellman, Ph.D., Cameron Brennan, M.D., and Matthew
Meyerson, M.D., Ph.D. Closing presentation was given by Lynda Chin, M.D. The workshop may
be viewed in its entirety via the event webcast.
On January 10, 2008, the TCGA Project Team hosted a Data Portal workshop to engage
experts in gleaning suggestions for new features and future iterations of the Pilot
Project Data Portal. The meeting focused on three main topics: 1) Discussing the
Pilot Project and implications of cancer genomic information on cancer research,
clinical practice, and health outcomes; 2) Highlighting the current external tools
available for analysis of TCGA data; and 3) Generating suggestions for future iterations
of the Data Portal. An overview of the breakout sessions and conclusion of the Data
Portal workshop are described in the
In May 2006, NCI and NHGRI convened a “TCGA Data Release Workshop” in Queens, New
York. Workshop participants included representatives from genomic data production
centers, genomic sequencers, bioinformatics data users, journal editors, cancer
biologists, clinical researchers, patient advocates, data users from pharmaceutical
and biotechnology companies, intellectual property experts, and regulatory agency
representatives. Participants provided suggestions for the development of a TCGA
pilot project data release policy and discussed strategies to balance the need to
make the data publicly available while protecting data integrity and maintaining
patient privacy. Information about this workshop is available in the Summary Report.
In July 2005, NCI and NHGRI convened a workshop in Washington, D.C. entitled "Toward
a Comprehensive Genomic Analysis of Cancer." This workshop brought together
physicians, basic scientists, and other members of the U.S. and international cancer
communities to assist in outlining the most effective strategies for the development
of a successful project. Information about this workshop is reported
in the Executive Summary.
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