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Advocate Information on NCI Translates: NCI Translational Science Meeting

The NCI Translational Science Meeting was held November 7-9, 2008 in Washington, D.C. The meeting was designed to accelerate early translational cancer research and to encourage collaboration and enhancement of knowledge across NCI-funded research programs. It is the NCI's first step toward implementing the Translational Research Working Group's (TRWG) recommendation to develop a prioritization process to identify projects that are “ripe” for translation.

November 18, 2008 NCI Cancer Bulletin article on the meeting

December 16, 2008 - Participate in OAR's Summary Teleconference with meeting Chair Dr. Lynn Matrisian.

For additional information, please visit the meeting website at

Advocate Role in NCI Translates
Advocate Selection Process
Summary Teleconference
Important Dates
Contact Information

Advocate Role in NCI Translates

NCI understands that the ultimate consumers of cancer research are patients, their families and friends, and the many others affected by the disease. Additionally, NCI believes that consumers of cancer research should be involved in NCI’s programs and activities because their diverse perspectives enhance research and will ultimately improve outcomes.

Through a series of approximately 30 poster discussion sessions based on the framework of the TRWG Pathways to Clinical Goals, meeting participants will create research opportunities from abstracts submitted by NCI grantees. The research opportunities will be used to assess the range and quality of potential concepts to be advanced to the TRWG-recommended Prioritization Process.

NCI believes that the patient perspective is essential to this meeting and over 40 advocates have been selected to participate.  Two advocates will participate in each poster discussion session and ensure the inclusion of the patient perspective in the discussion.

Advocate Nomiation and Selection Process

1. NCI Program Directors invited principal investigators (PIs) in translational research to present their research at NCI Translates: The NCI Translational Science Meeting through poster session discussions.

2. Those PIs were then asked to nominate advocates to participate in the NCI Translates meeting.

3. Nominated advocates submitted information and their request to participate.

4. NCI received many high-quality nominations from the advocacy community by the deadline.

5. A committee of NCI staff and an advocate (who acted as a consultant) assessed the submitted information for the advocate’s level of applicable research advocacy experience.

6. Nominations were matched with poster session topics. Matching was based on self-reported ability to contribute as an advocate to specific scientific areas.

The advocates selected to participate in NCI Translates: The NCI Translational Science Meeting are:

1. William H. Blair 13. Julie Fleshman 25. Patty Lee 37. Christie Pratt
2. Lynne Cargen 14. Martha Gaines 26. Andrew Madoff 38. Kristofer Prepelica
3. Diana T. Chingos 15. Ken Geihsler 27. Anna Masellis 39. Diane Zipursky Quale
4. Laura Cleveland 16. Cindy Geoghegan 28. Ginny Mason 40. Nancy Roach
5. Deborah Collyar 17. Patricia Goldman 29. Kim Norris 41. Mary Jackson Scroggins
6. Joan Darling 18. Joyce Wilcox Graff 30. Areth Obenauf 42. Mary Lou Smith
7. Margaret Devine 19. Valerie Guild 31. Ronald Obenauf 43. Patty Spears
8. Everett Dodson 20. Eunice Hostetter 32. James Omel 44. Marion Thurnauer
9. Michelle Duff 21. Catherine Huffman 33. Kate O'Neill 45. Debra Violette
10. Mark Dungan 22. Lorre Lei Jackson 34. Eric Perakslis 46. Susan Weiner
11. Jeanette Ferguson 23. Kay Kays 35. Louise Perkins 47. Debra Wymer
12. Sandra Finestone 24. Paula Kim 36. Jane Perlmutter

Summary Teleconference

The Office of Advocacy Relations (OAR) is planning for a public teleconference on Tuesday, December 16, 2008 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. ET to discuss the outcomes of the NCI Translates meeting with the advocacy community. Those who were selected to attend and anyone who is interested in research advocacy in translational research is encouraged to participate.

Important Dates

August 20, 2008 Nomination form due to the NCI Office of Advocacy Relations
Early September NCI will issue invitations to selected advocates
Mid September Invited advocates must arrange their own travel and lodging.
October 2, 2008 Last day to reserve a Grand Hyatt Hotel room at the group rate
Mid October Advocate Training teleconferences
November 7-9, 2008 NCI Translates meeting in Washington, D.C.
December 16, 2008
1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (ET)
Summary Teleconference for All Advocates
USA Toll-Free: 1-800-857-6584
Passcode: TRWG

Contact Information

NCI Office of Advocacy Relations
Phone: (301) 594-3194
Fax: (301) 480-7558

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