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Spotlight on Applied Research

Message from Dr. Rachel Ballard-Barbash

The Applied Research Program (ARP), Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences is pleased to present this issue of Spotlight on Applied Research. This newsletter is intended to inform ARP's many partner organizations and individuals about developments in ARP's initiatives and tools. It also profiles staff who recently joined ARP and highlights two employment opportunities with ARP's Outcomes Research Branch. We hope you enjoy reading this issue and find it helpful for understanding ARP's multifaceted work across the cancer control continuum, from prevention through survivorship. We thank all of you who are engaged in this research and look forward to continued progress in expanding research, data systems, and methodologic tools to reduce the cancer burden.

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Save the Date! International Cancer Screening Network Meeting in 2015

The scientific program for the next International Cancer Screening Network (ICSN) meeting is being developed. The meeting is being co-chaired by Drs. Carrie Klabunde (ARP Health Services and Economics Branch) and Harry de Koning (Erasmus Medical Center), and will be held on June 2-4, 2015, in the Netherlands. Read more....

Watch for Cancer Care and Economics Research Blog!

ARP's Health Services and Economics Branch (HSEB) will soon launch its Cancer Care and Economics Research blog. HSEB studies demographic, social, economic, and health system factors as they relate to screening, diagnostic, treatment, and survivorship care, and it develops and improves the methods and techniques of economic and health services research across the cancer control continuum. Read more....

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Research Initiatives

Diet, Physical Activity, Weight, Biomarkers, and Breast Cancer Outcomes: What Have We Learned?

The Health, Eating, Activity and Lifestyle (HEAL) study is a multicenter, multiethnic prospective cohort study of 1,183 breast cancer survivors diagnosed in 1997-1999. Its purpose is to assess how lifestyle factors such as weight and diet patterns, physical activity, and biomarker profiles affect breast cancer prognosis and survival. Read more....

CanCORS: Research Gaps Identified in Cancer Care Quality and Outcomes

Studies have demonstrated that the quality of cancer care differs by age, race/ethnicity, education, income, and geography. Factors that may explain these disparities include patients' lack of information or preferences, physicians' biases or lack of knowledge, and/or system-related factors such as inadequate facilities, poor care coordination, or inadequate reimbursement. Read more....

Addressing Gaps in Adolescent and Young Adult Oncology Research

Several NCI activities are underway to foster much-needed data on the care, outcomes, and experiences of adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer. A trans-NCI Adolescent & Young Adult Oncology Working Group was formed in 2006 as a follow-up to the Progress Review Group report (PDF) on AYA oncology (AYAO) to enhance research on persons diagnosed with cancer between 15 to 39 years of age. Read more....

BCSC Drives New Knowledge About Breast Density

The "Risk-Based Breast Cancer Screening in Community Settings" (BCSC-P01) program project is leading major research efforts pertaining to breast density, including: the use of breast density for cancer risk prediction; screening effectiveness; evaluation of new technologies; what supplemental or alternative imaging should be used for women with dense breasts; and the value of and best practices for estimating and providing breast density information to women. Read more....

DCCPS Partners with China CDC on Folate Exposure Study

A follow-up study (the Chinese Children and Families Cohort Study [CFCS]) of a cohort that began in the 1990s involves collaboration among NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (Drs. Nancy Potischman, David Berrigan, and Joseph Su), Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (Drs. Martha Linet, Cari Kitahara and Joshua Sampson), Division of Cancer Prevention (Dr. Kevin Dodd) and Center for Global Health (Dr. Ann Chao), the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (Dr. Regan Bailey), the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Dr. RJ Berry), the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (China CDC), and Queensland University of TechnologyExternal Web Site Policy. Read more....

Multidisciplinary Cancer Care in the United States

Multidisciplinary cancer care is a developing area of care delivery research within the NCI's Outcomes Research Branch (ORB). This care delivery paradigm is widely implemented in oncology care settings to assure quality cancer care, and involves leveraging the expertise of clinicians from various disciplines to enable complex treatment decision-making and appropriate and timely care for the patient. Read more....

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New & Forthcoming Data

New Dietary Intake Estimates Available!

National Cancer Institute staff (Drs. Susan Krebs-Smith and Jill Reedy, Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch, ARP, DCCPS; Dr. Kevin Dodd, Biometry Research Group, Division of Cancer Prevention) in collaboration with Information Management Services (Dave Castenson, Ruth Parsons) have estimated means and percentiles of food intake distributions, as well as percentages of persons meeting dietary recommendations, for numerous sex-age groups in the US. Read more....

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Policy-relevant Research Syntheses

Analyses of Dietary Intake Patterns Informing US Guidelines

At the second meeting of the the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC), held in January, Dr. Susan Krebs-Smith (Chief, Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch) gave a presentation (PDF) to the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee titled "Approaches to Dietary Pattern Analyses: Potential to Inform Guidance." Read more....

Meeting Kicks Off Obesity Roundtable

Dr. Robin McKinnon (Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch) participated in a January 2014 workshop titled "The Current State of Obesity Solutions in the United States." The meeting was convened by the Institute of Medicine to launch its three-year Roundtable on Obesity SolutionsExternal Web Site Policy. Read more....

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Measures & Methods

ARP Collaborating with Multicultural Researchers to Advance Questionnaire Design Methodology

Increasingly, the survey questionnaires used in cancer-related research are administered in contexts that are multi-lingual, multi-cultural, and even multi-national. Adapting to the 'multi-world' demands cross-cultural comparability, and ARP's Dr. Gordon Willis emphasizes that "it is evident that obtaining comparable data across disparate cultural groups is among the most challenging problems facing survey developers." Read more....

Updated Online Tools Available to Assess Diet in Adults and Children!

An updated version of an innovative dietary assessment tool, the Automated Self-Administered 24-Hour Dietary Recall (ASA24™), was released in February 2014. ASA24-2014 and ASA24-Kids-2014 are freely available web-based software tools that enable automated self-administered 24-hour dietary recalls. Read more....

Research Collaborative Helps Inform Dietary Recommendations

Evidence regarding the influence of dietary patterns on chronic disease and mortality is inconclusive, primarily because dietary patterns have been defined and measured inconsistently. The Dietary Patterns Methods Project (DPMP) was initiated in September 2012 to strengthen the scientific evidence base on dietary patterns and inform the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Read more....

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Welcome New Staff

Cheryl DeAguiar

Cheryl De Aguiar, MPH is a Research Associate in the Office of the Associate Director of the Applied Research Program (ARP). Ms. De Aguiar provides support for a number of ARP projects, including the 2015 International Cancer Screening Network (ICSN) meeting, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Workgroup, the Interagency Consortium to Promote Health Economics Research on Cancer (HEROiC), and the study of Trinity Radiation Doses and Cancer Risks within the American Indian and Latino populations of New Mexico. Read more....

Janet de Moor

Janet S. de Moor, PhD, MPH is a Behavioral Scientist in the Health Services and Economics Branch (HSEB) of the Applied Research Program. She moved to HSEB in 2014 from the Office of Cancer Survivorship, where she served as a Program Director since 2011. Prior to joining the NCI, Dr. de Moor was an Assistant Professor at The Ohio State University College of Public Health, Division of Health Behavior and Health Promotion. Read more....

Casey DiCocco

Casey DiCocco, MPH is a Presidential Management Fellow designated to the National Cancer Institute. He received his Master of Public Health from Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health in May 2013. During his graduate education, his focus was on health promotion and social science research. Read more....

Ahmed Elnaiem

Ahmed Elnaiem is an undergraduate student at Bucknell University. A rising junior, Mr. Elnaiem is majoring in Cell biology and Biochemistry, with a minor is Arabic Studies. ARP is hosting Ahmed as a summer ICRC student until the first week in August. Read more....

Janice Hsu

Dr. Ya-Wen (Janice) Hsu is a Visiting Scholar in ARP's Risk Factor Monitoring and Methods Branch. She received her B.S. in public health from the National Taiwan University in Taiwan. Later she went to the University of Southern California, where she earned her MPH in health communication and her Ph.D. in preventive medicine with a focus on health behavior. Read more....

Daniel Kipnis

Daniel Kipnis is a rising 12th-grade student in the International Baccalaureate magnet program at Richard Montgomery High School in Rockville. At Richard Montgomery, Daniel is on the Board of Directors of the Math Honor Society and is co-founder of My Two Cents, a venture that advocates for financial literacy education and holds classes and programs for children. Read more....

Robert Korycinski

Robert Korycinski is an undergraduate student at Tufts University, where he just completed his sophomore year. He is double majoring in Spanish and International Relations with a concentration in Global Health, Nutrition, and the Environment. ARP is hosting Robert as a summer student through mid-August. Read more....

Caitlin Murphy

Caitlin Murphy, MPH is a Predoctoral Fellow in the Department of Epidemiology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is serving as a Special Volunteer in ARP through mid-August 2014. Ms. Murphy's research interests are in the application of epidemiologic methods to improving the delivery and receipt of cancer health services (e.g., screening, surveillance, and quality care), particularly for colorectal, breast, and esophageal cancers. Read more....

Priyanga Tuovinen

Priyanga Tuovinen is a Program Analyst in the Office of the Associate Director of the Applied Research Program. Mr. Tuovinen a received his Master's degree in Public Policy and Management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University. Read more....

Lena Wettergren

Dr. Lena Wettergren is a Visiting Scholar in ARP's Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) through June, 2015. She earned her doctorate in medical science (nursing) from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden, where she now holds a position as a Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor. She co-leads a research group focusing on quality of life and health outcomes in persons with long-lasting conditions, primarily cancer. Read more....

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Employment Opportunities

Chief, Outcomes Research Branch

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is conducting a national search for the Chief of the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB) within the Applied Research Program (ARP). Read more....

Senior Scientist for Cancer Care Delivery Research,
NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), is conducting a national search for a Senior Scientist for the NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP), within the Outcomes Research Branch (ORB), Applied Research Program (ARP). Read more....

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Last Modified: 27 Jun 2014