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Vol. 2, No. 11                                                                                                                May 29, 2019

Cancer Institute Member Spotlight

Rangaswamy Govindarajan, M.D., M.R.C.P. (U.K.)
Professor of Medicine, UAMS Division of Hematology/Oncology
Chief, Section of Hematology/Oncology, CAVHS
Quality Officer, Cancer Service Line
Dr. Govindarajan's clinical interests are in the fields of gastrointestinal oncology and sarcoma. He is the principal investigator for multiple investigator-initiated studies and cooperative group trials at UAMS and the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System.  Read more>
Cancer Center Meetings
Every field has its own alphabet soup of professional terms and organizations. The world of cancer centers is no exception. There are annual meetings dedicated to learning about how the 70 NCI-Designated Cancer Centers operate, problem solve and push boundaries.

These meetings are also devoted to sharing best practices and the latest information on NCI expectations for an NCI-Designated Cancer Center. Most of the meetings host at least one session devoted entirely to preparing the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) application for NCI Designation. In its commitment to being an active member of NCI’s cancer center community, the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute has a presence at these meetings every year. 

•    CCAF (Cancer Center Administrator’s Forum): The CCAF meeting occurs every spring and is hosted by an NCI-Designated Cancer Center. CCAF members include cancer center administrators and a few members of their administrative teams. This meeting is all about the granular detail of what it means to be NCI Designated and the strategies employed by other cancer centers to meet those expectations. This year, the CCAF meeting was hosted by the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. 

•    CCAF/IT: The CCAF/IT meeting is held in conjunction with the annual CCAF meeting, and it brings in Information Technology leaders at cancer centers who are working to develop solutions for cancer centers. These IT leaders share their creations, challenges and experiences with each other and the rest of the cancer center community. 

•    AACI (Association for American Cancer Institutes) CRI (Clinical Research Innovation): The AACI CRI meeting occurs every summer and focuses on best practices for cancer clinical research. Discussion topics include management and operation of clinical trials offices, overcoming patient enrollment challenges, data collection, pre- and post-trial activation workflows and policies and management of resources.

•    AACI/CCAF: The AACI/CCAF annual meeting occurs in the fall and brings together executive leaders in cancer centers from across the country. Cancer center directors and associate directors come together to network, learn about innovative science and trends in cancer research (eg. application of big data, carT cell therapy), national and local cancer policies, institution-wide strategies for promoting cancer research, cancer care and research networks, and financial models. 

•    NACCDO/PAMN (National Association of Cancer Center Development Officers/NCI Public Affairs and Marketing Network): The combined annual NACCDO/PAMN meeting hosts development and communications professionals from cancer centers to discuss best practices in their areas. This year NACCDO/PAMN was hosted by the Stephenson Cancer Center in Oklahoma City. Stephenson is the newest member of the NCI Cancer Centers program, having received NCI Designation in May 2018.

•    ASPO AD/PL (American Society for Preventative Oncology Associate Director/Program Leader) Workshop: This workshop occurs within the annual ASPO meeting. Workshop attendees who are leaders in cancer prevention, epidemiology and community outreach and engagement are invited to discuss their experiences with NCI’s expectations for cancer prevention, control and community outreach and engagement. 

Meeting Aims to Develop Tobacco Regulatory Agenda for Vulnerable and Disparate Groups
On April 24-25, 2019, a multidisciplinary group of researchers, community members, and tobacco prevention and control advocates gathered in Little Rock to identify research that could inform regulations, rules and guidance to reduce the tobacco and addiction burden on disparate and vulnerable groups. Read more>
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