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May 26, 2015

NCCN Site Visit

Our national influence was well represented the week of May 18th with visits from both the NCCN and NCI. Members of NCCN came for a site visit on Monday May 18th. Robert Carlson, MD, NCCN Chief Executive Officer, Gary Weyhmuller, MBA, NCCN Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer and Jill Mullen, MPA, NCCN Director, Member Relations. It was a successful visit, evidenced by the number of our members attending as well as active discussion. We are close to completing the committee nominations which have allowed for many of our members to join and soon attend the national panels.

Our enthusiasm at being able to participate is met by their enthusiasm at having access to our expertise.  Our strong national reputation will benefit from this important contribution to national care standards and policy.

Dr Doug Lowy, Acting Director of NCI, Visits with Case CCC Members

Message from Dr. Ruth Keri, Associate Director for Basic Research, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

As a recipient of the Harrington Prize, Dr. Doug Lowy, Acting Director of the NCI, was in Cleveland on May 20. He had an engaging conversation with several members of the Case CCC and conveyed the important message that the NCI's goal is to serve extramural investigators rather than having them serve the NCI. He indicated that while the funds available to the NCI will continue to be limited, the Institute is examining approaches to be more effective, including serving as a broker for developing partnerships with industry and foundations.

The NCI will continue to support new investigators but is also considering ways to improve the transition from new investigator to established investigator undertaking their first major renewal. Dr. Lowy also stressed that the NCI is highly interested in supporting basic science research and he has been discussing with Dr. Nakamura, the Director of CSR, approaches to improve the likelihood that outstanding basic research is supported by Study Sections.

In his acceptance speech for the Harrington Prize, Dr. Lowy emphasized the power of playing to ones' strengths and developing strong collaborations to complement your own expertise. Overall, he gave an encouraging view of the NCI and its active approach to tackling the evolving challenges faced by cancer researchers.