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All multi-project applications will be transitioned to electronic submission by activity code by January 2014.

Public Access Compliance Monitor
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The Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP), in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) funds research in human populations to understand the causes of cancer and related outcomes.

The Program fosters interdisciplinary collaborations, as well as the development and use of resources and technologies to advance cancer research and translation of this research, which serve as the basis for clinical and public health interventions.
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Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
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National Cancer Institute
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Dear Friends of EGRP,DirectorsMessage

Thank you for taking the time to read our new newsletter, Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News.   

Previously, via our FRIENDS-OF-NCI-EGRP listserv, we shared information on current funding opportunities that support cancer epidemiology research, relevant research resources, workshops, publications, and Cancer Epidemiology Matters Blog posts. This newsletter will share more information in one place to reduce the number of e-mails sent. We will also highlight our current and emerging scientific priorities for epidemiologic research and how they can be used to reduce the global burden of cancer.

We invite you to share this newsletter with any colleagues, students, and others who may be interested. We also want to hear from you; let us know what information you need the most from NCI's Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP). Our goal is to increase transparency, generate more dialogue, and create more personal connections with you.


--Muin J. Khoury, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Director
Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

Strategic Planning for the Future of Epidemiology ResearchTrendsinEpi
Recommendations from 2012 Trends in 21st Century Epidemiology Workshop

table at Trends in Epidemiology meeting
Approximately 90 people were present at the workshop in Bethesda, Maryland.
The Trends in 21st Century Epidemiology Workshop (held December 12-13, 2012) was the main event in EGRP's ongoing conversation about the future of epidemiology research.

Based on workshop discussions, EGRP staff partnered with panelists to draft eight recommendations for cancer epidemiology and the field of epidemiology in general. These recommendations and proposed actions are outlined in "Transforming Epidemiology for 21st Century Medicine and Public Health," an article that will appear in the April 2013 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. EGRP staff are currently integrating the input from the meeting with ongoing discussions with both internal and external scientific advisors to best facilitate these recommendations.
The recommendations will be presented and discussed at the Molecular Epidemiology Working Group (MEG) Town Hall Meeting at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting in April. We encourage anyone attending AACR to come. 
To learn more, visit the workshop web page, which includes links to videos of the meeting, presentations, related publications, a transcript of the Twitter conversation, and blog posts related to the agenda topics. We encourage anyone with ideas on how the workshop recommendations could be implemented to share comments via our blog.

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Genetic Simulation Resources WebsiteGSR
New NCI resource allows researchers to find and compare simulation software programs

Genetic simulations play an important role in research, but choosing the right tool for a particular study can prove challenging. A new tool, the Genetic Simulation Resource (GSR), is designed to help investigators identify the genetic simulator most suitable for their research needs.
Users are able to search and compare various attributes of the simulation software, including simulation method, type of genetic variation, input/output format, programming language, and license information.

This joint project of EGRP and the Surveillance Research Program (SRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS) includes more than 70 software applications that were identified based on publications in relevant scientific journals. Users are able to search and compare various attributes of simulation software packages in order to quickly identify the most appropriate software application for their study.

If you know of resources that should be added to the GSR website or have additional feedback, please contact the GSR team at

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Communications Survey: We Asked, You AnsweredCommunicationsSurvey
Results from a survey of EGRP listserv subscribers

In January 2013, all subscribers to the FRIENDS-OF-NCI-EGRP listserv received an invitation to participate in an online survey, which asked questions about the usefulness of EGRP communication approaches and the value of the information we share with subscribers.
During the two weeks the survey was open, we received 60 responses, mostly from researchers, but also from research administrators, health care providers, and public health professionals. The responses gave us greater insight into the information needs and preferences of our subscribers. For instance:
  • Respondents were most interested in reading about funding opportunities, EGRP's scientific priorities, scientific meetings, research resources, and grants policies.    
  • The scientific topics of greatest interest included emerging research methodologies and technologies, setting priorities for future epidemiologic research, and challenges for data collection and analysis.   
  • Although 47% of respondents don't use social media technologies at all, 39% use some social media tools for professional purposes. LinkedIn is used by 39%; 35% use online discussions, electronic forums, or blogs; and 26% use YouTube, Vimeo, and other video hosting/sharing platforms.
Thank you to everyone who provided their feedback; we will use the survey results to better meet the information needs of our extramural research community.

If you have suggestions for topics you would like us to feature in this newsletter, please e-mail us at