The RFA, focused on breast precancers, just came out, and can be viewed at:
Release/Posted Date: May 30, 2007
Opening Date: September 14, 2007
Letters of Intent Receipt Date: October 14, 2007
The RFA uses an R01 funding mechanism (that's good).
The RFA cites our November 2004 conference on precancers that was co-sponsored by George Washington University.
From the RFA: "The NCI as well as experts in the extramural scientific community recommend further research related to the biology of the pre-malignant state in human breast cancer. An expert panel convened at the November 2004 NCI Workshop on Pre-Cancers identified delineation of the biological, genetic, and functional characteristics of pre-cancers as major scientific needs (Cancer Detect Prev. 2006;30(5):387-94). The distinctive early lesions that occur have characteristic properties that should permit them to be detected, diagnosed, and prevented from progressing to invasive cancer. The Workshop participants noted a number of impediments to conducting research on pre-cancers, including:
* insufficient understanding of normal and pre-cancer biology;
* limited access to appropriate specimens;
* a highly subjective, histology-based classification scheme; and
* the lack of strategic partnerships among research communities."
-Jules Berman tags: cancer research, data sharing, funding, nci, precancer, science
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