Other co-principal investigators on the grant include Chelsea Kidwell, MD, Director of the Stroke Center at GUMC, and Phyllis Magrab, PhD, Director of the Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development.
The University of California Davis Health System has announced a partnership with the California Department of Public Health to run daily operations of the California Cancer Registry.
“The California Cancer Registry provides an unparalleled opportunity to understand the relationship of cancer to genetic, environmental, lifestyle, and other factors, and to use that knowledge to advance cancer care and inform public policy,” Kenneth W. Kizer, MD, MPH, Director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement (IPHI) at UC Davis Health System, who will lead the new partnership, said in a statement.
The statewide population-based cancer surveillance system contains information on more than four million cancer cases diagnosed since 1988 and includes patient demographics, cancer type, extent of disease at diagnosis, treatment, and survival information. Until now, the registry has been run by the California Department of Public Health since 1986. In the new partnership, IPHI will take the lead in collecting, analyzing, interpreting and disseminating information on cancer incidence and mortality for the state.
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and the University of Houston have named their most recent collaboration, the Dorothy I. Height Center for Health Equity and Evaluation Research (CHEER), in honor of the pioneering social worker who devoted her life to education, civil rights, and women's rights.
“Dorothy I. Height was a pillar of strength who made life better for all people. We're confident that CHEER will carry out her legacy with excellence and dignity,” said Ira Colby, PhD, Dean of the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Houston.
Also in Height's honor, the Dorothy I. Height Lifetime Achievement Award has been presented to Marilyn Hughes Gaston, MD, former U.S. Assistant Surgeon General and Director of the Bureau of Primary Health Care. “Dr. Gaston, in her own right, exemplifies the work that Dr. Height dedicated her career to—including civil rights, human rights and more specifically, women's rights,” Pamela Mosley Jackson, Height's niece, said in a statement. “Dr. Gaston is also pivotal as the first African-American woman to direct a public health service bureau and only the second African-American woman to achieve the position of Assistant Surgeon General and rank of Rear Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service.”
Texas Children's Cancer Center has opened the Fayez Sarofim Lymphoma Center, the first center dedicated solely to research and care for pediatric lymphoma. “Our researchers have already developed effective cell-based therapies that have demonstrated extremely exciting clinical results, and we are also evaluating new chemotherapeutic agents with significant clinical promise. The formation of this new research center will allow the physician scientists and researchers at Texas Children's Cancer Center to expand on this progress in exponential ways,” Catherine Bollard, MD, the center's new Director, said in an press release.
Two new directors-at-large have been elected to join the Oncology Nursing Society's Board of Directors for 2012–2013, and began their terms in May at the Annual Congress:
- Barbara Biedrzycki, PhD, RN, CRNP, AOCNP, a nurse practitioner at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
- Deborah Kirk Walker, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCN, Assistant Professor/Nurse Practitioner at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Joyce E. Dains, DrPH, JD, RN, FNP-BC, DPNAP, Director of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's Advanced Practice Nursing Program, has been inducted into the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners as a fellow. She is also Associate Professor in the Department of Nursing and Manager of Professional Education for Prevention and Early Detection at MD Anderson, and clinically practices as a family nurse practitioner in the Cancer Prevention Center.
Lori McCormick, RN, MSHSA, has been named Patient Care Administrator for MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando to oversee the Breast Care Center, and the Head & Neck, Thoracic, Dental and Plastic/Reconstruction Outpatient Clinics as well as the Radiation Oncology Department.
Susan R. Glaser, LCSW, has received the American Cancer Society Lane W. Adams Quality of Life Award for cancer caregiving. Glaser, a clinical social worker at MSKCC, is currently developing a psychosocial needs assessment of women with metastatic breast cancer, and says she hopes to further develop a hospital-wide support and educational program for advanced cancer patients.
Sarah Washburn, MS, RD, CSO, CD, has recently joined the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara as an Oncology Nutrition Specialist, where she will provide personalized nutrition counseling to cancer patients currently receiving or recovering from recent treatment. Before this position, Washburn was with Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, where she helped establish multidisciplinary nutrition, genetic counseling, and survivorship programs.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center has received the 2012 INFORMS prize from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences in recognition of outstanding widespread use and influence of operations research.
Correction: In the July 10th Shop Talk, the information for Monica L.S. Wilt, RN, should have read as follows: Monica L.S. Wilt, RN, an oncology nurse at Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, has been selected by the Maryland School of Nursing Summer Institute in Nursing Informatics Planning Committee to present her paper titled, “Saving Patients from Barcoding,” also recognized with an Outstanding Practice Paper Award.
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