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SWOG CER gets a major PCORI grant; our Scientific Leadership Forum begins hitting its stride

Sep 13, 2013 - This week, I am happy to give you brief updates on two important items.

First, SWOG comparative effectiveness research expert Dr. Scott Ramsey and his team have been awarded a grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI, for a project titled "A structured approach to prioritizing cancer research using stakeholders and value of information." The project will rigorously test different methods for incorporating input from a wide range of stakeholders -- including patient advocates, insurers, policy makers, and more -- into the process of identifying which research proposals are most significant and worthy of a share of shrinking resources. To echo something Dr. Ramsey mentioned in sending us word of this award, this is a great example where SWOG is leading in the area of comparative effectiveness research in cancer. Congratulations to all involved in this project!

Second, over the summer we started holding monthly conference calls with a group of SWOG committee chairs and other scientific leaders in the Group. Dr. Karen Kelly just updated us on progress in the Lung Committee, as well as offering her thoughts on what's working well, how Lung is doing with its Young Investigators, and what might translate to other committees and SWOG research. This Scientific Leadership Forum should prove to be a wonderful venue for cross-committee fertilization and collaborative pollination of ideas, and for sharing of best practices. It will also lead to a live meeting of selected committee leadership across all the adult cooperative groups, a gathering that the other groups have already agreed to and which could serve as a model forum for increased scientific sharing throughout the NCI's National Clinical Trials Network.


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