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Newsletter No. 71 -- March 2004

FROM: Cancer Imaging Program, National Cancer Institute, March, 2004.

CIP Web Site: http://cip.cancer.gov/

Announcements

John M. Hoffman, M.D., Chief of the Molecular Imaging Branch of the Cancer Imaging Program, has been appointed an Associate Editor of Radiology for Molecular Imaging/Gene Therapy, a newly formed area of interest.
Radiology Editorial Board URL: http://radiology.rsnajnls.org/misc/edboard.shtml
The Cancer Imaging Program of the NCI requests submissions for its Development of Clinical Imaging Drugs and Enhancers (DCIDE) initiative. The goal is the rapid movement of promising, novel cancer imaging enhancers or molecular probes from the laboratory to proof of principle clinical trials. See the web site for details.
URL: http://www3.cancer.gov/bip/dcide.htm

NIH COMMONS
The NIH Commons web site allows all NIH grantee organizations to interact with grants data, to check the status of grant applications, including viewing scores and summary statements when they are ready, and to submit progress reports on line, among a number of functions. Applicants and grants administrators should become familiar with the Commons.
URL: https://commons.era.nih.gov/commons/index.jsp

Meetings
SOCIETY OF INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY 29th Annual Scientific Meeting
Phoenix Civic Plaza, Phoenix, Arizona, March 25 - 30, 2004
ULR: http://www.sirweb.org/annualMeeting/annualMeetingHome.shtml

ACADEMY OF MOLECULAR IMAGING ANNUAL MEETING
2004 AMI Annual Conference, to be held March 28-31, 2004, at the Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.
URL: http://www.ami-imaging.org

SMALL ANIMAL IMAGING TRAINING COURSE
University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester, MA, April 19-21, 2004
URL:http://www.umassmed.edu/cme/events/

CANCER IMAGING 2004: MR, CT & PET
May 23-25, 2004, Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois
URL: http://www.worldclasscme.com

SOCIETY OF NUCLEAR MEDICINE 51st ANNUAL MEETING
June 19-23, 2004, Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia, PA.
URL: http://www.snm.org/am/

BECON/BISTIC SYMPOSIUM: Informatics for Clinical Decision-making in the 21st Century
June 21-22, 2004, Natcher Auditorium, NIH Campus, Bethesda, MD
URL: http://www.becon.nih.gov/becon_symposia.htm

CARS 2004 COMPUTER ASSISTED RADIOLOGY AND SURGERY
June 23-26, 2004, Hilton & Towers Hotel, Chicago, IL, USA
URL: http://www.cars-int.de/

SEVENTEENTH IEEE SYMPOSIUM ON COMPUTER BASED MEDICAL SYSTEMS (CBMS 2004) June 24-25, 2004, Hotel Four Points by Sheraton, Bethesda, Maryland
URL: http://www.cvial.ttu.edu/Conferences/cbms2004/cbms2004.html

FIRST INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON CANCER METASTASIS AND THE LYMPHOVASCULAR SYSTEM: THE BASIS FOR RATIONAL THERAPY
July 8-10, 2004, San Francisco, CA, USA

THIRD ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY FOR MOLECULAR IMAGING
September 9-12, 2004, Adam's Mark Hotel, St. Louis, MO
URL: http://www.molecularimaging.org/meeting3/home04.php3

NIH
1. NIH OPENS ESNAP TO FEDERAL DEMONSTRATION PARTNERSHIP MEMBERS (NOT-OD-04-024)
The NIH invites all Federal Demonstration Partnership members to participate in its NIH electronic Research Administration (eRA) electronic Streamlined Non-competing Award Process (eSNAP) pilot. eSNAP, a component of the NIH eRA Commons system, enables extramural grantees to submit an electronic version of the SNAP Type 5 (non-competing) progress report through a Web interface.See your grants and contracts office for access.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-024.html

2. SALARY LIMITATION ON GRANTS, COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS, AND CONTRACTS (NOT-OD-04-025)
This notice provides updated information regarding the salary limitation for NIH grant and cooperative agreement awards and extramural research and development contract awards. Effective January 1, 2004, the Executive Level I salary level increased to $174,500.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-04-025.html

3. NEW NCI POLICY ON LARGE R01's (NOT-CA-04-004)
Please see the text of the NIH Guide notice. A separate payline will be established at each round for unsolicited R01 grants with direct costs in excess of $700,000 for any one year ("large R01's"). Large RO1's submitted in response to RFAs or PARs, which are not reviewed by CSR, are currently not percentiled and are not affected by this policy. Non-percentiled R01s have been selected for funding on a case-by-case basis for several years. This policy does not supercede or in any way change the NIH policy on The Acceptance for Review of Unsolicited Applications that Request $500,000 or More in Direct Costs
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-02-004.html which requires advanced approval of applications requesting in excess of $500,000 direct cost in any year. Formal advanced approval to submit an application in excess of $500,000 is still required.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-CA-04-004.html

4. IN VIVO CELLULAR AND MOLECULAR IMAGING CENTERS (ICMICS) (NCI) (PAR-04-069)
LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: June 22, 2004; June 21, 2005
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: July 22, 2004; July 21, 2005
The Cancer Imaging Program, Division of Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment of the NCI, invites applications for new or competing P50 Research Center Grants for In Vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Centers (ICMICs). The NCI anticipates awarding two new or competing P50 ICMICs each year.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PAR-04-069.html

5. AN SBIR/STTR INITIATIVE FOR IMAGE-GUIDED CANCER INTERVENTIONS (NCI) (PA-04-063)
The purpose of this Program Announcement (PA) is to support the development and clinical validation of systems for image-guided interventions (IGI) for cancer. Specifically, the goals of this program are to provide support for: the development and optimization of fully integrated cancer imaging, monitoring, and therapy systems; validation of integrated IGI systems through clinical evaluations; the development of multiple prototype integrated IGI systems as required for multi-site clinical evaluations; and partnerships among small business, large business, and academic clinical centers, as well as small business joint ventures, in order to reach the research goals.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-04-063.html

6. STRATEGIC PARTNERING TO EVALUATE CANCER SIGNATURES (NCI)(CA-04-015)
LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: June 22, 2004
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: July 22, 2004
This initiative builds on recent demonstrations that molecular signatures correlate with important clinical parameters in cancer. NCI invites investigators to form strategic partnerships to bring together the multi-disciplinary expertise and resources needed to determine how the information derived from comprehensive molecular analyses can be used to improve patient care and ultimately, patient outcomes. It is anticipated that these will be multi-institutional projects involving investigators with expertise in technology development and application, cancer biology, oncology, pathology, clinical cancer research, biostatistics, bioinformatics and, possibly, biomedical imaging.
URL: http://grants2.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-04-015.html

7. THE NCI CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD FOR QUANTITATIVE SCIENTISTS (RFA-CA-04-016)
LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: March 22, 2004
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: April 20, 2004
The NCI is soliciting applications to encourage doctoral level quantitative scientists to develop and apply their skills to biomedical cancer research. This RFA is specifically intended for quantitative scientists. Examples of scientific and technical backgrounds considered appropriate, but not all inclusive, for this award are as follows: physics, mathematics, computer science, imaging science, informatics, statistics, chemistry, engineering, and nanotechnology. This K25 award provides up to 5 years of salary and research support.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-04-016.html

8. NIH ROADMAP
The NIH Roadmap is an integrated vision to deepen our understanding of biology, stimulate interdisciplinary research teams, and reshape clinical research to accelerate medical discovery and improve people's health. Most of the initiatives will begin in FY 2004. Other initiatives will start in FY 2005 and beyond, depending upon the budget and other emerging needs. The three NIH Roadmap themes are as follows: new pathways to discovery, research teams of the future, and re-engineering the clinical research Enterprise.
URL: http://nihroadmap.nih.gov/

9. HIGH THROUGHPUT MOLECULAR SCREENING ASSAY DEVELOPMENT (ROADMAP) (RM-04-012)
LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: March 8, 2004
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: March 26, 2004
The purpose of this RFA is to encourage the use of high throughput molecular screening (HTS) by funding the development and adaptation of biological assays for automated screening. This is one component of the NIH Molecular Libraries and Imaging Roadmap Initiative. Other components of the Initiative will support automated molecular screening at the Molecular Libraries Screening Centers, the creation of a chemical compound library at the Molecular Libraries Small Molecule Repository, and the development of related technologies.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-012.html

10. MEETINGS AND NETWORKS FOR METHODOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT IN INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH (ROADMAP) (RM-04-014)
LETTER OF INTENT RECEIPT DATE: March 26, 2004
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: April 26, 2004
The Institutes, Centers, and Offices of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invite applications for meetings or networks to develop methodologies that will facilitate interdisciplinary health research among behavioral or social scientists and investigators in the biomedical, mathematical/computational, physical sciences and/or engineering.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-04-014.html

11. TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS (NCRR) (RR-04-005)
APPLICATION RECEIPT DATE: June 18, 2004 and October 15, 2004
The purpose of this request for applications (RFA) is to invite innovative applications for (1) the development of new and improved instruments or devices, (2) the development of new methodologies using existing instruments, or (3) the development of software related to instrumentation.
URL: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RR-04-005.html

12. POST-DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP, MEDICAL IMAGE PROCESSING, DEPARTMENT OF RADIOLOGY (NIH)
Applications Due: March 15, 2004
A post-doctoral fellowship is available in 3-D medical imaging.
Address applications to: Ronald Summers, M.D., Ph.D.
Chief, Clinical Image Processing Service and Virtual Endoscopy and Computer-Aided Diagnosis Laboratory
Department of Radiology
National Institutes of Health
Building 10 Room 1C660
Bethesda, MD 20892-1182
Forward applications by E-mail to Yireiza Williams: YWilliams@mail.cc.nih.gov
URL for Dr Summers' CV: http://www.cc.nih.gov/drd/summers.html

13. POST-DOCTORAL POSITIONS AVAILABLE IN PET MODELING AND PHYSICS (NIH)
PET Department, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA
Candidates should have received their doctoral degrees within the last 5 years in medical physics, neuroscience, bioengineering, computer science, pharmacology, mathematics, or related areas. Positions are available initially for 2 years and are open to U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens. Interested individuals should send a C.V. by email to Richard Carson, Ph.D.
( richard-e-carson@nih.gov).

Other Agencies

14. 2004 AAPM SUMMER UNDERGRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
Application deadline: March 15, 2004
The AAPM is recruiting mentors and fellows for its 2004 Summer Undergraduate Fellowship Program. The Program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate university students to gain experience in medical physics by performing research in a medical physics laboratory or assisting with clinical service at a clinical facility. We expect there to be ten awards in 2004, each carrying a $4,000 stipend provided by the AAPM. URL: http://www.aapm.org/announcements/summer_undergrad_fellow/

15. NSF Publication: A Guide for Proposal Writing
URL : http://www.nsf.gov/pubsys/ods/getpub.cfm?nsf04016


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