ORIENTATION MEETING FOR NCI INTEGRATIVE CANCER BIOLOGY PROGRAM RFA (CA-04-013)   

RELEASE DATE:  December 9, 2003
   
NOTICE:  NOT-CA-04-005

National Cancer Institute (NCI) 
 (http://www.nci.nih.gov)

The Division of Cancer Biology (DCB) of the National Cancer Institute 
(NCI) announces a planning meeting to discuss the new Request for 
Application (RFA) entitled “Integrative Cancer Biology Programs” (ICBP) 
(http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-CA-04-013.html).  The 
purpose of the ICBP RFA is to develop a few comprehensive programs in 
integrative or systems cancer biology.  The goal of this initiative is 
to promote the analysis of cancer as a complex biological system, with 
an ultimate goal of developing reliably predictive in silico or 
computational models of cancer initiation and progression and for the 
development of cancer interventions.  The overall thrust of this 
program will be the integration of experimental and computational 
approaches towards the understanding of cancer biology.  This 
initiative will encourage the emergence of integrative cancer biology 
as a distinct field.

This workshop will be co-sponsored by the NCI Center for Bioinformatics 
(NCICB).  Participation in a pre-application ICBP meeting will be open 
to all parties interested in applying to the RFA.  The meeting will be 
an opportunity to clarify questions about the overall program and to 
discuss specific concerns about data standards, infrastructure and 
approaches to sharing of data and models as related to the ICBP and the 
communities.  The workshop is planned as a one-day event to be held at 
a suitable location near NIH towards the end of January.  The exact 
date and location of this workshop will be posted on the DCB website 
(site listed below).  Although attendance at this meeting is not 
required for the successful submission of an RFA application, 
investigators considering submitting an application in response to the 
RFA are urged to participate.  The pre-submission workshop proceedings 
will be posted on a public NCI web site.

More complete information on this meeting can be found at:
http://dcb.nci.nih.gov.

Written and telephone inquiries should be directed to:

Dan Gallahan, Ph.D., Chief
Structural Biology and Molecular Applications Branch
Division of Cancer Biology
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard, EPN Room 5002
Bethesda, MD 20892
Telephone: (301) 435-5226 
FAX: (301) 480-2854
Email: dg13w@nih.gov


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