E-Newsletter - October 2016

Registration now open for alliance fall group meeting

The Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology will convene its 2016 Fall Group Meeting in Chicago November 2-5. Scientists, clinical research professionals, patient advocates and others interested in the latest developments in cancer research are expected to attend the four-day meeting at the Loews Chicago O'Hare Hotel. Meeting attendees will select from nearly 100 disease, modality, administrative and special sessions to attend led by distinguished oncology researchers and clinical trial specialists from across the country. This meeting will showcase novel and innovative cancer control, prevention, and treatment trials that are conducted by investigators through a multidisciplinary academic and community research network, which is part of the NCI National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN) and Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP). Check out the schedule and register today.


Plenary Session

Friday, November 4 | 10 am-12:30 pm
Welcome, Group Updates, Alliance Scholar Award Presentation
– Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD
Alliance Cancer Control Program Pilot Project Awards – Jan C. Buckner, MD and Electra D. Paskett, PhD (Dr. Buckner, Director of the Alliance CCP and Contact Principal Investigator for the Alliance NCORP Research Base, and Dr. Paskett, Deputy Director of the Alliance CCP and Principal Investigator for the Alliance NCORP Research Base) 
Annual Richard L. Schilsky CALGB Achievement Award Presentation
How Cooperative Group Clinical Trials Have Shaped the Surgical Management of Breast Cancer – Kelly K. Hunt, MD, FACS (Chair, Department of Breast Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and Principal Investigator and Program Director, Alliance/American College of Surgeons Clinical Research Program)
Patient-Reported Outcomes – Ethan Basch, MD, MSc (Director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program and Professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, and Co-Chair, Alliance Health Outcomes Committee)
Town Hall Meeting: Feedback from Alliance Members on the National Clinical Trials Network – Meg Mooney, MD, MBA and Jeffrey S. Abrams, MD (Dr. Mooney, Chief, NCI CTEP Clinical Investigations Branch, Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis (DCTD) and Dr. Abrams, Acting Director for Clinical Research, DCTD, and Associate Director, CTEP)

New Clinical Research Professionals Orientation
Wednesday, November 2 | 2 pm - 6 pm

Clinical Research Professionals (CRP) Information Session
Thursday, November 3 | 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Presenters: Deborah Schrag, MD, Chief, Division of Population Sciences, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Lucille Patrichuck, MBA, Assistant Project Director for Network Support, Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU) Westat; and Deborah Collyar, President, Patient Advocates In Research (PAIR).

CRP Information Breakout Sessions
Thursday, November 3 | 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm and 4:30 pm - 5:20 pm

- National Coverage Analysis
- Breast Cancer Overview
- Expedited Reporting
- Radiology Credentialing and TRIAD Credentialing

Audit Preparation Workshop
Thursday, November 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Presenters: Scott Okuno, MD, Chair, Alliance Audit Committee; Barbara Barrett, MS, CCRP, Alliance Audit Program Director; and Alliance Clinical Trials Auditors: Kurombi Wade-Oliver, CCRP; Debra Herzan, RN, OCN, CCRP; and Rosalyn Williams.

Clinical Research Professionals (CRP) Education Session
Friday, November 4 | 8 am - 10 am

Presenters: Scott E Smith MD, PhD, FACP, Alliance Executive Officer, Hematology; Jim Luecht, CCRP, Inova Schar Cancer Institute; Betsy Barnick, CCRP, Manager, Oncology Research at Carle Foundation Hospital/Carle Cancer Center; and Jennifer A. Ligibel, MD, Director, Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Assistant Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

CRP Education Breakout Sessions
Friday, November 4 | 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm and 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm

- Regulatory
- Nursing/CRP: CTAE
- Hematologic Malignancy Overview

16th Annual Jimmie Holland Lecture | Tobacco and Cancer: A New Frontier for Psycho-Oncology
Friday, November 4 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lecturer: Jamie S. Ostroff, PhD, Chief, Behavioral Sciences Service and Vice Chair of Research,  in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Oncology Nursing Open Forum
Friday, November 4 | 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

CRP Surgery Education Session
Friday, November 4 | 4 pm-6 pm

Presenters: Matthew Katz, MD, FACS, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Deborah Schrag, MD, MPH, Dana-Farber Cancer Center
- Alliance A211401(Reducing surgical complications in newly diagnosed lung cancer patients who smoke cigarettes) Patient Registration. This is a mandatory training required prior to patient enrollment to this study.
- Alliance A12023 (PROSPECT - A phase II/III trial of chemotherapy alone or chemotherapy plus radiation therapy in treating patients with locally advanced rectal cancer undergoing surgery)
- Alliance A021501 (Borderline resectable pancreatic cancer trial)
- AFT-28 CANVAS (CANVAS - Direct oral anticoagulants (DOACS) versus low molecular weight heparin (LMWH) +/- warfarin for VTE in cancer: A randomized effectiveness trial)

Alliance Foundation Trials (AFT) Sessions
Site Management - Thursday, November 3 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
AFT 17 Respiratory - Friday, November 4 | 8 am - 9am
MBC-01/AFT 38 - Friday, November 4 | 8 aqm - 10 am
AFT 31 Respiratory - Friday, November 4 | 9 am - 10 am
AFT 16 Respiratory - Saturday, November 5 | 9:30 am - 10:30 am
AFT 09 Respiratory - Friday, November 4 | 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
AFT 28 CANVAS - Friday, November 4 | 4 pm - 5 pm
AFT 19 Genitourinary - Friday, November 4 | 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Daniel J. Sargent Memorial Service
Friday, November 4 | 5 pm- 6 pm

This special session will highlight and honor the legacy of our colleague, Daniel J. Sargent, PhD, founding Group Statistician for the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology.

Alliance Poster Session and Reception
Friday, November 4 | 6 pm- 9 pm

This session will feature posters of all Alliance and AFT trials that are actively accruing patients. The session will illustrate to all attendees the exciting work underway by Alliance researchers. These scientific poster presentations will be an integral part of the attendee experience.

Charging Stations and Lunch Room
The Alliance will provide charging stations for phones and laptops to accommodate attendees at the meeting. These stations will be situated throughout the Group meeting space. The Alliance will also provide a dedicated room where meeting attendees can purchase box lunches and other snacks during times when meals are not usually provided each day of the meeting. Visit the Meeting Registration Desk for a list of charging station locations as well as more information about the lunchroom.

Alliance on Social Media
Share your meeting experience and session highlights using the hashtag - #AllianceFallMtg2016.
Find and follow us on Twitter - @ALLIANCE_org - and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AllianceForClinicalTrialsInOncology/


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