publication date: Oct. 19, 2018
So, you’d like a cancer center designation… Sharpless offers advice on what makes a center in the era of “outreach and engagement”
By Paul Goldberg
The question of what it would take to get an NCI designation is especially relevant at West Virginia University, one of a growing number of institutions that have embarked upon the path of seeking this distinction.
The university invited NCI Director Ned Sharpless to spend a day in Morgantown, where he gave a talk on his research on cancer and aging, and presented a “Hardesty lecture,” named after the university’s former president David Hardesty.
Sharpless’s lecture—“The Power of Research, the Promise of Hope; Patients I Will Never Forget”—focuses on three cases. In two of those cases, the patients died because their diseases were untreatable at the time. Today, thanks to research, these diseases have become treatable. The talk is posted here.
Since West Virginia University is positioning itself to put together an application for NCI designation, several questions following Sharpless’s talk focused on characteristics of the future center’s catchment area, the scientific questions the center would be able to address, and the resources that would be needed to build the center.
Sharpless’s comments describe NCI’s vision for cancer centers in the era when “outreach and engagement” within the catchment area and the center’s ability to address population research questions is viewed as central part of each center’s mission.
“Dr. Sharpless’s suggestions that our emphasis at WVU Cancer Institute should be to focus on the distinctive aspects of serving a medically under-resourced rural population through enhanced cancer prevention and control, education, and making clinical trials as widely available as possible makes perfect … Continue reading So, you’d like a cancer center designation… Sharpless offers advice on what makes a center in the era of “outreach and engagement”
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