On Thursday, February 8th at noon, Anita Wagner will present "Expanding a Portfolio of Health Systems Research on Cancer Therapeutics" to the Department of Population Medicine as part of the department's Brown Bag Seminar program. This presentation will detail progress made as part of Dr. Wagner's Robert H. Ebert Career Development Award.
Fellow Alessandra Ferrario, pictured above left with Drs. Lindsay Frazier and Avram Denburg, attended the Pediatric Oncology Roundtable to Transform Access to Global Essentials (PORTAGE), which took place in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates (UAE). Growing recognition of the mounting role that pediatric cancer will play in global childhood mortality has created a window of opportunity for innovative collective action on this issue. Childhood Cancer International (CCI) in collaboration with The International Society for Pediatric Oncology's (SIOP) Essential Medicines Working Group (EMWG) have committed to joint engagement with key academic, policy, advocacy, and industry stakeholders to advance priority actions aimed at improving global access to cancer medicines for children.
With the generous leadership, support, and collaboration of Friends of Cancer Patients (FOCP), Sharjah, UAE, CCI in collaboration with SIOP have convened PORTAGE. This inaugural meeting was championed and hosted by the FOCP. During the meeting, representatives from the global childhood cancer community, international health governance institutions, international development institutions, civil society, corporate partners, academia and the pharmaceutical industry jointly discussed tractable, scalable, and sustainable solutions to address barriers to global access to pediatric cancer medicines and radiotherapy.
On Tuesday, December 12th, CarPE welcomed Ann M. Geiger, PhD, MPH, Deputy Associate Director of the Healthcare Delivery Research Program within the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. Dr. Geiger's presentation, "Cancer Care Delivery Research - Why It Matters" addressed the need for increased attention to cancer care delivery, the lack of an adequate evidence base to guide this complicated care (which often involves many different types of clinicians over an extended period of time), and how NCI is promoting research to address this gap. It was a most welcome and informative visit! Pictured above, from left to right, are Mei-Sing Ong, Christine Leopold, Anita Wagner, Ann Geiger, Dennis Ross-Degnan, and Frank Wharam.
CarPE members learned more about a new generalized platform for capturing health outcomes and exposure directly from patients. This new platform was developed by DPM programmers and can be adapted to a variety of research questions. Zac Wyner, pictured above, and Chayim Herzig-Marx presented to the group.
CarPE Co-director Natasha Stout, PhD, pictured above, attended the 2017 DCCPS New Grantee Workshop, held September 18-19, in Washington, DC. Sponsored by the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences of the National Cancer Institute, the workshop invited new extramural investigators with information, tools, resources, insights and insider perspectives to help successfully manage current grants and to understand future funding opportunities. Dr. Stout was recently awarded her first R01, "Understanding the Impact of Breast Density Notification Laws on Supplemental Breast Cancer Screening Use and Outcomes".
Members of CarPE (pictured above from left to right: Mei-Sing Ong, Yuhree Kim, and Christine Leopold) attended a two-day training workshop sponsored by OptumLabs. This hands-on, intensive bootcamp focused on the applied uses of the OptumLabs data asset and how to use it to maximize research opportunities and insights. Researchers received in-depth training, met members of the OptumLabs team, and discussed study design and how to best select a research view to answer different research questions.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow Melanie Kornides, ScD, MPH, MS, BSN, pictured above, practiced for upcoming job talks at a DPM Brown Bag Seminar. Dr. Kornides is a postdoctoral research fellow in DPM’s Center for Healthcare Research in Pediatrics (CHeRP) and the Center for Cancer Policy and Program Evaluation (CarPE). She is currently applying for research faculty positions. She brings over 10 years of clinical practice experience as a registered nurse and family nurse practitioner to her research program in cancer prevention and primary care for children and adolescents. On September 21st, Dr. Kornides, will present her talk, “Cancer prevention in pediatrics: Lessons Learned from HPV Vaccination in the U.S.” Talk Description: Healthcare provider communication is among the most effective means of improving uptake of cancer preventive services, such as HPV vaccination. However, many pediatric and family practice providers report barriers when recommending the HPV vaccine to parents and patients. This presentation provides an overview of HPV vaccination for U.S. adolescents, with a focus on provider communication with vaccine hesitant parents. Directions for future precision health research through the use of data science to inform tailored strategies for improving HPV vaccination coverage among different population subgroups is also discussed.
Christine Leopold (pictured above, right) and Donna Barry, Executive Director of Global Oncology (pictured above, left), presented a poster on "Global cancer initiatives in low and middle income countries - measuring what exists to identify what is missing" at the 2017 pre-Congress of the International Health Economics Association in Boston on July 7, 2017.
Christine Leopold (pictured above, left) and Larissa Nekhlyudov (pictured above, right), presented abstracts, including The Impact of the Affordable Care Act on Cancer Survivorship, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, held in Chicago.
CarPE hosted an informative webinar presented by Joe Henk and Lisa Basile of OptumLabs. This detailed overview of the OptumLabs Data Warehouse highlighted cancer research capabilities.
CarPE co-hosted a department-wide DPM Strategies Seminar to showcase and review datasets available to faculty, with a focus on how each can support cancer-related research.
Melissa Gilkey presented a talk, "Which messages should providers use—and avoid using—to motivate HPV vaccination?" at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in San Francisco, CA.
Anita Wagner was invited to present "Targeted cancer therapies in low and middle income countries: A health system issue" at the Radcliffe Seminar, "Redesigning Health Systems for Precision Medicine".
Frank Wharam's abstract,“Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment before and after High-deductible Insurance Enrollment”, was chosen for a plenary presentation at the Cancer and Primary Care Research International Network (Ca-PRI) 2017 meeting in April in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Melissa Gilkey presented a talk, "Parents who decline HPV vaccination: Who later accepts and why?" at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Preventative Oncology.