October 21, 2019
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Bernard Fisher, MD
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NSABP B-55: Letter to OlympiA investigators from study chair and co-chairs (posted on CTSU)



NRG-GY004: Preparation for Upcoming Database Lock and Analysis memo (posted on CTSU)

NRG-GY005: CEC Whole Blood Shipping Address memo (posted on CTSU)

: Block Submission Reminder memo (posted on CTSU)

: MMR and PD-L1 Kit Ordering (memo posted on CTSU)

Form TR for Biospecimens
Shipped to NRG Biospecimen Bank-Columbus Read more

Biospecimen Bank-Columbus & SDMC
Undergoing Refurbishment Read more

The VTOC Webinar Training Series schedule and registration is available for NRG Oncology Research Associates working on RTOG 0924, RTOG 0920, NRG-HN001, NRG-HN002, NRG-CC003, and NRG-CC004. Space is limited so register now and reserve your seat. The next webinar training is scheduled for Wednesday, November 13.




Safety updates have been issued for the following studies:




















Bernard Fisher, MD (August 23, 1918 – October 16, 2019)

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of Dr. Bernard Fisher. Dr. Fisher was a Distinguished Service Professor of Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh, a founding member and past chairman of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), and recently a recipient of the SSO Charles M. Balch Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Fisher's research changed and improved the standard of care for women with breast cancer. Our thoughts are with his family. Click here to read Dr. Fisher's obituary.

ASCO Mourns Past President, Surgical Oncologist, and Breast Cancer Pioneer Dr. Bernard Fisher Click here to read.

NRG Oncology seeking applications for travel awards for the next NRG Meeting in January 2020

NRG Oncology, in partnership with the RTOG Foundation, NSABP Foundation, and GOG Foundation, seeks to support attendees to the NRG Oncology Semi-annual meeting occurring January 9-11, 2020 at the Marriott Marquis in Houston, Texas. Meeting registration will be opening soon! Applications for travel awards are due by the close of business October 25, 2019 and applicants will be notified by November 22, 2019 if they have been selected for an award. The travel award application is posted here.


PSC Accepting Applications for CTN and CRA Committees and Working Groups
The NRG Oncology Protocol Support Committee (PSC) is accepting applications for membership on the Clinical Trial Nurse (CTN) Committee, Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Committee, and PSC Working Groups (Education and Training, Mentorship, Protocol Review, and Quality Control). CTN and CRA members must also be a member of a Working Group. If you are not currently a member of a working group, you may apply at the same time.


If you are interested in becoming a member of any of the committees or groups mentioned above, the Application Request forms, including instructions and descriptions, are posted here. Each application is posted as Word .doc, Word .docx, and PDF formats (login required to download the forms).

The last day to submit applications is today, Monday, October 21, 2019. Please forward questions to: NRG-PSC@nrgoncology.org


Call for Research Proposals

The NRG Oncology Colorectal Cancer subcommittee is seeking vendors and researchers with ctDNA expertise in the field. An RFA for the randomized phase II/III colorectal prospective clinical trial, NRG-CR1902, is posted here. We are seeking a biomarker assay partner to perform CLIA-certified assay testing of patients to detect ctDNA from plasma samples at the time of enrollment and at end of completion of planned adjuvant therapy. Responses to the RFA are due no later than Friday, November 1, 2019. Please direct responses and any questions to Chet Cornman at chet.cornman@nsapb.org.

NRG Oncology is pleased to report the scientific articles and abstracts that have appeared or have been presented during the previous week. This publications report includes links, when available, to the article, PubMed abstract, or association abstract.


NRG Oncology 2019 SNO Annual Meeting Presentation Schedule
The Society for Neuro-Oncology Annual Meeting is being held November 20-24, 2019, in Phoenix, AZ. The list of presentations by NRG Oncology researchers is posted on the NRG Oncology website.


Bezjak A, Paulus R, Gaspar LE, Timmerman RD, Bradley JD. Reply to T. Sio et al. J Clin Oncol. 2019 Oct 10;37(29):2699-2700. doi: 10.1200/JCO.19.01663. Epub 2019 Aug 29. PubMed PMID: 31465262. Read More

Please note the following upcoming meeting and abstract submission deadline dates

Upcoming Meetings
European Society of Gynaecological Oncology (ESGO); Biennial Nov 2-5, 2019; Athens, Greece

International Society for Quality of Life Research (ISOQOL); Oct 20-23, 2019; San Diego, CA

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA); Dec 1-6, 2019; Chicago, IL

San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium (SABCS); Dec 10-14, 2019; San Antonio, TX

Society for Neuro-Oncology (SNO); Nov 20-24, 2019; Phoenix, AZ

Upcoming Abstract Submission Deadlines

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR); Apr 24-29, 2020; San Diego, CA; due to publications committee Nov 21, 2019; meeting submission deadline Dec 5, 2019; LBA Jan, 2020

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) GU; Feb 13-15, 2020; San Francisco, CA; meeting submission deadline Oct 22, 2019

European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology (ESTRO); Apr 3-7, 2020; Vienna, Austria; meeting submission deadline Oct 23, 2019; Late submission Jan 15, 2020

Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO); Mar 28-31, 2020; Toronto, ON Canada; submission deadline Intl abstr 11-5-19; LBA Jan 7, 2020

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