Advancing Global Cancer Research through Coordination, Collaboration, and Communication
The NCI Center for Global Health (CGH) has released a new publication, “Advancing Global Cancer Research through Coordination, Collaboration, and Communication,” highlighting recent activities and milestones. Read the publication to learn about CGH’s efforts in the areas of:
- Cancer Research and Cancer Control Planning
- Monitoring Research Efforts
- Information Dissemination and Capacity Building
CGH’s collaborations with the U.S. National Institutes of Health and other international partners are also highlighted in the publication.
To learn more about CGH, visit cancer.gov/globalhealth and follow on Twitter @NCIGlobalHealth
Biospecimen Archive Research Core
Biospecimen Archive Research Core (BARC) is a core that consents patients and archives biospecimens.
What is a biospecimen?
A biospecimen is defined as any body material which includes tissue, blood and other body fluids.
What type of research can be done with biospecimens?
- Helping scientists understand how tissues become diseased
- Development of new tests to detect diseases
- Developing new ways to treat or even cure diseases
To collect high quality samples of normal and diseased human material with appropriate clinical annotation and make these materials, known as biospecimens, available to qualified researchers while ensuring the informed consent, safety and anonymity of all providers.
Mobile health, or mHealth, is broadly described as the use of mobile and wireless technologies to support the delivery and utilization of health care services. mHealth is a young field and a limited evidence base exists for demonstrating its efficacy, effectiveness and comparative effectiveness, especially its cost-effectiveness.
For more information on Mobile Heath Care, the website below has detailed information regarding mHealth.
Report: Point-of-Care Technology Projects Actively Funded by NIH
Resource for Active Projects
A broadly inclusive online report (utilizing the NIH RePORTER platform) showcasing the top 1000 actively funded Point-of-Care Technology Projects. Quickly explore Point-of-Care Technologies by Projects, Publications, Patents, Clinical Studies, Data & Visualize, Map, News & More.
The United States has the highest annual per-capita health expenditures of developed countries, yet its population still faces significant health challenges. Many changes to the system are being proposed to address current inadequacies.
To respond to the needs of an increasingly unhealthy population comprised of individuals with multiple chronic conditions, one goal of these changes is higher quality care at reduced cost, with a shift in focus from utilization of specialized care for the treatment of late-stage disease to an emphasis on patient-centered approaches and coordinated care teams that promote wellness and effective disease management.
The evolving health care system includes new delivery models in which primary care physicians and nurses are assuming more significant roles, with the patient more involved in decision-making and self-care. These changes require the development of inexpensive and easy-to-use medical devices and information sharing tools that provide timely health status information at the point of care.
To address these challenges, the NIBIB created the Point-of-Care Technologies Research Network (POCTRN) in 2007. POCTRN’s purpose is to drive the development of appropriate point-of-care diagnostic technologies through collaborative efforts that merge scientific and technological capabilities with clinical need.
- Opportunities for collaboration with each Center can be identified by visting the resources section or by contacting the POCTRN Program Director, Tiffani Lash.
- Join the NIBIB Point-of-Care Technologies listserv to receive email notices regarding point of care technology announcements and POCTRN center solicitations.
POCTRN Media from Johns Hopkins University
POCTRN Center for Point-of-Care Tests for Sexually Transmitted Diseases at Johns Hopkins.
The video discusses the need and opportunities in point-of-care diagnostics for sexually transmitted diseases.