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The 2023 Cohort Consortium Annual Meeting was held on October 11-13, 2023, at NCI’s Shady Grove campus in Rockville, MD as a hybrid in-person/virtual format. Visit the meeting website for more information.
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NCI Cohort Consortium Webinar Series
The purpose of this new webinar series is to share best practices for cancer epidemiology cohorts, identify challenges and share possible solutions, foster career development, and provide an opportunity to test out new ideas in a supportive environment. The idea for a webinar series, which emanated from the consortium’s two-year strategic planning process, was one of several strategies to help advance the mission of the consortium. Learn more about the NCI Cohort Consortium Strategic Initiatives.
Any interested individual is invited to participate; however, pre-registration is required. Each presentation will be about 30-40 minutes in length and allow for 30 minutes of discussion. Instructions for connecting to the webinars will be sent via e-mail to individuals who register.
Suggestions for webinar topic ideas can be submitted using the webinar proposal form, which will be reviewed by the Steering Committee.
Upcoming Topics and Speakers
There are currently no upcoming webinars scheduled.
Note: Additional speakers and topics may be added in the future.
Past Webinar Topics and Speakers
Using the All of Us Research Program Data for Cancer Researchers
1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
Michael Lyons, PhD
Scientific Project Manager
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Lina Sulieman, PhD
Research Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
The Research Program is enrolling a diverse group of at least 1 million persons in the United States to accelerate biomedical research and improve health of individuals and populations. In this webinar, the speakers gave a quick introduction to the current status of the cohort and provided a hands-on training session for scientists interested in accessing and analyzing All of Us Data.
Using Medicare Data for Cancer Research
Lynne Wilkens, DrPH, MS
Director, Biostatistics Shared Resource, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Associate Director, Shared Resources, University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Full Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Epidemiology), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
This webinar builds upon the "Perspectives on CMS Linkage for Cancer Research in Cohort Studies" presentation during the NCI Cohort Consortium Annual Meeting. This webinar described cohort investigators' experiences with conducting Medicare linkages.
Measurements of Aging to Use in Cancer Cohort Studies
Learn more about common measurements of aging that may be done using existing cancer epidemiology cohort survey data and biospecimens. Frailty measures and aging trajectory data was presented from the Women’s Health Initiative and other cohorts, and use of non-cancer comparison groups was discussed.
Early-onset Colorectal Cancer: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go?
Peter Campbell, PhD, MSc
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Early-onset colorectal cancer incidence, defined as arising in individuals <50 years of age, has been rapidly rising in the United States and globally. However, reasons for this increasing trend remain unclear. This webinar described early-onset colorectal cancer trends, etiologic studies, and methodological challenges and opportunities within the NCI Cohort Consortium to conduct research on rare tumor “subtypes”. Participants learned more about the Colorectal Cancer Pooling Project and other similar pooling projects and how these efforts can build upon and link with larger ongoing research in this area.
The Value of Tumor Immune Analyses in Population Studies
Shuji Ogino, MD, PhD, MS
Chief of Molecular Pathological Epidemiology (MPE) Program, Department of Pathology, Brigham & Women's Hospital
Professor, Harvard Medical School (Pathology) and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (Epidemiology)
Melissa Merritt, PhD
Associate Member, Population Sciences in the Pacific Program (Cancer Epidemiology), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center
Assistant Professor (Assistant Researcher), University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Tumor pathologic features are routinely examined in every cancer case and inform clinical decision making. Across many cancer types, there is a growing interest in immune cells within the tumor microenvironment, which are often strongly associated with patient survival. This webinar will discuss various strategies of immune analyses (including use of routine pathology slides) in population studies. Participants will learn how to incorporate and utilize tumor characteristics data, especially immune cell infiltrates, in population studies. Studies of the associations between exposures and tumor pathology subtypes may provide insight into the etiology of cancer and mechanisms of cancer development.
Push Button Data Sharing: Web-Based Self-Service and Automated Data Delivery in the California Teachers Study
The California Teachers Study (CTS), a cancer risk cohort study, has developed tools to automate data sharing. This webinar provided a demonstration of those tools as well as an overview of the data and technology that those tools use. The promotion of data sharing is a goal area of the Cohort Consortium. Cohort investigators and research teams will gain a better understanding of how they can request and use CTS data in their individual or Consortium projects and take steps to share their data in similar ways.
Supporting Early Career Investigators in Cancer: Building Professional Resilience and Supportive Networks in Uncertain Times
The NCI Cohort Consortium Associate Member Council (AMC) is the representative body of early career investigators within the NCI Cohort Consortium. It serves to engage and support early career investigators through professional development, career networking opportunities, and research collaborations within the NCI Cohort Consortium and to position members of the next generation of investigators to attain leadership roles within the Consortium. This webinar included a panel discussion in which speakers addressed skills for navigating work and productivity during the pandemic. Strategies included goal setting, saying “no” and protecting your time (and sanity), networking and leading teams remotely, and starting a new position during the pandemic.
COronavirus Pandemic Epidemiology (COPE) Consortium: An Update
Andrew T. Chan, MD, MPH
Professor, Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Vice chair, Gastroenterology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Chief, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital
In March 2020, Dr. Andrew T. Chan organized the COronavirus Pandemic Epidemiology (COPE) consortium, which includes over 20 cohorts that have deployed a mobile app to collect real-time data about COVID-19 across three countries. In this webinar, Dr. Chan provided an update on the progress of COPE, lessons learned so far, and implementation in cancer cohorts.