April 2019 Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News

Cancer Epidemiology Matters E-News

April 2019

NCI & NIH Resources for Data Analysis and More

What’s New at NCI

Resources for Researchers is a directory of NCI-supported tools and services for cancer researchers. The types of resources available include data analysis tools, datasets, databases, and more. The research areas encompassed by these tools are broad – examples include

  • causes of cancer,
  • cancer omics,
  • cancer prevention,
  • cancer and public health,
  • cancer screening and detection, and
  • cancer statistics.

These resources are either developed and maintained by NCI scientists, including staff from the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program and others in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences, or created with grant funding. Most resources are free and available to all.

On April 15, 2019, NCI’s Surveillance Research Program released the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Cancer Statistics Review, 1975-2016. The updated Cancer Statistics Review presents the most recent cancer incidence, mortality, survival, and prevalence statistics.

Useful NIH Tools

The database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP) is one of many NIH data sharing repositories. It was developed to archive and distribute data and results from studies that investigate the associations between genotypes and phenotypes in humans. One useful but less well-known tool in dbGaP is the dbGaP Data Browser, which allows approved users to find and view discrete regions of a dbGaP genomic sequence dataset at nucleotide level resolution without having to download the datasets to local computers. Approved users may also view summary information on variants and individual genotypes, if available. To request use of the dbGaP Data Browser, researchers should log in to the dbGaP portal as they would for controlled-access data and select the “Data Browser” tab. Requests are made through a simplified controlled-access application.

A listing other NIH data sharing repositories is available through the National Library of Medicine’s website. Examples of NIH-supported resources which may help facilitate epidemiologic research include:


Funding Opportunities

  • Advanced Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Development of Innovative Informatics Methods and Algorithms for Cancer Research and Management (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Early-Stage Development of Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U01 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Sustained Support for Informatics Technologies for Cancer Research and Management (U24 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Optimizing the Management and Outcomes for Cancer Survivors Transitioning to Follow-up Care (R01 Clinical Trial Required)
  • Basic and Translational Research on Adducts in Cancer Risk Identification and Prevention (R01 and R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • NIH Director's Early Independence Awards (DP5 Clinical Trial Optional)
  • Notice of Special Interest for Administrative Supplements for Research on Sexual and Gender Minority Populations (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)

Grants Policy Notices

  • Guidance on Salary Limitation for Grants and Cooperative Agreements FY 2019 (NOT-OD-19-099)
  • NIH Releases Protocol Template for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Involving Humans (NOT-OD-19-092)

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