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Modeling Impact: NCI’s Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET)

Wednesday, May 18, 2011 -
2:30pm to 4:00pm
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CISNET is a consortium of NCI-sponsored investigators that use statistical modeling to improve our understanding of cancer control interventions in prevention, screening, and treatment and their effects on population trends in incidence and mortality. These models can be used to support the establishment of policies, guidelines, evidence-based cancer control interventions and guide public health research and priorities. Models are also used to project future trends, and to help determine optimal cancer control strategies. With the support of a new CDC-funded initiative, CISNET modelers are looking to engage with cancer control planners on local and regional questions amenable to modeling. 

This month’s cyber-seminar will include a panel of the leaders from the five CISNET Coordinating Centers, each with a focus on a specific cancer site (Breast, Colorectal, Esophageal, Lung and Prostate), as well as programmatic leaders from the NCI and CDC.  

NCI’s Dr. Eric (Rocky) Feuer, CISNET Director, will provide an overview of the CISNET Consortium..  CISNET modelers will then discuss how modeling tools and data can be used by cancer control practitioners and planners to drive evidence-based interventions and provide current examples of modeling applications.  During the cyber-seminar, CDC ‘s Dr. Laura Seeff, will also announce a new exciting joint NCI-CDC opportunity  for comprehensive cancer control practitioners to work with CISNET researchers in addressing public health problems relevant to their communities through modeling.

Some examples of questions that you could answer using modeling include:

- What is your region’s anticipated need for colonoscopy and if that need was met how would it impact mortality?

- What is the comparative effectiveness of traditional mammogram vs. digital mammogram in your region?

- What would be the impact on lung cancer incidence given specific interventions?

Interested callers will be invited to follow up with the CISNET consortium members to outline possible questions for collaboration (proposal submission form available on Research to Reality).

Learning Objectives

At the end of the cyber-seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the work of the CISNET Consortium
  • Discuss how modeling can be used to support cancer control planning and intervention efforts and the benefits of doing so
  • Apply for an opportunity to collaborate with CISNET researchers on a local public health problem.


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