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Standard Specimen Reference Set: Lung

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Lung and Upper Aerodigestive Cancers Research Group

The NCI/EDRN/SPORE Lung Cancer Biomarkers Group (LCBG) began its activities back in November 2004 and developed clear objectives and strategies on how to begin validating a series of candidate biomarkers for the early detection of lung cancer. The initial goal of the LCBG is to develop the requisite sample resources to validate serum/plasma biomarkers for the early diagnosis of lung cancer. Researchers may use these resources and process for continued biomarker refinement but this is not the primary activity of the LCBG.

Our specific goals include: 1.   Develop reference case/control serum/plasma sets held in a NCI repository and make these samples available to the research community. 2.   Define, refine and validate blood-based biomarkers for lung cancer. 3.   Test reproducibility of biomarkers within and across institutions. 4.   Test reproducibility of biomarkers within and across analytical platforms.
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New Funding Opportunity: Biomarker Development Laboratories for the Early Detection Network: Applications Due May 23

Update: Pre-application webinar information now available.

The National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Prevention has released a new funding opportunity to solicit organ-specific applications for Biomarker Developmental Laboratories (BDLs), one of the four scientific units of the recently funded Early Detection Research Network (EDRN). The EDRN is a national infrastructure funded to discover, develop, and validate biomarkers for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of early cancer. BDLs are responsible for the discovery, development, characterization, and testing of new, or the refinement of existing, biomarkers and biomarker assays for risk assessment, detection, and molecular diagnosis and prognosis of cancers.

The existing BDLs are primarily focused on ovary and gastrointestinal cancers. The proposed BDLs (to be supported under this funding opportunity) should be focused on one or more of the following cancers: breast, prostate and other genitourinary organs, or lung. In addition, cancers with rapidly rising incidence rates, e.g., endometrial, hepatocellular, kidney, thyroid, oropharyngeal cancers, and/or cancers with unique etiology, e.g., mesothelioma, will be considered.

The newly funded units of the Early Detection Research Network will be announced later in April. Successful applicants have already been notified. Those researchers who were not successful during the last round of applications are encouraged to apply to this opportunity.