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U-M researcher participates in innovative program to prepare doctors to conduct cancer research

added 9/29/06

SEATTLE, Wash. - A researcher from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center was among six talented cancer researchers chosen through a competitive process to complete the Southwest Oncology Group Young Investigators Training Course. The course puts the physicians on the fast track to develop and conduct cancer clinical trials through the Southwest Oncology Group, one of the largest cancer clinical trials cooperative groups in the nation.

Norah Lynn Henry, M.D., Ph.D.
Norah Lynn Henry, M.D., Ph.D.

The six physicians were selected based on their personal application, a concept they hope to develop into a Southwest Oncology Group clinical trial and the recommendation of their medical institution. During the course, which ended Sept. 13, the doctors received intensive training in statistical principles, data collection, analysis, critical decision-making and procedures. These skills will help them propose relevant clinical trials through the Southwest Oncology Group that are more likely to be funded by the National Cancer Institute.

Norah Lynn Henry, M.D., Ph.D., a U-M hematology/ oncology fellow, was selected for her proposed study to evaluate the use of aromatase inhibitors in premenopausal breast cancer patients who develop ovarian failure following chemotherapy for early stage disease. In addition to determining the frequency of recurrence of ovarian function in this patient population, an appropriate monitoring strategy will be identified. Additional studies will evaluate genetic, epidemiological and biochemical factors to determine if they are predictive for the maintenance of ovarian failure.

"It is important to encourage and mentor young physicians interested in clinical research. Helping these bright, young researchers learn how to properly conduct clinical trials will help SWOG and cancer researchers everywhere come closer to preventing and treating cancer, and improving the quality of life for cancer survivors," says SWOG Chairman Laurence H. Baker, D.O. Baker is professor of internal medicine at the U-M Medical School.

This is the 10th Young Investigator Training Course conducted by SWOG. The 35 previous graduates of the course have been coordinators or co-coordinators of 27 active or completed studies. Several more of their studies are still in development.

For more information about the investigators, the Young Investigators Training Course or the Southwest Oncology Group, please contact Rosanne Fohn at rfohn@swog.org or telephone 210-450-8808.

 

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