Release Date:  February 12, 1998


National Cancer Institute

Request for Applications (RFA CA-98-007) for cooperative agreements (U01) from
institutions to participate in a Pediatric Brain Tumor Clinical Trials
Consortium to develop and conduct pilot and phase I and II clinical
evaluations of new agents or approaches for the treatment of primary central
nervous system malignancies in pediatric patients will be published in
February 1998.  An informational session for those investigators planning to
submit applications in response to the RFA will be held on Monday, March 23,
1998 from 2:00 pm to 5 pm at the Holiday Inn O�Hare, in Chicago, IL. 
Representatives from the Clinical Trials Evaluation Program, Radiation
Research Program, Diagnostic Imaging Program, Grants Management Branch, and
Special Review, Referral and Resources Branch will be available to provide
information and to answer questions relevant to applications responding to
this RFA.  Transcripts will be available upon request for investigators who
are unable to attend.


Investigators who plan to attend should contact the NCI staff member listed
below by March 9, 1998 to confirm their attendance and to obtain further
information regarding the site of the meeting.  Investigators may also contact
the NCI staff member to be placed on the mailing list when the RFA is

For further information, and to confirm attendance, contact:

Ms. Diane Bronzert
Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis
National Cancer Institute
6130 Executive Boulevard, Room 736, MSC 7432
Bethesda, MD  20892
Rockville, MD  20852 (for express/courier service)
Telephone:  (301) 496-8866
FAX:  (301) 480-4663

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