Release Date:  December 18, 1998


National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) intends to increase its support for all forms
of research on prostate cancer through the wide range of special mechanisms
available.  This includes the support of studies ranging from the molecular and
genetic to clinical to population based.  The NCI's goal is to speed the
generation of new insights into the biology and behavior of this common tumor and
increase the rate at which new insights are translated into more effective
interventions for prevention, detection, diagnosis and treatment.

In addition to encouraging unique unsolicited ideas in all facets of prostate
cancer, the NCI has put into place many innovative, more general initiatives that
are suitable for participation by investigators with interest in prostate cancer. 
These diverse initiatives stem from NCI's conviction that there is a very
powerful generality linking many of the most important themes in contemporary
cancer research.  The surest route to progress, therefore, is attacking prostate
cancer by application and exploitation of these general themes.  For this reason
most of the initiatives are not disease-specific but address problems and
opportunities common to all tumors and emphasize the development of technologies
and approaches applicable to many cancers, including prostate.

The purpose of this Notice is to bring relevant NCI initiatives to the attention
of prostate cancer investigators, so that they may effectively capitalize on
these opportunities.


Information on the initiatives and how they may relate to prostate cancer
research, along with the NCI staff contacts for each is posted on the NCI home
page at, or can be requested from the NCI
contact listed below.

Ms. Marg Gartland
Office of the Deputy Director for Extramural Science and Division of Cancer
Treatment & Diagnosis 
National Cancer Institute
Building 31, Room 3A44
Bethesda, MD  20892-2440
Telephone:  (301) 496-4291
FAX:  (301) 496-0826

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