A Great Opportunity to Get Involved in the Fibrolamellar Fight!

The Department of Defense (DOD) is seeking 2018 PATIENT & CAREGIVER grant reviewers for three cancer categories appropriate for the Fibro community:  1) Cancer in children, adolescents and young adults (New Category); 2) Liver cancer; 3) Immunotherapy (New Category).

Friends from this fibrolamellar community have been very active participants over the past three years and the new categories make this initiative even more meaningful in helping the DOD determine allocation of $80 million in cancer research funds. This is a $20 million increase since we started participating in 2016.

Ideal reviewers are patients and caregivers. FCF will be happy to write a letter of recommendation for those interested in participating. Deadline to apply is June 1, 2018.

Read below for more info directly from Elena Jones, Consumer Reviewer Administrator
General Dynamics Information Technology, Peer Review and Science Management:

The DOD PRCRP was awarded $80 Million for fiscal year 2018. My name is Elena Jooes, and I am writing to thank you for your ongoing support for the DOD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP)http://cdmrp.army.mil/prcrp/default and inform you that the DOD is ACTIVELY RECRUITING nominations for individuals to represent your organization as a consumer reviewer for the DOD PRCRP. The deadline for nominations is June 1st. We can extend the deadline if we know an individual is planning to apply. Please let me know if you will be submitting a nominee(s) to serve as a consumer reviewer.

The PRCRP is part of the DOD Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). The PRCRP is a dynamic research program whose vision is to improve quality of life by decreasing the impact of cancer on service members, their families, and the American public. We are recruiting novice reviewers for future service. If you submitted previous nominees, you do not need to resubmit their information. Consumer reviewers are nominated by an organization who can affirm that he or she would well represent the affected community. To be eligible to serve as a consumer reviewer for the PRCRP the individual must be a survivor of cancers listed below (not including breast, prostate, ovarian or lung cancers).

Additionally, family members for pediatric cancer topic areas will be considered:
• Bladder Cancer
• Brain Cancer
• Colorectal cancer
• Immunotherapy
• Listeria-based reginmens for cancer • Liver cancer
• Lymphoma
• Melanoma and other skin cancers
• Mesothelioma
• Neuroblastoma • Pancreatic cancer
• Pediatric brain tumors
• Stomach cancer
• Cancer in children, adolescents, and young adults+
+The definition of adolescents and young adults is derived from the National Cancer Institute (https://www.cancer.gov/types/aya) and can be considered to be people between the ages of 15-39 years. Cancers studied under this Topic Area should be within the scope of the Congressional language and the intent of the Program Announcement(s).

We invite you to consider individual(s) who you wish to nominate to represent your organization as a novice consumer reviewer for future service opportunities. Both novice and experienced consumer reviewers serve on scientific peer review panels, together with the scientist reviewers, to review research applications submitted for funding. Consumer reviewers represent the voice of the community as they review the applications for the impact of the proposed research. Experienced consumer reviewers do NOT need to be nominated to serve again, as they will be contacted to determine their availability when more information and tentative dates are known.

If you are interested, please have your nominating organization contact us and an E-Nomination form for your nominee to complete and return by email (preferred) or fax. Nomination materials need to be received by ASAP. Please let us know if additional time is needed.
The E-nomination form asks the nominating organization to:
· submit a letter of nomination confirming the nominee’s involvement in the organization and affirming his or her ability to represent the community of those affected (the letter can be
sent directly to me or with the E-Nomination form)

The nominee, will need to submit:

– a completed E-nomination form
· a personal statement addressing questions found in the E-nomination form
· a resume (which can be a formal or informal resume)
· a nomination letter from your organization

We encourage you to explore the DoD CDMRP Website to learn more about the PRCRP. There are inspiring consumer stories and research highlights for other programs on this website, http://cdmrp.army.mil.

Please contact me if you have questions about the program, the role of consumer reviewers, or the application process. We appreciate your consideration!

Thank you,
Elena Joos
Consumer Reviewer Administrator
General Dynamics Information Technology
Peer Review and Science Management
110 Thomas Johnson Drive, Frederick, MD 21701
Office 240.236.9029 I Cell 301-915-7511
[email protected]