Workshops on cancer biology being held across India

The department of biotechnology (DBT) along with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the US is co-sponsoring a series of provocative question workshops on cancer biology in various parts of India

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These workshops will include a select international delegation of cancer researchers along with scientists from India who will try to identify questions that highlight important areas of cancer research that are understudied or forgotten. These will be held on October 27-29, 2014 in Delhi; October 30-November 1, 2014 in Bangalore; and November 3-5, 2014 in Trivandrum.

DBT has been funding Cancer Research along with other funding departments for over two decades now. Several specific calls for proposals have been issued, however there are many grey areas including in India specific cancers that need special attention by the research community to provide better diagnosis, preventive strategies, therapeutics and palliative care.

The best of these questions will be presented to the research community as part of a Request for Applications (RFA) in which scientists can apply for funding to answer some facet of the provocative question. The Indian workshops' activities will seek to develop a set of questions from which the best will be offered for one or more RFAs sponsored by various groups within the Indian government and the NCI.

The Indian workshops' activities will seek to develop a set of questions from which one or more RFAs jointly sponsored by NCI and DBT may emerge.

 

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