TCRN Year 3 Face to Face Meeting - October 2015

The TIES Cancer Research Network Face to Face Meeting was held in Bethesda, MD on October 9, 2015, and provided a forum for interaction among cancer centers collaborating through the TCRN. More than 20 cancer center faculty and staff were present at the event. These included representatives from our four TCRN member sites – Augusta University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Pittsburgh – and the National Cancer Institute. Additionally, representatives from our new partners, Stony Brook University and Thomas Jefferson University, were in attendance. For more information, see the meeting agenda and meeting notes below.



Roni Bollag

Jennifer Irons Carrick

Rahil Khan

Nita Maihle

Pankhil Patel

Sameera Qureshi


Niranjan Balasubramanian

Sarah Putney


Rebecca Jacobson
Vanessa Benkovich
Girish Chavan
Julia Corrigan
Kevin Mitchell
Eugene Tseytlin


John Reber


Carmelo Gaudioso

Kelly Duncan

Monica Murphy

Mayur Sakethivel


Aniruddha Ganguly

Jerry Li

Juli Klemm


Mike Feldman

Nate DiGiorgio

Agenda and Presentations

Welcome, Introduction, and Goals (Slides – Welcome and Goals)

7:30-8:00 Welcome; Continental Breakfast
8:00-8:30 Goals for the Meeting; Overall Summary of Progress in Y2; Y3 Themes and Project Plan (Jacobson)

Session 1: Project Status from TCRN Partner Sites (Slides – TCRN Site Reports)

8:30-9:00 University of Pennsylvania Update (Feldman)
9:00-9:30 Augusta University (Bollag)
9:30-10:00 Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Gaudioso)
10:00-10:15 Break

Session 2: Y3 Theme – Dissemination, Outreach, and Training (Slides – Dissemination)

10:15-10:30 TIES Dissemination Resources (Jacobson)
10:30-11:00 Panel Discussion: Ideas for Disseminating TIES to Local Investigators (Feldman, Gaudioso, Bollag, Maihle)

Session 3: New Partner Introductions (Slides – New Partner Intros)

11:00-11:20 Thomas Jefferson University Kimmel Cancer Center (Reber)
11:20-11:40 Stony Brook University Cancer Center (Balasubramanian/Putney)

Session 4: Integrating TIES and TCRN with Tissue Banks and LIMS Systems (Slides – Integrating TIES with TBs)

11:45-12:15 Panel Discussion (Bollag, Benkovich, Murphy, Feldman)
12:15-12:30 Break

Session 5: Working Lunch and Regulatory Update (Slides – Regulatory Update)

12:30-1:00 Regulatory Update (Corrigan and Murphy)
1:00-1:30 Open Discussion of Ancillary Data (Especially Outcomes Data)

Session 6: User Stories – Completed, Current, & Future Projects that Use TCRN (Slides – User Stories and Pilots)

1:15-2:00 Progress Reports (Gaudioso, Bollag and Feldman)
2:00-2:15 Discussion: New Pilots; Opening Up Access to TCRN
2:15-2:30 Break

Session 7: Year 3 Development Plan (Slides – TIES v5.4 and Y3 Development)

2:30-2:45 Updates on Y2 Releases (Chavan)
2:45-3:30 Discuss Development Needs; Review Desired Features from Each Partner Site
3:30-4:00 Y3 Project Plan; Action Items and Wrap Up (Jacobson)

Meeting Notes

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