NAACCR Narrative
Summer 2017
Message From the Executive Director
Highlights From the Program Manager of Standards
Research and Data Use Update
NAACCR 2017 Education and Training Calendar
Virtual Pooled Registry Update
2017 Percy and Muir Awards
NAACCR Member Recognition Award Winners
Annual Conference Materials
NAACCR Annual Conference Poster Awards
NAACCR Student Award Program
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Photos from Bike Ride at 2017 Annual Conference
Report on COC 2017
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Message From the Executive Director
Betsy A. Kohler, MPH, CTR
NAACCR Executive Director

We had a “stellar” Annual Conference in Albuquerque this year! Many thanks to Chuck and the planning committee for a successful conference. We had over 400 delegates at the Conference this year. Nearly 100 experts attended the Registry of the Future pre-conference workshop and voiced their opinions on how to chart the future of cancer surveillance. A summary report of this meeting and a plan of action will be distributed shortly. Additionally, our other workshops were well attended as well. The survival course taught by our international team provided hands-on opportunities to 22 students. The post-conference workshop hosted by METRIC was attended by 32 specialists and our Introduction to Cancer Surveillance attracted 21 junior scientists. In total we had 9 workshops educating 243 professionals in the field. This year we were able to host three breakout sessions specifically for student presentations, and another dozen students presented posters at the meeting. 

This year we introduced a special feature, the Young Talks, in honor of John L Young Jr, a pioneer in cancer surveillance in the U.S. Four special talks were presented during breaks featuring topics of great interest to all.  Kevin Ward (GA) presented the inaugural talk on Essential TNM. Other topics included “Characterization of Sexual Gender Minority Cancer Cases" by Frank Boscoe (NY) and Scarlett Gomez (CA); “WHO Classification of Central Nervous System Tumors- An Opportunity for Cooperation and Collaboration across Disciplines” by Carol Kruchko, of the Central Brain Tumor Registry of the U.S.; and “An Online Interactive Tool to Improve the Understanding of Cancer Survival Statistics” by Paul Lambert.

It is a special year for the NPCR Program which is marking its 25th Anniversary. NAACCR presented NPCR with a plaque “in appreciation for their leadership in fostering nationwide cancer surveillance in the United States and supporting central cancer registries in the collection of accurate and timely cancer incidence data to effectively address the local cancer burden.”

NAACCR’s Calum Muir Award was given to Dr. Heather Bryant of Canada for her enduring vision, expertise and leadership in cancer surveillance and control. Dr. Bryant was one of the inaugural members of the senior management team, of the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer working to implement and steward the Canadian Cancer Control Strategy. She has provided exceptional leadership to the cancer control community through the effective engagement of health leaders in many networks and collaborations. Her leadership and contributions have also been recognized, by the international community as a three-term member of the UICC Board of Directors and as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2015, all testaments of her exemplary leadership and expertise.

Mary Potts of Seattle was awarded the Constance Percy Award for her significant contributions to improvements in registry operations, data quality and the development of educational tools that have benefited the cancer surveillance community. Under Mary’s guidance Seattle has been able to deploy SEER*Educate and develop coding exercises designed to teach registrars how to use and apply the coding guidelines published by the standard setters. SEER*Educate has also become a valuable tool for identifying omissions and ambiguities in the standard setters’ coding guidelines, resulting in questions being sent to the appropriate standard setters for clarification for the registry community.

Congratulations also to our NAACCR Member Awardees! These awards are given to members who have provided sustained and notable service to NAACCR. Please check the Awards section of the website to learn how to track your points to earn these awards. Thanks to all of you for your support of NAACCR!

Congratulations are also in order for our poster winners and students!








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