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ASCO has released an ethical framework for researchers on incorporating research biopsies in cancer clinical trials in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The framework provides guidance on when to include optional and mandatory biopsies based on both participant risk and scientific utility, as well as recommendations on necessary steps for improving the conduct of research biopsies overall. Learn more.
This year’s meeting will take place on September 22-23, 2019, at ASCO’s headquarters in the Washington, DC metro area. Highlights include a FDA Audit Readiness Workshop and a Keynote Address from FDA Oncology Center of Excellence Director, Richard Pazdur, MD. Register and Save Now!  
Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation, has awarded more than $126 million through nearly 2,100 grants and awards to medical students, trainees, young scientists, and oncologists at all stages of their careers. A comprehensive portfolio of funding opportunities is available for various career stages. Learn more and apply today.
On Wednesday, July 10, organizations representing patients, providers, medical researchers, survivors, and their families joined together to call on Congress to improve access to clinical trials for patients with life-threatening diseases. The coalition, which is made up of 86 supporting organizations, is urging Congress to pass the bipartisan CLINICAL TREATMENT Act (H.R. 913), which would guarantee coverage of the routine care costs of clinical trial participation for Medicaid enrollees with a life-threatening condition.
Exciting plans for this year’s Research Community Forum (RCF) Annual Meeting are highlighted in a new ASCO Connection blog post by RCF Steering Group Chair David Waterhouse, MD​, including presentations,  collaborative sessions, and a Keynote Address delivered by FDA Oncology Center of Excellence Director, Richard Pazdur, MD. Read the blog. 
The RCF myConnection page is a space for the research community to network and collaborate, discuss challenges, and share best practices virtually. Sign-in with your ASCO account to join now.
ASCO’s Center for Research and Analytics (CENTRA) is now accepting research applications from ASCO members who wish to conduct surveys of ASCO members for research purposes. Learn more about this important ASCO research initiative and you can help inform research in oncology.
In the latest ASCO in Action Podcast, ASCO President Dr. Monica Bertagnolli joined ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford Hudis to discuss the disparities facing patients with cancer in rural areas. Dr. Bertagnolli touched on a number of ways to close the rural cancer care gap, from supporting the existing rural oncology workforce, to improving care delivery in rural areas, and increasing access to clinical trials and research. “We’re completely in the dark without research,” says Dr. Bertagnolli. It’s “the only way to understand what patients really need.”