Spring 2018 NAACCR Narrative Leave a comment

Antoinette Stroup, PhD
NAACCR President



Hafa Adai![1]

This issue of the NAACCR Narrative is full of updates on several important initiatives including the 2018 data changes and the release of both NAACCR Standards Volume II v.18 and the 2018 Implementation Guidelines, education, and other Steering Committee updates.  The XML Data Exchange Work Group invited registries to an informational webinar titled “Guiding the Way to XML Data Exchange Implementation” last Thursday, April 26, 2018. There were 26 registries that submitted in XML as part of the last call-for-data and we hope that providing more information through this webinar gave others an opportunity to learn more, ask questions, and prepare for the next submission. More details are here.

2018 NAACCR Conference in PittsburghThere is still time to register for the #NAACCR2018 Annual Conference, June 9-14, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA.  Early registration ends TODAY April 30, 2018. The Preliminary Program for the #NAACCR2018 Annual Conference has also been updated. Here are a few of the highlights ICYMI[2]:

  • Our first ever NAACCR Cancer Informatics Hackathon: Forging Solutions for Cancer Control will be held just prior to the conference from Saturday, June 9th, to Monday, June 11th. The goals for the hackathon are to (1) Introduce informatics professionals and students to cancer control and data science; (2) Recruit talented, motivated, innovative people into the cancer informatics workforce; and, (3) Gather the brightest informatics minds in the Pittsburgh area for 3 days to hack out solutions to major cancer control problems. Registration is free and open to all informatics professionals and students (NAACCR membership not required!). There will be prizes for the best hacks!! Presentations and judging will be held on Monday, June 11th. See the #NAACCR2018 Program for more details.
  • Our keynote speaker is Matt Jones, a 3-time cancer survivor, who will share his story and inspire us to achieve personal and professional success. Join us for his talk: “Life is a Marathon” at #NAACCR2018 Day 1, Tuesday, June 12th. For more information about Matt, visit http://www.matthewdjones.com/.
  • Our lineup for concurrent sessions features topics on developing and emerging cancer surveillance initiatives, including Natural Language Processing (NLP), collection and use of residential histories, XML data exchange standards, Virtual Pooled Registry (VPR), biomarkers and tissue repositories, patient-reported outcomes, data visualization, and more!
  • If you don’t have to rush off to the airport, new this year is a post-conference networking opportunity, which will be held at the end of Day 3, Thursday, June 14th, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm. Stop by to chat about conference highlights, speak to colleagues about future collaborations, or just wish everyone safe travels.

Also note that for #NAACCR2018, some of our usual meetings have moved around a bit:

  • Birds of a Feather will be held in the late afternoon on Day 1, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm on Tuesday, June 11th.
  • Our Business Meeting will be held in the early morning of Day 2 from 8:15am – 8:45am on Wednesday, June 12th.
  • And, committee meetings will be held on Monday, June 11th and Wednesday, June 13th. See the #NAACCR2018 Program for more details.

Don’t forget to follow us @NAACCR on Twitter and send us highlights using #NAACCR2018. See you in Pittsburgh!



[1] “Hafa Adai” is pronounced ha-fa-day and means “Hello” in my native Chamorro language.

[2] In case you missed it (ICYMI)


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