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SLIDE 2 NOTES: The CISNET initiative has some features that are closely aligned to the purposes of this workshop but many features in addition. It is an NCI-sponsored consortium focused on the “Why?” and “What if?” questions in cancer trends. So, it goes beyond the issues of cost-effectiveness modeling to the modeling of population trends.

CISNET is intended to further statistical modeling of the impact of cancer, taking into account the impact of the full range of cancer control interventions-prevention, screening and treatment—on current and future trends.

We have had two rounds of funding so far. These have been four-year grants by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). They are U01 cooperative agreements, which means that the staff at NCI work in cooperation with the grantees. In 2000, we began with three cancer sites—breast, prostate and colorectal cancer-and funded 9 grants. Most of those grants were in the area of breast cancer, reflecting the state of modeling at the time. Eight more grants were funded in 2002, and lung cancer was added to the list of sites

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