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 January 2020 eNews

From the Chair

Dear Colleagues,

 The New Year brings with it new strategies for achieving our goals and a brand new look. I am pleased to unveil our updated logo and images for the website and our virtual communications, designed to take us into the second decade of the 2000s.

This special eNewsletter edition gives you a glimpse into the genesis and evolution of NANETS, with changes to its brand identity and themes serving as symbols of our continued growth and advancement as the premier neuroendocrine research and education society in North America.

It is not just our look that is new. Read about the new pNETS Guidelines published earlier this month in Pancreas, thanks to the hard work and dedication of our distinguished multidisciplinary panel of NET experts. 

NANETS Board of Trustees has also initiated a new committee structure and is considering a number of new initiatives as a result of the engagement of our members. NANETS bylaws have been amended to support the addition of a new board seat and celebrates the election of Arvind Dasari, MD to fill the new seat. 

The newly reviewed Member Interest Survey has provided NANETS' board with richly detailed data that resulted in committee expansion, and set us on a new course for diversifying membership and developing pathways for early career professionals.

I hope you find the first newsletter of the new year to be full of valuable information and projects that will propel the society and its members into 2020 and beyond.

Thank you for your involvement.

James Howe

Chair


 NANETS Then...And Now!

As part of NANETS efforts to develop new relationships that will aid the growth of our research and education initiatives and other donor-funded educational projects, a more professional image consistent with our mission was needed.In this vein, a simplified, clean and more “medical” professional brand image was created. In October, the board charged the executive committee with the final decision, and we are pleased to introduce the new logo and images that will roll out in 2020. Our new "brand" will go a long way to engage and involve current and new stakeholders.Here's a look back at some of our original designs and logos and a nod forward to where we are today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NANETS Board Welcomes Dr. Dasari    

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In November, the board voted to amend the bylaws to add a board seat. Arvind Dasari, MD, MD Anderson, was elected to fill the new seat.
Since joining MD Anderson in 2011, Dr. Dasari’s clinical focus has been on neuroendocrine malignancies and he currently serves as the co-Chair of the MD Anderson multi-disciplinary neuroendocrine tumor board.

He is also the NANETS Continuing Education Committee Co-Chair.  Dr. Dasari will serve a two-year term on the board through October 2021. 

"I have been closely involved in NANETS activities for several years and have also been a grateful recipient of the NANETS Clinical Investigator Scholarship. I feel that NANETS and the NET field in general are in the midst of major positive changes - as a member of the Board of Directors, I would like ensure that these developments occur in a rapid and efficient manner and thereby contribute towards furthering the mission of NANETS and improve outcomes of NET patients around the world."  Arvind Dasari, MD

 

 

NANETS Refined Committee Structures

In November 2019, NANETS' board approved the reconfiguration of committees to better fulfill the society’s mission and to implement the goals of the 2020 strategic plan. The executive committee has advanced the revised committee structure. Results of the member interest survey indicate strong interest in committee service, with scientific review, symposium planning and consensus guidelines topping the list. (See details of the 2019 Member Interest Survey below.)

Consensus Guidelines Update

High grade and mPPGL panels met via video and conference call throughout the year and convened in person for a two-day meeting prior to Symposium.  Each panelist presented the latest research and developments for review and discussion. mPPGL is completing an internal survey to gauge consensus among the group. Both panels are on track to reach consensus and to publish guidelines in 2020.

Publications:

  • The joint NANETS/SNMMI consensus guidelines for PRRT were published in The Journal of Nuclear Medicine, 2019 60:8A.
  • The second joint NANETS/SNMMI PRRT guidelines are scheduled to be published in the January 2020 issue of The Journal of Nuclear Medicine.
  • Surgical Management of Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors has been published in the January 2020 issue of Pancreas. (See article below.) 
  • The second pancreatic guidelines manuscript was completed and is under review by the committee with an expected to be submitted for publication before the end of the year.

2020 Consensus Guidelines Goals:

  • Complete and publish Para/Pheo consensus guidelines
  • Complete and publish High Grade NET consensus guidelines
  • Publish both pNETs consensus guidelines and distribute to the NET community
  • Support publication of Lung NETS guidelines
  • Recommend 2020/2021 guideline priorities
  • Host pNETs guidelines webinars

 

2019 Member Interest Survey Results

The goal of NANETS’ membership survey was to collect input on new programs and initiatives in three key areas: web-based learning, committee and volunteer interests, and a mentee/mentor program. The survey was distributed to all members and non-member Symposium attendees, with 61 respondents completing the entire survey.  Web-Based Learning: 
Asked about web-based learning, 62 percent of respondents said they would be likely to attend a 60-minute webinar. When asked to list their top three topic preferences, PRRT was mentioned the most (18 mentions), followed by treatment and management of NETs (16 mentions) and clinical trials/latest research (10 mentions). Specific recommendations in these topic areas included:

  • PRRT: Sequencing and dosimetry; tailored PRRT; patient follow up; novel developments; emerging radionuclides and therapeutics
  • Treatment and Management of NETs: Standards of care; treatment options; sequencing; G3 NETS; new developments/emerging treatments
  • Clinical Trials/Latest Research: New targeted therapies; clinical trial opportunities in NETs; current, ongoing and recently completed clinical trials; updates on current research with application to clinic

Committee and Volunteer Interests: 
To broaden and diversify engagement of members on committees and task forces, a two-part question was posed. The first question asked respondents to check all areas in which they are interested in becoming involved or learning more about. Out of the 13 areas of interest, Scientific Review & Research received the most interest (70% of respondents); NET Symposium Planning was next with 56% of respondents indicating interest; and Consensus Guidelines received interest from 48% of respondents. The chart below displays these results, which are consistent with the society’s mission to further NET education and research.
           

 

The second part of the question prompted respondents to list the top three areas where they would be willing to serve. Of note are the number of respondents who indicated a willingness to serve on one or more committees. The top three areas of service were: Scientific Review & Research; Symposium Planning, and Consensus Guidelines.The table below presents a summary of the top three choices by category. These mirror the areas of interest above. Out of a total of 135 selections of top three choices to serve (multiple responses were counted individually), Scientific Review & Research was selected a total of 30 times (22%), 19 of which were the #1 choice. Symposium Planning was indicated as a top three choice twenty-four times (18%); Guidelines was selected 23 times (17%). Committee co-chairs are using these data to form their committees.

 

   

 

Mentorship:  
The survey sought input on participating in a mentorship program as mentor and/or mentee. Twenty-four respondents indicated an interest in mentoring, with 18 interested in being a mentee.Both mentors and mentees voiced a willingness to participate in a variety of mentoring formats – one-on-one or small group, in-person or virtual. Mentors saif they prefer the personal touch of in-person or phone contact over virtual connection and are open to both one-on-one and small group mentoring. Mentees prefer one-to-one mentoring over small group and are more open to virtual mentoring than mentors. Both groups are interested in mentoring opportunities at Symposium.Mentors and mentees shared similar expectations for the mentoring relationship, from general career guidance to specific aspects of NET as a specialty. Expectations of qualities of the relationship included mutual respect, communication and commitment to the shared work of mentorship. Mentors listed a wide range of areas they would be willing to mentor in.The data will allow the board and committees to engage more members in the society’s work and provide high quality educational opportunities to NANETS’ members and beyond.