Closure of BCERF Program on the Cancer Risk
of Environmental Chemicals in the Home and Workplace
October 26, 2009
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As many of you are aware, earlier this year BCERF had hopeful news that we had been added back to the New York State budget to support 2009-10 activities on the cancer risk of environmental chemicals.
But, as the summer progressed we learned that unanticipated funding difficulties had arisen. We became aware that the funds to support our work were not being released by the New York State Department of Budget. Without the release of these funds, it has not been possible for the Department Health to write a contract with BCERF to support our 2009-10 workplan.
Based on the information that we had no assurance of funding for this year, I advised our Director, Dr. Rodney Page, that we needed to develop a plan for closing down this part of the BCERF Program. We have informed our colleagues at the Department of Health of our decision.
Both my and Carmi Orenstein’s position will be ending because of our state-funding situation. Carmi and I are devoting our remaining time to wrapping up our outreach and research projects, informing our stakeholders of our situation, and completing activities that are necessary to properly close down this part of the BCERF program. Other part-time staff and our collaborators have been informed that activities and compensation will be ending due to the lack of funding.
It should be noted that Mary Maley and Drs. Carol Devine and Barbour Warren are continuing their research and outreach projects on obesity prevention in humans and companion animals, which are funded through grants from the US Dept. of Agriculture.
This November marks the 14th anniversary of the founding of BCERF. It has been our sincere pleasure to serve the residents of New York State and provide them with high quality translational research and public health education tailored for many different stakeholder groups on environmental chemicals that affect the risk of breast and other cancers. It is with regret that I inform you of our situation, but we close this part of the BCERF Program knowing we have been true to our original mission to bring the best science forward to explain linkages between environmental chemicals and the risk of breast cancer and other cancers, as well as keeping our stakeholders informed and engaged through our web site, The Ribbon newsletter, workshops, and the Regional Cancer and Environment Forums.
Please note, as we plan for closure of the state-funded side of BCERF, it is likely that our web site will only be online for several more months. Therefore, we are advising all web users to download PDF files of BCERF materials (e.g. fact sheets, Briefs, The Ribbon newsletter, Critical Evaluations, etc.), and store these files on your own computers. You may also want to cut and paste the text of any HTML documents you want to preserve for future use into a word processing file (e.g. text from individual Ribbon newsletter articles, bibliographies, Briefs, etc.).
Thank you for the opportunity of providing you with cancer prevention information.
Suzanne M. Snedeker, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Translational Research for BCERF