COG Announcements

2023

 December

  • COG Foundation Issues First Newsletter

    I am excited to announce that The COG Foundation has issued its first newsletter, titled The Science of Healing & Hope: Pediatric Cancer Research News. We hope that sharing stories about COG research breakthroughs, improved care, patient families and our generous donors will strengthen and inspire the pediatric cancer community.

    In this issue you will find sseveral articles about notable COG research accomplishments, as well as an interview with Brenda Weigel, who chairs the COG Pediatric Early Phase-Clinical Trial Network Steering Committee.  We plan on sharing more stories in the months to come that highlight the importance of collaborative research and partnerships with the many donor and advocacy organizations that empower our mission of finding better cures for all children with cancer.    

    You can view the newsletter on the COG Foundation website. If you would like to sign up to receive it directly to your email, there is a short form to do so at the bottom of the webpage.

    This newsletter was made possible through the generosity of The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation and Message Lab Media.  

    Dr. Doug Hawkins
    COG Group Chair
    COG Foundation President


 November

  • On Thursday, November 30, the COG public website has been updated to be in compliance with current website standards and now provides more intuitive navigation, better search results, and improved analytics. Please direct any questions or comments to COG Communications at comm@childrensoncologygroup.org.

 October

  • On Sunday, October 29 between 9 am – 5 pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems. During this time-period, all COG applications and databases will be intermittently unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following systems and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Web site, Manuscript Review, Research Administration Portal, COG Reports (SSRS), ProCon, SMR, Study Manager etc.)

    Note: Data entry in Medidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance except Pediatric MATCH candidate treatment assignment by MRC.

    Please download the  attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.

    It is important that you  refrain from using the COG applications, please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

July

  • On Saturday, July 8 between 8 am – 5 pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems. During this time-period, all COG systems will be unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • .Patient registration, reservation, enrollment, callback, manual registration and treatment assignments, study transfers and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN (Data entry in Medidata Rave is not affected)
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Web site, Manuscript Review, Research Administration Portal, COG Reports (SSRS), ProCon, SMR etc.)
    • All COG network related systems and services (e.g., email, VPN, helpdesk, etc.)

    Please download the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.

    Please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time-period.

 

April

  • On Sunday, April 23rd between 9 am – 5 pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems. During this time-period, all COG applications and databases will be intermittently unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Web site, Manuscript Review, Research Administration Portal, COG Reports (SSRS), ProCon, SMR, Study Manager etc.)

    Note: Data entry in Medidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance except Pediatric MATCH candidate treatment assignment by MRC.

    Please download the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.

    It is important that you refrain from using the COG applications, please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time-period.

 

                                                                                        2022

October

  • On Sunday, October 16th between 9 am – 5 pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems. During this time-period, all COG applications and databases will be intermittently unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Web site, Manuscript Review, Research Administration Portal, COG Reports (SSRS), ProCon, SMR, Study Manager etc.)

    Note: Data entry in Medidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance except Pediatric MATCH candidate treatment assignment by MRC.

    Please download the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.

    It is important that you refrain from using the COG applications, please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time-period.

 

September

  • On Saturday, September 24th between 10 am to 3pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems. During this time-period, all COG applications and databases will be intermittently unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Web site, Manuscript Review, Research Administration Portal, ProCon, SMR, Study Manager etc.)

    Note: Data entry in Medidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance except Pediatric MATCH candidate treatment assignment by MRC.

    It is important that you refrain from using the COG applications, please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time-period.

 

April

  • On Sunday, April 24th, 2022, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems. During this time period, all COG applications and databases will be intermittently unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Web site, Manuscript Review, Research Administration Portal, COG Reports (SSRS), ProCon, SMR, Study Manager etc.)

    Note: Data entry in iMedidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance except Pediatric MATCH candidate treatment assignment by MRC.

    Please download the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.

    It is important that you refrain from using the COG applications, please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

 

2021

December

 

October

  • On Sunday, October 17th, 2021, between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems. During this time period, all COG applications and databases will be intermittently unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Web site, Manuscript Review, Research Administration Portal, COG Reports (SSRS), ProCon, SMR, Study Manager etc.)

    Note: Data entry in iMedidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance.

    Please download the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.

    It is important that you refrain from using the COG applications, please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

 

April

 

2020

November

 

October

 

September

  • COG IT System Maintenance: Friday, September 18, 2020, 8pm PDT – Sunday, September 20, 12pm PDT

    Please be aware that we will be performing general IT maintenance this Friday, September 18, 2020, at 8:00pm PDT until Sunday, September 20, 2020, at 12:00pm PDT. Although we don’t expect any system to be impacted, please contact the helpdesk at helpdesk@childrensoncologygroup.org if you experience trouble accessing the COG Member's website.

  • COG Request for Proposals: Laptops

 

August

  • On Sunday, August 9, 2020, between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems. During this time period all COG applications and databases will be intermittently unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN/RDE1.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Web site, Manuscript Review, COG Reports (SSRS), ProCon, SMR, Study Manager etc.)

    Note: Data entry in iMedidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance.

    Please download the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.

    It is important that you refrain from using the COG applications, please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

 

May

 

April

  • On Wednesday, April 8, 2020, between 1:00 pm and 3:30 pm (PT), the COG IT department will be conducting maintenance on the COG Member web site -> eRDES application.

    During the maintenance, please be aware that the following applications will be unavailable:

    • COG Patient Registry in OPEN (will not be possible to obtain COG Patient ID or update patient demography for study enrollment)
    • Enrollments on COG studies in OPEN (will not be possible to perform Manual Enrollment)
    • eRDES reservations, study enrollment and study data entry

    In addition, Patient transfers on COG studies (OPEN TUMS) and Site registration approvals will not be processed during maintenance and should be scheduled around the maintenance window.

    Note: COG Member Web site (with exception of eRDES), OPEN enrollments and study data entry in iMedidata Rave are not affected.

    Please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

    For questions or concerns, please email the COG Helpdesk at Helpdesk@childrensoncologygroup.org.

 

March

  • Cancellation of the Spring 2020 COG Group Meeting

    Due to the increasing travel restrictions due to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its ongoing and potential future impact, the COG 2020 Spring Meeting is cancelled in its entirety. In the rare event that a meeting attendee were to be exposed to COVID-19, having a large group of health care providers who are charged with caring for children with cancer potentially exposed, especially given our gaps in knowledge about this virus, is a risk that we should not take.

    COG members should visit the member’s website for additional information.

    Thank you in advance for your understanding and support.

    Peter C. Adamson, MD, Outgoing Group Chair, COG
    Douglas S. Hawkins, MD, Incoming Group Chair, COG

 

  • Douglas S. Hawkins, MD, Elected New Group Chair for the Children's Oncology Group

    ImageDouglas S. Hawkins, MD, has been elected the next Group Chair of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) to succeed Peter C. Adamson, MD. Dr. Hawkins will assume his duties as Group Chair, effective March 20, 2020.

    Dr. Hawkins is currently the Hematology/Oncology Division Chief at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine. After receiving his MD from Harvard Medical School in 1990, he moved to Seattle for his pediatric residency and pediatric hematology/oncology fellowship training. He joined the University of Washington faculty in 1996, where he has spent his entire academic career.

    Dr. Hawkins has been the Chair of the COG Soft Tissue Sarcoma Committee since 2008 and a member of the COG Bone Tumor Steering Committee. He also chairs the COG Scientific and Discipline Chairs Committee. His clinical research has focused on the biology and treatment of pediatric sarcomas. He has been the chair of two COG clinical trials, one for Ewing sarcoma (AEWS0331) and another for rhabdomyosarcoma (ARST0531). He chairs the international EURO EWING Consortium External Advisory Board and is the Chair of the Data Monitoring Committee for the European Frontline and Relapse in RhabdoMyoSarcoma Study (FaR-RMS). He has been an author of more than 180 peer-reviewed manuscripts, textbook chapters, or invited commentaries.

 

2019

November

  • On Sunday, November 3, 2019, between 10 am and 2 pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems.

    During this time period, all COG applications and databases will be intermittently unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN/RDE1.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Web site, Manuscript Review, COG Reports (SSRS), ProCon, SMR, Study Manager etc.)

    Note: Data entry in iMedidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance.
    Please download the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.
    Please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

 

October

 

  • On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, between 1pm and 2pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems.

    During this time period, the COG patient registry in OPEN and enrollments on OPEN studies will NOT be available.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following services:

    • COG Patient registration in OPEN (During the maintenance window it will not be possible to obtain a COG Patient ID or update patient demography for study enrollment)
    • Enrollments on OPEN studies

    In addition, Patient transfers on COG studies (OPEN TUMS) will not be processed during maintenance and should be scheduled around the maintenance window.
    Note: Enrollments in eRDES system and study data entry in iMedidata Rave is NOT affected.
    Please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

 

June

  • On Saturday, June 22, 2019, between 7am and 4pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems.

    During this time period, all COG applications will be unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff, including email and VPN services

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN/RDE1.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Website, Manuscript Review, COG Reports (SSRS), etc.)

    Note: Data entry in iMedidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance.
    Please see the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.
    Please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

 

May

  • On Saturday, May 4, 2019, between 7am and 2pm (PT), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems.

    During this time period, all COG applications will be unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff, including email and VPN services

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN/RDE1.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Website, Manuscript Review, COG Reports (SSRS), etc.)

    Note: Data entry in iMedidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance.
    Please see the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.
    Please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

 

April

  • On Saturday, April 6, 2019, between 7am and 2pm (PST), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems.

    During this time period, all COG applications will be unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff, including email and VPN services

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN/RDE1.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Website, Manuscript Review, COG Reports (SSRS), etc.)

    Note: Data entry in iMedidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance.
    Please see the attached specimen transmittal forms in the event it is necessary for you to collect and ship specimens during the outage.
    Please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

 

March

  • On Thursday, March 7, 2019, between 5pm and 8pm (PST), the COG IT department will conduct important maintenance on COG systems.

    During this time period, all COG applications will be unavailable for use by COG Members and COG staff.

    This includes, but is not limited to, the following applications and services:

    • Patient registration in OPEN, enrollment, callback, manual treatment assignments and study data entry in eRDES/OPEN/RDE1.
    • All COG Web and desktop applications (e.g., COG Member Website, Manuscript Review, COG Reports (SSRS), etc.)

    Note: Data entry in iMedidata Rave will not be affected during this maintenance.
    Please plan accordingly to ensure business continuity during this time period.

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