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July 30, 2012

Date Released: 30 July 2012
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Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case CCC

ASH Announces New Bridge Award Program for Members

I serve on the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Investment committee. At our recent meeting we set aside funds from operations and the ASH endowment to support this important initiative. I will also be suggesting to AACR that they consider a similar program. Please consider an application.

ASH Bridge Grant Program
The increasing NIH budget crisis will have devastating effects that will be felt by ASH members for the next decade or more. If anticipated cuts to the NIH budget become a reality in January 2013, NIH would be unable to fund 2,300 research project grants (nearly one-quarter of the new and competing grants). Now more than ever it is imperative for the Society and the hematology community to fight for hematology funding and the future of the specialty.

As a demonstration of its commitment to protecting the field and those who have dedicated their careers to the specialty, ASH has pledged $9 million to a new, three-year Bridge Grant Program to help preserve the careers of its talented member scientists whose vital research will not be accomplished due to across-the-board cuts to the NIH budget. Read more about the introduction of the ASH Bridge Grant Program in this ASH press release.

About the Award
In 2013 and for the next two years, ASH's new bridge grant program will provide up to 30 one-year awards annually, in the amount of $100,000 each to ASH members who applied for an NIH R01 grant but were denied funding due to budget cutbacks. The long-term goal of the award is to help sustain recipients' research and contribute to their retention in hematology investigation.

Additional Details

• From 2013-2015, ASH will award 90 ASH members (30 per year) with $100,000 bridge grants, for a $9 million total investment.
• ASH membership is required at the time of application to the Bridge Grant Program and throughout the award period.
• There will be two award cycles per year. The Society is currently seeking support from individual and corporate donors in order to provide additional awards.


Removing colon polyps tied to lower cancer risk
Chicago Tribune - Jul 24, 2012
Dr. Gregory Cooper, a gastroenterologist from University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio, agreed with Lebwohl that the ...

Akron Race for the Cure host city for first time
WKYC-TV - Jul 23, 2012
Dr. Lyndsay Harris, from the UH Seidman Cancer Center- which has ... Dr. Harris says 70% of women who are diagnosed today, are cured.

Recent Research: Novel Treatment for Skin Lymphoma
MD News - July 19, 2012
"Current therapy for cutaneous T-Cell lymphoma is suboptimal and this new study shows that adding O6-benzylguanine to carmustine is more effective and less toxic to the skin, allowing for more optimal treatments," says Kevin Cooper, MD, ....

Recent Research: Genetic Cause of Thyroid Cancer Discovered
MD News - July 19, 2012
Research led by Charis Eng, MD, PhD, chair and founding director of the Genomic Medicine Institute of Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute, included nearly 3,000 patients with Cowden syndrome (CS) or CS-like disease...


Dr. Mikkael Sekeres Appointed FDA Committee Chair

‌Dr. Mikkael SekeresDr. Mikkael Sekeres is the new Chair of the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee of theFood and Drug Administration (FDA). The Committee reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drug products for use in the treatment of cancer and makes appropriate recommendations to the Commissioner of Food and Drugs. Dr. Sekeres has been a voting member of this Committee for the past three years.

Registration of Clinical Trials in Clinicaltrials.Gov

As required by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), any intervention type of clinical trial (drugs, biologics, devices, surgical, behavioral or other) must be registered in PRIOR to registration of the first patient. Editors of the ICMJE will not consider publication of manuscripts if trials are not registered completely and prospectively.

In order for the Case CCC to provide this service, studies in the OnCoreTM database must be updated in real time. If you need any assistance, please contact April Firstencel or call 216.286.2294.


DOD Broad Agency Announcement for Extramural Biomedical Research and Development

The United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM)seeks novel biomedical solutions to preserve the high level of performance and save the lives of Special Operations Forces (SOF) in field environments. Any projects proposed must be unique to the requirements of SOF who typically conduct combat operations in austere, remote locations without timely access to medical evacuation or elevated levels of medical care. It is these far-forward and/or isolated operations that make SOF medicine unique and result in material solutions characterized by ruggedness, light weight, small volume, and low power requirements. USSOCOM is also interested in research that will lead to improved techniques and procedures that do not necessarily require new material.

Pre-proposal Deadline: August 3
Application Deadline: October 12

Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship Award

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation is accepting applications for the Fellowship Award. The Foundation encourages all theoretical and experimental research relevant to the study of cancer and the search for cancer causes, mechanisms, therapies and prevention. Candidates must apply for the fellowship under the guidance of a Sponsor capable of providing mentorship to the Fellow.

Deadline: August 15

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Career Development Program

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Career Development Program (CDP) offers career development awards to researchers in various stages of their research careers.

  • Scholar: Open to highly qualified investigators who have shown a capacity for independent, sustained original investigation in the field of leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Applicants must hold an independent faculty-level or equivalent position and have obtained substantial support for research from a national agency.
  • Scholar in Clinical Research: Open to highly qualified investigators who hold an independent faculty-level appointment and are conducting original, independent applied research, often involving early-stage clinical trials that will advance the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of hematologic malignancies. Applicants are expected to have concomitant support for research from another source or agency.
  • Special Fellow: Open to qualified investigators who have completed a minimum of two years of postdoctoral research training and are continuing research under the research sponsor's direction. This award is meant to permit investigators to begin to transition to an independent research program.
  • Special Fellow in Clinical Research (SFCR): Open to researchers who hold a PhD, MD or equivalent degree and have completed at least two years of clinical hematology, oncology, hematology/oncology or hematopathology training or postdoctoral research training in a clinical discipline (such as cytogenetics or molecular pathology). Applicants must show evidence that their career focus will be on preventing, diagnosing or treating leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma.
  • Fellow: Open to promising investigators with less than two years of postdoctoral research training. This award encourages investigators to embark on an academic career involving clinical or fundamental research in, or related to, leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma under a research sponsor's direction.
  • Quality of Life Research Funding Initiative: The Quality of Life Research Initiative is a subcategory of the Career Development and Translational Research grant programs. Investigators must apply to the initiative through one of these two programs.

LOI Deadline for all awards: September 15 3 pm ET
Full Application Deadline for all awards: October 1 3 pm ET


Special Issue: Oncology Nursing (July 24, 2012)

Guest Commentary by Dr. Mary M. Gullatte: Oncology Nurses: Leading from the Future A Conversation with Karen Stanley on the Importance of Communication in Palliative Care

Nurses and Physicians Collaborate to Improve Cancer Care

As Patient Navigation Expands and Evolves, Nurses Assume Many Roles

Innovative Program Aims to Improve Support for Cancer Family Caregivers

A Balancing Act: Nursing and Ethics in Clinical Trials 

Emotional Rescue: Addressing Compassion Fatigue in Oncology Nursing

Bertie Ford: Mentoring Oncology Nurses and Helping the Underserved

Selected Resources Related to Oncology Nursing

Special Report: Observation as Good as Surgery for Some Men with Prostate Cancer

Mapping the Molecular Changes in Colorectal Cancer

Drug May Make Bone Marrow Transplants to Treat Blood Cancers Safer

Tumors May Resist Cancer Drugs with Help from Neighboring Cells

Also in the Journals: ASCO Releases Clinical Opinion on PSA Screening

Also in the Journals: No Overall Survival Benefit from Bevacizumab in Breast Cancer, Meta-Analysis Shows

FDA Update





**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

July 30

Pharmacology Student Invited Seminar
Mordechai Sheves, PhD
Professor, Organic Chemistry
Weizmann Institute of Science
Topic: Molecular Mechanism for the Function of Retinal Proteins
11 am Webster Conference Room, W331

July 31

August 1

Hematology and Oncology Division Research Conference
David Mansur, MD
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
Topic: Introduction to Radiation Oncology and Use of Total Body Irradiation
8 am Lerner Tower B-151

Molecular Biology and Microbiology Seminar
Mojgan Naghavi, PhD
Schaefer Research Scholar, Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics
Columbia University
Topic: The Role of Cytoskeletal Regulatory Factors in Viral Infection
1 pm Rottman Seminar Room W203

August 2

Cancer Center Faculty Candidate
Gürkan Bebek, PhD
Instructor, Case Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics
Topic: Integrative Network Analysis of Colorectal Cancer Driver Genes
1 pm WRB 3-136

Imaging and Cytometry Seminar
Topic: Amnis cytometry systems
1 pm WRB 1-413

Molecular Biology and Microbiology Seminar
Derek Walsh, PhD
Associate Research Scientist, Microbiology
New York University
Topic: Translational control of gene expression during infection by DNA viruses
1 pm Rottman Seminar Room W203

August 3

Cancer Center Research in Progress will resume in September

Cancer Center Seminar Series will resume in September.

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds will resume in September

Hematology/Oncology Fellows Conference/Curriculum Series
Jane Little, MD
Associate Professor, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: Sickle Cell Anemia
8 am Wearn 137

Case CCC Calendar

LRI Calendar


Developmental Therapeutics Program Retreat: Cancer Drug Development at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center
August 16
3-7 pm, Dively Building 202

Second Annual Imaging Solutions in Cancer Management: A Case-Based Conference
September 21
Wolstein Research Building
Brochure and Registration Form

National GvHD Health Symposium
November 2
Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside


Ninth International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology
October 8-10
Albuquerque, NM

Biennial Science of Global Prostate Cancer Disparities conference
November 1-4
Nassau, The Bahamas

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2013
January 3-7, 2013
Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii
Call for Abstracts Deadline: July 31


Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Bridge Grant
Deadline: July 16

Kinship Foundation Searle Scholars Program
Internal Deadline: July 23
External Deadline: September 28

DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program Health Disparity Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: July 26
Application Deadline: August 9

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Nursing Grants Program Explorer Awards
Deadline: August 1

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Nursing Grants Program Pathfinder Award: Intermediate Nurse Researcher Grants
Deadline: August 1

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Nursing Grants Program Discovery Award: Independent Nurse Researcher Grants
Deadline: August 1

American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor
LOI Deadline: August 1
Application Deadline: October 15

International Myeloma Foundation Brian D. Novis Senior Research Award
Deadline: August 1

International Myeloma Foundation Brian D. Novis Junior Research Award
Deadline: August 1

University Hospitals Harrington Discovery Institute Scholar-Innovator Grants program
Deadline: August 1

Case CCC ACS Institutional Research Grant Awards
Application Deadline: August 3

DOD Lung Cancer Research Program Concept Award
Pre-Application Deadline: August 9
Application Deadline: August 23

Uniting Against Lung Cancer (UALC)
Deadline: August 15

2013 NIH Director's Transformative Research Awards
LOI Deadline: August 21
Application Deadline: September 21

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Advancing Care through Science Conference Scholarship
Deadline: September 1

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation 'A' Award
Deadline: September 17

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health & Society Scholars program
Deadline: September 21

Szent-Györgyi Prize for Progress in Cancer Research
Deadline: September 30

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Epidemiology Awards
Deadline: December 17

Translational Technology Concept Studies of Circulating Tumor and Endothelial Cells (CTC/CEC)
Deadline: Open

AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards - Other Conferences and Meetings
Deadline: Open

Case CCC Protocol Specific Research Support (PSRS)
Deadline: Open

International Union Against Cancer (UICC) International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowships
Application Deadline: Open

International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF) Research Grant Program
Application Deadline: Open

SAIC-Frederick Support of the Cancer Genome Atlas Program
Application Deadline: Open

Solving Kids' Cancer Therapeutic Development Initiative
Application Deadline: Open

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
Application Deadline: Open

NIH BULLETIN – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Tobacco Centers of Regulatory Science for Research Relevant to the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (P50) (RFA-DA-13-003)

Physical activity and weight control interventions among cancer survivors: Effects on biomarkers of prognosis and survival (R01) (PAR-12-228)

Physical activity and weight control interventions among cancer survivors: Effects on biomarkers of prognosis and survival (R21) (PAR-12-229)

Prioritizing Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention with Nutritional Combinations (R01)(PA-10-035)

Development, Application, and Evaluation of Prediction Models for Cancer Risk and Prognosis (R01)(PA-10-025)

Epigenetic Approaches in Cancer Epidemiology (R01)(PA-10-031)

Epigenetic Approaches in Cancer Epidemiology (R21)(PA-10-032)

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