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October 29, 2012

Date Released: 29 October 2012
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Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case CCC

NCI Cancer Center Site Visit Wrap-Up

Last week, we had a terrific day showcasing the Cancer Center at the NCI Cancer Center Site Visit. The review team was intense, the presentations well rehearsed and thoughtful, the questions pointed but necessary, and the responses were on the money.

We should feel proud of the effort and time commitment, and for the arousal of energy that helps us refine how we position the Cancer Center and prioritize our goals. I think the review will come back with some very strong statements of support for the Cancer Center.

The reviewers will, I am sure, came away excited about the science, appreciative of all of the leaders - program, core and Executive Committee members, and an understanding of the incredible effort we have made to develop a cohesive consortium. The core review and the clinical trials review also went exceptionally well.

Please thank your program leaders for the incredible effort they put into this. I have cashed in a number of chits and may need to spend the next four years rebuilding the chit store!

Also, thank you to the administrative staff who put in long hours and weekends making absolutely sure that EVERYTHING was in place. I am certain they will raise the bar for our next site visit, but we would be disappointed if they did not! As Toby Cosgrove commented, "Looks like a congressional hearing!"

We should receive the draft report by December 1. The parent committee will meet the second week of December. Until that time, please do not discuss the site visit or review with members of the site visit or the parent committee.

So, get back to your real job, remember the Cancer Center, and continue your outstanding efforts and research!

Annual Scientific Retreat 2013

To help us move on with the Cancer Center, I would like to solicit ideas about the Annual Cancer Center Scientific Retreat. The retreat will be held in July 2013 and should have a scientific focus with both general sessions and breakouts for the programs and initiatives. If advocated, we could have a shared resource workshop as well.

I will be discussing the retreat with the Program Leaders and Executive Committee in the next few weeks but would like your input on:

• Possible topics: (with these concepts in mind)

- Interprogrammatic
- General
- Transdisciplinary
- Transformative

• Poster sessions

• Near campus or away

• How many days? One day, two days, or overnight?

Once we get some initial impressions we will send out a survey to gain consensus.


Broadview Heights resident honored for his work developing a vaccine for breast cancer prevention
Plain Dealer (blog)- Oct 26, 2012
Researcher Vincent K. Tuohy, Ph.D. received a special ... The proclamation honors Tuohy, a resident of the city, for the 10 years of research he ...

Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too, Say Cleveland Clinic, UH Specialists - Oct 26, 2012
Dr. Lyndsay N. Harris, the director of the Breast Cancer Program at the Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center; Dr. Katherine Lee, ...

New Patent Helps Neurosurgeons Rehearse
Imaging Economics - Oct 25, 2012
...Research is currently underway with Dr. Andrew Sloan, Director of University Hospitals Neurological Institute Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center and Peter D. Cristal Associate Professor of Neurosurgery at Case Western Reserve University, on utilization of the platform in complex brain tumor cases.

Aspirin linked to survival in mutation colon cancer
Plain Dealer - Oct 24, 2012
The results of such a study could certainly lead to a new standard of care, said Dr. Neal Meropol, chief of the division of hematology ...

New guidelines put Pap smear screening test for cervical cancer at every 3-5 years
Plain Dealer - Oct 22, 2012
It will probably take a couple of years before patients embrace the new cervical cancer screening schedule, said Dr. Steven Waggoner, division chief of gynecological oncology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.


American Association for Cancer Research Financial Support for Annual Meeting Attendees

The American Association for Cancer Research is offering financial support for attendees of its Annual Meeting, April 6-10, 2013 in Washington, DC.

  • AACR Scholar in Training Awards provide financial support to meritorious early-career scientists residing anywhere in the world, and also to members of minority groups residing in the United States or Canada that have been traditionally underrepresented in cancer and biomedical research to assist them in attending the AACR Annual Meeting. Only AACR members are eligible to apply for these awards. Nonmembers are encouraged to apply for membership.
    Deadline: November 15
  • The Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award consists of financial support to offset the costs of registration, travel, and subsistence for participation in AACR Annual Meetings and Special Conferences. These awards are intended to enhance the education and training of minority researchers and increase the visibility and recognition of minorities involved in cancer research.
    Deadline: November 30
  • AACR-Women in Cancer Research (WICR) Scholar Awardsare awarded to members of Women in Cancer Research who are full-time scientists-in-training. Graduate students, medical students, residents, clinical fellows or equivalent, or postdoctoral fellows who are presenters of meritorious scientific papers at the AACR Annual Meeting are eligible. Deadline: November 30
  • AACR-Thomas J. Bardos Science Education Awards for Undergraduate Students provide third-year undergraduates with the funds to participate in two consecutive AACR Annual Meetings.
    Deadline: November 30
Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations

The Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO Medical Student Rotation for Underrepresented Populations, is a funding opportunity designed to facilitate the recruitment and retention of individuals from populations underrepresented in medicine to cancer careers and increase access to quality care for underserved communities. To qualify, applicants must be enrolled in an MD or DO, U.S. medical school program and be of an underrepresented population as defined by the program eligibility criteria. Candidates must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents. Candidates also must demonstrate an interest in pursuing oncology as a career and have a record of good academic standing.

Deadline: December 3

Weatherhead Institute for Family Medicine and Community Health Pilot

CWRU SOM is accepting applications for grants to address urban health issues through University-Community partnerships. Proposals should translate research findings to improve health conditions that exist or are exacerbated through residence in a local distressed area; and/or should improve community health while increasing the preparedness of health professionals to address urban health.

To receive funding, applications must reflect a partnership between a community organization and a CWRU faculty member. Partnerships are intended to leverage the expertise of members of the community in improving health and promoting wellness. Applications are encouraged from CWRU SOM students and faculty, and from faculty at other Case schools and colleges and affiliates. However, student applications should be submitted by a faculty member who is active in the CTSC. For all applications, the PI must be a CWRU SOM faculty member. Interested investigators from other institutions should partner with a SOM faculty member for the submission.

Deadline: December 3


Metabolomics Data and Cancer Research Interpretation

On Wednesday, November 7 vendor Metabolon will present three case studies on how metabolomics data have positively impacted cancer research interpretation, from 2:30-4:30 pm in Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. Representatives from Metabolon will be happy to meet one-on-one with PIs before and after the formal presentations. Interested investigators should contact Patrick Leahy at 216.368.0761 to set up such a meeting.




October 29

Cancer Center Chalk Talk
David Danielpour, PhD
Professor, General Medical Sciences-Oncology
Topic: TBD
12 pm WRB 3-136

Pathology Research Seminar Series
Jonathan Braun, MD, PhD
Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles
Topic: Uncovering microgeographic mucosal communities through microbiome and protein analysis: implications for inflammatory bowel disease
12 pm WRB 1-413

Physiology and Biophysics Seminar
Toshinori Hoshi, PhD
Professor, Physiology
University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Fish oil and calcium-dependent potassium channels
4 pm SOM/Robbins Bldg E-501

October 30

Molecular Genetics Departmental Seminar Series
Munir Tanas, MD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rubin Lab, Molecular Genetics
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Dysregulation of WWTR1 via its fusion to CAMTA1 as part of the WWTR1/CAMTA1 fusion protein results in an oncogenic phenotype
9:30 am NE1-205 Cleveland Clinic

Pathology Graduate Student Seminar
Christina Antonopoulos
Dubyak Lab, Pathology
Topic: Doxorubicin Triggers IL-1β Processing and Secretion via both Caspase-1 Inflammasomes and an Alternative Caspase-1 Independent Signaling Pathway in Murine Dendritic Cells
12 pm WRB 1-413

October 31

Hematology and Oncology Research Conference
Marcos de Lima, MD
Section Chief for Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation 
Topic: Cord Blood Transplantation
8 am Lerner B-151

Immunology and Neuroscience Invited Speaker Seminar Series
Yui-Hsi Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pediatrics
Cincinnati Children's Hospital
Topic: Novel IL-9-Producing Innate Helper Cells Promote Oral Antigen-Induced Anaphylaxis
12 pm NC1-202 Cleveland Clinic

Innovative Science Discussion Group
Topic: TBD
12:15 pm WRB 3-136

November 1

National Center for Regenerative Medicine Seminar
Karen English, PhD
National University of Ireland
Topic: Immunomodulation by Pericyte derived Stem Cells (Mesenchymal Stem Cells and Mesoangioblasts)
1 pm WRB 2-136

November 2

Hematology/Oncology Fellows Conference/Curriculum Series canceled

National GvHD Health Symposium
8 am - 5 pm Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Craig Portell, MD
Taussig Cancer Institute
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Diffuse Large B-cell Lymphoma: Subtypes, Current Strategies and Future Directions
8 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Seminar Series
Christine Ambrosone, PhD
Chair, Cancer Prevention and Control
Professor, Oncology
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Topic: The Etiology of Breast Cancer Subtypes in African-American Women
12 pm BRB 105

Cancer Center Research in Progress
Damian Junk, PhD
Postdoctoral Scholar, Jackson Lab, Pathology
Topic: Cytokine Induction of Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition and the Acquisition of Breast Cancer Stem Cell Phenotypes
4 pm WRB 3-136

Case CCC Calendar

LRI Calendar


National GvHD Health Symposium
November 2
Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside


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

The Cancer Genome Atlas 2nd Annual Scientific Symposium: Enabling Cancer Research Through TCGA
November 27-28
Crystal City, Virginia

American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting
December 8-11
Atlanta, Georgia

Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing 2013
January 3-7, 2013
Fairmont Orchid, Hawaii


Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Springboard Grant
Deadline: October 29

Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award
Pre-Proposal Deadline: October 29
Full Proposal Deadline: February 20, 2013

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Specialized Center of Research Program
Deadline: November 1

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Research Career Development Awards
Deadline: November 1

Stand Up To Cancer-St. Baldrick's Pediatric Translational Cancer Research Dream Team
Deadline: November 1

DeGregorio Foundation Award for Cancers of the Upper GI Tract
Deadline: November 5

AACR Dharma Master Jiantai Innovative Grant for Lung Cancer Research
Deadline: November 20

Limited Submission: NIH Director's Early Independence Award
Internal Deadline: November 26
LOI Deadline: December 30
Full Application: January 30, 2013

Limited Submission: Rita Allen Foundation Scholars Program
Internal Deadline: November 26
External Deadline: January 25, 2013

AACR-Women in Cancer Research Scholar Awards
Deadline: November 30

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Innovation Grants
Deadline: December 3

DOD Breast Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Pre-Application Deadline: December 4
Application Deadline: December 18

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

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Young Investigator Awards
Deadline: December 17

Association for Research of Childhood Cancer
Deadline: January 1, 2013

2013 CTSC Annual Pilot Grant Funding
LOI Deadline: January 15, 2013

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

Notice of Change in Eligibility of Foreign Institutions for RFA-LM-12-002 Basic social and behavioral research on culture, health, and wellbeing (R24) (NOT-LM-13-001)

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