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January 28, 2013


Researchers Discover Promising Prognostic Marker for Aggressive Breast Cancer
Case CCC News - Jan 23, 2013
‌A team of researchers led by Goutham Narla, MD, PhD, at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and collaborators at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Erasmus Medical Center, have discovered a gene variant that drives the spread of breast cancer. Published in Scientific Translational Medicine, the study lays the early foundation for predicting which breast cancer patients may develop more aggressive disease and for designing more effective treatments.

First Harrington Distinguished Scholar Brings Breast Cancer Research to Cleveland
Plain Dealer-Jan 24, 2013
A native of California, Dr. Goutham Narla moved East after graduating from Santa Clara University. He would spend the next 15 years in New York City...An added bonus: Narla's wife, Analisa DiFeo, is furthering her ovarian cancer research at her own lab at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, which she joined last spring.

Collaboration in academia designed to increase return on research investments
Helio/HemOnc Today - Jan 25, 2013
Point by Brian J. Bolwell, MD, FACP...Private-public partnerships are a very good option. There are certain realities that exist in 2013. The first is that overall reimbursement in health care is declining and will continue to do so...

Cleveland Clinic Opens Wig and Cap Boutique for its Cancer Patients
Plain Dealer - Jan 23, 2013
Barrat-Gordon and Lindecke credit Dr. Brian Bolwell, Taussig chairman since summer 2011 (he was interim chairman prior to that), with creating the atmosphere that makes the new boutique possible.

Highlights From the 2013 Gastrointestinal Symposium, with Neal Meropol, MD
Cancer.Net (video)
In this podcast, we review some of the news announced at the 2013 Gastrointestinal Cancer Symposium, co-sponsored by ASCO.

Drug Is Shown to Help Pancreatic Cancer Cases
New York Times - Jan 22, 2013
"The simplicity of Abraxane plus gemcitabine may be attractive to physicians and patients," said Dr. Neal J. Meropol, chief of hematology and oncology at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland...


Miltenyi Biotec to Contribute Portion of Purchases to Support TRCCC Conference

Miltenyi Biotec is offering special discounts in relation to the upcoming TRCCC conference. Special offers include:

  • 10% off gentleMACS™ or gentleMACS™ Octo Dissociators
  • Plus FREE MACS® Tumor Dissociation Kit of choice
  • Plus 25 FREE gentleMACS™ C Tubes for tumor dissociation
  • Plus 5% TRCCC contribution – 5% of the gentleMACS purchase price will be contributed by Miltenyi Biotec to sponsor the TRCCC meeting, February 20-23, 2013

Click here for more information.


American Cancer Society IRG Awards

The Case CCC, with funds from its American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant, will provide seed money to foster cancer research by junior faculty who have no current national grant support of their own. Investigators in the CWRU School of Medicine and Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine as well as in other schools and colleges in the University are eligible. Grants, not to exceed $30,000, will be awarded to investigators who intend to gather preliminary data to be used in seeking future and independently funded programs.

LOI Deadline: February 18
Application Deadline: April 5

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Pediatric Oncology Student Training Program

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) is dedicated to funding pediatric oncology researchers at critical points in their careers. The Pediatric Oncology Student Training (POST) Program is designed for graduate and medical students who have an interest in pediatric oncology research and would like to experience the field first hand. Students train with a pediatric oncology research mentor. Students may join a research project underway in a mentor's lab or begin an original investigation with the mentor.

Deadline: March 4


Grant Writing Workshops

The CWRU Office of Research Administration is pleased to announce that Dr. Bob Lucas, Director of the Institute for Scholarly Productivity in San Luis Obispo, California, will be on campus to present two grant writing workshops:

Scholarly Writing
Thursday, January 31
2-5:30 pm BRB 105
This workshop is intended for academics who are writing less than they would like. It assumes that many professors have done a great deal of publishable research –they just haven't written up the results.

Introduction to Proposal Writing
Friday, February 1
8 am - 12 pm WRB 1-413
This workshop introduces academics to the grants world. It gives beginners a framework for understanding this complex world and advice about how best to expend their energies to gain the maximum return from their efforts.

Register today!

TRCCC Annual Meeting: The Power of Negative Thinking: Inhibiting the Inhibitors of Tumor Immunity

Registration is open for the 16th Annual Meeting of the Translational Research Cancer Centers Consortium (TRCCC),The Power of Negative Thinking: Inhibiting the Inhibitors of Tumor Immunity. Held February 20-22 at the Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Seven Springs, PA, this meeting will feature two symposiums focused on Tumor-mediated Immune Suppression and Vaccine and Cellular Therapy, with spotlight sessions on Imaging and Viral Vectors. The agenda will also include a poster session. Researchers, institutional officials, and students are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentations by February 4.


Sarcoma Foundation of America
Deadline: January 31

Limited Submission: NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant Program
LOI Deadline: February 1
Application Due to Sponsor: March 21

National Research Council Associateship Programs
Deadline: February 1

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Master's Degree Scholarships
Deadline: February 1

Oncology Nursing Society Foundation Doctoral Degree Scholarships
Deadline: February 1

Prostate Cancer Foundation 2013 Young Investigator Awards
Deadline: February 1

Avon Foundation 2013 Breast Cancer Research Program
LOI Deadline: February 4
Invited Full Proposal Deadline: April 1

LOI Deadline: February 18
Application Deadline: April 5

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program
LOI Deadline: March 1
Full Application Deadline: March 15

Childhood Brain Tumor Foundation
Deadline: March 12

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

James S. McDonnell Foundation Collaborative Activity Awards
Deadline: Open

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange 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

NIH BULLETIN – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Notice of Intent to Publish the Reissuance of PA-10-006 "Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research (R01)" (NOT-NR-13-006)

Notice of Intent to Publish the Reissuance of PA-10-008 "Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research (R03)" (NOT-NR-13-008)

Notice of Intent to Publish the Reissuance of PA-10-007 "Mechanisms, Models, Measurement, & Management in Pain Research (R21)" (NOT-NR-13-007)

PHS 2013-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42])(PA-13-089)

Notice of New Application Due Date with Temporary Increase in Budget Limit on AHRQ Large Research (R01) and Demonstration (R18) Grant Applications for Standing AHRQ Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs)(NOT-HS-13-005)

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January 28

Pathology Research Seminar Series
Youwei Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology
Topic: Cell Cycle Checkpoint Regulation and Cancer Therapy
12 pm WRB 1-413

January 29

Radiation Oncology Grand Rounds
Rod Ellis, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology
Topic: The Clinical Implications for the Increasing Role of Molecular Imaging in Radiation Oncology
8:10 am Lerner Tower B-181

Immunology Seminar Series
Joanne Turner, PhD
Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Molecular Virology, Immunology, and Medical Genetics
Center for Microbial Interface Biology
The Ohio State University
Topic: IL-10 Deficiency reverses the TB Susceptibility Phenotype of CBA/J mice
12 pm WRB 1-413

Medicine Grand Rounds
Kim Bixenstine
Deputy General Counsel and VP, Claims and Litigation Services
University Hospitals
Topic: Joint Compliance and Legal Presentation on HIPAA and Patient Privacy Issues
12 pm Kulas Auditorium, Lakeside 5th Fl.

January 30

Hematology and Oncology Division Research Conference
Evi Stavrou, MD 
Instructor, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: Factor XII: A Critical Regulator of Thrombosis and Leukocyte Function
8 am Lerner Tower B-151

January 31

February 1

Hematology/Oncology Fellows Conference/Curriculum Series
Topic: TBD
8 am School of Nursing 2280

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Sree Battu, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Cancer Rehabilitation
8 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Engineering and Medicine Seminar
Daniel Hammer, PhD
Alfred G. and Meta A. Ennis Professor of Bioengineering
Professor, Chemical Engineering and Biomolecular Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Force Microscopy of Amoeboid Cell Motility
10 am Wickenden 322

Cancer Center Seminar Series
Ruth Keri, PhD
Associate Director for Basic Research, Case CCC
Associate Professor and Vice Chair, Pharmacology
Topic: Regulation of Breast Cancer Phenotypes
12 pm BRB 105

Molecular Biology and Microbiology Thesis Presentation
Mastooreh Chamanian
Arts Lab, Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Topic: A Novel HIV-1 Genomic RNA Packaging Element and its Role in Interplay Between RNA Packaging and Ribosomal Frameshifting
1 pm Wood Building, W203 Rottman Seminar Room

Cancer Center Research in Progress
Stephen Fink, PhD
Instructor, Markowitz lab, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: CCSP-1, A Secreted Protein Highly Induced in Colon Cancer and Associated with Poor Survival
4 pm WRB 3-136

Case CCC Calendar

LRI Calendar


The Role of Interferon in Metastasis and Resistance to DNA Damage in Prostate Cancer
February 7
Cleveland Clinic Room Q1-300
Agenda and Registration

IMPACT: Improving Sickle Cell Patient Adherence Through Collaborative Teaching
March 23
Wolstein Research Building
Brochure and Registration

Breast Cancer Conference
May 17
Hilton Cleveland East


16th Annual Meeting of the Translational Research Cancer Centers Consortium (TRC3): The Power of Negative Thinking: Inhibiting the Inhibitors of Tumor Immunity
February 20-22
Seven Springs Mountain Resort, Seven Springs, PA

National GvHD Health Symposium
November 1