MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case CCC
Sequester Impact on Biomedical Research - Washington Post Opinion Piece
In a piece published in the Washington Post last week, opinion writer George F. Will called attention to the detrimental effect the sequester will have on the advancement of medical research and the future generation of researchers. As NIH Director Francis Collins said in the article, "the flow of scientific talent cannot be turned on and off like a faucet." We do not know what scientific breakthroughs are just on the horizon, but limited funding for biomedical research could significantly delay important research findings.
Please take the time to write a short note to your governmental representatives. Voice your opinion and illustrate how important this issue is to you, your region, and to your nation.
CASE CCC IN THE NEWS
Waiting to Hear From the Doctor
New York Times - Aug 22, 2013
Dr. Mikkael Sekeres shares personal experience dealing with the emotional stress of waiting to hear test results from a doctor.
Cleveland Clinic to Enroll Cancer Patients in New Study That Tests Tumors' Genetic Makeup
The Plain Dealer - Aug 21, 2013
Cancer patients who have been diagnosed with certain solid tumors that have poor survival rates or have limited treatment options may be eligible to participate in a new clinical trial at the Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer Institute...Non-Clinic patients who want to be considered for the study must make an appointment to see a Clinic oncologist in order to discuss the study and provide consent for their biopsy specimen to be tested, said Dr. Davendra Sohal, principal investigator of the study and a staff physician in Taussig's department of solid tumor oncology.
Poor Oral Hygiene, Oral HPV Linked in Study
The Plain Dealer - Aug 21, 2013
No, but a study published today in Cancer Prevention Research, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research, says that poor oral hygiene is a risk factor for oral human papillomavirus...In the past 10 to 15 years, physicians have noticed higher numbers of oral cancers, especially those at the base of the tongue and on the tonsil, said Dr. Pierre Lavertu, director of head and neck surgery and oncology at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
Indoor Tanning Still Common in Girls, Women
MedPage Today - Aug 19, 2013
Indoor tanning among adolescent girls and young women rises through the teen years, peaking at about 18 through 21, and then declines with age, according to an analysis by CDC researchers...The findings are not surprising, commentedKevin Cooper, MD, of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland. "We've had information before about the rate of tanning bed utilization among teenagers, and we've had data on tanning bed utilization in young women and men as well," he told MedPage Today.
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Microscope Usage Survey
We are attempting to determine microscope usage among Cancer Center members to more fully meet your research needs. We are especially interested in determining your needs for super resolution microscopy. Advances in microscopy and cell biology are intimately intertwined, with new visualization possibilities leading to dramatic leaps in our understanding of how cells function. The recent advances in super resolution microscopy have changed the limits of optical resolution from 250 nm to 20 nm. Biologists are no longer limited to inferring molecular interactions, as it is now possible to see the individual molecules as they interact. We would like to know your interest in bringing super resolution technology to our campus. Please take a few minutes to complete a survey on microscopes and specifically to your need for super resolution microscopy.
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting applications for several awards:
- Career Awards at the Scientific Interface bridge advanced postdoctoral training and the first years of faculty service. Awards are intended to foster the early career development of researchers with backgrounds in the physical/mathematical/computational sciences and engineers whose work addresses biological questions.
Deadline: September 3
- Career Awards for Medical Scientists bridge advanced postdoctoral/fellowship training and the early years of faculty service. Proposals must be in the area of basic biomedical, disease-oriented, or translational research.
Deadline: October 1
- Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Awards support accomplished investigators at the assistant professor level to study pathogenesis, with a focus on the interplay between human and microbial biology, shedding light on how human and microbial systems are affected by their encounters.
Deadline: November 1
DOD Breast Cancer Research Program
Applications to the Fiscal Year 2013 Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) are being solicited for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, Defense Health Program, by the U.S. Army Medical Research Acquisitions Activity for the BCRP Breakthrough Award. The intent of this award is to support promising research that has the potential to lead to or make breakthroughs in breast cancer.
Pre-Application Deadline: October 8
Application Deadline: January 15, 2014