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September 9, 2013


Cleveland Clinic Genetics Expert Continues Research with Ex-OSU Colleagues; Team gets $11 million grant
Plain Dealer - Sept 9, 2013
Dr. Charis Eng, chairwoman and founder of the Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute, is leading up a portion of thyroid cancer research that is getting $11.3 million over five years.

Valerie Harper's Cancer Comeback: From Terminal Diagnosis to 'Dancing with the Stars'
Fox News - Sept 4, 2013
Despite a diagnosis of terminal cancer, actress Valerie Harper is now engaged in four-hour-a-day dance rehearsals in preparation for "Dancing with the Stars," according to People magazine. Though Harper's comeback is rare, Dr. Lisa Rachel Rogers, medical director of the neuro-oncology program at University Hospital's Case Medical Center in Cleveland, said it's not entirely unheard of for patients with Harper's disease.

Early Intervention Prolonged Time to Progression in Smoldering Myeloma
Helio/HemOnc Today - Aug 14, 2013
Dr. Frederic Reu discusses results from smoldering multiple myeloma clinical trial.


Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative Annual Pilot Awards

Congratulations to the six faculty members and researchers who were awarded the 2013 Clinical & Translational Science Collaborative's annual pilot awards.

  • Micheala Aldred: New therapeutic approaches in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension
  • Matthew CooneyEvaluation of alpha-methylacyl-CoA racemase (AMACR) as a Non-Invasive Diagnostic Biomarker for Prostate Cancer
  • Efstathios KarathanasisEarly Detection of Micrometastasis Using a Nanochain and MRI
  • John Kirwan: Unlocking the Mechanisms of Type 2 Diabetes Remission After Gastric Bypass: Relationship Between Stimulus Secretion Coupling Mechanism, Beta Cell Morphology, and Incretin Secretion
  • Li LiHuman Beta-Defensin-3 (hBD-3): A Novel Biomarker for Early Colon Neoplasia
  • Ann Williams: Diabetes SystemCHANGE(TM): Community-based peer support for people with diabetes

Database of Potential Student Lab Assistants

The Cancer Center has a database of undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in working in cancer research labs or are doing rotations for the Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP). If you are interested in hosting a student volunteer, employee, or rotation, please contact Lyn Haselton at We appreciate your support and interest in training the next generation of cancer researchers!


PET/MR Workshop: What You Need to Know

The Department of Radiology is hosting PET/MR Workshop: What You Need to Know on September 13 from 8-5 pm in BRB 105. This symposium brings together some of the pioneers in the novel field of PET-MR Imaging using a practical approach to share the initial clinical experience of this new modality combining the expertise of MR and nuclear medicine images. The target audience for this CME event includes radiologists, nuclear medicine physicians, oncologists, cardiovascular and neurological specialists, primary care physicians and technologists.

MetroHealth Research Symposium

The annual MetroHealth Research Symposium will be held Wednesday, September 18 from 8 am - 6 pm. Activities include poster displays, an oral presentation competition, a poster presentation competition and a keynote address.

The Keynote Speaker, Tony Wynshaw-Boris, MD, PhD, is Chair of Genetics and Genome Sciences at CWRU. He will present his talk, Neurogenetic diseases: From pathogenesis to therapeutics at 5 pm in Rammelkamp 170.

This entire symposium is open to everyone in the community, and would be of particular interest to students, fellows, and scientific and medical professionals. No registration is required. Contact Cindy Pollak at or 216-778-8718 for more information.

Point of Care Technologies for Cancer

The National Institutes of Health is hosting a conference on Cancer TechnologiesOctober 7-9, on the NIH campus in Bethesda, Maryland. The conference, Point of Care Technologies for Cancer, is co-sponsored by National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering. The main goal of the conference is to facilitate new scientific collaborations and interactions among cancer researchers and bioengineers, and to build new research programs in this important field in order to promote the translation of new technologies into clinical applications.

In addition to the main conference on October 8-9, there will be a pre-conference symposium on October 7 on Cancer Detection, Diagnostics and Treatment Technologies for Global Health sponsored by the NCI Center for Global Health. The pre-conference will be especially relevant for those interested in global health, since it will focus on the development of cancer-relevant technologies suitable for environments with limited resources. NCI is also targeting this topic area through a new global health funding initiative.

Although there is no registration fee, there are limited seats and all attendees are required to register.


American Skin Association

The American Skin Association is accepting applications for the following funding opportunities. Please note that a Chair can endorse only one Scholar Award (either category) and one research grant each year.

  • The Research Scholar Award in Melanoma/Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer seeks to foster the career development of a young investigator working at the level of instructor through associate professor in the field of dermatology or cutaneous biology. The aim of the program is to provide bridge support for young investigators. Special consideration will be given to individuals without significant prior support.
    Deadline: October 1
  • Support is available for disease-specific research targeting the following five (5) disorders: Childhood Skin Diseases/Disfigurement, Psoriasis/Inflammatory Skin Diseases, Skin Cancer, Melanoma, Vitiligo/Pigment Cell Disorders, and Quality of Life/Health Services/Outcome Studies. There is no age requirement. However, applicants without prior funding, who are in a formative stage of their career, or who are undergoing a mid-career research change will be given preference.
    Deadline: October 1
  • Funding is available to medical students working actively in the areas of melanoma and skin cancer. Funds may be used for support of a new or ongoing research/clinical investigation project.
    Deadline: October 1

Limited Submission: NSF Major Research Instrumentation Program

The Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI) seeks to improve the quality and expand the scope of research and research training in science and engineering, by supporting proposals for shared instrumentation that fosters the integration of research and education in research-intensive learning environments. Each MRI proposal may request support for the acquisition (Track 1) or development (Track 2) of a single research instrument for shared inter- and/or intra-organizational use; development efforts that leverage the strengths of private sector partners to build instrument development capacity at MRI submission-eligible organizations are encouraged.

To accomplish the program's goals, the MRI program assists with the acquisition or development of a shared research instrument that is, in general, too costly and/or not appropriate for support through other NSF programs. The instrument is expected to be operational for regular research use by the end of the award period. 
Internal Deadline: October 14
External Deadline: January 23, 2014


Pezcoller Foundation–AACR International Award for Cancer Research
Nomination Deadline: September 12

Avon Safety Net Program
LOI Deadline: September 12
Application Deadline: October 24

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation 'A' Award
Deadline: September 16

PCRP Health Disparity Research Award
LOI Deadline: September 18
Application Deadline: October 9
PCRP Clinical Consortium Award
LOI Deadline: September 18
Application Deadline: October 9

PCRP Prostate Cancer Pathology Resource Network (PCPRN or Network) Award
LOI Deadline: September 18
Application Deadline: October 9

PCRP Population Science Impact Award
LOI Deadline: September 18
Application Deadline: October 9

AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
Nomination Deadline: September 19

AACR Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship
Nomination Deadline: September 19

AACR Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research
Nomination Deadline: September 26

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

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Awards for Medical Scientists
Deadline: October 1

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar
LOI Deadline: October 1
Application Deadline: October 15

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Scholar in Clinical Research
LOI Deadline: October 1
Application Deadline: October 15

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Special Fellow
LOI Deadline: October 1
Application Deadline: October 15

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Special Fellow in Clinical Research
LOI Deadline: October 1
Application Deadline: October 15

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Fellow
LOI Deadline: October 1
Application Deadline: October 15

AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry in Cancer Research
Nomination Deadline: October 3

AACR-Minorities in Cancer Research Jane Cooke Wright Lectureship
Nomination Deadline: October 3

AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship
Nomination Deadline: October 3

Melanoma Research Alliance Team Science Awards
LOI Deadline: October 7

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Innovative Grants
LOI Deadline: October 7
Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Research Acceleration Network (RAN) Grants
LOI Deadline: October 7
Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

BCRP Breakthrough Award
Pre-Application Deadline: October 8
Application Deadline: January 15, 2014

AACR Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research
Nomination Deadline: October 10

AACR Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Memorial Award
Nomination Deadline: October 10

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Reach Award
Deadline: October 15

RFA: Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families
Deadline: October 15

AACR G.H.A. Clowes Memorial Award
Nomination Deadline: October 17

Foundation for Women's Cancer Claudia Cohen Research Foundation Prize for Outstanding Gynecologic Cancer Researcher 
Deadline: October 23

Foundation for Women's Cancer Dr. John L. Lewis, Jr./William F. O'Connor Foundation Research Prize
Deadline: October 23

Foundation for Women's Cancer Perlman Family CARE Lynch Syndrome Research Prize 
Deadline: October 23

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Awards
Application Deadline: October 29

Fourth Annual DeGregorio Foundation Award for Cancers of the Upper GI Tract
Deadline: October 31

American Society of Hematology
Deadline: November 1

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease Awards
Deadline: November 1

Melanoma Research Alliance Young Investigator Awards
Proposal Deadline: November 13

Melanoma Research Alliance Established Investigator Academic-Industry Partnership Awards
Proposal Deadline: November 13

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Innovation in Regulatory Science Award
Deadline: November 18

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Epidemiology Grants
Deadline: December 16

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

NIH BULLETIN – Notices and Funding Opportunities

NIH Support for Conferences and Scientific Meetings (Parent R13/U13)(PA-12-212)

Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancer for Years 2013 and 2014 (P50)(PAR-12-296)

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September 9

Biomedical Engineering Visiting Lecturer
Marie Kveiborg, PhD
Associate Professor, Biomedical Sciences & BRIC
University of Copenhagen
Topic: ADAM Proteases in Cancer - The Importance of Intracellular Protein Trafficking
11 am NE1-205 Cleveland Clinic

Pathology Research Seminar Series
Mark W. Jackson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
Topic: Identifying Novel Regulators of Oncogenic Signaling
12 pm WRB 1-413

CAPT Seminar
Frank Jacono, MD
Assistant Professor, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Topic: Ventilatory Pattern Variability Following Acute Lung Injury: Insights into Central Mechanisms and Clinical Implications
4 pm SOM / Robbins Building, E-501

September 10

Cancer Biology Staff Candidate Seminar
Selina Chen-Kiang, PhD
Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine and Microbiology & Immunology
Weill Cornell Medical College
Topic: Reprogramming Cancer Cells for Cytotoxic Killing by Targeting CDK4/CDK6: Mechanism and Therapy
11 am NC1-202 Cleveland Clinic

Immunology Seminar Series
Pushpa Pandiyan, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biological Sciences
Topic: The Role of IL-15 in Regulating Th17 Cells
12 pm WRB 1-413

September 11

Hematology and Oncology Research Conference Special Presentation
David E. Avigan, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine
Harvard Medical School
Topic: Challenges in Vaccine Therapy
8 am Lerner B-151

Breast Program Seminar
William Schiemann, PhD
Associate Professor, General Medical Sciences-Oncology
Topic: TGFβ and Breast Cancer Metastasis
Joseph Baar, MD
Associate Professor, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: Overcoming Stromal-Specific Immune Escape Mechanisms by Targeted Immunotherapy
5:30 pm Robbins E301; Cleveland Clinic R3-002 (Teleconference)

Ohio Clinical Trials Collaborative Town Hall
5:30 pm WRB 1-413

September 12

Immunology Journal Club
Carey Shive
PhD Student, Lederman lab, Pathology
Topic: Relative Contribution of Th1 and Th17 Cells in Adaptive Immunity to Bordetella Pertussis: Towards the Rational Design of an Improved Acellular Pertussis Vaccine
12 pm WRB 5-136

Molecular Biology and Microbiology
Markus Thali, PhD
Professor, Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
University of Vermont
Topic: Fusion Control at the Virological Synapse
1 pm Rottman Seminar Room W203

September 13

Hematology/Oncology Fellows Conference/Curriculum Series
Beth Mclaughlin, MD
Polly Mazanec, PhD, CNP 
Helen Foley, MSN, AOCNS
Topic: The Science and Art of Pain Management
8 am Wearn 137/Breen Conference Rm

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Joshua Lukenbill, MD
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: The Evolution of Therapy for Acute Myeloid Leukemia
8 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic 

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New Directions in Melanoma and Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers
October 18
Holiday Inn–Cleveland South

National GvHD Health Symposium
November 1
Embassy Suites Cleveland-Rockside