MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case CCC
City Club Event Follow-up
As you know, last week the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center was featured in a forum discussion at the City Club of Cleveland Forum. Myself, Brian Bolwell, Ruth Keri and Neal Meropol highlighted the collaborative research efforts of the Cancer Center and attracted a packed house with over 200 people in attendance. The panel discussion was streamed live on the City Club website and also rebroadcast on WCPN radio and WVIZ TV. The forum was also made available to NPR affiliates nationally for rebroadcasting, and our message reached an audience of approximately 45,000 nationwide including NPR, web streaming and YouTube.
The event, The Annual Craig and Spangenberg Memorial Forum, was made possible by a special memorial gift from the law firm Spangenberg, Shibley & Liber where our Cancer Council Chair Peter Weinberger acts as the managing partner.
Video of the discussion, which was led by WCPN health reporter Sarah Tribble, is available on the City Club of Cleveland YouTube Channel. I encourage you to watch the video and share it with your networks.
Smoking Cessation Op-Ed
Following up on our City Club forum, Terry Allan and I are promoting the cigarette tax issue. While I would like to see support for cancer research as in most states, the greater good is smoking cessation.
Please take a look at our op-Ed in the Plain Dealer and the comments that followed: Tobacco Taxes Improve Health, Bottom Line in Ohio.
Eliciting the Patient's Experience of Illness through Narrative and Reflection
A factor that often gets overlooked when it comes to cultural competence is the patient's "voice" or "narrative and reflection" about their illness. Healthcare providers tend to be disease focused, while patients seek medical care because of their illness. This can cause disconnect to happen from a provider's treatment of disease and a patient's need for treatment of illness. Studies show that allowing and encouraging patients to tell their illness story can be transformative to the patient and provide important knowledge about the individual to the healthcare provider. Yet, narrative and reflection is a topic many are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with. [View entire entry plus action items]
Presentation with Voice-over
Eliciting the Patient's Experience of Illness through Narrative and Reflection by Paula Schultz BSN, RN, CNRN; UH Seidman Cancer Center, Office of Patient and Public Education: This 10 minute PowerPoint presentation considers the rationale behind and methods for eliciting the patient's experience of illness as a crucial part of patient centered, culturally competent care.
Graft versus Host Disease National Symposium
Registration is now open for the Graft versus Host Disease (GvHD) National Symposium, Friday, April 24, at the Embassy Suites Cleveland. This conference is intended to raise awareness about the signs and symptoms of GvHD, review cutting edge approaches to prevention and treatment, and highlight and promote research to further our understanding of its cause.
The symposium will have two tracks: a scientifically rigorous one for physicians and practitioners, and a survivor track that will focus on challenges faced by BMT recipients and their families. The survivor track is intended to provide both education and the opportunity for individuals to interact with national leaders in the GvHD field. The afternoon "Meet the Expert" uniquely interactive breakout sessions will provide an opportunity for the physicians, survivors and their families to come closely together during the program. Continuing Medical Education credits will be offered.
Case CCC Annual Scientific Retreat
The Case CCC Annual Scientific Retreat will be held July 9-10, 2015. The agenda is still being planned, but we hope you will set aside time to attend this important event! More details will be posted in future newsletters.
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute - Improving Healthcare Systems
Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is seeking applications to study the comparative effectiveness of alternate features of healthcare systems (e.g., innovative technologies, incentive structures, service designs) intended to optimize the quality, outcomes, and/or efficiency of care for the patients they serve and that have the most potential for sustained impact and replication within and across healthcare systems. Healthcare systems encompass multiple levels (e.g., national, state and local health environments, organization and/or practice settings, family and social supports, and the individual patient) and include entities organized to deliver, arrange, purchase, and/or coordinate healthcare services. PCORI seeks to fund studies that will provide information of value to patients, their caregivers, clinicians, and healthcare leaders regarding which features of delivery systems lead to better patient-centered outcomes so they may ultimately impact healthcare delivery.
LOI Deadline: March 6
Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families
The American Cancer Society has released an RFA: Pilot and Exploratory Projects in Palliative Care of Cancer Patients and Their Families. These funds will support projects focused on the development of the specialty of palliative medicine is a critical step in addressing the unmet needs of patients with serious illness and their families. Pilot data are typically needed before funding agencies (e.g., NIH, VA or the American Cancer Society) will consider funding a research project. In an effort to support clinician investigators conducting patient-oriented research in palliative care, the American Cancer Society, in parallel with the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC), is soliciting applications for pilot/exploratory research grants in palliative care of cancer patients and their families. These grants will generate the pilot data necessary to maximize an investigator's chances of competing successfully for larger grants.
Deadline: April 1 and October 1
Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting applications for the Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Program (CORP). The purpose of this program is to provide interdisciplinary training in clinical and translational oncology research for clinical oncology junior faculty physicians who are interested in pursuing academic research careers as physician scientists. This training addresses the need for clinician investigators to translate fundamental cancer research discoveries into medical care of cancer patients. Eligible candidates are physicians (MD, DO or MD/PhD) with a clinical training background in one of a number of oncology disciplines, including medical, surgical, pediatric, dermatological, gynecological and radiation oncology.
This career development program is supported by robust interdisciplinary clinical and translational research programs in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center that provide Paul Calabresi Scholars the opportunity to select one of three areas of concentration:
- Mechanism Based Therapeutics and Clinical Trials
- Stem Cell Biology and Hematopoietic Malignancy Clinical Trials
- Prevention, Aging and Cancer Genetics and Clinical Trials
Deadline: April 17
National Center for Accelerated Innovations (NCAI-CC)
Case-Coulter Translational Research Partnership (CCTRP)
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program (TRP)
CWRU Skin Diseases Research Center Pilot and Feasibility Program
Lila and Murray Gruber Memorial Cancer Research Award
Ohio Cancer Research Associates
Myeloma Research Foundation
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network 2015 Young Investigator Awards
Multiple Myeloma Senior Research Grants
Taub Foundation Grants Program for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) Research
Limited Submission: National Science Foundation Collections in Support of Biological Research (CSBR)
ASTRO Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grants
American Cancer Society: The Role of Health Policy and Health Insurance in Improving Access to and Performance of Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment Services
Multiple Myeloma Research Fellow Awards
Worldwide Cancer Research
International Union Against Cancer (UICC) International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowships
International Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF) Research Grant Program
Solving Kids' Cancer Therapeutic Development Initiative
Support of Multi-investigator Initiatives in the Case CCC
Collaborative Activity Awards
PHS 2014-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44]) - Oral, Oropharyngeal and Salivary Gland Cancers (PA-14-071)
Notice of Pre-Application Webinar for PA-14-015 Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) (Parent T32) Related to the Creation of New NHGRI Postdoctoral Training Programs in Genomic Medicine Res (NOT-HG-15-014)
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