Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

January 28, 2008

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has been invited to submit one application for an Individual Grant from the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation's Institute Without Walls 2008 grant cycle.

Eligibility is restricted to established investigators with a tenure track appointment holding. They must have principal investigator status on at least one grant from a major funding source such as NIH, NSF, DOD, ACS.

Interested and eligible investigators should submit a one-page proposal (with budget) and a biosketch in NIH four-page format with current research activities to the Cancer Center as a Word document via email to:

Proposal Deadline: Friday, February 1

Senior Leadership will select the proposal to be submitted to the Waxman Foundation. External application deadline is April 1.

For more information, click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY –2008 ASCO Advanced Clinical Research Awards (ACRA) in Sarcoma and Breast Cancer

The ASCO Cancer Foundation has extended the Letter of Intent deadline for the 2008 Advanced Clinical Research Awards (ACRA) in Sarcoma and Breast Cancer until January 31, 2008.

The ACRA is designed to provide funding beyond the ASCO Cancer Foundation Career Development Award, and physicians who are 5-10 years post their final subspecialty training at the time of the grant award are eligible to apply.

These awards are each worth a total of $450,000 over 3-year period, and will fund investigators who are committed to clinical cancer research. They are intended to support original research that is not currently funded. This research must have a patient-oriented focus, including a clinical research study and/or translational research involving human subjects.

For details, click here.. If you have additional questions, please contact The ASCO Foundation at (703) 519-1456 or via email at

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – Prostate Cancer Research Foundation 2008 Challenge Awards

The Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) is now accepting applications for 2008 PCF Challenge Awards. This new award provides multi-year support for collaborative efforts in eight focus areas identified as potentially transformational to the field. For more information about the awards and about submitting your proposal, please visit the Challenge Awards section of the Foundation's website.

Deadline: March 14

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – Landon Foundation–AACR Innovator Award for Cancer Prevention Research

The Landon Foundation–AACR Innovator Award is being established to recognize outstanding achievement by junior faculty in cancer prevention research and to provide support for cancer prevention research of significant scientific merit in any discipline across the continuum of research.

A two-year grant of $100,000 ($50,000 per year) will be provided to the recipient's institution to support direct research expenses; salary and benefits; and attendance at the AACR Annual Meeting, Cancer Prevention Conference, or other AACR meeting relevant to cancer prevention for the purpose of participating in scholarly exchange.

Open to candidates at the level of Assistant Professor. Candidates cannot be tenured or under consideration for tenured academic positions at the time of application. Candidates must have completed postdoctoral studies or clinical fellowships between July 2, 2003 and July 1, 2008. Those whose title is not Assistant Professor but believe they meet the eligibility requirements must attach a letter from the institution's dean certifying that their position held is equivalent to Assistant Professor.

Deadline: Friday, February 15

For more information, click here.

Cancer Center Members: If you are interested in applying for this award, please let Dr. Stanton Gerson review your application and he will write a letter of support.


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)is currently accepting applications for the following research fellowships:

Deadline for all: February 1

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars program fosters the development of physicians who will lead the transformation of America's health care. The goal of the program is to integrate scholars' clinical expertise with training in program development and research methods to help them find solutions for the challenges posed by the U.S. health care system, community health and health services research. Scholars train in one of the four participating institutions. Up to 29 scholars will be selected in 2008 for appointments beginning in 2009. First year scholar stipend is no less than $50,000 per year with an increase the second year. Additional financial support is provided for research projects and professional travel.

For more information, click here.

Application Deadline: February 29

Cancer Center Members: If you are interested in applying for this award, please let Dr. Stanton Gerson review your application and he will write a letter of support.


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

January 28

Cancer Genetics/ Biology Journal Club
Yuan Lin
Student, Gerson Lab
Division of Hem/Onc CWRU/ UH
Topic: Bioluminescence Imaging of MGMT Mediated Hematopoietic Stem Cell Engraftment and Selection
12:00 pm WRB 2-136

Stem Cell Biology Seminar
Marc Penn, MD, PhD
Staff, Cardiovascular Medicine and Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Mediators and Mechanisms of Stem Cell Based Cardiac Repair
2:00 pm NE1-205 Cleveland Clinic

January 29

New Postdoc Fellow Journal Club organizational meeting
5:00 pm WRB 1413

January 30

Grand Rounds
Lois Friedman, PhD
Professor, Psychiatry
Topic: Patient and Family Centered Care
8:00 am Lerner B-151

January 31

Taussig Cancer Center Core Curriculum Series
Tyler Kang, MD
Taussig Cancer Center
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Novel Therapeutic Options for Progressive Gliomas
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

Neurosciences Seminar
P. Hunter Peckham, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics
Topic: Neuroprostheses for Restoration of Motor Function
12:10 pm BRB 105

Aging-Cancer Research Seminar
Andrew Sloan, MD
Associate Professor, Neurological Surgery
Topic: Treatment of Brain Tumors in the Elderly: Ageism vs. Primum Non Nocere
4:00 pm BRB 732

February 1

Hematology/Oncology Fellows
Yael Hegerfeldt
Topic: TBA
8:00 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Center Grand Rounds
Ernest Borden, MD
Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: 50 Years of Interferons: Past, Current and Future Impact on Oncology
8:00 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Joseph Nadeau, PhD
Professor, Genetics
Topic: TBA
12:00 pm BRB 105


For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.


Regulation of Cell Death- Apoptosis & Autophagy Basic Science Focus Group Meeting
February 5
3:00 pm WRB 3-136

Systems Biology Basic Science of Cancer Focus Group meeting
February 15
9:00 am Manor House

Physiology & Biophysics Minisymposium
February 11
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Zena Werb, University of California at San Francisco
Topic: Phenotyping Genetically Modified Mice
1:30 pm SOM E301

Prevention and Control Seminar
February 21
Siran Koroukian, PhD
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
Topic: Trajectory Care in Elders With Cancer
3:30 pm Wearn 137

Tumor Cell Adhesion, Growth Factor Receptor Signaling, Stromal Interactions, Migration and Metastasis Basic Science Focus Group Mini Retreat
February 26
1:00 pm WRB 2-136


**For more information on these symposiums, please contact Christine Rhoads.

Geriatric Oncology and Primary Care: Promoting Partnerships in Practice and Research
April 3-4
Dively Center
Course Directors: Nathan Berger, MD and Julia Rose, PhD

Update on Cervical Cancer Prevention: New Technology, New Evidence, and New Recommendations
April 18
Ritz Carlton Cleveland
Course Directors: Stephen Waggoner, MD and Kristine Zanotti, MD

Annual Update on Breast Cancer: Highlights of the National Meetings
June 13
Hilton Cleveland East, Beachwood

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program

The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program was established to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians. Four-year postdoctoral research awards are offered to physicians from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar background. Up to 12 four-year awards will be funded in this grant cycle. Scholars will receive an annual stipend of up to $75,000 each, complemented by a $30,000 annual grant toward support of research activities.

To be eligible, applicants must be physicians who:
  • are from historically disadvantaged backgrounds (ethnic, financial or educational);
  • are citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its territories at the time of application; and
  • are now completing or have completed their formal clinical training. (Preference will be given to physicians who have recently completed their formal clinical training.)

Application Deadline: March 19

For details, please click here.

Cancer Center Members: If you are interested in applying for this award, please let Dr. Stanton Gerson review your application and he will write a letter of support.


Feature Article

Research Community Mourns Death, Celebrates Life of Judah Folkman

Cancer Research Highlights
Two Studies Identify Drivers of Metastases

Black British Women Younger at Breast Cancer Diagnosis

Melanoma Study Finds, Targets Tumor Stem Cells

Brain Tumor Stem Cells May Depend on Silenced Gene

Newly Discovered Virus Linked to Aggressive Skin Cancer

Comorbidities May Limit Benefits of Combination Prostate Therapy

Director's Update
Addressing Cancer Health Disparities with Science and Hope


The International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) will be holding a regional meeting on April 4-5 at the Ohio State University Biomedical Research Tower in Columbus, Ohio. This meeting is targeted towards laboratory practitioners and technicians working in cellular therapy, and anyone interested in networking with cell therapy practitioners at a small, technically focused, reasonably priced meeting.

For more information, click here.

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – International Society for Stem Cell Research 6th Annual Meeting

June 11-14
Pennsylvania Convention Center
Philadelphia, PA

The ISSCR Annual Meeting provides an opportunity to hear groundbreaking research from all areas of stem cell science. The meeting is an excellent forum for scientists to present and discuss their latest research, with participants from academic, industry and government setting from around the world.

Submission deadline: February 7 (12:00 pm CST)

For details, please click here.


Ohio Department of Development Third Frontier Project
Deadline: January 28

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation
Internal Deadline: February 1

AACR Centennial Postdoctoral Research Fellowships in Cancer Research
Deadline: February 1

AACR Centennial Pre-doctoral Research Fellowships in Cancer
Deadline: February 1

Littlefield-AACR Grants for Metastatic Colon Cancer Research
Deadline: February 1

Lasker Foundation, Albert and Mary Medical Research Awards Program
Deadline: February 1

Lasker Foundation Awards, Basic Medical Research, Clinical Medical Research, and Special Achievement in Medical Science
Deadline: February 1

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research
Deadline: February 1

2008 CWRU Presidential Research Initiative (PRI)Grant Program
Deadline: February 4

Landon Foundation–AACR Innovator Award for Cancer Prevention Research
Deadline: February 15

2008 NASA Space Radiation Summer School
Deadline: February 28

Ohio Cancer Research Associates
Deadline: February 22

Nancy R. Gelman Foundation
Deadline: February 22

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program
Deadline: March 1

Lady Tata Memorial Trust International Award for Research in Leukemia
Deadline: March 1

Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States
Deadline: March 8

McDonnell Foundation Research Awards
Deadline: March 12

Lance Armstrong Foundation Research Grants
Deadline: March 14

NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant Program
Deadline: March 24

Lance Armstrong Foundation Community Grants
Deadline: March 24

Cancer Research Institute
Deadline: April 1

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

PHS 2008-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, and FDA for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44])(PA-08-050)

PHS 2008-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42]) (PA-08-051)

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