Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

October 13, 2008

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Kimmel Scholar and Translational Science Award

The Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research is accepting applications for the Kimmel Scholar and Translational Science Awards.

Kimmel Scholar Award
Qualified applicants must hold an MD, PhD, or equivalent graduate degree and must perform research in an American not-for-profit institution during the period of Kimmel Foundation support. The Kimmel Foundation is seeking accomplished young investigators dedicated to a career in cancer research. Applications are limited to those who achieved the equivalent rank of Assistant Professor on or after July, 2005. However, physicians who have both clinical and research responsibility are eligible if appointed on or after July, 2004. These awards are designed for researchers who do not yet have their own R01 funding.

Kimmel Translational Science Award
The Foundation provides five additional awards specifically for physicians engaged in translational science. Eligibility includes those with MD or equivalent degrees, who have achieved the rank of Assistant Professor on or after July, 2004. Candidates must not hold R01 funding for the laboratory component of their cancer research. Applicants must demonstrate a significant personal involvement in the laboratory component of the translational project described.

Deadline for both awards: December 3

For more information, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Jose Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation Fellowship

The Jose Carreras International Leukaemia Foundation is accepting applications for a fellowship position. The goals of the Foundation are to raise money for the support of research into the diagnosis, prevention and cure of leukemia and related hematologic malignancies.

Candidates must hold an MD or PhD degree and have completed at least three years postdoctoral training but must be less than ten years post their first doctoral degree when the award begins. There are no restrictions based on nationality, but only one application will be considered from each sponsoring institution. Candidates must be committed to the research goals of the Foundation, must be able to devote at least 80% of their time to the project and must have a sponsoring institution with the academic environment to provide adequate support for the proposed project.

Each institution may submit ONE application. If you are interested in applying, please send your CV to by Friday, October 17.

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– International Union Against Cancer (UICC)

The International Union Against Cancer is accepting applications for American Cancer Society International Fellowships for Beginning Investigators. The objectives of the fellowships are to foster a bi-directional flow of research knowledge, expertise, and innovation between countries; and to advance the academic career development of beginning cancer investigators through clinical, behavioral, or basic research projects. Fellowships are open to beginning investigators and clinicians in the early stages of their academic careers. Candidates must hold an academic university or hospital position with an explicit commitment to return to the home institution.

Application Deadline: December 1

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY- Doris Duke Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award

The Doris Duke Foundation recently released the Request for Nominations for the 2009 Clinical Scientist Development Award. Nominations must be made through the office of the Dean of the degree-granting institution. The intent of this award is to provide support for intensive, mentored research career development to help establish the grantee as an independent clinical investigator. Should an award be made, the institution must agree to provide the grantee with a minimum of 75% of full-time professional effort to conduct research.

Please send the following items (in ONE document if possible) to
1. Full CV with funding history (please include gender and race),
2. 1-2 page proposal with specific aims, and
3. Letter of support from your Chair.

Internal Deadline: October 20

For details, please click here.

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR– Timothy Kinsella, MD Named Stony Brook University Cancer Center Director

It is with kind words that we wish Dr. Timothy Kinsella well in his new position as Director of the Stony Brook University Cancer Center. Best of luck to him in this new position! For more information, please click here.

Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case CCC

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Greenfield Lecture in Pharmacology

Dear Breast Cancer Research Community:

I wanted to remind you that Mina Bissell will be coming to give the Greenfield Lecture in Pharmacology on Thursday, October 30 at 4:00 pm. The seminar will take place in BRB 105. The title of her talk is "The Architectural Basis of Tissue Specificity: The Relationship Between the Genome and 3D Structure". Dr. Bissell is a recognized expert on the impact of microenvironments on development and cancer and she is truly an outstanding speaker.

I encourage you all to attend.

Ruth Keri, PhD

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention Symposium

February 4-5
NIH Natcher Conference Center
Bethesda, Maryland

The Center for Cancer Research and the Division of Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute are presenting Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention Symposium on February 4-5, 2009 at the NIH Natcher Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Evidence from both preclinical and clinical studies will provide an exciting forum for timely discussion and debate on the state-of-the-science, recent advances, and opportunities for discovery.

Topics Include:
–Targeting Transcription Factors
–PI3K/Akt/mTOR Pathway
–Oxidant Stress and Inflammation
–Molecularly Targeted Therapeutics
–Preclinical Studies with Mouse Models
–Clinical Prevention Trials

Abstract Deadline: December 1
Registration Deadline: January 11, 2009

For more information, please click here.


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Director's Update
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CALL FOR PAPERS– Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO)

The 4th Annual Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO 2009) will be held at CWRU June 15-17, 2009. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of methods, research findings, and experiences in the area of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. An important goal for the conference is to foster long-term collaborative relationships and networking opportunities within the domain of computational approaches to biology that benefit Ohio. OCCBIO invites researchers in the broad area of bioinformatics to submit their unpublished work to the conference. The conference proceedings will be indexed.

Papers will be accepted December 27, 2008- January 27, 2009

For details, please click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Gathering Place West New Facility Open House

On Thursday, October 23 the Gathering Place West will be holding an open house from 3:30 pm - 7:00 pm. All are welcome to attend and tour the new space, located at 800 Sharon Drive in Westlake. Information will also be available on programs being offered by the center. For details, please click here.


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

October 13

Hematology/Oncology Research In Progress Seminar
Mat Lesniewski, PhD
Postdoc, Laughlin Lab, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: Regulation of FoxP3 Expression by BACH2 Transcription Factor in Umbilical Cord Blood CD4+ T-Cells
12:00 pm WRB 2-136

Pathology Research Seminar Series
M. Edward Medof, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology
Topic: Understanding the Cause of Eye and Renal Diseases of Unknown Etiology Through Genomic Scanning
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

October 14

NFCR Center for Molecular Imaging at Case Seminar
Galia Blum, PhD
Research Associate, Pathology
Stanford University
Topic: Non-Invasive Optical Imaging of Cysteine Protease Activity Using Near Infrared Fluorescent Activity Based Probes
11:00 am Wearn B37

October 15

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
David Peereboom, MD
Associate Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Chemotherapy for Gliomas and Brain Metastases
7:30 am TT1-100 Cleveland Clinic

Grand Rounds
Andra James, MD
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology
Duke University Medical Center
Topic: TBA
8:00 am Lerner B-151

Pathology Graduate Student Seminar
Sarah Drawz
Bonomo Lab, Pathology
Topic: Exploring Inhibitor Resistance in SHV Family beta-Lacramases: The Role of Asn276, a Residue Far from the Active Site
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

Developmental Therapeutics Program Meeting
5:00 pm WRB 2-136

October 16

CSCRM Lunch and Learn Seminar
Steven Thomas, PhD
OptiScan, Inc.
Topic: Fluorescence In Vivo Endomicroscopy: Miniaturisation and Ultra High Resolution Imaging in Vivo
10:30 am - 2:30 pm WRB 2-136
Please RSVP to

Taussig Cancer Institute Core Curriculum Series
Jorge Garcia, MD
Assistant Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Biochemical Failure: Treatment Options for Non-Castrated and Castrated Patients
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

Neurosciences Seminar
Freda Miller, PhD
Professor, Molecular Genetics
University of Toronto and Hospital for Sick Children Research Center
Topic: Neural Stem Cells: From Development to Repair
12:10 pm SOM E501

Biochemistry Seminar
Edward Seto, PhD
Professor and Chair, Molecular Oncology
Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Topic: Regulation of Non-Histone Protein Functions by Histone Deacetylases
12:00 pm SOM W428

Aging-Cancer Seminar
Julia Rose, PhD
Professor, Medicine- Geriatrics and Palliative Care
CWRU/ MetroHealth
Topic: Long Term Survivorship in Aged and Older Adults with Advanced Cancer
4:00 pm BRB 732

Practice-Based Research Network Seminar
Topic: Qualitative Methods and Multi-Method Research Design
6:00 pm Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office

October 17

Hematology/Oncology Fellows Seminar
Cecilia Choi, MD
Fellow, Hem/Onc
Paolo Caimi, MD
Fellow, Hem/Onc
Topic: Histone Deacetylase Inhibitors in Refractory or Recurrent Glioblastoma
Topic: Health Disparity in Hematologic Malignancy
8:00 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Patrick Loehrer, MD
Professor, Medicine- Hem/Onc
Indiana University
Topic: Pancreatic Cancer: Making Any Progress Lately?
8:00 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cell Biology Seminar
Peter Michaely, PhD
Assistant Professor, Cell Biology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Topic: Mechanisms of LDLR-Mediated Lipoprotein Uptake: New Tricks by an Old Receptor
10:00 am NC1-202 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Guillermina Girardi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pharmacology in Medicine
Weill College, Cornell University
Topic: Inflammation in Antiphospholipid Antibody (aPL)-Induced Pregnancy Loss: Role of Complement and Tissue Factor
12:00 pm BRB 105

Neurosciences Thesis Defense
Shibani Mukerji
MSTP Student, Neurosciences
Topic: Activin A Reduces Brain Injury After Stroke
12:00 pm SOM E609


For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.



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

Family-Centered Care
March 21, 2009
Holiday Inn, Independence
Details to follow

Head and Neck Conference
April 17, 2009
Holiday Inn, Independence
Details to follow

Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO)
June 15 - 17, 2009
CWRU campus
For details, click here.

Annual Breast Cancer Update: Highlights of the National Meetings
June 19, 2009
Marriott Cleveland East, Warrensville Heights
Details to follow

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS– AACR Future Leaders Symposium

The AACR Associate Member Council seeks institutional nominations of outstanding and innovative young investigators as speakers for the third annual Future Leaders Special Symposium to be held during the AACR 100th Annual Meeting, April 18-22, 2009 in Denver, CO. This is an unprecedented opportunity, during the world's largest meeting for cancer researchers, to showcase how your institution is contributing to the future of cancer research!

Each institution may submit two nominations, but the nominees must represent different areas of cancer research (e.g., laboratory, clinical, or translational research, epidemiology, etc.).

If you would like to nominate someone for this opportunity, please contact Gillian Irwin ( by Wednesday, October 15.

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY–Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program

The Short-Term Scientist Exchange program promotes collaborative research between established US and foreign scientists from developing countries by supporting, in part, exchange visits of cancer researchers to foreign laboratories. Visits of US scientists to overseas laboratories in developing countries may also be considered for support. The visits may be from one week to six months in duration.

Candidates must have a minimum of three years postdoctoral experience in cancer research and have an invitation from a qualified sponsor. Sponsors or exchangees from the US must be NCI-supported PIs, in either the intramural or extramural research programs. Foreign sponsors must be established scientists recognized in the international peer reviewed literature. Foreign candidates must be proficient in spoken and written English. Persons holding US permanent resident status or any work visa are not eligible for this program.

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Canary Foundation/ACS Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Early Detection of Cancer for 2009

The Canary Foundation has partnered with the American Cancer Society (ACS) to create a postdoctoral fellowship program focused on studies towards development of strategies for early detection of cancer. Research should be directed at new approaches to improve clinical methods for the detection of primary tumors and/or metastases. The projects that will be funded are expected to have a direct impact on the early detection of cancer or to provide a clear conceptual or experimental foundation for the future development of methods for early detection.

Application Deadline: October 15

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program Clinical Research Scholars

The Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program seeks outstanding candidates to fill 5 Clinical Research (CR) Scholar positions available in July 2009. The training program is funded by NIH and it is a component of the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative. This innovative program is a collaboration involving CWRU, Cleveland Clinic, University Hospitals of Cleveland, MetroHealth Medical Center, and the Cleveland VA Medical Center. Each CR Scholar will embark on a 4-year program of intensive training in multidisciplinary team-based patient-oriented research, combining a novel educational program with mentored research experiences.

Applications will be accepted July 1 – November 4. For further details and application instructions, please click here.


World Cancer Research Fund International
Deadline: October 13

Canary Foundation/ACS Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Early Detection of Cancer
Deadline: October 15

NCI Clinical Investigator Development Program
Deadline: October 15

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

AACR Joseph H. Burchenal Memorial Award for Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Cancer Research
Nomination Deadline: October 15

AACR-Rosenthal Family Foundation Award
Nomination Deadline: October 15

AACR GHA Clowes Memorial Award
Nomination Deadline: October 15

AACR/American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology & Prevention
Nomination Deadline: October 15

AACR Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cancer Research
Nomination Deadline: October 15

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Postdoctoral Fellowships
Pre-Application Deadline: October 17
Full Application Deadline: November 20

Chemical Biology Consortium
Deadline: October 27

AACR Margaret Foti Award for Leadership and Extraordinary Achievements in Cancer Research
Nomination Deadline: October 30

Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Training Program Clinical Research Scholars
Deadline: November 4

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Pilot Grants
Deadline: November 10

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Career Development Award
Deadline: November 10

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network-AACR Research Fellowship
Deadline: November 10

Landon Foundation-AACR Innovator Award for Cancer Prevention Research
Deadline: November 20

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Postdoctoral Fellowships
Full Application Deadline: November 20

Landon Foundation-AACR Innovator Award for International Collaboration
Deadline November 20

Prostate Cancer Foundation Creativity Awards
Deadline: November 21

Susan G. Komen Promise Grants
Full Application Deadline: December 4

ACS MEN2 Thyroid Cancer Professorship
Deadline: December 15

Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship
Deadline: December 15

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
Deadline: Open

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Cancer Surveillance Using Health Claims-Based Data (R01)(PA-07-254)

Correction of NIMH Program Contact Information for: RFA-GM-09-008 - Exceptional, Unconventional Research Enabling Knowledge Acceleration (EUREKA) (R01) (NOT-MH-08-027)

Replication and Fine-Mapping Studies for the Genes Environment and Health Initiative (GEI)(R01) (RFA-CA-09-003)

New NIH Policy on Resubmission (Amended) Applications (NOT-OD-09-003)

Understanding the Effects of Emerging Cellular, Molecular, and Genomic Technologies on Cancer Health Care Delivery(R01)(PA-09-004)

Understanding the Effects of Emerging Cellular, Molecular, and Genomic Technologies on Cancer Health Care Delivery (R21)(PA-09-005)

Small Grants for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control (R03) (PAR-09-003)

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