Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

November 24, 2008

CANCER RESEARCH NEWS–Study on Non-Small Cell Lung Tumors and the Differences Among Races

Hematology/Oncology Fellow Rom Leidner, MD has been working with Balazs Halmos, MD on a study involving how the genetic makeup of non-small cell lung tumors differs between races, which could account for differing treatment outcomes. Dr. Leidner presented the study at the 2008 Chicago Multidisciplinary Symposium in Thoracic Oncology on November 13.

For more information on the study, please click here.


The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting is scheduled for December 6-9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. If you are presenting at this meeting, please let us know; send an email to with details.

For more information about this meeting, please click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Olof Pearson Lecture

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Division of Hematology/ Oncology are pleased to present the Olof Pearson Lecture on Wednesday, December 17 at 4:00 pm in the Wolstein Auditorium (WRB 1413). Guest speaker, Eileen White, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, and Associate Director for Basic Science at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey will present "Role of Autophagy in Cancer".

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Weekly Seminar Series on Applied Biostatistics in Clinical Research

Mark Schluchter, PhD will be teaching a weekly seminar series on Applied Biostatistics in Clinical Research, sponsored by W.T. Dahms Clinical Research Unit and the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Sciences Collaborative (CTSC). The seminars will run Mondays from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm in School of Medicine E501, January 12– March 9, 2009.

A list of lectures is as follows:
1. Introduction to biostatistics / Data Summarization
2. Comparing means of two or more groups – t-test, ANOVA
3. Analysis of frequency data – chi-square, Fisher's exact test
4. Nonparametric methods
5. Sample size and power
6. Linear regression and correlation
7. Multiple linear and logistic regression
8. Survival analysis
9. Diagnostic tests and Receiver Operating Characteristic Curves

To register for the course and for more information, click here. For questions, please contact Dr. Schluchter at

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Ellison Medical Foundation

CWRU has been invited to nominate TWO candidates for the Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars Program in Aging.

The objective of The Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholars Program is to support new investigators of outstanding promise in the basic biological sciences relevant to understanding lifespan development processes and age-related diseases and disabilities. The award is intended to provide significant support to new investigators needed to permit them to become established in the field of aging. The Ellison Medical Foundation was established and is supported by Lawrence J. Ellison to support biomedical research (including basic biology, basic biomedicine and epidemiology) on aging.

Candidates must be in the first 3 years of their research career following their post-doctoral fellowship experience. They must hold a regular full-time faculty appointment as of March 1, 2009. Candidates must not have been in such an appointment for more than 3 years as of July 15, 2009; the first appointment having been made no earlier than July 15, 2006. Time spent in clinical internships, post-doctoral training, residencies, or in work toward board certification does not count as part of the 3-year limit.

Interested candidates should send the following documents to
1. Full C.V. with funding history
2. Detailed description of proposed research project
3. Significant research to date
4. Significant research publications
5. Names of 3 references who may be asked to write letters
6. Letter of support/reference from your Chair.

Internal Deadline: December 8

For more information, please click here.


The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is accepting applications for the following Fellowship Opportunities:

AACR Anna D. Barker Fellowship in Basic Cancer Research
One-year grant of $40,000. One Fellowship will be awarded this cycle. Application Deadline: December 10

AACR-Astellas USA Foundation Fellowships in Basic Cancer Research
One-year grant of $30,000. Two Fellowships will be awarded this cycle. Application Deadline: December 10

AACR-Astellas USA Foundation Fellowship in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research
One-year grant of $30,000. One fellowship will be awarded this cycle. Application Deadline: December 10

AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Fellowship in Clinical Cancer Research
One-year grant of $40,000. One Fellowship will be awarded this cycle. Application Deadline: December 10

AACR-AstraZeneca Fellowship for Translational Lung Cancer Research
Two-year grant of $90,000. One Fellowship will be awarded this cycle. Application Deadline: December 10


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

November 24

Hematology/Oncology Research In Progress Seminar cancelled

Division of Hematology/Oncology Special Conference
David Reisman, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine- Hem/Onc
University of Michigan
Topic: Alterations of the SWI/SNF Complex in Cancer
12:00 pm WRB 2-136
Lunch will be provided

Pathology Research Seminar Series
Jan Jensen, PhD
Director and Chair, Diabetes Research
Associate Staff, Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: A Systems Biology Approach to Understanding Pancreatic Development and Biology
12:00 pm WRB 1413

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Hee-Won Park, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology
University of Toronto
Topic: Crystallographic Studies of Plexin-Mediated Axonal Guidance Signaling
4:00 pm SOM E501

Skeletal Research Center
Paul Lin
Graduate Student, Biology and Skeletal Research Center CWRU
Topic: TBA
4:00 pm Millis 123

November 25

November 26

Grand Rounds cancelled

November 27


November 28

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club cancelled

Hematology/ Oncology Fellows cancelled

Prevention and Control seminar cancelled

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds cancelled


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

Case CCC Scientific Retreat 2009
July 10-11, 2009
Details to follow


Featured Article
NCI Technology Research Facility Gets Off the Ground

Cancer Research Highlights
Bevacizumab May Increase Blood Clot Risk

Number of Adult U.S. Smokers Drops, But So Do Quit Attempts

PAX2 Protein Mediates Effect of Tamoxifen in Breast Cancer

Burden of Cervical Cancer Prior to HPV Vaccine Assessed

Director's Update
Building an Advanced Technology Research Initiative


Applications are now being accepted for The ASCO Cancer Foundation's 2009 International Development and Education Awards (IDEAs). The IDEA Program enables early-career oncologists in countries with limited resources to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting, and to visit a cancer center in the United States or Canada. Participants are given the opportunity to expand their current knowledge, earn continuing medical education, share their learning experiences at the Meeting with colleagues in their home countries–and ultimately enhance the quality of cancer care around the world. The program also helps recipients to establish strong relationships with ASCO members who serve as scientific mentors.

Deadline: January 14, 2009

For details, please click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS–Biospecimen Research Network (BRN) Symposium: Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science

March 16–18, 2009
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, MD

Human biospecimens are the foundation of the translational research that will transform patient care. The 2009 BRN Symposium: Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science will focus on the significant impact of pre-analytical biospecimen variables on cancer research and molecular medicine. This promises to be a stimulating and informative three-day event that will feature interactive discussions and presentations about biospecimen quality and recent advances in biospecimen science.

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 9, 2009
Registration Deadline: February 17, 2009

For more information, please click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention Symposium

February 4-5, 2009
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.

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

For more information, please click here.


International Union Against Cancer (UICC)
Deadline: December 1

AACR-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholars
Deadline: December 1

Friends for an Earlier Breast Cancer Test
Deadline: December 1

NIH Loan Repayment Program
Deadline: December 3

Breast Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Award
Proposal Deadline: December 3

Kimmel Scholar Award
Deadline: December 3

Kimmel Translational Science Award
Deadline: December 3

ASCO Advanced Clinical Research Awards
Letter of Intent Deadline: December 4

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

AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards
Deadline: December 10

NIH Director's Pioneer Awards
Deadline: December 17

ACS MEN2 Thyroid Cancer Professorship
Deadline: December 15

Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship
Deadline: December 15

ASCO Advanced Clinical Research Awards
Application Deadline: January 8

NIH Director's New Innovator Awards
Deadline: January 15

Komen/ ASCO Loan Repayment Program
Deadline: January 15, 2009

ASCO Cancer Foundation Translational Research Professorship
Deadline: January 22

Pfizer Oncology Clinical Fellowship Awards
Deadline: January 31

Pfizer Fellowship In Health Disparities
Deadline: January 31

Pfizer Visiting Professorships in Oncology
Deadline: January 31

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
Deadline: Open

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Collaborative Research in Integrative Cancer Biology and the Tumor Microenvironment (U01) (PAR-09-026)

National Cancer Institute Program Project (P01) Applications (PAR-09-025)

Studies of Energy Balance and Cancer in Humans (R01)(PA-07-176)

Limited Competition: Renewal of Aging Intervention Testing Program (U01) (RFA-AG-09-013)

National Institutes of Health Rapid Access to Interventional Development (NIH-RAID) Program (X01) (PAR-09-027)

Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10) (PAR-09-028)

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