Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

November 3, 2008

MARK YOUR CALENDARS- Case CCC Scientific Retreat 2009

The Case CCC Scientific Retreat has been scheduled for July 10-11, 2009 at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio. We hope everyone is able to attend. Details will be released in the coming months.


Congratulations to Alex Huang, MD, PhD, who recently received funding from St. Baldrick's Foundation for his work in pediatric cancer. Dr. Huang's project, "Enhancing Immune Surveillance in Pediatric Sarcomas", will be funded for $333,000 distributed over three years.

For more information on Dr. Huang's award, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– ASCO Cancer Foundation Translational Research Professorship

The ASCO Cancer Foundation is accepting applications for the Translational Research Professorship. This Professorship provides funds to translational researchers who have made significant contributions to the direction of cancer research. Furthermore, it is expected that these researchers will continue to provide leadership in their research area. In general, applicants must hold the rank of full professor (or equivalent) at an academic medical center.

Letter of Intent Deadline: November 20
External Deadline: January 22, 2009

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– American Cancer Society (ACS) Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowships in Clinical Oncology

The purpose of the Fellowships is to provide one year of advanced training in clinical oncology at participating cancer centers in the United States to qualified physicians and dentists from other countries, particularly countries where advanced training is not readily available. Applications for training in basic cancer research will not be accepted for the award.

Institutions, not prospective trainees, must submit applications for the American Cancer Society (ACS) Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowships in Clinical Oncology. If you have someone you would like to nominate for this opportunity, please contact

Internal Deadline: November 14
External Deadline: December 1

For eligibility and other information, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Pfizer Medical and Academic Partnerships (MAP)

Pfizer is currently accepting applications for the following Medical and Academic Partnership (MAP) programs:

Pfizer Oncology Clinical Fellowship Awards
Oncology has become an increasingly complex field due to recent advances in basic science and in therapeutic options. Therefore ensuring that the next generation of practitioners is adequately trained is of critical importance. This program is intended to contribute to the career development of physicians who have completed their residency training and have elected to specialize in oncology as clinicians and/or academicians.

Deadline: January 31, 2009

Pfizer Fellowship In Health Disparities
Studies of disparities in healthcare consistently demonstrate that racial and ethnic minorities tend to receive a lower quality of healthcare than non-minorities, even when access-related factors, such as status, income and patients' insurance, are controlled. These disparities are found in a wide range of disease and healthcare categories. Many factors contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in health care. This award is meant to support the career development of talented junior researchers.

Deadline: January 31, 2009

Pfizer Visiting Professorships in Oncology
This program is designed to advance oncology by creating opportunities for educational visits by prominent cancer experts to US medical schools/teaching hospitals and cancer centers. A visit may occur between July 2009 and June 2010. The purpose of the visit is to bring new educational value to the institution; therefore, it should not be part of or adjunct to a previously planned or regularly scheduled program/event. The advisory board will aim to award topics in the following areas: breast, lung, gastrointestinal, genitourinary, and hematological cancers– including management and treatment, drug development, and evolving research and innovative clinical trial design.

Deadline: January 31, 2009

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Charlotte Geyer Foundation

The Charlotte Geyer Foundation provides interim funding up to $100,000 to researchers who have submitted an original R01 or R21 proposal to the National Cancer Institute and have not received a fundable score. Researchers may apply to the Foundation as soon as NCI Summary Statements are received and before the proposal goes to Council.

Deadline: November 15

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNTY– Breast Cancer Research Program

The Department of Defense recently released the Program Announcement for the Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) FY08 Concept Award and Postdoctoral Award.

Concept Award
The Concept Award supports the exploration of a highly innovative new concept or untested theory that addresses an important problem relevant to breast cancer. The Concept Award is not intended to support a logical progression of an already established research project but, instead, supports high-risk studies that have the potential to reveal entirely new avenues for investigation.

Pre-Application Deadline: November 6
Application Deadline: November 20

For more information, please click here.

Postdoctoral Award
The Postdoctoral Award enables recent medical or other doctoral degree graduates to obtain the necessary experience to pursue an independent career in breast cancer research. Candidates for this award should exhibit a strong desire to pursue a career in breast cancer research.

Under this award mechanism, the postdoctoral trainee is considered the Principal Investigator (PI) and, as such, should write the project narrative with appropriate direction from the mentor. While the PI is not required to have previous experience in breast cancer research, this proposal must focus on breast cancer research. The mentor must possess the appropriate expertise in breast cancer, have current peer reviewed breast cancer funding, and clearly demonstrate a commitment to guiding the PI's research and training.

Postdoctoral Award proposals should either extend the candidate's ongoing research related to breast cancer, or broaden the scope of his or her research to include work that is highly relevant to breast cancer, under the guidance of a designated mentor. Proposals with a multidisciplinary research approach to breast cancer are highly encouraged but not required.

Pre-application submission: November 19
Proposal Deadline: December 3

For more information, please click here.


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

November 3

Hematology/Oncology Research In Progress Seminar
Zhenfeng Zhang
Graduate Student, Halmos Lab, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: Evaluation of Dual Specificity Phosphatase 6 as a Candidate Tumor Suppressor in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
12:00 pm WRB 2-136

Pathology Research Seminar Series
Sankar Ghosh, PhD
Professor, Immunobiology and Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry
Yale University
Topic: NFkB: A Mediator of Immune and Inflammatory Responses
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Philip Haydon, PhD
Professor and Chair, Neuroscience
Tufts University
Topic: Glia: Listening and Talking to the Synapse
4:00 pm SOM E501

Skeletal Research Center
Vance Holt
Graduate Student, Biology
Topic: Bone vs. Fat: TBD
4:00 pm Millis 123

November 4

Taussig Cancer Institute Core Curriculum Series
John Sweetenham, MD
Professor, Hematologic Oncology & Blood Disorders
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Aggressive Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

November 5

Grand Rounds
Nabila Rasool, MD
Fellow, Div. of Gynecologic Oncology
Topic: Ovarian Cancer: Risk Factors, Early Stage Disease and Low Malignant Potential Tumors
8:00 am Lerner B-151

November 6

Neurosciences Seminar
Erin Schuman, PhD
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
California Institute of Technology
Topic: Local Control at Synapses
12:10 pm SOM E501

Aging-Cancer Seminar
Mary Step, PhD
Instructor, Family Medicine
Topic: Age Differences in Experiencing Solid Tumor Cancer Recurrence
4:00 pm BRB 732

Practice-Based Research Network Seminar
Topic: Alliances and Methods for Practice Improvement Research
6:00 pm Cuyahoga County Coroner's Office

November 7

Hematology/ Oncology Fellows
Lisa Arfons, MD
Fellow, Div. of Hem/Onc
Shilen Patel, MD
Fellow, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: Phase I Study of Ispinesib in Acute Leukemia
8:00 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Eric Klein, MD
Professor, Urology/ Oncology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Is Prostate Cancer an Infectious Disease?
8:00 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Max Wicha, MD
Professor, Oncology and Director
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Topic: Breast Cancer Stem Cells: Clinical Implications
12:00 pm WRB 1-413 (please note location change)

Pharmacology Seminar
Sir Tom Blundell, PhD
Professor & Head, Biochemistry
University of Cambridge
Topic: Structural Biology and Drug Discovery: Exploring Chemical and Biological Space
12:00 pm BRB 105


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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is accepting applications for Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards. The purposes of this Award program are to increase the scientific knowledge base of faculty members at Minority-Serving Institutions, and to encourage them and their students to pursue careers in cancer research. AACR Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholar in Cancer Research Awards are presented by the American Association for Cancer Research to scientists at the level of Assistant Professor or above at a Minority-Serving Institution, who are engaged in meritorious basic, clinical, or translational cancer research.

–Candidates must have completed doctoral studies or clinical fellowships and hold full-time faculty status at an institution designated as a Minority-Serving Institution;
–Candidates must have acquired doctoral degrees in fields relevant to cancer research;
– Candidates must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or Canada.

Deadline: December 10

For details, 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.

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.

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 of 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.


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

International Union Against Cancer (UICC)
Deadline: December 1

AACR-GlaxoSmithKline Outstanding Clinical Scholars
Deadline: December 1

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

ACS MEN2 Thyroid Cancer Professorship
Deadline: December 15

Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship
Deadline: December 15

ASCO Advanced Clinical Research Awards
Application Deadline: January 8

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
Deadline: Open

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Pre-Application for the 2009 NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (X02)(PAR-09-012)

Pre-Application for the 2009 NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (X02) (PAR-09-013)

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