Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

December 1, 2008


The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting is scheduled for December 6-9 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco, CA. The following Cancer Center members have abstracts being presented at the meeting:

Anjali Advani, MD
Paul Barr, MD
Rose Beck, MD, PhD
Brian Bolwell, MD
Ernest Borden, MD
Venugopalan Cheriyath, PhD
Clemencia Colmenares, PhD
Brenda Cooper, MD
Edward Copelan, MD
Robert Dean, MD
LR Devireddy, PhD
Paul Elson, ScD
Maria Febbraio, PhD
Pingfu Fu, PhD
Stanton Gerson, MD
Eric Hsi, MD
Matt Kalaycio, MD
Tamila Kindwall-Keller, DO
Mary Laughlin, MD
Hillard Lazarus, MD
Jaroslaw Maciejewski, MD, PhD
Howard Meyerson, MD
Gregory Plautz, MD
Brad Pohlman, MD
Alvin Schmaier, MD
Mikkael Sekeres, MD
Roy Silverstein, MD
Ronald Sobecks, MD
John Sweetenham, MD
Lan Zhou, MD, PhD

For more information about this meeting, please click here.


Stem cell shift may bode well for Ohio
Columbus Business First

Doctors, researchers on quest for a cure
News Herald

Choosing what to test and what should be funded
News Herald

Writers raise awareness with pens (Lisa's Legacy)
News Herald

Ohio 14th in lung cancer mortality rates
Plain Dealer


Congratulations to Charis Eng, MD, PhD, whose editorial "Microenvironmental Protection in Diffuse Large-B-Cell Lymphoma" was published in the November 29 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. To view the editorial, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Skin Diseases Research Center

The Skin Diseases Research Center (SDRC) is accepting applications for innovative research on skin diseases and skin biology, funded through its Pilot and Feasibility (P&F) Program. The SDRC plans to support three P&F projects for funding for one or two years with an annual budget of $20,000 each. Projects are supported with the understanding that the PI will subsequently apply for NIH or equivalent funding using preliminary data acquired during the P&F project period. Funding for the second year is contingent upon progress and submission of a second application.

Deadline: January 9, 2009

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)

The Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) is accepting applications for Consortium Development Awards. The Consortium Development Award is an infrastructure development mechanism which provides support to create a research management Coordinating Center and establish the necessary collaborations at potential Research Sites for the development of a multi-institutional ovarian cancer research team. Participants in this consortium should be scientists and/or clinicians who have made significant contributions to the field of ovarian cancer or who have specific expertise related to the early changes associated with ovarian cancer progression. Infrastructure development includes (but is not limited to): building appropriate collaborations, outlining an administrative management plan, developing a research and communication plan, and devising an intellectual property plan. The FY09 Consortium Development Award does not provide funding for research costs.

Pre-Application Deadline: January 13, 2009
Application Deadline: January 27, 2009

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– AACR-FNAB Fellows Grant for Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research

AACR is currently accepting applications for the following Fellowship Opportunities:

AACR-FNAB Fellows Grant for Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research
One-year grant of $35,000. Research projects are restricted to translational pancreatic cancer research that includes the use of human tissue and has implications for therapeutic application and individualized medicine. Proposed research must have implications for individualized cancer treatment and must make use of human biopsies or samples, such as needle biopsies or circulating cancer cells. In vivo primary tumor explants meet these criteria, but xenografts from established cell lines do not.
Deadline: December 18

AACR-Colorectal Cancer Coalition Fellows Grant, in memory of Lisa Dubow
One-year grant of $30,000. Research projects are restricted to translational or clinical cancer research that has an ultimate goal of developing or improving therapeutic interventions for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer.
Deadline: December 18

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY–AACR Career Development Awards for Pediatric Cancer Research

AACR is currently accepting applications for Career Development Awards for Pediatric Cancer Research. These awards are open to junior faculty at an academic, medical, or research institution who completed postdoctoral studies or clinical fellowships no more than three years prior to the start of the grant term.

For more information, please click here.

Deadline: January 13

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.

Online registration is open. To register and for more information, click here. For questions about the course, please contact Dr. Schluchter at


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

December 1

Hematology/Oncology Research In Progress Seminar cancelled

Pathology Research Seminar Series
Alan Diehl, PhD
Associate Professor, Cancer Biology
University of Pennsylvania
Topic: Coordinated Interplay Between Cyclin Localization, Proteolysis and Neoplastic Growth
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Edward Medof, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology
Topic: Role of APC- T cell C5aR/ C3aR GPCR Signal Transduction in Normal T cell Responses, Autoimmunity, and Tolerance
4:00 pm SOM E501

Skeletal Research Center
Jean Welter, MD, PhD
Research Associate Professor, Biology, Skeletal Research Center
Topic: How Thick is That???
4:00 pm Millis 123

December 2

Electrical Engineering & Computer Science (EECS) Seminar
GQ Zhang, PhD
Professor, EECS
Topic: X-MIMI: A Scalable Architecture for the Propagation of a MultiModality, MultiResource Informatics Infrastructure System
11:30 am White Bldg. 411

December 3

Grand Rounds
Lili Liu, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine- Hem/Onc
Topic: MGMT Expression and Epigenetics in Cancer Therapy: New Understanding from Old Knowledge
8:00 am Lerner Tower B-151

Neurosciences Seminar
Chris Dealwis, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology and Proteomics
Topic: Passive Immunotherapy of Alzheimer's Disease
10:00 am NE1-205 Cleveland Clinic

Genetics Seminar
Panagiotis Tsonis, PhD
Professor, Biology
Director, Center for Tissue Regeneration & Engineering
University of Dayton
Topic: The Long Road to Regeneration
11:00 am BRB 105

Cancer Biology Seminar
Roberto Diaz, MD, PhD
Radiation Oncologist
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
Topic: Recombinant Peptides as Biomarkers for Cancer Response Therapy
3:00 pm NC1-202 Cleveland Clinic

December 4

Aging-Cancer Seminar cancelled

Sixteenth Annual Robert R. Kohn Memorial Lecture: Presented by the Department of Pathology
Steven Austad, PhD
Professor, Cellular & Structural Biology
University of Texas Health Sciences Center
Topic: The 150 Year Old Human. How Soon? How Desirable?
4:00 pm Wolstein Auditorium

December 5

Hematology/ Oncology Fellows cancelled due to ASH conference

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club cancelled

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Daniel Sulmasy, MD
Professor, Medicine
Director, Bioethics Institute
St. Vincent's Hospital–Manhattan
Topic: Spirituality in the Care of Dying Patients: What Role Should Physicians Play?
8:00 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Biology Seminar
Sang Hyun Lee, PhD
University of California, San Francisco
Topic: The Mitotic Spindle Assembly Checkpoint (SAC) and Its Anti-Cancer Therapeutic Potential
1:00 pm NE1-205 Cleveland Clinic


For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.



Olof Pearson Lecture
Presented by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Division of Hematology/ Oncology
December 17 at 4:00 pm, WRB 1-413
Eileen White, PhD, Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and Associate Director for Basic Science at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey
Topic: Role of Autophagy in Cancer
Please contact Kelly Sliter for more information

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

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– James S. McDonnell Foundation

The Foundation offers Collaborative Activity Awards to initiate interdisciplinary discussions on problems or issues, to help launch interdisciplinary research networks, or to fund communities of researchers/practitioners dedicated to developing new methods, tools, and applications of basic research to applied problems.

In each case the focus of the collaborative activity must meet the program guidelines for one of the following program areas:
–Bridging Brain, Mind, and Behavior
–Studying Complex Systems
–Brain Cancer Research

Applications are continuously accepted for these awards.

For more information, please click here.

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.

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.

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.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS–2nd Annual 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.


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 Anna D. Barker Fellowship in Basic Cancer Research
Deadline: December 10

AACR-Astellas USA Foundation Fellowships in Basic Cancer Research
Deadline: December 10

AACR-Astellas USA Foundation Fellowship in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research
Deadline: December 10

AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Fellowship in Clinical Cancer Research
Deadline: December 10

AACR-AstraZeneca Fellowship for Translational Lung Cancer Research
Deadline: December 10

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

AACR Anna D. Barker Fellowship in Basic Cancer Research
Deadline: December 10

AACR-Astellas USA Foundation Fellowships in Basic Cancer Research
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

ASCO Cancer Foundation IDEA Grants
Deadline: January 14

NIH Director's New Innovator Awards
Deadline: January 15

Komen/ ASCO Loan Repayment Program
Deadline: January 15

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

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