Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

December 29, 2008


University Hospitals Case Medical Center Implements Non-Invasive Stool-Based DNA Screening for Colorectal Cancer
Business Wire (press release) - Dec 22, 2008
Non-invasive sDNA screening includes the Vimentin gene, a genetic locus discovered by Dr. Sanford Markowitz of the Ireland Cancer Center and Case Western ...


Applications are now being accepted for the 2009 NASA Space Radiation Summer School. Up to 15 students will be selected for the course to be held next summer at the Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Long Island, New York from May 27 – June 19, 2009. The goal of the course is to provide scientific and practical information to students and scientists who are either new to the NASA program or to charged particle radiobiology. At the completion of the summer school, students will have received the full complement of training required to conduct their own experiments at BNL.

Course topics will include the physics and biochemistry of charged particle interaction with condensed matter, ionizing radiation dosimetry, DNA damage and repair, genotoxicity measurements, mechanisms of control and loss of cell cycle checkpoints and apoptosis, signal transduction including bystander effects, genomic instability, neurodegeneration, tissue remodeling and their relationships to carcinogenesis, and degenerative tissue risks including neurobiological damage by space radiation.

Deadline: February 28

For details, please click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Case CCC Basic Science Faculty Candidate Presentations

Please mark your calendars for the following Faculty Candidate presentations:

Candidate: Sang-Oh Yoon, PhD, Research Fellow, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School
Thursday, January 15, 2009
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wolstein Research Building 3-136
Topic: TBA

Chalk Talk:
Friday, January 16, 2009
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Wolstein Research Building 3-136
Topic: TBA

Candidate: Hugh P. Cam, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Cancer Research, NCI/NIH
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Wolstein Research Building 1402
Topic: Epigenetic Control and Genome Organization by RNAi and Transposon-derived Proteins

Chalk Talk:
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm Wolstein Research Building 1403
Topic: Epigenome Organization and Phenotypic Plasticity


The AACR is pleased to announce a call for Letters of Intent for Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Innovative Research Grants. These grants, established in honor of the late Judah Folkman, MD, are open to independent investigators early in their careers and will fund novel, high-risk, high-reward cancer research proposals that have significant potential for translational application and hold great promise for advancing SU2C's overarching goal of improving and saving the lives of patients.

Applicants must be tenure-track, independent investigators, who have completed their training no more than 7 years prior to the start of the grant term. That is, the applicant's first independent position must have started on or after August 2, 2002. Postdoctoral fellows, clinical research fellows, or any other researchers-in-training who are working under the direction of a scientific mentor are not eligible to apply. Proposals may focus on any discipline within basic, translational, or clinical research, provided that these criteria are met.

LOI Deadline: January 22, 2009
Application Deadline (invite only): May 15, 2009

For more information, please click here


Enrollment is currently open for the following Cancer Biology courses: David Danielpour, PhD will be teaching Basic Cancer Biology and the Interface with Clinical Oncology: PHRM 520/ PATH 520, a graduate-level introductory course in cancer biology taught through the Departments of Pharmacology and Pathology. This course will give students a broad overview of current basic cancer biology, highlight recent advances in cancer therapeutics, and provide a clinical perspective of the pathogenesis and treatment of common cancers. Drs. Danielpour and Joseph Bokar, MD, PhD will be teaching Clinical Interface to Cancer Biology Conference PHRM521/ PATH521, a conference-based enrichment course of PHRM 520/PATH520, taken concurrently with PHRM520/ PATH520 or the following Spring Semester.

Details can be found at:
PHRM520/ PATH520 Course Overview
PHRM520/ PATH520 Class Schedule
PHRM521/ PATH521Course Overview

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 29

Pathology Research Seminar Series cancelled

Hematology/Oncology Research In Progress Seminar cancelled

December 30

December 31

Grand Rounds cancelled

January 1

Happy New Year!

January 2

Hematology/ Oncology Fellows Seminar cancelled

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club cancelled

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds cancelled


For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.



Emerging Trends in Cancer Immunotherapy
February 18, 2009
Holiday Inn, Independence
Course Directors: Drs. Henry Koon, Joseph Baar, Andrew Sloan
Details to follow

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Cancer Center Scientific Series

The Case CCC is pleased to announce the Cancer Center Scientific Series, the first installment of which is scheduled for Thursday, January 8, 2009 from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, and will feature reports from the following Cancer Center Imaging Pilot Project awardees:

Susann Brady-Kalnay, PhD
Imaging Glioblastomas Using Probes that Detect the Receptor Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase mu

Chris Flask, PhD
Development of PARACEST-MRI Imaging Agents for in vivo Assessment of Autophagy

Yanming Wang, PhD
In vivo Quantification of DNA Damages in Cancer Chemotherapies

Reception to follow. Everyone is welcome to attend.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Case CCC Basic Science Faculty Candidate Seminar

Case CCC Basic Science Faculty Candidate Hongwu Zheng, PhD will be giving a seminar on Monday, January 12, 2009 at 4:00 pm in Wolstein Research Building 1402. Dr. Zheng, a Post-Doc Research Fellow at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute/ Harvard Medical School, will be presenting Understanding Glioma Pathogenesis. All are encouraged to attend.

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.

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.

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.

Registration Deadline: January 11, 2009

For more information, 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.


ASCO Advanced Clinical Research Awards
Deadline: January 8

Skin Diseases Research Center
Deadline: January 9

Goldhirsh Foundation Brain Tumor Research Awards Program
Initial Proposal Deadline: January 13
Full Proposal Deadline (invite only): April 21

Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)
Pre-Application Deadline: January 13
Application Deadline: January 27

AACR Career Development Awards for Pediatric Cancer Research
Deadline: January 13

ASCO Cancer Foundation IDEA Grants
Deadline: January 14

UICC Yamagiwa-Yoshida Memorial International Study Grants
Deadline: January 15

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

Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)
Application Deadline: January 27

Pfizer Oncology Clinical Fellowship Awards
Deadline: January 31

Pfizer Fellowship In Health Disparities
Deadline: January 31

Pfizer Visiting Professorships in Oncology
Deadline: January 31

Komen/ASCO Medical Student Rotation
Deadline: February 20

Komen/ASCO Resident Travel Award
Deadline: February 20

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
Deadline: Open

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Notice of Non-Participation of the National Cancer Institute in PA-09-040, Mentored Research Scientist Development Award (K01)(NOT-CA-09-011)

NIH-Supported Centers for Population Health and Health Disparities (CPHHD) (P50)(RFA-CA-09-001)

Development, Application, and Evaluation of Prediction Models for Cancer Risk and Prognosis (R01) (PA-07-021)

Pathophysiology of Bisphosphonates-associated Osteonecrosis of the Jaw (R01) (PA-07-132)

Innovative and Applied Emerging Technologies in Biospecimen Science (R33)(RFA-CA-09-005)

Application and Use of Transformative Emerging Technologies in Cancer Research (R21)(RFA-CA-09-006)

Application and Use of Transformative Emerging Technologies in Cancer Research (R33)(RFA-CA-09-007)

Innovative Technology Development for Cancer Research (R21) (RFA-CA-09-008)

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