Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

February 25, 2008

CORRECTION

We would like to follow-up on the new Glioblastoma vaccine that was discussed in last week's newsletter. We incorrectly identified Dr. Andrew Sloan as the lead investigator on the vaccine's clinical trial. Dr. Michael Vogelbaum of the Cleveland Clinic is actually the lead PI on this joint institutional trial, Phase II/III Study of CDX-110 in Patients With Newly Diagnosed GBM. We apologize for the error.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY–ONS Foundation

The Ohio Nursing Society (ONS) has released information about the 2008 ONS Foundation Breast Cancer Research Funding (RE28). A major goal of the ONS Foundation is to provide funding to support the ONS Research Agenda. The agenda's focus is on areas where gaps exist in the knowledge base for oncology nursing practice. Applications are invited for breast cancer grant proposals that address high-priority topic areas identified by the 2005-2009 ONS Research Agenda.

Eligibility: The principal investigator must be actively involved in some aspect of cancer patient care, education, or research. Funding preference is given to projects that involve nurses in the design and conduct of the research activity. Membership in ONS is not required. To be considered for funding, the research team must include an advanced practice nurse or researcher.

Letters of Intent Deadline: June 30
Applications Deadline: July 30

For more information, please click here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– AACR Cancer Biostatistics Workshop

July 13 - 19, 2008
The Lodge at Sonoma
Sonoma, CA

Applications are now being accepted for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Cancer Biostatistics Workshop, July 13-19, 2008 in Sonoma, California.

This is an intensive one-week workshop in statistical methods in oncology and collaborative interactions between biostatisticians and clinical oncologists. It is designed to update the expertise and increase the number of biostatisticians working on oncology-related problems to improve their ability to use new biological information, develop valid research designs for new therapies, and increase the number and quality of clinical trials.

Application Deadline: March 24

For details, please click here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY–Sass Foundation for Medical Research

The Sass Foundation for Medical Research provides funds for salary support for post-doctoral fellows (MD, PhD or MD/PhD) for research related to cancer. Research may be in the area of basic or translational research.

Letter of Intent Deadline: February 29
Application Deadline: April 1

For more information, please click here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS–AACR Accelerating Anticancer Agent Development and Validation Workshop

June 18-20, 2008
North Bethesda, MD

This is a postgraduate workshop for clinical and translational investigations focused on strategic planning to develop and validate new anticancer and cancer prevention agents and pathways. This is an intensive and interactive workshop in how to design effective strategies– from clinical trial initiative, to enabling trials, to pivotal efficacy trials– to develop new anticancer and prevention agents, taught by a distinguished faculty from across the academic, industry, consumer, and government (FDA) sectors.

For more information, click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS–Pathobiology of Cancer: The Edward A. Smuckler Memorial Workshop

July 6-13, 2008
Snowmass Resort Village
Snowmass Village, CO

The American Associate for Cancer Research (AACR) is accepting applications for the Pathobiology of Cancer: The Edward A. Smuckler Memorial Workshop on July 6-13, 2008 in Snowmass, Colorado. This workshop is designed for predoctoral students and postdoctoral fellows in subfields within biomedical research such as molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, cellular biology, immunology, experimental therapeutics, epidemiology, and virology. A limited number of Senior Scientists beyond the postdoctoral level will also be admitted to the program.

Application Deadline: March 5

For more information, please click here.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR– AACR Annual Meeting 2008

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual meeting is scheduled for April 12-16 in San Diego, CA. More than 17,000 participants from 60 countries will gather to discuss an estimated 6,000 abstracts and to hear more than 500 invited presentations on new and significant discoveries in basic, clinical, and translational cancer research. Scientific award lectures, grant writing workshops, networking events, and educational sessions will round out the comprehensive program.

Advance registration deadline is Friday, March 7. For registration information and for more information, click here.

If anyone is presenting at the Meeting, please let us know. As always, we are happy to publicize any news you have, such as major presentations, publications, awards, etc.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– AACR Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology

July 11-18, 2008
Given Institute of the University of Colorado
Aspen, Colorado

Please mark your calendars for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) workshop, Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology on July 11-18 in Aspen, Colorado. The goal of this workshop is to provide a substantive overview of the essential role that molecular biology plays in the clinical world. The organizers are primarily seeking students who are motivated to build a career in translational cancer research, i.e., the exciting research front at the interface between basic research and clinical investigations.

Application Deadline: March 10

For more information, please click here.

EVENTS

**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

February 25

Cancer Genetics/ Biology Journal Club
Alina Bulgar
Graduate Student, Gerson & Liu Labs
Division of Hem/Onc
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Regulation of the Human AP–Endonuclease (APE1/Ref-1) Expression by the Tumor Suppressor p53 in Response to DNA Damage
12:00 pm WRB 2-136

Neurosciences Seminar
P. Hunter Peckham, PhD
Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Orthopaedics
CWRU
Topic: Neuroprostheses for Restoration of Motor Function
12:00 pm SOM E609

Physiology &Biophysics Seminar
Yuehan Zhou, PhD
Senior Research Associate, Physiology & Biophysics
CWRU
Topic: Regulation of Bicarbonate Reabsorbtion by Renal Proximal Tubule
4:00 pm SOM E531


February 26

Cancer Biology Seminar
Dan Duda, DMD, PhD
Harvard Medical School
Topic: Role of Blood Circulating Precursor Cells in Solid Tumors
11:00 am NC1-202 Cleveland Clinic

Tumor Cell Adhesion, Growth Factor Receptor Signaling, Stromal Interactions, Migration and Metastasis Basic Science Focus Group Mini Retreat
1:00 pm WRB 2-136


February 27

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds (Basic Science)
Burak Sade, MD
Clinical Associate, Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Sinonasal Malignancies: Overview of Craniofacial Resection and Neurosurgical Perspectives
7:30 am TT1-100 Cleveland Clinic

Grand Rounds
Cynthia Owusu, MD
Assistant Profefssor, Medicine- Hem/Onc
CWRU/UH
Topic: Tamoxifen Discontinuation in Older Breast Cancer Patients
8:00 am Lerner B-151


February 28

No Aging-Cancer Research Seminar

Taussig Cancer Center Core Curriculum Series
Ernest Borden, MD
Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Sarcoma's
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

Neurosciences Seminar
Xiongwei Zhu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
CWRU
Topic: Impaired Balance of Mitochondrial Fission and Fusion in Alzheimer Disease
12:10 pm BRB 105


February 29

Hematology/Oncology Fellows
Shilen Patel, MD
Fellow, Division of Hem/Onc
CWRU/ UH
Topic: TBA
8:00 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Center Grand Rounds
Kevin Fox, MD
Professor, Hem/Onc
University of Pennsylvania
Topic: An Update on the Adjuvant Therapy of Breast Cancer
8:00 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Peter Scacheri, PhD
Assistant Professor, Genetics
CWRU
Topic: Genomic Approaches to the Study of Transcriptional Regulation in Cancer and Other Genetic Diseases
12:00 pm BRB 105

more

For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

UPCOMING CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUMS

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

Geriatric Oncology and Primary Care: Promoting Partnerships in Practice and Research
April 3-4
Dively Center
Course Directors: Nathan Berger, MD and Julia Rose, PhD
Brochure and Registration

Update on Cervical Cancer Prevention: New Technology, New Evidence, and New Recommendations
April 18
Ritz Carlton Cleveland
Course Directors: Stephen Waggoner, MD and Kristine Zanotti, MD
Brochure and Registration

Annual Update on Breast Cancer: Highlights of the National Meetings
June 13
Hilton Cleveland East, Beachwood
Course Directors: Janice Lyons, MD, Halle Moore, MD, and Paula Silverman, MD


NCI CANCER BULLETIN

Featured Article
Protein May Stop Melanoma Before It Starts

Cancer Research Highlights
Experimental Drug for Osteosarcoma Improves Overall Survival

Low Risk Seen in Monitoring, Not Treating, Some Prostate Cancers

Partial Nephrectomy to Treat Small Renal Tumors Underused

More Genetic Clues for Prostate Cancer Found

Study Details Risk of NHL in Some Autoimmune Diseases

Director's Update
SPOREs Move to Strengthen Program, Vision

Guest Commentary by Lance Armstrong
Pushing Progress, Maintaining Momentum


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– International Symposium on Targeted Anticancer Therapies

Registration is now open for the International Symposium on Targeted Anticancer Therapies (TAT) in Bethesda, Maryland, March 20-22. For details and registration information, click here.

The scientific program of TAT 2008 will cover many types of targets and new drugs in early-phase clinical development, and will focus on clinical and translational research. The 2008 program will also cover clinical trials of combinations of targeted agents which are being conducted in increasing numbers. TAT 2008 will thus provide a glimpse of the future of cancer therapy.

TAT 2008 is organized by the NDDO Research Foundation in partnership with NCI and the European Society for Medical Oncology.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– AACR/ASCO Workshop

AACR/ASCO are currently accepting applications for their workshop Methods in Clinical Cancer Research, August 2-8 at Vail Marriott Mountain Resort in Vail, Colorado.

This event is described as "an intense workshop in the essentials of effective clinical trial designs of therapeutic interventions in the treatment of cancer for clinical fellow and junior faculty clinical researchers in all oncology subspecialties, including radiation and surgical oncology and radiology".

Application Deadline: March 17

For more information, click here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS – ISCT Regional Meeting

The International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) will be holding a regional meeting on April 4-5 at the Ohio State University Biomedical Research Tower in Columbus, Ohio. This meeting is targeted towards laboratory practitioners and technicians working in cellular therapy, and anyone interested in networking with cell therapy practitioners at a small, technically focused, reasonably priced meeting.

For more information, click here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY–DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program

The Department of Defense (DOD) has released the FY08 Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Program Announcements. Each Program Announcement is available electronically for downloading from Grants.gov, CDMRP website, and CDMRP eReceipt Website.

Idea Development Award
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: May 22
Proposal: June 12

New Investigator Award
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: May 22
Proposal: June 12

Prostate Cancer Training Award
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: May 22
Proposal: June 12

Physician Research Training Award
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: May 22
Proposal: June 12

Collaborative Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Program Award
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: May 22
Proposal: June 12

Synergistic Idea Development Award
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: May 22
Proposal: June 12

Clinical Consortium Agreement
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: June 11
Proposal: July 2

Clinical Trial Award
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: June 11
Proposal: July 2

Health Disparity Research Award
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: June 11
Proposal: July 2

Health Disparity Training Award
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: June 11
Proposal: July 2

Laboratory-Clinical Transition Award: Stage 1
Pre-Application Letter of Intent: June 11
Proposal: July 2

Please click here for more information.



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

2008 NASA Space Radiation Summer School
Deadline: February 28

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program
Deadline: February 29

Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program
Deadline: March 1

Lady Tata Memorial Trust International Award for Research in Leukemia
Deadline: March 1

Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States
Deadline: March 8

McDonnell Foundation Research Awards
Deadline: March 12

Lance Armstrong Foundation Research Grants
Deadline: March 14

Prostate Cancer Research Foundation 2008 Challenge Awards
Deadline: March 14

ACS Joseph S. Silber Fellowship
Deadline: March 14

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Advancing the Science of Continuous Quality Improvement Grant
Deadline: March 14

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program
Deadline: March 19

NIH Shared Instrumentation Grant Program
Deadline: March 24

Lance Armstrong Foundation Community Grants
Deadline: March 24

DOD OCRP Idea Development Award
Pre-App/Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 26

DOD OCRP Translational Research Partnership Award
Pre-App/Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 26

DOD BCRP Clinical Translational Research Award
Pre-App/Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 27

DOD BCRP Era of Hope Postdotoral Award
Pre-App/Nomination Deadline: March 27

DOD BCRP Era of Hope Scholar Award
Pre-App/Nomination Deadline: March 27

DOD BCRP HBCU/MI Partnership Training Award
Pre-App/Pre-Proposal Deadline: March 27

DOD BCRP Innovator Award
Pre-App/Nomination Deadline: March 27

Cancer Research Institute
Deadline: April 1

DOD BCRP Idea Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: April 16

DOD BCRP Impact Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: April 16

DOD BCRP Synergistic Idea Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: April 16

William Bingham Foundation
Deadline: April 30

DOD BCRP Idea Award
Deadline: May 7

DOD BCRP Impact Award
Deadline: May 7

DOD BCRP Synergistic Idea Award
Deadline: May 7

DOD BCRP Clinical Research Award
Deadline: June 19

DOD BCRP Era of Hope Postdoctoral Award
Deadline: June 19

DOD BCRP Era of Hope Scholar Award
Deadline: June 19

DOD BCRP HBCU/MI Partnership Training Award
Deadline: June 19

DOD BCRP Innovator Award
Deadline: June 19

DOD OCRP Idea Development Award
Proposal Deadline: July 2

DOD OCRP Translational Research Partnership Award
Proposal Deadline: July 22


NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Exploratory Grants for Behavioral Research in Cancer Control (R21)(PA-06-351)

Pre-Application Meeting for RFA-OD-08-001 and RFA-OD-08-002, Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network (NOT-OD-08-042)

Notice of Correction of Due Dates for AIDS and AIDS-related Applications to Parent STTR PA-08-051 (NOT-OD-08-050)

National Cancer Institute (NCI) Initiatives for Support of Basic and Translational Tumor Stem Cell Research (NOT-CA-08-010)

Administrative Supplements for Making Knockout Mice (NOT-HG-08-002)

Comparative Systems Genetics of Cancer (R01) (RFA-CA-08-017)

Tumor Stem Cells in Cancer Biology, Prevention, and Therapy (R01) (RFA-CA-08-019)

Produced by:
Gillian Irwin
11100 Euclid Avenue, Wearn 152
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-5065
216-844-8317 phone
216-844-7832 fax
gillian.irwin@case.edu

Janice Green
11100 Euclid Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-5065
216-844-1862 phone
216-844-7832 fax
janice.green@uhhospitals.org
 
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