Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

March 24, 2008


The Case CCC 2008 Retreat is scheduled for July 11-12 at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron, Ohio. The 235-acre resort has many features, including an 18-hole golf course, charter fishing on a Lake Erie marina, restaurants, shops, indoor/outdoor pools, exercise room and tennis courts. Nearby is Cedar Point, wineries, the Lake Erie Islands, and Maritime Museums.

Details and an agenda will be circulated soon.


The Case CCC has been invited to submit ONE application for the V Foundation Translational Grant. The purpose of this grant is to develop novel approaches to the prevention, detection and treatment of human cancer that requires collaboration of investigators from both the lab and the clinic.

The Translational Grant is a $600,000 award paid in $200,00 installments over a three-year period. Ten percent of the grant annually may be used to offset the indirect costs of the project. The project team must have a minimum of two scientists from the same facility and the team must possess basic and clinical research expertise.

If you are interested in applying, please submit abstract, biosketch and budget to Gillian Irwin ( by Tuesday, April 15. The full application of the selected team is due to the V Foundation by June 16.

NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE ARTICLE- Prostate Cancer Survivors and Quality of Life

Congratulations to Jay Ciezki, MD, Eric Klein, MD, and Arul Mahadevan, MD, whose article, "Quality of Life and Satisfaction with Outcome Among Prostate-Cancer Survivors" was published in the March 20 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. To view the article, please click here.

Barnholtz-Sloan Publications in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomakers & Prevention

Dr. Jill Barnholtz-Sloan had two pieces published in the the March 2008 issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention. The first piece was a Hypothesis/Commentary, entitled, "Ancestry Estimation and Correction for Population Stratification in Molecular Epidemiologic Association Studies". The second piece was a Review, "Issues of Diagnostic Review in Brain Tumor Studies: From the Brain Tumor Epidemiology Consortium".


Congratulations to Jeff Duerk, PhD, who was recently named as Chair of the CWRU Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME). For more information, click here.


Pamela B. Davis, MD, PhD was recently honored with the Raising Our Voices Award by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). Davis is the first recipient of this award, which recognizes outstanding women leaders in the field of medicine.

For more information, click here.

NCI Cancer Bulletin: Special Issue on Pediatric Oncology

Director's Update
Pediatric Oncology Partnerships Are Models for Success

Additional Articles
International Ewing Sarcoma Study Under Way

Building on 50 Years of Cooperative Research

For Research on Risk, Numbers are a Challenge

Technology Drives Search for Childhood Therapies

Testing the Most Promising New Therapies

A Conversation with Dr. Crystal Mackall

Milestones in Pediatric Oncology

Improvements Needed for Adolescents and Young Adults

Caregivers are Key for Helping Children Survive Cancer

Pediatric Cancer Survivors Need Long-Term Follow-Up

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– 2008 Research Update: Addressing Health Disparities in Appalachia through Academic and Community Partnerships

April 9, 2008
Northeast Conference Center
Westerville, Ohio

The Ohio Partners for Cancer Control are pleased to present the 2008 Research Update: Addressing Health Disparities in Appalachia through Academic and Community Partnerships on Wednesday, April 9 at the Northeast Conference Center at in Westerville, Ohio. This year's update will provide presentations by researchers and community partners who are involved in addressing cancer health disparities in Appalachia. Please click here for a complete list of the presenters and their presentations, along with directions to the conference center.

There is no fee to attend, but participants are asked to register by April 2. Please complete and submit the registration form to Megan Utley via or fax (614) 293-5611.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– NIH Symposium: Challenges & Promise of Cell-Based Therapies

May 6, 2008
Natcher Conference Center, NIH
Bethesda, MD

Mark your calendars for the upcoming NIH Symposium: Challenges & Promise of Cell-Based Therapies on May 6. A small group of outstanding scientists will discuss productive new directions for research in regenerative medicine and highlight the state-of-the-science, notable milestones, and general impediments to cell-based therapies. Don't miss out on this opportunity to learn from and network with some of the best experts in the field of regenerative medicine.

Please register by April 18, 2008, as a large number of attendees is expected and seating is limited. There is a $30 registration fee to attend. For more information and to register, please click here.


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

March 24

Cancer Genetics/ Biology Journal Club
Yulan Qing, PhD
Research Associate, Gerson Lab
Div. Hem/Onc
Topic: Role of Ku70 in Hematopoiesis
12:00 pm WRB 2-136

TREC Special Seminar
Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD
Director, Prevention Center
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Topic: Obesity in Breast Cancer Risk and Prognosis
1:00 pm BRB 105
Topic: Exercise Interventions in Breast Cancer: Prevention and Outcomes
2:15 pm BRB 105

March 25

March 26

Grand Rounds
Kenneth Foon, MD
Professor, Medicine
University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute
Topic: Recent Advances in the Biology and Treatment of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia/ Small Lymphocytic Lymphoma
8:00 am Lerner B-151

March 27

Aging-Cancer Research Seminar cancelled

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Gerolf Gros, PhD
Professor, Physiology
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
Topic: CO2 Permeability of the Human Red Cell Membrane
9:00 am SOM E531

Taussig Cancer Center Core Curriculum Series
Hien Duong, MD
Taussig Cancer Center
Topic: Growth Factor Support in the Hematologic Malignancies
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

Neurosciences Seminar
Francis Lee, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
Cornell University
Topic: Functional Analysis of a Mouse Model for Human Genetic Variant BDNF (Val66Met)
12:10 pm BRB 105

March 28

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club cancelled

Hematology/Oncology Fellows
Cecelia Choi, MD
Fellow, Division of Hem/Onc
Topic: TBA
8:00 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Center Grand Rounds
Gene Barnett, MD
Professor, Neurological Surgery
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Aggressive Management of Brain Metastases
8:00 am Cleveland Clinic R3/002-003

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Volker Endeward, PhD
Department of Physiology
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
Topic: Barrier to CO2 Permeation in Intact Colonic Epithelium of the Guinea Pig
12:00 pm SOM E531


For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.



**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


The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has created a team for the Race for the Place, a fundraiser that benefits the Gathering Place in Beachwood, Ohio.

For those of you that are not familiar with the Gathering Place, it is a support center providing programs and services free of charge for individuals and families touched by cancer.

Each year, the first Sunday in June (June 1, 2008) is National Cancer Survivors' Day. On this day, The Gathering Place hosts a 5K / 1 Mile event called Race for the Place. This event helps to raise the money that allows The Gathering Place to offer all of their services free of charge.

If you want to join the Case CCC team, please click here or email Family and friends are also welcome to join our team! It really is a great experience for everyone who is involved.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Midwest Blood Club Annual Meeting

April 3, 2008
Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

The VI Midwest Blood Club meeting will take place on Thursday, April 3 at the Biomedical Research Tower of the Ohio State University. There will be exceptional keynote speakers, including Stan Gerson from CWRU, Merv Yoder from Indiana University, and Scott Armstrong from Harvard. There will also be an afternoon poster session where you will have the opportunity to review many research updates. For those of you interested in submitting an abstract, it is acceptable to submit an abstract/poster you have utilized in another venue within the past six months. The final meeting agenda will be available by mid-March.

To view the Meeting Registration Form click here.

A block of rooms is reserved at the Blackwell Inn on the campus of Ohio State University. Please call 614-247-4000 for reservations. The cost is $129 per night. You may want to take advantage of also attending the International Society for Cellular Therapy meeting that will take place on April 4-5 at the Biomedical Research Tower.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is accepting applications for the following funding opportunities:

  • Research Scholar Grants in Basic, Preclinical, Clinical, and Epidemiology Research

  • Research Scholar Grants in Cancer Control and Prevention: Psychosocial and Behavioral Research

  • Research Scholar Grants in Cancer Control and Prevention: Health Services and Health Policy Research

  • Postdoctoral Fellowships

  • Mentored Research Scholar Grants in Applied and Clinical Research

  • Research Professorships

  • Research Scholar Grant in the Role of Healthcare and Insurance in Improving Outcomes in Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment

Deadline for all above opportunities: April 1

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.

For registration information and for details, click here.


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.

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.


DOD OCRP Career Development Award– Postdoctoral Fellow or Early Career Investigator
Pre-Application LOI: March 26

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 Postdoctoral 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

Administrative Supplements for Making Knockout Mice
Deadline: April 1 and June 1

SASS Foundation
Deadline: April 1

Human Frontier Science Program
LOI Deadline: April 2

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

HHMI Early Career Scientist Competition
Mandatory LOI Deadline: April 30

DOD PCRP Idea Development Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: May 22

DOD PCRP New Investigator Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: May 22

DOD PCRP Prostate Cancer Training Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: May 22

DOD PCRP Physician Research Training Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: May 22

DOD PCRP Collaborative Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Program Award Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: May 22

DOD PCRP Synergistic Idea Development Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: May 22

Administrative Supplements for Making Knockout Mice
Deadline: April 1 and June 1

DOD PCRP Clinical Consortium Agreement
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: June 11

DOD PCRP Clinical Trial Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: June 11

DOD PCRP Health Disparity Research Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: June 11

DOD PCRP Health Disparity Training Award
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: June 11

DOD PCRP Laboratory-Clinical Transition Award: Stage 1
Pre-App/LOI Deadline: June 11
LOI Deadline: June 30

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Revised Policy on Enhancing Public Access to Archived Publications Resulting from NIH-Funded Research

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