Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

March 31, 2008

CASE CCC 2008 RETREAT

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.


NEW MEMBERS CORNER

Please join us in welcoming the following new members of the Case CCC:

Rose Chu Beck, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
Stem Cells and Hematologic Malignancies Program

Mark Jackson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
Basic Science of Cancer Program

Sanjay Patel, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine- Pulmonary, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Research Program

Diana Ramirez-Bergeron, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine- Cardiology
Developing Program in Cancer-Vascular Biology

Mark Smith, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology
Aging-Cancer Research Program

Xiongwei Zhu, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
Aging-Cancer Research Program


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– TREC

The Case Center for Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer and the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center invite investigators to submit developmental projects in the area of nutrition, energetics, energy balance, obesity, physical activity and cancer. These projects should provide an avenue for introducing and integrating new investigators and innovative technologies, methodologies, and/or research in the TREC infrastructure.

Pilot projects can be funded though a maximum of $50,000 per year, direct cost and should be planned to lead to independent research funding preferably of the NIH R01 type.

Please send original application via e-mail to lcc3@case.edu by Thursday, May 1.

To view the RFA, please click here. To view the Application Facepage, please click here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award

The Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with "high risk/high reward" ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.

This award is specifically designed to provide funding for extraordinary early career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding. It is not designed to fund incremental advances. The research supported by the award must be novel, exceptionally creative and, if successful, have the strong potential for high impact in the cancer field.

Pre-proposal deadline is June 2.

For more information, please click here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Doris Duke CSDA Bridge Grant

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for CSDA Bridge Grants. The purpose of the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA) Bridge Grant is to provide one-time bridging grants to eligible CSDA recipients whose new submission for an NIH R01 grant received excellent scores and supportive critiques but did not reach the cutoff for funding. The idea is to "bridge" the time between when an investigator learns of a very strong but unfunded score on an NIH application to when s/he is able to successfully obtain an R01 grant.

Please note that this program is limited to New Investigator R01 submissions that are likely to be funded during the next year. Applications to other funding mechanisms and R01-A2 reviewed applications are not eligible.

Eligible CSDA recipients are welcome to submit applications throughout the year up to the deadline of September 1; however, awardees will not be selected or notified until November 17, 2008.

For details, please click here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program

The Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) Defense Appropriations Act provides $50 million to the Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) to support research that will make significant contributions in the following research areas:

  • Alcoholism Research
  • Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
  • Blood Cancer
  • Drug Abuse
  • Epilepsy Research
  • Eye and Vision Research
  • Inflammatory Bowel Diseases
  • Integrated Tissue Hypoxia Research
  • Interstitial Cystitis
  • Kidney Cancer
  • Leishmaniasis
  • Lupus
  • Mesothelioma
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Nutrition and Health Promotion
  • Paget's Disease
  • Polycystic Kidney Disease
  • Pulmonary Hypertension
  • Scleroderma
  • Social Work Research
  • Tinnitus

There is an additional $1M Congressional appropriation for bone marrow failure disorder research.

This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). For details, please click here.

Pre-Application LOI Deadline: June 4
Proposal Deadline: July 2


DOD 2008 Ovarian Cancer Program Announcement

The Fiscal Year 2008 (FY08) Defense Appropriations Act provides $10 million to the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) to support innovative research to eradicate Ovarian Cancer. This program is administered by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command through the Office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP). Detailed descriptions of each of the funding mechanisms, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the FY08 OCRP Program Announcements. Each Program Announcement is available electronically for downloading from Grants.gov, CDMRP website, and CDMRP eReceipt Website.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR– AACR Annual Meeting 2008

The Case CCC has 62 members participating in 57 presentations at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting scheduled for April 12-16 in San Diego, CA. In addition, Dr. Balazs Halmos is Chairperson of the Minisymposium, Molecular Markers for Cancer Diagnosis and Determination of Patient Outcomes on April 15. To view the Meeting Program, please click here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– V Foundation

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 (gmi@case.edu) by Tuesday, April 15. The full application of the selected team is due to the V Foundation by June 16.

EVENTS

**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

March 31

Cancer Genetics/ Biology Journal Club cancelled

Pathology Seminar
Jenny Ting, PhD
Alumni Distinguished Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
University of North Carolina
Topic: Genomic Approach to the Identification of New Pathways in Innate Immunity
12:00 pm WRB 1413

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Li-Ming Chen, PhD
Senior Research Associate, Physiology & Biophysics
CWRU
Topic: Na-Coupled Bicarbonate Transporters in the Central Nervous System
4:00 pm SOM E531

Skeletal Research Center Seminar
J. Michael Sorrell, PhD
Senior Research Associate, Skeletal Research Center
CRWU
Topic: Angiogenesis, MSCs and Fibroblasts
4:00 pm 123 Millis


April 1

Taussig Cancer Center Core Curriculum Series
David Peereboom, MD
Associate Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Brain Metastasis
12:00 pm Cleveland Clinic R3-002


April 2

Grand Rounds
Scott Wilhelm, MD
Assistant Professor, Surgical Oncology
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Management of the Incidental Thyroid Nodule: Why Should We Be Concerned?
8:00 am Lerner B-151

CSCRM Seminar
Diana Ramirez-Bergeron, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine- Cardiology
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Hypoxia and Cardiovascular Progenitor Cells
4:30 pm Cleveland Clinic NA5-08 (LRI)


April 3

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

Taussig Cancer Center Core Curriculum Series
Lisa Sproat, MD
Taussig Cancer Center
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Cancer of Unknown Primary
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

Neurosciences Seminar
Barry Ache, PhD
Professor of Zoology and Neuroscience
Whitney Laboratory for Maine Biology University of Florida
Topic: Phospholipid Signaling in Olfaction
12:10 pm BRB 105


April 4

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

Hematology/Oncology Fellows
Vivian von Gruenigen, MD
Associate Professor, Reproductive Biology CWRU/ UH
Topic: TBA
8:00 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Center Grand Rounds
G. Thomas Budd, MD
Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: The Role of Genomics in Selecting Optimal Therapy for Breast Cancer
8:00 am Cleveland Clinic R3/002-003

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Zhizhuang Joe Zhao, PhD
Professor and Director of Experimental Pathology
University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Topic: Tyrosine Kinase JAK2 in Myeloproliferative Disorders
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.

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

Head and Neck Conference
October 31
Holiday Inn, Independence
Details to follow


MARK YOUR CALENDARS:

UPCOMING OUTSIDE SYMPOSIUMS

ISCT Regional Meeting
Ohio State University Biomedical Research Tower
Columbus, Ohio
Registration & More Information

Addressing Health Disparities in Appalachia through Academic and Community Partnerships
April 9
Northeast Conference Center
Westerville, Ohio
Brochure

NIH Symposium: Challenges & Promise of Cell-Based Therapies
May 6
Natcher Conference Center, NIH
Bethesda, MD
Registration & More Information

AACR Accelerating Anticancer Agent Development and Validation Workshop
June 18-20
North Bethesda, MD
Registration & More Information


RACE FOR THE PLACE- Join Our Team!

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 gillian.irwin@case.edu. 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.



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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

Tumor Stem Cells in Cancer Biology, Prevention, and Therapy (P01) (RFA-CA-08-020)

Request for Information: NIH Public Access Policy (NOT-OD-08-060)

Symptom Interactions in Cancer and Immune Disorders (R01) (PA-08-121)

Symptom Interactions in Cancer and Immune Disorders (R21) (PA-08-122)

Cancer Education Grants Program (R25) (PAR-08-120)

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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