Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

April 28, 2008

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics

June 2-4, 2008
University of Toledo
Toledo, Ohio

The Third Annual Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics will be held at the University of Toledo June 2-4. This conference will provide an interdisciplinary forum for discussing approaches, research findings, and experiences regarding computational investigations of biological problems. An important goal of the conference continues to be the fostering of long-term collaborative relationships among informatics and life sciences researchers from academia, government and industry, spanning Ohio and adjacent states. This meeting is not only for experts in bioinformatics, but also for those who make substantial use of bioinformatic tools in their research/development work, or would like to expand such use.

Abstract Submission Deadline: April 27

For more information, please click here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– ASCO Annual Meeting

May 30 - June 3
McCormick Place
Chicago, IL

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting is scheduled for May 30- June 3 in Chicago. This meeting is the premier scientific and educational event in oncology, drawing 30,000 attendees worldwide. As a forum for collaboration and communication, the ASCO Annual Meeting brings together oncologists of all disciplines, researchers, nurses, and patient advocates in the fight against cancer. The 2008 Meeting will unite the global oncology community with the common goals of delivering the highest quality patient care and innovating treatment advances.

Early Registration Deadline: April 25

For details, please 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.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Case CCC Request for Pilot Project Applications

The Case CCC is currently accepting applications for a "Multi-Investigator Grant Initiative to Promote the Basic Science Scientific Focus Group Areas of the Cancer Center". Awards of up to $50,000 for 1 year are available.

Principal Investigators must be full-time members of the faculty at Case Western Reserve University or Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and members of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Application Deadline: May 27

To view the RFA, please click here. RFA, Instructions and Cover Sheet are also available on the Cancer Center homepage.


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.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy: Realizing the Promise

September 11-12
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, MD

The Center for Cancer Research (CCR) at the National Cancer Institute will be hosting a two-day, national symposium entitled Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy: Realizing the Promise. This meeting will host leaders in the field of cancer immunology and immunotherapy, include recent advances in both translational and clinical research, and should provide an exciting forum for discussion and debate on promising immunologic approaches to prevent and treat cancer.

Registration is free, but seating is limited so be sure to register early! Abstracts are being accepted for the poster session. Deadline for abstract submission is July 15.

For more information, please click here.


NIH/ FOGARTY INTERNATIONAL CLINICAL RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The NIH/ Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars (FICRS) Support Center at Vanderbilt University Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) is pleased to announce a new one-year clinical research training program for US citizens or permanent residents in either post-residency clinical fellowships or in other health-related post-doctoral programs. This new program is sponsored by the Fogarty International Center and several collaborating institutes and centers at the National Institutes of Health and managed by Vanderbilt University, with fiscal support from the Office of AIDS Research, National Cancer Institute, and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Application forms are currently available and applications are accepted electronically on a rolling basis until April 30, 2008.

For details, click here, or contact Cat Lem, Program Coordinator at c.lem@vanderbilt.edu or by phone at 615-343-3555.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – William Bingham Foundation

The William Bingham Foundation, which makes grants to nonprofit organizations in Cleveland and other areas across the United States, is accepting applications for its 2008 funding priority, which is to assist organizations working to increase access to health care and services for low-income breast cancer patients, particularly in Cleveland, Ohio, and Washington, D.C. This focus is in effect only for 2008.

The maximum grant amount is $25,000. The deadline for applications is April 30

For application instructions, click here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– HHMI Early Career Scientist Competition

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has announced a new Early Career Scientist Program. Through a national competition, HHMI hopes to appoint approximately 70 early career scientists from biological and medical areas.

Applicant must have between two and six years of experience since first appointed as assistant professor or equivalent position. To meet this requirement, applicant's first faculty position as assistant professor must have begun no earlier than June 1, 2002 and no later than September 1, 2006.

Mandatory LOI Deadline: April 30
Application Deadline: June 10

For more information, please click here.

EVENTS

**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

April 28

Cancer Genetics/ Biology Journal Club
Jianwei Zhang, PhD
Research Associate, McCrae Lab, Division of Hematology/Oncology
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Role of p38 Mitogen-Activated Protein Kinase in Antiphospholipid Antibody-Mediated Thrombosis and Endothelial Cell Activation
AND
Wanming Zhang, MD, PhD
Postdoc, McCrae Lab, Division of Hematology/Oncology
Topic: Tumor Cell–Associated Tissue Factor and Circulating Hemostatic Factors Cooperate to Increase Metastatic Potential Through Natural Killer Cell–Dependent and –Independent Mechanisms
12:00 pm WRB 2-136

Pathology Seminar
Zhijian Chen, PhD
Professor, Molecular Biology
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Topic: Ubiquitin Signaling in NF-kappaβ-Mediated Immune Responses
12:00 pm WRB 1413

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Joseph Beavo, PhD
Professor, Pharmacology
University of Washington
Topic: New Roles for Old and New Phosphodiesterases
4:00 pm SOM W203

Skeletal Research Center Seminar
Sung-Eun Yang, MD
Visiting Research Scholar, Skeletal Research Center
CWRU
Topic: Stem/ Progenitor Cells from Umbilical Cord Blood
4:00 pm Millis 123


April 29


April 30

Grand Rounds
Susan Stagno, MD
Associate Professor, Psychiatry & Bioethics
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Addressing Addiction in BMT Patients
8:00 am Lerner B-151

Department of Pharmacology Annual Scientific Research Symposium
8:30 am - 2:30 pm WRB 1413
Keynote Speaker:Aaron Ceichanover, MD, PhD
Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Vascular & Tumor Biology Research Center
Rappaport Faculty of Medicine and Research Institute Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Topic: The Ubiquitin Protoelytic System: From Basic Mechanisms Thru Human Diseases and Onto Drug Targeting
12:30 pm WRB 1413
Details

Genetics Seminar
Levi Garraway, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology
Harvard Medical School
Topic: Systematic Functional Genomic Studies in Malignant Melanoma
11:00 am BRB 105


May 1

TREC Seminar cancelled

Taussig Cancer Center Core Curriculum Series
Anuj Mahindra, MD
Taussig Cancer Center
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Lymphoblastic Lymphoma
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

Frontiers in Gastroenterology & Hepatology
Jason Dominitz, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine
Assistant Chief, Academic Affairs, Gastroenterology
University of Washington
Topic: A 2020 Vision of Colorectal Cancer Screening
5:00 pm BRB 105


May 2

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

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Amato Giaccia, PhD
Professor, Cancer Biology, Radiation Oncology
Stanford University School of Medicine
Topic: Targeting the HIF/VHL Pathway for Cancer Therapy
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.

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
Brochure and Registration

ASCO Review 2008
June 27
InterContinental Hotel & Bank of America Conference Center
Course Directors: Robert Dreicer, MD and Hillard Lazarus, MD
Brochure and Registration

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


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– AACR Conference: Cancer Epigenetics

May 28-31
Boston Park Plaza Hotel
Boston, Massachusetts

This AACR special conference on cancer epigenetics will assemble prominent investigators in the field to discuss recent advances in this rapidly moving area. Sessions will review mechanisms and recent advances in whole genome epigenetic analysis of cancer. Several sessions will examine specific clinical applications such as diagnostics and therapeutics, and workshops will discuss practical research and translational issues such as methods of whole genome epigenetic analysis and definition of hypermethylator phenotypes. Ample time has been reserved for discussion, oral presentation of selected submitted abstracts, and late breaking research. This conference will provide a unique forum to review the remarkable progress in this area over the past few years, and provide a glimpse of where the field is moving, with a strong emphasis on translational epigenetics research.

Advance Registration Deadline: April 21

For details and registration information, please click here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– AACR Centennial Conference

July 20-23
Hyatt Regency Monterey
Monterey, California

The AACR Centennial Conference on Translational Cancer Medicine 2008: Cancer Clinical Trials and Personalized Medicine is the second in the AACR Centennial Conference series on Translational Cancer Medicine and the first to be held in the United States. Translational research is a key programmatic priority of the AACR, and this meeting will showcase the latest scientific discoveries from the laboratory and their clinical applications.

Deadline for abstract submission, award opportunities, and early registration is May 2.

For more information, please click here.


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.


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.

If cannot run the race, but would still like to help, please consider making a small donation to sponsor our team. Every little bit helps. To sponsor us, please click here.


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.


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.



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

NIH/Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellowships
Deadline: April 30

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: June 1

Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award
Pre-Proposal Deadline: June 2

DOD PRMRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Pre-App Deadline: June 4

DOD PRMRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award (Specific appropriation for bone marrow failure disorder research)
Pre-App Deadline: June 4

DOD PRMRP Translational Research Award
Pre-App Deadline: June 4

DOD PRMRP Advanced Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
Pre-App Deadline: June 4

DOD PRMRP Clinical Trial Award
Pre-App Deadline: June 4

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

DOD OCRP Consortium Development Award
Pre-Application Deadline: June 25

DOD PCRP Laboratory-Clinical Transition Award: Stage 1
LOI Deadline: June 30

DOD PRMRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Proposal Deadline: July 2

DOD PRMRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award (Specific appropriation for bone marrow failure disorder research)
Proposal Deadline: July 2

DOD PRMRP Translational Research Award
Proposal Deadline: July 2

DOD PRMRP Advanced Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
Proposal Deadline: July 2

DOD PRMRP Clinical Trial Award
Proposal Deadline: July 2

DOD OCRP Consortium Development Award
Proposal Deadline: July 9

Doris Duke CSDA Bridge Grant
Deadline: September 1


NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Administrative Supplements to Study Economic Impact of Interventions Targeting Cancer Survivors and/or their Families (NOT-CA-08-013)

Correction of Error in Application Submission/Receipt Date(s) for PAR-08-025 entitled "Quick-Trials for Novel Cancer Therapies and Prevention: Exploratory Grants (R21)"(NOT-CA-08-018)

Biomarkers of Infection-Associated Cancers (R01) (PA-08-156)

Biomarkers of Infection-Associated Cancers (R21) (PA-08-157)

Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R01) (PA-08-161)

Transdisciplinary Research on Fatigue and Fatigability in Aging (R21) (PA-08-162)

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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