Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

May 26, 2008

Dr. Oscar D. Ratnoff

Dr. Oscar D. Ratnoff, former Chief of Hematology and Oncology and Interim Chairman of the Department of Medicine of University Hospitals, passed away on May 20, 2008. In light of his passing, we would like to take the chance to highlight some of his greatest medical research achievements. Drs. Stanton Gerson and Nathan Berger recently wrote an article entitled, "Oscar D. Ratnoff: Champion of Clotting" for The Hematologist: Profiles in Hematology. The article is a very nice homage to the man who made many medical breakthroughs, including the discovery of Factor XII, and the linking of hemophilia as a risk factor for AIDS. To view the article, please click here.


ACS Hero of Hope Research Medal of Honor– Dr. Sanford Markowitz

Congratulations to Dr. Sanford Markowitz, who was recently awarded the American Cancer Society (ACS) Hero of Hope Research Medal of Honor in the area of Clinical Research for 2008. Dr. Markowitz was recognized for his work with genetics and colon cancer.

Since 2002, the ACS Ohio Division has been giving this prestigious award as a way of recognizing outstanding cancer research in the areas of basic research, clinical research, and cancer control.

For more information, please click here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– The Cleveland Clinical and Translational Sciences Collaborative (CTSC)

The Cleveland Clinical and Translational Sciences Collaborative (CTSC) and the CWRU School of Medicine (SOM) have released an RFA for seed money to support multidisciplinary inter-institutional pilot projects. Investigators in the basic science and clinical departments of the SOM and the CTSC-affiliated institutions as well as in other departments of CWRU are eligible to apply.

Project PI must be faculty from a member institution and co-PI must be from a different school, college or institution. The proposal must clearly present the joint intellectual contribution by each co-PI. Projects where the co-PI is simply processing data will not be accepted.

Proposals from new investigators (non-tenured, less than 6 years into faculty appointment at CWRU or other institution) are encouraged, and may receive extra extra weight to enhance their scores.

Deadline: July 15

To view the RFA, please click here.


CASE CCC 2008 RETREAT

The annual scientific retreat of the Cancer Center will be July 11-12 at The Lodge at Sawmill Creek, a lovely setting in Huron, Ohio that offers numerous outdoor activities including golf, swimming, volleyball, tennis, basketball, and walking trails. There is also an indoor pool, fitness center and game room on the grounds. Nearby attractions include Cedar Point, Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve, wineries, the Lake Erie Islands, and Maritime Museums.

The overall theme will be building disease-related translational initiatives. The program will begin on Friday with presentations and discussions of the Basic Science of Cancer Focus Groups. Afternoon topics will include presentations and discussions on informatics development and capabilities throughout the School and presentations from the Cancer Control and Prevention and Aging Research Programs. Later in the afternoon we will have our individual program discussions.

After cocktails and dinner Friday evening, Dr. George Stark will discussion drug discovery.

Saturday's program will be directed toward the disease-based initiatives and will include presentations and discussions aimed to link the clinical translational elements. Along with updates to specific disease based initiatives, there will be presentations and discussions that highlight the Tissue Biorepository Resource and clinical trials support.

The program will end at noon on Saturday, though we encourage you to stay and enjoy area attractions.

A detailed agenda will be released closer to the event. Please direct any questions to gillian.irwin@case.edu.

EVENTS

**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

May 26

Happy Memorial Day!


May 27

Pathobiology Seminar
Paul Fox, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Copper and Iron: The History of a Metabolic Couple
1:00 pm NE1-205 Cleveland Clinic


May 28

Grand Rounds cancelled


May 29

TREC Seminar cancelled

Biomedical Engineering Seminar
Eva Turley, PhD
Distinguished Oncology Scientist, Cancer Research Laboratory Program
London Regional Cancer Program at London Health Sciences Centre
Topic: The Outside Interior: The Multiple Functions of an Oncogene, Rhamm/Hmmr
12:00 pm NA1-139 Cleveland Clinic

Neurosciences Seminar
Ilya Bezprozvanny, PhD
Professor, Physiology
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Topic: Presenilins Function as ER Calcium Leak Channels: Implications for AD
12:10 pm BRB 105


May 30

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club cancelled

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

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


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.

Please plan on attending the presentations of fellow Cancer Center Members: Dr. Joanna Brell is scheduled to present The Toxicity of Targeted Therapies: Specific Effects of New Agents from 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm on May 30; Dr. Derek Raghavan is scheduled to present Cancer Care in Minority Populations from 9:45 am - 11:00 am on June 2.

For details, please click here.


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– 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.

For more information, please click here.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Let's Band Together

The Ireland Cancer Center and Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital present Let's Band Together: Inaugural Adolescent & Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Initiative Symposium, Friday, June 13 from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm at Marriott Cleveland Key Center. Patients, healthcare professionals, clinicians, government leaders and others interested in learning more about ongoing efforts to fight against adolescent and young adult cancer are encouraged to attend. For details and registration information, please click here, or contact Sante Ghetti at (216)844-4886 for more information.

Also mark your calendars for the Rise Above It (RAI) Inaugural "Black Dress, Yellow Tie" Keep the Fight Alive! Reception that evening, from 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm also at the Marriott Cleveland Key Center. For details on this event, click here. To learn more about RAI, 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– Cancer Health Disparities Summit

July 14-16
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Bethesda, MD

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) is pleased to present the Cancer Health Disparities Summit 2008, July 14–16, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, Bethesda, Maryland. The overall theme for this year's Summit is Eliminating Cancer Health Disparities Through Science, Training, and Community. The Cancer Health Disparities 2008 will highlight the science of the programs and grantees funded through the CRCHD.

For more 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.

For more information, 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.



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Multi-Investigator Grant Initiative to Promote the Basic Science Scientific Focus Group Areas of the Cancer Center
Deadline: May 27

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

Administrative Supplements to Active R01, P01, P50, U01, and U19 Grants Focused on Cancer Survivorship
Deadline: June 9

Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Career Catalyst in Disparities Research
Pre-Application Deadline: June 10

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

HRSA Patient Navigator Outreach and Chronic Disease Prevention Demonstration Program
Application Deadline: June 13

Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Post-Baccalaureate Training in Disparities Research
Pre-Application Deadline: June 19

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

Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Career Catalyst in Disparities Research
Full Application Deadline: July 31

Susan G. Komen for the Cure: Post-Baccalaureate Training in Disparities Research
Full Application Deadline: July 31

Doris Duke CSDA Bridge Grant
Deadline: September 1


NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

SCAW IACUC-Advanced Workshop on June 4, 2008 in Columbus, OH (NOT-OD-08-072)

NIH/AHRQ Set Transition from PureEdge to Adobe Application Forms for December 2008 and Plan Subsequent Transition of Remaining Mechanisms to Electronic Submission (NOT-OD-08-073)

June IACUC 101 & 201 PLUS Workshops in Saint Paul, Minnesota (NOT-OD-08-074)

New GSA Directive Affects NIH Reimbursement Process for New Reviewers and Reviewers Up for CCR Renewal (NOT-OD-08-075)

Change in Application Receipt Date to RFA-RM-08-001 (NOT-RM-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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