Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

July 14, 2008


Congratulations to Dr. Sanford Markowitz, who was recently awarded the Maurice Saltzman Award by the Mt. Sinai Health Care Foundation. Since 1983, the Saltzman Award has been presented annually to Greater Clevelanders whose work is of significant value to the health care interests of the community. For more information about the Mt. Sinai Foundation, please click here.


The CWRU SOM has been chosen as one of nine institutions to collaborate in the Ivy Genomics-Based Medicine Project. This project is funded by the newly created Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation. The goal of this project is to use genetic profiling to determine the most effective brain tumor treatment for each patient. Dr. Andrew Sloan is the lead investigator at the Cleveland site, located at the Brain Tumor Center of the Neurological Institute and ICC.

For more information, please click here.


Thanks to a very generous $1 million gift from local philanthropists, Dr. John Letterio was recently named the inaugural Jane and Lee Seidman Chair in Pediatric Cancer Innovation. The Rainbow Babies & Children's Foundation will acknowledge the Seidman's generosity with a $500,000 match.

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Brian D. Novis Junior Research Grants

The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is currently accepting applications for the Brian D. Novis Junior Research Grants and Senior Research Grants. In 1994, the IMF established the Brian D. Novis Research Grant program to support investigators conducting cutting-edge studies to provide better treatment, management, prevention, and ultimately, a cure for myeloma. The IMF offers grants to doctors and researchers working in the field of myeloma.

Application Deadline: September 2

For more information, please click here.


amfAR has announced the availability of funding for social/behavioral research relevant to applying social networking information technologies to the prevention of HIV infection. amfAR plays a uniquely important role in AIDS research, identifying critical gaps in our knowledge of HIV and AIDS, and supporting groundbreaking studies that often lack the preliminary data required by more traditional funders. The Foundation's research program focuses on efforts to prevent HIV infection among vulnerable populations and to improve treatment, with the ultimate goal of eradicating the virus in people living with HIV infection.

Preliminary Information Form (required) Deadline: July 23
Letter of Intent Deadline: August 12

For more information, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– 2009 Searle Research Scholars Program

The CWRU SOM is holding an internal competition for the 2009 Searle Research Scholars Program. CWRU may nominate TWO individuals for this award. This funding opportunity supports research in medicine, chemistry and the biological sciences. Final nominees to represent CWRU will be selected by a review panel to be convened by Deputy Provost Lynn Singer.

The following materials are due to Richard Sohn ( by July 29:
– Full C.V. with funding history,
– 1-2 page proposal with specific aims, and
– Letter of support from your Chair.

Applicants for year 2009 awards are expected to be pursuing independent research careers in biochemistry, cell biology, genetics, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology, and related areas in chemistry, medicine, and the biological sciences. Candidates should have begun or will begin their first appointment at the assistant professor level on or after July 1, 2007. This appointment must be a tenure-track position, or its equivalent, and must be in an academic department of an invited, degree-granting institution.

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY–Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program

The CWRU SOM is currently accepting applications for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars Program internal competition. CWRU is allowed to submit ONE application to the Foundation.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Physician Faculty Scholars program is part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Human Capital Portfolio which seeks to attract, develop, and retain a high-quality health and health care workforce with an emphasis on diversity and leadership development. The selected junior faculty will receive support to enhance their skills and productivity through institutional and national mentoring, specific research experience, and protected time in which to acquire it. The program strongly prefers applicants interested in the fields of health policy research, epidemiology, health services research, or community-based research. Physician-scientists who conduct basic biomedical research should not apply.

If interested in applying, please submit the following documents electronically to
–Full CV with funding history
–1-2 page proposal with specific aims, and
–Letter of support from your Chair

Internal Deadline: July 16

For more information, please click here.


The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is currently accepting applications for it's American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant. Pilot funding is available for projects in basic, clinical, behavioral, and epidemiological cancer research with awards up to $30,000 for 1 year cancer research projects that provide the basis for future independent grants.

Eligible applicants must:
–be within 6 years of their first full-time independent faculty appointment (or equivalent);
–be United States citizens, noncitizen nationals, or permanent residents of the United States;
–be eligible to apply as principal investigators for national grant support, but have no such support at the time of the IRG award;
–have Department Chair commitment for salary and space.

Deadline: August 11

To view application and instructions, please click here.


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

July 14

Cancer Genetics/ Biology Journal Club cancelled; will resume late August

July 15

Taussig Cancer Center Seminar
Roy Silverstein, MD
Professor, Cell Biology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Thrombophilia
12:00 pm Cleveland Clinic R3-002

July 16

DTP monthly meeting cancelled

Neurosurgery Grand Rounds
Sacit Omay, MD
Research Fellow, Brain Tumor Neuro-Oncology Center
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: War on Gliomas: Old Masters of Strategy on New Problems on Neuro-Oncology
7:30 am TT1-100 Cleveland Clinic

Grand Rounds
Alvin Schmaier, MD
Professor, Medicine-Hem/Onc
Topic: Red Cell Disorders: Approach to Anemia
8:00 am Lerner B-151

July 17

Taussig Cancer Center Grand Rounds
Roy Silverstein, MD
Professor, Cell Biology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Thrombophilia/Platelet Disorders
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

July 18

Hematology/Oncology Fellows Seminar
Afshin Dowlati, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine-Hem/Onc
Topic: How to Review Journal Articles & Assess Statistics
8:00 am Wearn 137


For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.



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

Head and Neck Conference
April 17, 2009
Holiday Inn, Independence
Details to follow


September 25-28
Hilton San Francisco

The Oncology Congress engages you in productive peer-to-peer discussions about cancer prevention, diagnosis, and treatment options, giving you the practical knowledge, tools, and insight needed to improve care and quality of life for your patients today.

The Case CCC has partnered with the Oncology Congress to offer a discounted registration rate for Case CCC members: $395 for physicians and $195 for nurses and physician assistants. To register, please click here, and use priority code COE8.


The July 2008 MMHCC Newsletter for July 2008 is now available. Topics covered in this issue include:
- caBIG™ Annual Meeting
- Notices and Funding Opportunities
- Selected Meetings

To view the newsletter, please click here.


Featured Article
Workshop Opens Dialogue on Cancer Clinical Trials

Cancer Research Highlights
Androgen Deprivation No Better than Conservative Approach in Localized Prostate Cancer

Testing SNPs Improves Breast Cancer Risk Tool Modestly

Noninvasive Approach to Monitoring NSCLC Shows Promise

Glioblastoma Stem Cell Signature Identified

Yeast-Based Vaccine Triggers Immune Response in Mouse Models of Cancers

Directors Update
Enhancing the Training Experience at NCI

Faculty Positions Available – K12 Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Award

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting applications for its K12 Clinical Oncology Research Career Development Award (CORP). Positions are available for July 2008 and July 2009. If you are interested in applying, please contact Margy Weinberg ( or 216-844-5375). Application deadline: August 1, 2008.

Program Directors
Stanton L. Gerson, MD, Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and
Alvin H. Schmaier, MD, Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology

Career Development
Junior faculty appointment in medical, surgical, radiation, or pediatric departments at CWRU and UHCMC. Clinical oncology research that is focused on laboratory-based translational research and includes therapeutic clinical research.

MD with clinical training in an oncologic discipline. May be completing a residency and/or fellowship, depending on discipline. Interest and training in clinical trials and/or laboratory-based research. Intent to focus on translational research leading to a clinical trial. Willingness to participate in didactic training in clinical and translational research, to publish and author clinical trials. Minimum two-year commitment required.

Mentoring Faculty
Mentoring provided by nationally recognized basic, clinical, and translational faculty at CWRU and UHCMC.

The Case CCC has 9 multidisciplinary programs and 17 shared resources that promote focused cancer research and provide unique training opportunities.

Salaries and Research Seed Funds
Salary support at $75,000 for 75% effort plus generous annual research seed money provided through NCI-funded K12 CORP Award. Additional salary for 25% effort provided for clinical responsibilities.

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.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute Inaugural Annual Symposium

September 12-13
Cambridge, UK

Please mark your calendars for the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research Institute's Inaugural Annual Symposium, Unanswered Questions in the Tumour Microenvironment, on September 12-13, 2008 at the Li Ka Shing Centre in Cambridge.

The Symposium format has been designed to provide an interactive forum for debate, and to especially encourage discussion of the critical questions and future challenges in tumour microenvironment research. These questions and challenges will be addressed in 4 sessions:

–Session 1: Can CD8+ T cells function in the tumour microenvironment?
–Session 2: How does inflammation cause cancer?
–Session 3: Unanswered questions in the tumour vasculature: blood vessels, lymphatics, etc.
–Session 4: How critical are stromal factors in tumourigenesis?

Each session will have 4 invited speakers, a speaker selected on the basis of his/her abstract content (15 minute presentation) and a 45 minute discussion period. The selected speaker will have full registration fees paid by Cancer Research UK.

Registration Deadline: August 15

For details, please click here.


Cleveland Clinical and Translational Sciences Collaborative (CTSC)
Deadline: July 15

AACR Henry Shepard Bladder Cancer Research Grants
Deadline: July 25

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

ASCO-NCI-European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Diagnostic Tutorial
Application Deadline: August 15

Doris Duke CSDA Bridge Grant
Deadline: September 1

National Lung Cancer Partnership/The LUNGevity Foundation
Deadline: September 2

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Deadline: September 15

Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship
Deadline: December 15

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Geographic and Contextual Influences on Energy Balance-Related Health Behaviors (R01)(PA-08-192)

Geographic and Contextual Influences on Energy Balance-Related Health Behaviors (R21) (PA-08-193)

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