Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

July 7, 2008

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.

FUNDING OPPORTUNIY– Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship

The Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research is a competitive program for postdoctoral fellows applying to train in any of NCI's intramural research settings, including basic, clinical, epidemiological, and prevention science.

The postdoctoral fellowship experience at the NCI can serve as a first postdoctoral training assignment, or offer more experienced postdoctoral scientists an opportunity to further their training in more advanced methods, to acquire new research capabilities, to make changes in the direction of their research, or to receive training in fundamental sciences and clinical disciplines for the purpose of enhancing the transfer of biotechnology to cancer clinical programs.

Candidates for the Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship must be female, must possess a doctoral degree, and must have less than 5 years postdoctoral research experience. US citizenship or US permanent residency (green card) is required. To be eligible for the Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship award, the starting date of any NCI fellowship must be no earlier than December 15, 2008. Applicants are required to apply online by December 12, 2008.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Clinical and Translational Sciences Collaborative (CTSC)

The Cleveland Clinical and Translational Sciences Collaborative (CTSC) and the CWRU SOM, will provide seed money to faculty in multidisciplinary programs for Pilot Projects that will lead to efficient use of resources and support of inter-institutional, clinical translational research in the City of Cleveland. Investigators in the basic science and clinical departments in the SOM and the CTSC-affiliated institutions as well as in other departments in the University are eligible.

Applications may only be submitted by faculty members from member institutions and must include co-principal investigators from different schools or colleges or institutions. If the co-principal investigators are from the same school or college or institution, they must be from different departments and a strong case must be made in the application that the project is indeed interdisciplinary.

Application Deadline: July 15

For details and application instructions, 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.

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?
–Sesssion 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.


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

July 7

Cancer Genetics/ Biology Journal Club
Dan Xu
Graduate Student, Qu Lab, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: Effects of Activating Mutations in SHP-2 Phosphatase on Hematopoietic Cell Development
12:00 pm WRB 2-136 Conference Room

July 8

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Mathias Dutschmann, PhD
Professor, Neuro and Sensory Physiology
University of Gottingen (Germany)
Topic: Postnatal Emergence of Network Plasticity in the Central Pattern Generator for Breathing: Physiological and Pathophysiological Implications
4:00 pm SOM W428

July 9

CSCRM Seminar cancelled

Grand Rounds
Joseph Gibbons, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine–Hem/Onc CWRU/ UH
Topic: Introduction to Human Subjects Protection in Cancer Research
8:00 am Lerner B-151

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Rajesh Ramachandran, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Cell Biology
Scripps Research Institute
Topic: Fluorescence-Detected Dynamics of Dynamin-Membrane Interactions in Clathrin-Mediated Endocytosis
4:00 pm SOM W428

Lerner Research Institute Showcase Seminar
Richard Ransohoff, PhD
Professor, Neurosciences
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Chemokines and Chemokine Receptors in the CNS: You Can Teach An Old Peptide New Tricks
4:30 pm NE1-205 Cleveland Clinic

July 10

Taussig Cancer Center Grand Rounds
Mikkael Sekeres, MD
Assistant Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Hematological Malignancy Emergencies
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

July 11

Case CCC Retreat
July 11-12
Sawmill Creek Resort
Huron, Ohio


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

REMINDER- Case CCC Retreat this week

The 2008 scientific retreat of the Cancer Center will be this Friday and Saturday, July 11-12, at Sawmill Creek Resort and Conference Center in Huron, Ohio. This annual gathering is an important event for the Cancer Center, as it gives us the opportunity to evaluate our current initiatives and adjust our development and scientific priorities as needed. To view the agenda and driving directions, please click here.

Please fill out the Registration Form and let us know whether or not you are able to attend. Please return the form to Gillian Irwin ( or fax 844-7832) as soon as possible.

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.


DOD OCRP Consortium Development Award
Proposal Deadline: July 9

Breast Cancer Research Foundation- AACR Grant for Translational Breast Cancer Research
Proposal Deadline: July 9

Komen-AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research
Deadline: July 10

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

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Measures and Determinants of Smokeless Tobacco Use, Prevention, and Cessation (R01)(RFA-CA-08-024)

Measures and Determinants of Smokeless Tobacco Use, Prevention, and Cessation (R21) (RFA-CA-08-025)

Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (PA-08-190)

Research Supplements to Promote Re-Entry into Biomedical and Behavioral Research Careers (PA-08-191)

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)

NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) (NOT-OD-08-083) National Institutes of Health

Notice of NIH Office of Rare Diseases Opportunities for Researchers to Translate New Genetic Tests from Laboratory to Clinical Testing: Collaboration, Education, and Test Translation (CETT) Program (NOT-OD-08-084)

Extramural Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program (LRP-PR): Program Specific Information (NOT-OD-08-085)

Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Clinical Researchers (LRP-CR): Program Specific Information (NOT-OD-08-088)

Announcement of a Pilot for the Transition from PureEdge to Adobe-based SF424 (R&R) Grant Application Forms (RFA-AI-08-020, RFA-DE-09-001 and RFA-DE-09-002) (NOT-OD-08-090)

NIH Implementation of Government-wide Standard Terms and Conditions for Research Grants(NOT-OD-08-091)

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Cleveland, Ohio 44106-5065
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