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January 26, 2009


A pretty picture
Crain's Cleveland Business, OH - Jan 19, 2009
... said Jeff Duerk, director of the Case Center for Imaging Research, a joint effort between CWRU's medical school and University Hospitals. ...


Last week, the Director's Update announced a clinical trials retreat on February 24; this retreat has been rescheduled for the evening of Monday, April 13. Details will be released soon.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP)

The Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) is currently accepting applications for Predoctoral Traineeship Awards and Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards.

BCRP Predoctoral Traineeship Awards
The Predoctoral Traineeship Award supports the training of promising graduate students studying breast cancer under the guidance of a designated mentor to prepare them for successful careers in breast cancer research. Under this award mechanism, the predoctoral trainee is considered the Principal Investigator (PI) and, as such, should write the application with appropriate direction from the mentor. The mentor must clearly demonstrate a commitment to guiding the PI's research and training and must have a track record in breast cancer research. If the mentor is not an experienced breast cancer researcher, then a formal co-mentorship by an established breast cancer researcher is required.

BCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
The Postdoctoral Fellowship Award supports exceptionally talented recent medical or other doctoral graduates in their pursuit of innovative, high-impact breast cancer research during their postdoctoral training and allows them to obtain the necessary experience for an independent career at the forefront of breast cancer research. Candidates for this award should exhibit a strong desire to pursue a career in breast cancer research.

Pre-Application Deadline: February 25
Proposal Deadline: March 11

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Cancer Research Institute

The Cancer Research Institute is currently accepting applications for the Investigator Award Program. This Program supports accomplished assistant professors undertaking their first independent investigations in cancer immunology or general immunology. A four-year grant, the award provides flexibility and a degree of stability during this very challenging period.

Candidates for the investigator award must hold a doctoral degree and be a tenure-track Assistant Professor at the time of award activation. There are no citizenship restrictions, and research supported by the award may be conducted at medical schools and research centers in the United States or abroad.

The Cancer Research Institute now designates at least one Investigator Award per round for projects with high relevance to cancer immunology. Applicants must indicate whether they wish to be considered for this Cancer Immunology Investigator Award and, if so, must provide a description of the relevance of their proposed research to cancer immunology. Applications that are not selected for a Cancer Immunology Investigator Award will be placed among the general application pool for consideration.

Deadline: March 1

For more information, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Lady Tata Memorial Trust International Awards for Research in Leukemia

The Trustees of the Lady Tata Memorial Trust invite applications for Awards for personal support for research on leukemia, in the Academic Year beginning October 1, 2009. Awards are restricted to studies of the leukemogenic agents, the epidemiology, pathogenesis, immunology and genetic basis of leukemia. Applications not directly related to the field of leukemia will not be considered.

Awards are open to suitably qualified investigators of any nationality. Priority will be given to those intending to move to other centers with a view to establishing scientific collaboration between laboratories. In addition, one grant of a studentship for a student entering an M Phil/PhD program is available.

Deadline: March 1

For more information, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society are accepting applications for their Translational Research Program. This program was established to encourage and provide support for new and novel clinical research. The goal of the program is to accelerate transfer of findings from the laboratory to clinical application. The program's purpose is to fund research that shows high promise for translating basic biomedical knowledge to prevention or new treatments and, ultimately, to prolong and enhance life.

LOI Deadline (mandatory): March 1
Full Applications Deadline: March 15

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation Cancer Research Grant Program

The Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation's is currently accepting applications for their Cancer Research Grant Program, which awards grants to doctors and medical scientists focusing on curing cancers that affect women. The Foundation is accepting applications for innovative grants for translational research in ovarian, uterine, breast, or cervical cancer.

The program will offer at least eight two-year grants of up to $100,000 each (combined direct and indirect costs). Applications must be submitted by one principal investigator selected by the institution. Only one grant application will be accepted from each accredited medical school or school of public health in the United States. If you are interested in applying, please email gillian.irwin@case.edu as soon as possible.

Deadline: February 13

For details, please click here.

CALL FOR PAPERS– Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO)

The 4th Annual Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO 2009) will be held at CWRU June 15-17, 2009. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of methods, research findings, and experiences in the area of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. An important goal of the conference is to foster long-term collaborative relationships and networking opportunities within the domain of computational approaches to biology that benefit Ohio.

OCCBIO invites researchers in the broad area of bioinformatics to submit their unpublished work to the conference. The conference proceedings will be indexed.

Papers will be accepted through January 27.

For details, please click here.


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

January 26

Hematology/Oncology Research In Progress Seminar cancelled

Cancer Prevention and Control Special Seminar
John Scott, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Family Medicine
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey/Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Topic: An Empirical Model and an Emerging Measure of the Healing Process for Evaluation of Cancer Patients
12:00 pm Wearn 137

Pathology Research Seminar
Glenn Telling, PhD
Professor, Microbiology, Immunology & Molecular Genetics
University of Kentucky
Topic: Towards Mechanisms of Prion Propagation, Species Barriers and Strains
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
George Stark, PhD
Professor, Genetics
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Use of Insertional Mutagenesis to Discover Novel Regulators of Transcription, Transformation and Drug Resistance
4:00 pm SOM E501

January 27

Taussig Cancer Institute Core Curriculum Series
Christy Stotler, MD
Taussig Cancer Center
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: TBA
12:00 pm R3/002 Cleveland Clinic

January 28

Grand Rounds
Brenda Cooper, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine-Hem/Onc
Topic: Phase I/II Clinical Trials in Elderly AML: A Single Center Retrospective Experience
8:00 am Lerner Tower B-151

Pathology Graduate Student Seminar
Pat Weitzel
Laughlin Lab, Division of Hem/Onc
Topic: Regulation of NFAT1 Protein in UCB CD4+ T-cells by microRNA-184: Implications for Graft-versus-Host Disease (GVHD)
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

January 29

Neurosciences Seminar
Alan Tartakoff, PhD
Professor, Pathology
Topic: Genome-Wide Investigation of Cell Migration and Neurological Disease
12:10 pm BRB 105

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Michael Köttgen, PhD
Research Associate, Biological Chemistry
Johns Hopkins University
Topic: Insights into Renal Physiology from Monogenic and Complex Genetic Disease
4:00 pm SOM E501

TREC Seminar
Zhenghe John Wang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Genetics
Topic: Dissecting the Tumor Suppression Signaling of Receptor Protein Tyrosine Phosphatase T in Colon Cancer
4:00 pm BRB 732

January 30

Hematology/ Oncology Fellows Seminar
Scott Sommers, MD
Fellow, Division of Hem/Onc
Topic: Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia: Musings of a Frustrated Consultant
8:00 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Patrick Stiff, MD
Professor, Oncology
Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center
Topic: Autologous Stem Cell Transplant for Lymphoma
8:00 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Alexandra Miller, PhD
Assistant Professor, Uniformed Services University
Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute
Topic: Depleted Uranium Studies: From Crossbows to Bystanders
12:00 pm BRB 105


For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.



Case CCC Scientific Series
March 24
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm WRB 1-413

May 11
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm WRB 1-413

October 8
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm WRB 1-413

Emerging Trends in Cancer Immunotherapy
February 18
Holiday Inn, Independence
Course Directors: Drs. Henry Koon, Joseph Baar, Andrew Sloan
Brochure and Registration

Family-Centered Care
March 21
Holiday Inn, Independence
Details to follow

Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO)
June 15 - 17
CWRU campus
For details, click here.

Annual Breast Cancer Update: Highlights of the National Meetings
June 19
Marriott Cleveland East, Warrensville Heights
Details to follow

Case CCC Scientific Retreat 2009
July 10-11
Details to follow

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

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– James S. McDonnell Foundation

The Foundation offers Collaborative Activity Awards to initiate interdisciplinary discussions on problems or issues, to help launch interdisciplinary research networks, or to fund communities of researchers/practitioners dedicated to developing new methods, tools, and applications of basic research to applied problems.

In each case the focus of the collaborative activity must meet the program guidelines for one of the following program areas:
–Bridging Brain, Mind, and Behavior
–Studying Complex Systems
–Brain Cancer Research

Applications are continuously accepted for these awards.

For more information, please click here.

MARK YOUR CALENDARS–2nd Annual Biospecimen Research Network (BRN) Symposium: Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science

March 16–18, 2009
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, MD

Human biospecimens are the foundation of the translational research that will transform patient care. The 2009 BRN Symposium: Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science will focus on the significant impact of pre-analytical biospecimen variables on cancer research and molecular medicine. This promises to be a stimulating and informative three-day event that will feature interactive discussions and presentations about biospecimen quality and recent advances in biospecimen science.

Abstract Submission Deadline: February 9
Registration Deadline: February 17

For more information, please click here.


Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)
Deadline: January 27

Pfizer Oncology Clinical Fellowship Awards
Deadline: January 31

Pfizer Fellowship In Health Disparities
Deadline: January 31

Pfizer Visiting Professorships in Oncology
Deadline: January 31

Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund
Deadline: February 1

Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Award
Deadline: February 2

Lasker-DeBakey Clinical Medical Research Award
Deadline: February 2

Lasker-Koshland Special Achievement Award in Medical Science
Deadline: February 2

Komen/ASCO Medical Student Rotation
Deadline: February 20

Komen/ASCO Resident Travel Award
Deadline: February 20

Ohio Cancer Research Associates
Deadline: February 20

National Science Foundation Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE)
Deadline: February 26

2009 NASA Space Radiation Summer School
Deadline: February 28

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
Deadline: Open

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

NIH Policy Concerning Career Development (K) Awards: Leave, Temporary Adjustments to Percent Effort, and Part-Time Institutional Appointments (NOT-OD-09-036)

Dietary Supplement Research Centers: Botanicals (P50) (RFA-OD-09-001)

Pre-Application for Dietary Supplement Research Centers: Botanicals (X02) (RFA-OD-09-002)

PHS 2009-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH, CDC, FDA and ACF for Small Business Innovation Research Grant Applications (Parent SBIR [R43/R44]) (PA-09-080)

PHS 2009-02 Omnibus Solicitation of the NIH for Small Business Technology Transfer Grant Applications (Parent STTR [R41/R42]) (PA-09-081)

Established Investigator Award in Cancer Prevention & Control (K05) (PAR-09-088)

The NCI Transition Career Development Award (K22) (PAR-09-089)

Produced by:
Gillian Irwin
11100 Euclid Avenue, Wearn 152
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-5065
216-844-8317 phone
216-844-7832 fax

Janice Hassinger
11100 Euclid Avenue, Wearn 149
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-5065
216-844-1862 phone
216-844-7832 fax


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Send items to gillian.irwin@case.edu.

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