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November 2, 2009

CASE CCC IN THE NEWS

Stimulus Grants Mean Jobs for Local Medical Institutions
Plain Dealer - Nov 1, 2009
Most dollars are spent on people and, thus, provide jobs, said Dr. Stan Gerson, director of the University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center and director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center... Kevin Cooper, a professor and researcher of dermatology at CWRU and chairman of the department of dermatology of UH Case Medical Center and CWRU, ...

Cleveland on 'Front Lines' of Breast Cancer Research
WKYC-TV - October 29, 2009
Dr. Joseph Baar, of University Hospitals, is investigating a vaccine that could help breast cancer patients with triple negative cancer to boost their ...

Case Western Reserve University Launches Prevention Research Center for ...
EurekAlert (press release) - Oct 21, 2009
... test and implement effective strategies and interventions in preventing and reducing the burden of chronic disease," said Elaine Borawski, PhD, ...... which contribute to a greater burden of disease and poorer health outcomes among many of Cleveland's urban residents," said Susan Flocke, PhD, ...


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Case CCC Scientific Series

The next installment of the Case CCC Scientific Series is scheduled for Thursday, November 5 from 4-7 pm in Wolstein Auditorium (WRB 1-413). Drs. Timothy Nilsen, Eain Murphy and Saba Valadkhan are scheduled to present on RNA Microanalysis technology and how it relates to cancer research. A small reception will take place following the presentations. Everyone in the cancer community is encouraged to attend.


CASE CCC BREAST CANCER RETREAT SUMMARY

With the goal of increasing our visibility and increasing the interactions between breast cancer researchers within the Cancer Center, Drs. Ruth A. Keri, PhD and Mark W. Jackson, PhD organized the first annual Breast Cancer Retreat on October 5 at Squire Valleevue Farm. Over 35 researchers participated in the day-long event, which included talks and posters devoted to "Translation Research", "Molecular Mechanisms of Breast Cancer" and "Breast Cancer Models". Areas of overlap between numerous investigators were noted, and included Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition, HER2 biology and stem and progenitor fates in cancer.

There was significant discussion during the "Planning Session" about the development of Breast Cancer Working Groups to promote multi-investigator studies aimed at positioning interacting scientists for collaborative grants, and preparing for new RFA announcements. Options for establishing working groups were presented, with an idea development seminar/social hour option favored among the group. Discussion also centered on promoting translational research by stimulating interactions between Basic and Clinical scientists.

Click here to view pictures from the retreat.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– CSCRM Request for Proposals

The Center for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine (CSCRM) has issued an RFP for pilot projects for this coming year. The goal of this pilot funding is to to provide seed money for new research ideas with priority given to projects that bring new researchers into the stem cell arena or provide funding for a "new" research area (not additional support for an existing project). Projects must have a clinical and/or commercial direction though it may be more rudimentary than for a fully developed project. The "fourth" $50K slot will be divided among the CWRU/CCF/UH tech transfer offices (TTO) to apply to stem cell projects that the TTOs recommend would significantly be assisted (in the IP/commercialization effort) by a small increment of data.

Deadline: November 23

The RFP will be posted on the CSCRM website this week.


NCI NEWS– Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers

NCI recently announced awards of multiple institutional grants to establish 12 Physical Sciences-Oncology Centers. These Centers will bring together experts from the physical sciences/engineering and cancer biology/oncology fields to assemble and develop the infrastructure, research programs, and the network required to enable cross-disciplinary team research that converge these two fields.

For more information and to view the list of Centers, please click here.


CASE CCC ON FACEBOOK AND LINKEDIN– Join Us!

We are always trying to foster communication and collaboration across the cancer center community any way that we can. The Case CCC has set up a page on Facebook and LinkedIn, so please become a fan of us on Facebook or join our group on LinkedIn, and encourage others to do so as well. Please help us spread the word.

We encourage you to post events, relevant news articles, items of discussion, etc… Your feedback is appreciated!


NIH EXTRAMURAL LOAN REPAYMENT PROGRAMS

The application cycle for the NIH extramural Loan Repayment Programs (LRPs) ends December 1. The extramural LRPs often allow scientific investigators to remain in the research workforce, achieve research independence, and focus their efforts on advancing the health of the nation without having to worry about their student loan debt. The extramural LRPs include Clinical Research, Pediatric Research, Health Disparities Research, Contraception and Infertility Research, and Clinical Research for Individuals from Disadvantaged Backgrounds.

Applicants must possess a doctoral-level degree (with the exception of the Contraception and Infertility Research LRP); be a US citizen, national, or permanent resident; devote 20 hours or more per week to conducting qualified research funded by a university, nonprofit organization, or federal, state, or local government entity; and have qualified educational loan debt equal to or exceeding 20 percent of their institutional base salary.

For details, please click here.


CALL FOR NOMINATIONS– Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Clinical Scientist Development Award

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation is accepting nominations for the Clinical Scientist Development Award. This award provides grants to junior physician-scientists to facilitate their transition to independent clinical research careers. Each U.S. accredited, degree-granting institution, "which would encompass for that institution all affiliated graduate schools, related hospitals and research institutes", may nominate up to two candidates.

Nomination Deadline: November 17
Proposal Deadline: December 22

For more information, please click here.


FACULTY CANDIDATE SEARCH– Associate Director for Basic Research

The Case CCC is currently accepting applications for the position of Associate Director for Basic Research. As we continue our search, we ask that people in the Cancer Center community encourage any qualified candidate to apply for the position.

Click here to view the job description.

EVENTS

**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

November 2

Hem/Onc Research in Progress Seminar
Marvin Nieman, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine- Hem/Onc
CWRU/ UH
Topic: The Interaction of PAR4 with Thrombin, Itself and PAR1
12:00 pm WRB 2-136

Pathology Research Seminar
W. Robb MacLellan, MD
Associate Professor, Medicine and Cardiology
UCLA
Topic: Genetic Dissection of Cardiac Growth Pathways
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

Skeletal Research Center Seminar
Dave Carrino, PhD
Research Professor, Biology
CWRU
Topic: Keloids and Fibroids: More in Common than Just "Oids"
4:00 pm Millis 123


November 3

Immunology Seminar
Brian Cobb, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
CWRU
Topic: Commensal Glycoantigens and the Induction of Regulatory T Cells
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

Medicine Grand Rounds
Neal Meropol, MD
Professor, Medicine-Hematology/Oncology
CWRU/UH
Topic: Overcoming Patient Barriers to Clinical Trials: a Critical Challenge for Translational Science
12:00 pm Kulas Auditorium (Lakeside 5th floor)


November 4

Grand Rounds
Polly Mazanec, PhD, CNP
Clinical Nurse Specialist, ICC
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Updates in Cancer Pain Management
8:00 am Lerner Tower B-151


November 5

Taussig Cancer Institute Core Curriculum Series
Robert Dean, MD
Associate Staff, Hematologic Oncology & Blood Disorders
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Hodgkin Lymphoma
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

Neurosciences Seminar
Heather Broihier, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neurosciences
CWRU
Topic: Keeping Motor Axons on Track in Drosophila
12:10 pm BRB 105

Case CCC Scientific Series– RNA
Presentations and Reception
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm Wolstein Auditorium (WRB 1-413)


November 6

Hematology/ Oncology Fellows Conference
Lisa Arfons, MD
Fellow, Div. of Hem/Onc
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Biology, Treatment and Prognostic Fine-Tuning
8:00 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Cristina Rodriguez, MD
Associate Staff, Solid Tumor Oncology
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: HPV-Related Oropharyngeal Cancer: A Discrete Entity with Pervasive Implications
8:00 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Linda Malkas, PhD
Professor, Medicine- Hem/Onc
Indiana University
Topic: Cancer Cell DNA Replication: Mining for Biomarker and Therapeutic Discovery
12:00 pm BRB 105

more

For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.


UPCOMING CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUMS & EVENTS

Case CCC Scientific Series- TREC
January 28, 2010
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm WRB 1-413
Speakers:
Stephanie Doerner
Cheryl Thompson, PhD
Ofer Reizes, PhD
Sanjay Patel, MD


ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SEMINARS & EVENTS

AACR-NCI-EORTC International Conference on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics
November 15-19
John B. Hynes Veterans Memorial Convention Center, Boston, MA
Details

AACR Seminar: Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research
December 6-9
Houston, TX
Details

AACR Eighth Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research
December 6-9
Hilton Americas, Houston, TX
Details

32nd Annual CTRC-AACR San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium
December 10-13
Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, San Antonio, TX
Details

AACR Seminar: Genetics and Biology of Brain Cancers
December 13-15
Omni San Diego Hotel, San Diego, CA
Details

Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Clinical Trials Methodology Workshop
January 9 -15, 2010
Scottsdale, AZ
Details

AACR-IASLC Joint Conference on Molecular Origins of Lung Cancer: Prospects for Personalized Prevention and Therapy
January 11-14, 2010
Loews Coronado Bay Resort, Coronado, CA
Details

AACR-JCA 8th Joint Conference on Cancer Genomics, Epigenomics, and the Development of Novel Therapeutics
February 5-9, 2010
Hilton Waikoloa Village, Waikoloa, HI
Details

AACR 101st Annual Meeting
April 17-21, 2010
Washington, DC
Details



PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

DOD BCRP Concept Award
Pre-Application Deadline: October 29
Proposal Deadline: November 12

ED Thomas Post Doctoral Fellowship 2009
Deadline: November 2

DOD BCRP Concept Award
Proposal Deadline: November 12

Komen Postdoctoral Fellowship Research (PDF) Grants
Full Application Deadline: November 17

Komen Post-Baccalaureate Training in Disparities Research (PBT-DR) Grants
Full Application Deadline: November 17

AACR-Colorectal Cancer Coalition Fellows Grant, in memory of Lisa Dubow:
Deadline: November 18

AACR-FNAB Fellows Grant for Translational Pancreatic Cancer Research:
Deadline: November 18

DoD BCRP Era of Hope Scholar Awards:
Pre-Application Deadline: November 18
Application Deadline: December 2

DoD BCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards:
Pre-Application Deadline: November 18
Application Deadline: December 2

DOD Lung Cancer Research Program Clinical Fellow Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: November 19
Application Deadline: December 3

DOD Lung Cancer Research Program Collaborative Translational Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: November 19
Application Deadline: December 3

DOD Lung Cancer Research Program Lung Cancer Promising Clinician Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: November 19
Application Deadline: December 3

DoD BCRP Era of Hope Scholar Awards:
Application Deadline: December 2

DoD BCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards:
Application Deadline: December 2

Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research Kimmel Scholar Award
Deadline: December 2


Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research Kimmel Translational Science Award
Deadline: December 2

DOD OCRP Ovarian Cancer Academy Dean Award
Proposal Deadline: December 2

ASCO Improving Cancer Care Grant Improving Cancer Care Grant (ICCG)
Full Application Deadline: December 3

DOD Lung Cancer Research Program Clinical Fellow Research Award
Application Deadline: December 3

DOD Lung Cancer Research Program Collaborative Translational Research Award
Application Deadline: December 3

DOD Lung Cancer Research Program Lung Cancer Promising Clinician Research Award
Application Deadline: December 3

DOD PRCRP Synergistic Idea Awards
Proposal Deadline: December 9

DOD PRCRP Collaborative Translational Science Awards
Proposal Deadline: December 9

DOD PRCRP Idea Awards
Proposal Deadline: December 9

DOD PRCRP Mentor-Predoctoral Fellow Research Awards
Proposal Deadline: December 9

DOD PRCRP New Investigator Awards
Proposal Deadline: December 9

International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR)
Deadline: January 14, 2010

AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards - Special Conferences
Deadline varies

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
Deadline: Open

James S. McDonnell Foundation
Deadline: Open


NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Selection of Appropriate Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) for the Continuation of the Innovative Technologies for Molecular Analysis of Cancer (IMAT) Program (NOT-CA-10-005)

Innovative and Early-Stage Development of Emerging Technologies in Biospecimen Science (R21) (RFA-CA-10-001)

Validation and Advanced Development of Emerging Technologies in Biospecimen Science (R33) (RFA-CA-10-002)

Application and Early Stage Development of Emerging Technologies in Cancer Research (R21) (RFA-CA-10-003)

Validation and Advanced Development of Emerging Technologies for Cancer Research (R33) (RFA-CA-10-004)

Innovative Technology Development for Cancer Research (R21) (RFA-CA-10-005)

Enabling Technologies in DNA Repair Research (R21) (PAR-10-016)

Accelerating the Pace of Drug Abuse Research Using Existing Epidemiology, Prevention, and Treatment Research Data (R01) (PAR-10-018)

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