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Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

November 30, 2009


NIH has announced the availability of new application instructions and forms for paper-based PHS 398 applications and electronic SF 424 (R&R) applications. The new application instructions and forms must be used for applications intended for due dates on or after January 25, 2010. Some changes in the forms and instructions are to implement the Enhancing Peer Review Initiative. In addition, some data requests are omitted due to the information now being collected electronically in the eRA Commons Personal Profile.

For details, please visit the links below:



MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Weekly Seminar Series on Applied Biostatistics in Clinical Research

Dr. Mark Schluchter will be teaching a free nine-week course on applied biostatistics in clinical research. The course, which is sponsored by the William T. Dahms Clinical Research Unit and the CTSC, will be held Thursdays from 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm in SOM E501 starting January 14, 2010.

The course is targeted toward faculty, fellows, and others involved in clinical research at CWRU and its affiliated hospitals, and is meant to provide an introductory overview. Emphasis is non-mathematical, focusing on understanding what methods to use in what situations, and on how to interpret the results. This is a non-ciredit course with no formal examination. Individuals are welcome to attend some or all lectures depending on their particular interest.

To register online, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award

CWRU SOM has been invited to nominate up to three individuals for the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Clinical Investigator Award. This award supports young physician-scientists conducting patient-oriented cancer research, with a goal of increasing the number of physicians capable of moving seamlessly between the laboratory and the patient's bedside in search of breakthrough treatments.

If you are interested in being nominated for this award, please send your biosketch to gillian.irwin@case.edu. External application deadline is March 1, 2010.

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– NIH Fogarty International Clinical Research Fellows Program

The Fogarty International Clinical Research Scholars and Fellows (FICRS-F) Support Center at Vanderbilt is offering a one-year clinical research training experience for graduate-level US students in the health professions. This is an opportunity for highly motivated individuals to experience mentored research training at top-ranked NIH-funded research centers in developing countries.

This program is designed primarily for students meeting all of the following qualifications:
• A strong interest in and potential for a career in international health activities and/or clinical research.
• Advanced standing in a US medical, osteopathic or dental school; or enrollment in a doctoral-level program at a US school of public health, optometry, nursing, pharmacy, or veterinary medicine. Other PhD students in the health sciences may be eligible on a case-by-case basis. Applicants must have strong academic records and must be US citizens or permanent US residents. PhD candidates must have completed their Master's-level coursework. All other professional doctoral degree candidates must have completed their basic science courses and one year of clinical clerkship prior to the start of the fellowship year.
• Support of their home academic institution, including a committed mentor.

Each Fellowship will be for a one year period. The term will begin with an intensive orientation program on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD in July. This will be followed by approximately 10+ months of intense research training at the international site.

Deadline: December 3

For more information, please click here.

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS– FDA-ODAC Call for Nominations 2010

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is requesting nominations for members to serve on the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER). The ODAC is a standing committee that reviews and evaluates data concerning the safety and effectiveness of marketed and investigational human drug products for use in the treatment of cancer and formulates recommendations to the FDA. Committee members generally serve terms of four years and are selected from authorities knowledgeable in general oncology, pediatric oncology, hematologic oncology, tumor immunology, biostatistics, and other related specialties. Candidates should have familiarity and experience in the conduct and interpretation of clinical trials. Candidates should also have minimal conflicts of interest.

The FDA will be accepting recommendations for ODAC members through December 23. Please forward CVs of candidates to Nicole Vesely, PharmD, Designated Federal Official for the ODAC. CVs must contain candidate contact information, including phone number and email address. Click here to view Dr. Vesely's contact information.

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. If you would like to nominate someone for the position, please contact Tracy Rehl (tracy.rehl@case.edu).

Click here to view the job description.


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.

For details, please click here.


In the spirit of the holidays, the Case CCC is sponsoring a family in need from the Ireland Cancer Center. The family consists of a mother, father and two boys, ages 9 and 11. The father was diagnosed with melanoma several years ago, and was recently diagnosed with lymphoma.

Co-pays have piled up from tests and doctors' appointments. The patient has developed foot neuropathy that makes it difficult for him to work at his job that requires long periods of standing. Also, he will not be able to work much while he is undergoing chemotherapy. The family has provided a small wish list of items; gift cards and cash are also greatly appreciated.

Please turn in all donations to Gillian Todd (Wearn 149) by Monday, December 14.

Please email Gillian.irwin@case.edu if you have any questions or if you would like to view the wish list.


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!


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

November 30

Pathology Research Seminar cancelled

Hem/Onc Research in Progress Seminar
Kristi Allen, PhD
Postdoc, McCrae Lab, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic Role of KLF2 and KLF4 in the Regulation of Endothelial Cell Activation Induced by Antiphospholipid Antibodies
12:00 pm WRB 2-136

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Nickolai Dulin, PhD
Associate Professor, Medicine- Pulmonary and Critical Care
University of Chicago
Topic Regulation of Vascular Smooth Muscle Cell Growth and Phenotype by PKA
4:00 pm SOM E501

Skeletal Research Center Seminar
James Dennis, PhD
Assistant Professor, Orthopaedics
Topic Targeting MSCs to Treat Inflammatory Diseases
4:00 pm Millis 123

December 1

Taussig Cancer Institute Special Lecture
Volker Diehl, MD
University of Koln, Germany
Topic: Advances in the Management of Hodgkin Lymphoma: the German Experience
8:00 am R3-002/003 Cleveland Clinic

Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Research Seminar
John Yates III, PhD
Professor, Chemical Physiology
Scripps Research Institute
Topic: Interpreting Mass Spectrometry Bar Codes
10:30 am WRB 1-413

Taussig Cancer Institute Core Curriculum Series
Anna Koo, MD
Dept. of Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders
Cleveland Clinic
Topic Therapeutic Apheresis in Hematology and Oncology
12:00 pm R3-002 Cleveland Clinic

THOR Lecture
Volker Diehl, MD
University of Koln, Germany
Topic: Hodgkin Lymphoma: A Never Ending Exciting Story of Translational Research Since 1832
1:00 pm R4-013 Cleveland Clinic

Emerging Technologies in Biomedical Research Seminar
John Yates III, PhD
Professor, Chemical Physiology
Scripps Research Institute
Topic: Driving Biological Discovery Using Quantitative Mass Spectrometry
4:00 pm WRB 1-413

December 2

Grand Rounds
J. David Prologo, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiology
Nami Azar, MD
Assistant Professor, Radiology
Topic: Interventional Oncology
8:00 am Lerner Tower B-151

December 3

Neurosciences Seminar
David Van Vactor, PhD
Professor, Cell Biology
Harvard University
Topic: MicroRNA Regulation of Synapse Development in Drosophila
12:10 pm BRB 105

December 4

Hematology/ Oncology Fellows Conference cancelled

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club cancelled


For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.


Case CCC Core Facility Fair
January 13, 2010
Wolstein Atrium and Auditorium

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

Case CCC Scientific Retreat
July 9-10, 2010
Location TBA


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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

AACR-AstraZeneca Fellowship for Translational Lung Cancer Research
Deadline: December 7

AACR Basic Cancer Research Fellowships: AACR Anna D. Barker Fellowship in Basic Cancer Research and AACR-Astellas USA Foundation Fellowships in Basic Cancer Research
Deadline: December 7

AACR Clinical and Translational Cancer Research Fellowships
Deadline: December 7

AACR Judah Folkman Fellowship for Anti-Angiogenesis Research
Deadline: December 7

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

Now Available: Restructured Application Forms and Instructions for Application Due Dates on or after January 25, 2010 (NOT-OD-10-016)

Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer (U54) (RFA-CA-10-006)

Epigenetic Approaches in Cancer Epidemiology (R01) (PA-10-031)

Epigenetic Approaches in Cancer Epidemiology (R21) (PA-10-032)

Prioritizing Molecular Targets for Cancer Prevention with Nutritional Combinations (R01) (PA-10-035)

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (T32) (PA-10-036)

Produced by:
Gillian Irwin Todd
11100 Euclid Avenue, Wearn 149
Cleveland, Ohio 44106-5065
216-844-8317 phone
216-844-7832 fax


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Send items to gillian.irwin@case.edu.

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