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February 9, 2009


Laxminarayana Devireddy gets scholarship to research new drug at ...
The Plain Dealer - cleveland.com, OH - Feb 4, 2009
Assistant Professor Laxminarayana Devireddy of Case Western Reserve University has won a $75000 yearly scholarship for two years from the American Society ...

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– American Cancer Society IRG Awards

The Case CCC is accepting applications for American Cancer Society (ACS) IRG pilot funding for cancer-related research in basic, clinical, prevention & control, behavioral, health services and epidemiology. These pilot project grants are intended to support independent, self-directed investigators early in their careers (usually assistant professor or equivalent). Applicants for the pilot project grants should be within six years of their first independent research or faculty appointment and eligible to apply for independent national competitive research grants, but may not currently hold such a grant.

Recipients of IRG pilot project grants must be, at the time of the application, citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or its possessions and territories, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time of application.

Application Deadline: April 6

Instructions, frequently asked questions, and applications available at http://cancer.case.edu. Contact Terri Daso, Cancer Center Administration, 844-7252, tld6@case.edu for more information.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Choose Ohio First Scholarship and Tomas & Evelyn James Fellowship in Bioinformatics, Computational Biology and Medical Informatics

The primary objective of the Choose Ohio First Scholarship (COF) Program is to support increased higher education participation and success of Ohio students in bioinformatics, computational biology and medical informatics, through the development and implementation of innovative curricular and programs, and in so doing, to advance the economic growth of the state. Bioinformatics, computational biology, imaging, clinical and translational informatics, cancer informatics are commonly cast as sub-domains within Biomedical Informatics, the broad discipline concerned with the study and application of computer science, information science, informatics, cognitive science and human-computer interaction in the practice of biological research, biomedical science, medicine and healthcare.

James-COF scholars must be a resident of Ohio, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. They should have a background compatible with academic excellence and leadership development in Biomedical Informatics. Each COF scholar is required to find a faculty mentor who will be responsible for the direction of program of study and supervision of appropriate projects. In addition to weekly meetings with their respective faculty mentors, James-COF scholars will meet at least once a semester collectively to share their experiences and report progress. All scholars are required to be on campus during summer 2009 for research under the direction of their faculty mentor. Scholars are also expected to participate in Ohio Consortium for Bioinformatics (OCBIO) activities, especially its annual conference series OCCBIO09, which will take place on the Case campus from June 15- 17, 2009.

Deadline: February 20

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNUITY– Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) Awards

The Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) has released the following program announcements for 2009 funding mechanisms and Awards:

BCRP Era of Hope Scholar Awards
The Era of Hope Scholar Award supports individuals who have high potential for innovation in breast cancer research early in their careers. Nominees for this award should be exceptionally talented, early-career scientists who have demonstrated that they are the "best and brightest" in their field(s) through extraordinary creativity, vision, and productivity. They also should exhibit strong potential for leadership in the breast cancer research community and be able to articulate a vision for the eradication of breast cancer. Individuals should challenge current dogma and demonstrate an ability to look beyond tradition and convention.

BCRP Innovator Awards
The Innovator Award supports visionary individuals who have demonstrated creativity, innovative work, and leadership in any field including, but not limited to, breast cancer. These individuals will have the most potential for future ground-breaking achievements in breast cancer. The Innovator Award will provide these individuals with the funding and freedom to pursue their most novel, visionary, high-risk ideas that could ultimately lead to the eradication of breast cancer.

BCRP Impact Awards
The Impact Award supports unique research projects or ideas (from small- to large-scale) that specifically focus on scientific and clinical breast cancer issues, which, if successfully addressed, could ultimately revolutionize the understanding and/or treatment of breast cancer and move closer to the goal of eradicating the disease.

BCRP Multi-team Research Awards
The Multi-Team Award supports the creation of a collaborative research project among three teams, each led by a Principal Investigator (PI) with a history of creativity and innovation, to focus on a critical area of breast cancer. The Multi-Team Award should create an environment that fosters and supports innovation and creativity, with consistent, intensive interaction across teams in a way that engages all members of the teams in all aspects of the research project. The multi-team approach is expected to transform the research process through the integration of basic and clinical disciplines, substantive cross-disciplinary training among the team members, and integral participation of consumer advocates.

Pre-Application/ Nomination Deadline: March 12
Application Deadline: June 17; Application submission is by invitation only.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– ACS Joseph S. Silber Student Fellowship

The American Cancer Society is accepting applications for the Joseph S. Silber Student Fellowship. The Fellowship is designed to acquaint undergraduate and graduate students to the field of cancer research through participation in on-going research in a faculty member's laboratory in the hope that cancer research will become the student's lifelong interest and/or pursuit.

The fellowship provides a $2,000 stipend for 8-10 weeks between June 1 and August 31 for the student to be engaged hands-on in the sponsor's lab and gain exposure to cancer research. The summer internship must be conducted at an institution only in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, near Cleveland. Seniors graduating in May or June are not eligible.

Deadline: March 11

For more information, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Dana Foundation Program in Neuroimmunology of Brain Infections and Cancers

CWRU SOM has been invited to nominate ONE applicant for the Dana Foundation Program in Neuroimmunology of Brain Infections and Cancers. The Neuroimmunology Program was redesigned to focus on brain infections and cancers. The Foundation is inviting studies of 1) immune-based therapies for primary brain tumors and for metastases to the brain of other cancers; 2) immune responses to infections in the brain including but not limited to viral encephalitis, meningitis, cerebral malaria, and prion diseases; and 3) how immune functions are carried out and modified in the brain. The program focuses on clinical studies in humans or human tissues. Animal studies that are directly relevant to human disease but not ready for application to studies of humans or human tissues will also be considered.

This award is open to faculty tenure track researchers early in their career at the assistant professor level or early in their associate professor career. Established researchers pioneering efforts in brain infections and cancers are also eligible to apply. Postdoctoral fellows are not eligible. Projects involving collaborations with NIH intramural researchers or industry scientists are acceptable. Proposals for research that can be supported through clinical income should not be submitted.

Internal Deadline: March 2

For more information, please click here. Please contact Richard J. Sohn, PhD, Richard.Sohn@case.edu., (216)368-1158 with any questions.


**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

February 9

Hematology/Oncology Research In Progress Seminar
Rom Leidner, MD
Fellow, Halmos Lab, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: Characterizing the Cancer Genome in Esophageal Adenocarcinoma
12:00 pm WRB 2-136

Pathology Research Seminar
Derek Abbott, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology
Topic: Innate Immunity and Inflammatory Disease
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

February 10

Case CCC and Biostatistics Faculty Candidate Seminar
Yi-Chieh Nancy Du, PhD
Research Fellow, Cancer Biology & Genetics
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Topic: Mice as Models for Assessing Tumor Progression Factors by Somatic Gene Transfer
3:00 pm SOM W428

February 11

Grand Rounds
Jonathan Miller, MD
Assistant Professor, Neurological Surgery
Topic: Neurological Options for Treatment of Cancer Pain
8:00 am Lerner Tower B-151

Immunology Seminar
Gregory Plautz, MD
Associate Professor, Center for Surgery Research
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes with Divergent Functions
12:00 pm NC1-202

Case CCC and Biostatistics Faculty Candidate Chalk Talk
Yi-Chieh Nancy Du, PhD
Research Fellow, Cancer Biology & Genetics
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Topic: Studies of Metastatic Factors and PyMT-induced Beta Cell Hyperplasia
2:00 pm SOM RT-400

CSCRM Seminar
Stanton Gerson, MD
Professor, Medicine- Hem/Onc
Director, Case CCC
Director, CSCRM
Topic: Cellular Therapeutics and CSCRM: 2008-2009
4:30 pm Cleveland Clinic NA5-08

February 12

Aging-Cancer Research Seminar cancelled

Neurosciences Seminar
Richard Ransohoff, MD
Professor, Neurology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Chemokine Action in the CNS: Receptors with Split Personalities
12:10 pm SOM E501

February 13

Hematology/ Oncology Fellows Seminar cancelled

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Anthony Back, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Topic: Doctor-Patient Communication
8:00 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Edward Plow, PhD
Professor, Molecular Cardiology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Integrin Activation Mechanisms
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.


2nd Annual Biospecimen Research Network (BRN) Symposium: Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science
March 16–18
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center
Bethesda, MD
Abstract Deadline: February 9
Registration Deadline: February 17

Second Annual David C. Hohn, MD Health Policy Lecture
March 30
Bruce C. Vladeck, PhD
Senior Health Policy Advisor/Executive Director
Health Sciences Advisory Services
Ernst & Young
Topic: Cancer Care as a Paradigm for Health Care Reform
5:00 pm, David C. Hohn, MD Lecture Hall, Roswell Park Cancer Institute

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Science Initiative

The James S. McDonnell Foundation has announced updated program descriptions and application guidelines for its 21st Century Science Initiative Research Awards.

The 21st Century Research Awards support investigator-initiated research in two (2) topical areas: Studying Complex Systems and Brain Cancer Research. To view program information, application guidelines, and proposal preparation instructions, please click here. There are no geographic restrictions; international applications are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: March 17

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Association for International Cancer Research (AICR)

AICR awards project grants of between one and three years to support fundamental and translational research into the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer. We will consider proposals in which a mixture of basic and clinical research is proposed. However, completely clinical applications, such as intervention studies, clinical trials or health care delivery research and many substantially clinical applications are beyond the remit of AICR.

Before submitting applications of a clinical or semi-clinical nature, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to seek our advice by e-mailing a brief description of the proposed project to our Scientific Co-ordinator (matfield@aicr.org.uk).

Applications will be accepted April 1-24.

For details, please click here.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP)

The Department of Defense Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) is soliciting research applications across the following 19 congressionally-directed topic areas: alcoholism research; autoimmune diseases; blood cancer; childhood asthma; drug abuse; epilepsy; kidney cancer; listeria vaccine for infectious diseases and cancer; lupus; mesothelioma; molecular signatures in tumors; neuroblastoma; osteoporosis and related bone disease; Paget's disease; pediatric cancer; polycystic kidney disease; social work research; tinnitus; and West Nile virus vaccine. Applications submitted to the FY09 PRMRP must address one of the topic areas listed above.

Pre-Application LOI Deadline: March 19
Application Deadline: April 16

For details, please click here.

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.


Leukemia Research Foundation Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Program
Deadline: February 13

Komen/ASCO Medical Student Rotation
Deadline: February 20

Komen/ASCO Resident Travel Award
Deadline: February 20

Ohio Cancer Research Associates
Deadline: February 20

BCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
Pre-Application Deadline: February 25
Proposal Deadline: March 11

BCRP Predoctoral Traineeship Awards
Pre-Application Deadline: February 25
Proposal Deadline: March 11

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

2009 NASA Space Radiation Summer School
Deadline: February 28

Cancer Research Institute Investigator Award Program
Deadline: March 1

Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program
LOI Deadline (mandatory): March 1
Full Applications Deadline: March 15

Lady Tata Memorial Trust International Awards for Research in Leukemia
Deadline: March 1

OCRP Idea Development Awards
Preproposal Deadline: March 2

OCRP Collaborative Translational Research Awards
Preproposal Deadline: March 2

PCRP Idea Development Program
Preproposal Deadline: March 3

PCRP Synergistic Idea Development Awards
Preproposal Deadline: March 3

BCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship Awards
Proposal Deadline: March 11

BCRP Predoctoral Traineeship Awards
Proposal Deadline: March 11

BCRP Impact Awards
Preproposal Deadline: March 12

BCRP Multi-Team Awards
Preproposal Deadline: March 12

Lymphoma Society Translational Research Program
Full Applications Deadline: March 15

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
Deadline: Open

NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Request for Information (RFI): Priorities for Biomarkers For Cancer Detection, Diagnosis, and Prognosis (NOT-CA-09-014)

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