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Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

April 27, 2009

CASE CCC IN THE NEWS

Black-white cancer mortality gap starts with incidence rates
American Medical News (subscription) - Apr 12, 2009
There's a lot of information that doesn't connect with what I think is reality," said Dr. Derek Raghavan, chair of the Cleveland Clinic's Taussig Cancer ...


DR. GREGORY TOCHTROP AWARDED LANDON FOUNDATION-AACR INNOVATOR AWARD FOR CANCER PREVENTION RESEARCH

Congratulations to Dr. Gregory Tochtrop, was recently awarded the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the Kirk A. and Dorothy P. Landon Foundation 2nd Annual INNOVATOR Award for Cancer Prevention Research. The award was presented at the AACR 100th Annual Meeting 2009, which was held April 18-22 in Denver. Dr. Tochtrop received a $100,000 two-year grant and delivered a scientific lecture at the meeting.

For details on Dr. Tochtrop's research, please click here.


HEMATOLOGY/ONCOLOGY TRAINEE DR. BRIAN GRIMBERG RECEIVES POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH AWARD

Congratulations to Dr. Brian Grimberg, who received a Postdoctoral Research Award for his poster presentation at the Research ShowCASE on April 16. Dr. Grimberg is a trainee on the Case CCC Hematology/Oncology Training Grant. The Postdoctoral Research Award is a monetary award of $550.00 to be used for travel expenses related to attending professional meetings in the scholarly spirit of sharing research, enhancing expertise, and bridging the gaps between research areas.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Biochemistry Seminar

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming Biochemistry Seminar, featuring guest speaker Dr. Chawnshang Chang, George Hoyt Whipple Distinguished Professor of Pathology, Urology and Radiation Oncology at the University of Rochester. Dr. Chang will present Differential Androgen Receptor Signals Explains Why Androgen Deprivation Therapy of Prostate Cancer Fails. The seminar is scheduled for Monday, May 4 at 12:00 pm in the School of Medicine room W428.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Grants for Translational Breast Cancer Research

Letters of Intent are now being accepted for Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Grants for Translational Breast Cancer Research. These grants were established in 2007 to provide support for innovative cancer research projects designed to accelerate the discovery, development, and application of new agents to treat breast cancer and/or for pre-clinical research with direct therapeutic intent.

Grants are open to independent investigators who are affiliated with any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related biomedical science anywhere in the world may apply. There are no geographic, national, or residency status restrictions. Pre- and postdoctoral fellows, clinical research fellows or the equivalent, or other investigators who are working under the auspices of a scientific mentor are not eligible to apply. Members of the Scientific Review Committee are not eligible to apply.

LOI Deadline: May 20

For more information, please click here.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®

Nominations are currently being accepted for the AACR Outstanding Investigator Award for Breast Cancer Research, funded by Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. This award will recognize an investigator of no more than 50 years of age whose novel and significant work has had or may have a far-reaching impact on the etiology, detection, diagnosis, treatment, or prevention of breast cancer. Such work may involve any discipline across the continuum of biomedical research, including basic, translational, clinical, and epidemiological studies.

The recipient of the award will receive a $10,000 honorarium and present a 25-minute lecture at the 32nd Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. The symposium will be held December 9-13, 2009 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, TX.

All cancer researchers who are affiliated with any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine, or cancer-related biomedical science anywhere in the world may be nominated. Such institutions include those in academia, industry, or government. Candidates must be no more than 50 years of age at the time the Award is received, i.e. born on or after December 11, 1958. The Award will be presented to an individual investigator. Institutions or organizations are not eligible for the Award.

Nomination Deadline: May 15

For more information, please click here.


NCI CANCER BULLETIN

Cancer Research Highlights
Featured Article: Ovarian Cancer Markers Validated for Early Detection

Combination Therapy Targets Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cells

Potential Treatment for Brain Cancer Identified

Filter Captures Tumor Cells from Blood

Markers for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Found in Blood

Survivors of Hereditary Retinoblastoma Face Second Cancers Later in Life

Director's Update
The Extraordinary Challenges and Opportunities Facing Cancer Research

Guest Commentary: Dr. Margaret Foti
A Century of Progress, A Future of Promise


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Case CCC Scientific Series

The next installment of the Case CCC Scientific Series and reception is planned for Monday, May 11 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm in Wolstein Auditorium. Presentations will be made by the following ACS Pilot Project Awardees:
Alex Huang, MD, PhDRole of Tumor Microenvironment on Immune Cell Trafficking and Function in situ
Alan Zhu, PhDProtein Phosphatase 2A Dephosphorylates Smoothened to Inhibit Hedgehog Signaling
Patrick Ma, MDEGFR Mutations and Differential Response to Inhibitors in Leptomeningeal Metastases: Opportunities for Individualized Targeted Therapy in Lung Cancer

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Cancer Survivor/ Cancer Caregiver Photo Exhibition

Dr. Maghboeba Mosavel from the Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities and Kimberly Sanders from NorthEast Ohio Neighborhood (NEON) Health Services, are pleased to invite you to attend the Cancer Survivor/ Cancer Caregiver Photo Exhibition on Wednesday, May 13 from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm at MetroHealth Medical Center, Rammelkamp R170. This photo exhibit tells the story of the journey, triumphs and challenges of Cancer Survivors in Cleveland. Refreshments will be served.

This exhibit is sponsored by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Lance Armstrong Foundation. For more information, please contact Meia Jones at (216)778-8456.

EVENTS

**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

April 27

Hematology/Oncology Research in Progress Seminar cancelled

Pathology Graduate Student Dissertation Defense
Michael Drage
Graduate Student, Pathology, Harding Lab
CWRU/ UH
Topic: A Novel Mechanism of TLR2 Activation by Mycobacterium Tuberculosis Lipoprotein LprG
12:00 pm WRB 1-413


April 28


April 29

Grand Rounds
Sarah Parsons, DO
Fellow, Psychiatry
CWRU/ UH
Topic: The Complex Geriatric Patient: The Interface of Oncology, Psychiatry, and Adult Protective Services
8:00 am Lerner Tower B-151


April 30

Aging-Cancer-TREC Seminar cancelled

Neurosciences Seminar
J. David Sweatt, PhD
Professor and Chair, Neurobiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Topic: Epigenetic Mechanisms in Memory Formation
12:10 pm BRB 105


May 1

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club cancelled

Hematology/ Oncology Fellows Seminar
Evi Stavrou, MD
Fellow, Div. of Hem/Onc
CWRU/ UH
Topic: TBA
8:00 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Yogen Saunthararajah, MD
Associate Staff, Hematologic Oncology and Blood Disorders
Cleveland Clinic
Topic: A Therapeutically Relevant Difference in Normal Stem Cell and AML Self-Renewal
8:00 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

more

For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.


UPCOMING CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUMS AND EVENTS

Case CCC Scientific Series- ACS Pilot Project Awardees
May 11
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm WRB 1-413

Case CCC Scientific Series
October 8
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm WRB 1-413

Signaling in Cancer
May 18-19
Wolstein Research Building (CWRU Campus)
Brochure
Registration

Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO)
June 15 - 17
CWRU campus
Details

Annual Breast Cancer Update: Highlights of the National Meetings
June 19
Marriott Cleveland East, Warrensville Heights
Brochure and Registration

ASCO Review
June 25
InterContinental Hotel
Details

Case CCC Scientific Retreat 2009
July 10-11
Bertram Inn & Conference Center, Aurora
Details to follow

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


ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SEMINARS

Neuropathic Cancer Pain Symposium
April 27
Bethesda Marriott Pooks Hill
Bethesda, MD
Details

11th Annual Midwest DNA Repair Symposium
May 16-17
BSRB Auditorium, University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Abstract Deadline: May 1
Details

CTTE 2009 Short Course: Cell-Based Therapies & Tissue Engineering
May 18-21
Clapp and Millis Hall, CWRU Campus
Details

Center for Mind-Body Medicine CancerGuides® II
June 11 - 14
Washington, DC
Details

2nd Annual Business Education Course The Business of Regenerative Medicine: From Stem Cells to the Market Place
July 13-16
George S. Dively Building, CWRU Campus
Details

MSC2009: The Regenerative Medicine and Adult Stem Cell Therapy Conference
August 17-19
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
Details

ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium
October 8-10
San Francisco Marriott
San Francisco, CA
Details

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


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Signaling in Cancer Symposium

The Case CCC is pleased the present the Signaling in Cancer Symposium, scheduled for May 18-19 in the Wolstein Research Building. This conference is intended for faculty, postdoctoral fellows and students interested in basic cancer research. The program is filled with many interesting presentations, including that of Keynote Speaker, Jerry E. Chipuk, PhD of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, who will present Mitochondrial Outer Membrane Permeabilization And Apoptosis Are Regulated By Collaborative Interactions Between Mitochondrial Physiology And BH3-Only Proteins.

Please note that students and postdoctoral fellows may attend this event for FREE. Registration is required.

For details, please click here.



MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO)

The fourth annual Ohio Collaborative Conference on Bioinformatics (OCCBIO) will be hosted by Case Western Reserve University on June 15-17. The conference provides an interdisciplinary forum for the discussion of methods, research findings, and experiences. An important goal for the conference is to foster long-term collaborative relationships and networking opportunities within the domain of computational approaches to biology that benefit Ohio.

Poster Presentation Abstracts are due by May 11 for review by the OCCBIO '09 committee. All appropriate posters submitted will be accommodated.

For more information, please click here.


PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

PCRP Population-Based Idea Development Award
PCRP New Investigator Award
PCRP Health Disparity Research Award
PCRP Health Disparity Training Award
PCRP Physician Research Training Award
PCRP Prostate Cancer Training Award
Pre-Application Deadline: April 29
Proposal Deadline: May 20

Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research
Nominations Deadline: April 30

Proteomics and Bioinformatics Pilot Research Award
Deadline: May 1

OCRP Ovarian Cancer Academy Award
Pre-App Deadline: May 8
Proposal Deadline: May 22

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Innovation in Clinical Research Award Competition
LOI Deadline: May 20
Proposal Deadline: July 8

PCRP Population-Based Idea Development Award
PCRP New Investigator Award
PCRP Health Disparity Research Award
PCRP Health Disparity Training Award
PCRP Physician Research Training Award
PCRP Prostate Cancer Training Award
Proposal Deadline: May 20


OCRP Ovarian Cancer Academy Award
Proposal Deadline: May 22

Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award
Pre-proposal Deadline: June 1

Brain Tumor Funders' Collaborative
Deadline: June 15

BCRP Impact Awards
BCRP Multi-Team Awards
BCRP Era of Hope Scholar Awards
BCRP Innovator Awards
Application Deadline: June 17

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Innovation in Clinical Research Award Competition
Proposal Deadline: July 8

NCRR Competitive Revision Application
Deadline: July 10

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

Recovery Act Limited Competition: Academic Research Enhancement Award (R15)

Developmental Research in Cancer Prognosis and Prediction (R21) (PA-09-158)

Developmental Research in Cancer Prognosis and Prediction (R33) (PA-09-159)

Cancer Surveillance Using Health Claims-based Data System (R03) (PA-09-143)

Cancer Surveillance Using Health Claims-based Data System (R21) (PA-09-144)

Studies of Energy Balance and Cancer in Humans (R01) (PA-09-148)

Studies of Energy Balance and Cancer in Humans (R21) (PA-09-149)

Quick-Trials for Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions: Exploratory Grants (R21) (PA-08-147

Cancer Surveillance Using Health Claims-based Data System (R01) (PA-09-145)

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Gillian Irwin
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Cleveland, Ohio 44106-5065
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216-844-7832 fax
gillian.irwin@case.edu

Janice Hassinger
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Cleveland, Ohio 44106-5065
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janice.hassinger@uhhospitals.org

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