July 13, 2009
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR–Comments on Case CCC Scientific Retreat
On July 10-11, 2009, 170 faculty members of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center met for our annual retreat at the Bertram Inn, where we covered basic translational and clinical research.
Following an extensive presentation on drug discovery and development by Milton Brown from the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgetown University Medical Center, we reviewed our approach to developing cell-based assays, chemical synthesis, and use of throughput capabilities at the excellent facilities of our collaborators at partnering institutions. Examples include Milton Brown at Georgetown University, John Lazo at the University of Pittsburgh, and Andrei Gudkov at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. We would like to promote these efforts to support investigators developing compelling new targets.
The stem cell, melanoma and brain tumor groups presented projects that will be developed into PPG applications, while the GI group met on Monday to discuss their SPORE application. These projects represent an important strategic priority for the Center.
Likewise, we heard from Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Ruth Keri and Patrick Ma on biorepository-based research. I indicated that the IRB will review our biorepository access proposal to facilitate investigator research using human tumor samples, including access to paraffin blocks, fresh frozen tissue, and annotation about patient outcome. This effort will be promoted by a center-wide RFA for use of the Center biorepository in research.
The cancer imaging program met to review scientific priorities and to shape the RFA to be developed this fall between BME and the Cancer Center.
Another highlight of the day were the breakout sessions that allowed members to participate in cross-program initiatives.
On Saturday, we discussed survivorship research starting with a patient registry that includes behavioral and psychosocial data, which will also lead to an RFA in this area this fall.
At the end of the retreat, Mitch Machtay, recently recruited as chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology at UHCMC, discussed his interest in combined treatment research and the new trials from RTOG of which he serves as co-chairman.
Next, Neal Meropol, newly appointed Associate Director for Clinical Research, gave us his terrific vision to clinical and translational research and its links to his research interests in therapeutics, decision-making by patients in clinical trials, and cost-effectiveness research.
Next week, I will report on the senior leader executive session discussion, which will help refine our strategic priorities.
Thank you all for participating. It speaks volumes for the health of the Center that so many of us were able to join in the discussion!
Stan Gerson MD
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Dr. Nathan Berger was an invited speaker at the NCI/NINDS Cancer Cell Metabolism Workshop, July 9-10, 2009 at the Bethesda North Conference Center, Rockville, Maryland. Dr. Berger presented "Impact of Enhanced Exercise Phenotype on Colon Cancer in PEPCK-Cmus Transgenic Mice".
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– ASCO Cancer Foundation
The ASCO Cancer Foundation is currently accepting applications for the following funding opportunities:
Improving Cancer Care Grant Improving Cancer Care Grant (ICCG)
LOI Deadline: September 1
Advanced Clinical Research Award (ACRA)
Deadline: LOI Deadline: August 6
Career Development Award
Full Applications Deadline: September 9
Young Investigator Award
Full Application Deadline: September 9
**All events are open to anyone interested in attending
Cancer Biology Seminar
Taussig Cancer Institute Core Curriculum Series
Case CCC Breast Cancer Metastasis Faculty Candidate Seminar
Hematology/ Oncology Fellows Seminar
UPCOMING CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUMS & EVENTS
Management of Lung Cancer in the Emphysema Patient: From Surgery to Cyberknife and Beyond
Paradigms in Lymphoma Management: A Case Based Approach
Case CCC Scientific Series
**For more information on these symposiums, please contact Christine Rhoads.
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SEMINARS & EVENTS
2nd Annual Business Education Course The Business of Regenerative Medicine: From Stem Cells to the Market Place
2009 caBIG® Annual Meeting: Solving Basic and Clinical Research Challenges in Cancer and Beyond
VASCULATA Summer Course
ACS Pan Ohio Hope Ride
MSC2009: The Regenerative Medicine and Adult Stem Cell Therapy Conference
ASCO Breast Cancer Symposium
Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) Clinical Trials Methodology Workshop
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund
The Avon Foundation Breast Care Fund (AFBCF) is accepting applications for 2010 funding. The mission of the AFBCF is to link medically underserved women to breast health education and screening services. Medically underserved women need targeted, customized approaches to enable them to obtain regular mammograms and clinical breast exams. Successful programs have: culturally-competent educational strategies; dedicated staff with specialized language and communications skills; and participation from members of the targeted community who can reach women where they live, work and worship, and who offer personalized assistance to women for whom it is often difficult to access health care.
Application Deadline: August 28
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If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP, as only one application per institution is allowed.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS– International Association for Comparative Research on Leukemia and Related Diseases (IACRLRD) Symposium XXIV
On October 14-16, the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center will be hosting The IACRLRD Symposium XXIV: Molecular Approaches to Leukemia in the 21st Century: Biology, Outcome Prediction and Personalized Therapy including a mini-symposium - "Comparative Models of Leukemia" on October 14.
Junior faculty interested in leukemia and related diseases are encouraged to apply for one of several travel awards available. The travel awards were created to encourage junior faculty from around the world to participate in this symposium which will feature a distinguished group of internationally renowned presenters, oncologists, scientists and veterinarians. During the Symposium, junior faculty will have unique opportunities for informal gatherings with renowned leukemia experts to exchange ideas and research relating to hematologic malignancies.
Travel Award Deadline: July 15
For more information, please click here.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Fifth Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference: Recovery and Beyond
The Fifth Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference: Recovery and Beyond Conference is scheduled for June 17-19, 2010 at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, DC. This conference is co-sponsored by NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship, ACS Behavioral Research Center, Lance Armstrong Foundation and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Division of Cancer Prevention and Control.
The conference will feature cutting edge research addressing what we know about the post-treatment health and function of cancer survivors and their families, and new directions in reducing morbidity and promoting well-being. More information will be available later this summer. A small number of abstracts will be selected for oral presentations during break-out.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS– 2009 Case CCC Breast Cancer Retreat
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is planning a one-day Breast Cancer Research Retreat for late September, and is inviting all members of the Cancer Center community to attend.
All PIs currently examining topics related to all aspects of breast development and cancer are encouraged to submit abstracts. The abstracts that are chosen will be incorporated into the agenda either by giving a short talk or presenting a poster.
Abstracts should include title, authors and affiliation. Body of the abstract should be 300 words or less.
We look forward to a stimulating and informative retreat.
Please send abstracts by August 1, 2009 via email to: Gillian Irwin.
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
DOD PCRP Prostate Cancer Pathology Resource Network Award
AACR–National Brain Tumor Society Fellowship, in memory of Bonnie Brooks
NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities
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