July 6, 2009
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR– Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Annual Scientific Retreat, July 10-11, 2009, Bertram Inn, Aurora
This year's scientific retreat brings together Cancer Center scientific and clinical research programs at a new site, the Bertram Inn in Aurora, Ohio.
The retreat will emphasize topics of great interest to members, including recent stem cell biology, disease-based initiatives in breast, brain cancers and melanoma, and new scientific efforts in angiogenesis, high throughput sequencing, and drug discovery.
Since many of these topics cut across scientific programs, this year we have emphasized the science and not the programs, in an effort to promote interprogrammatic efforts. We will also review the current RFA for survivorship research, will announce the new RFA in biorepository-based research, and review the newest advances in technology available through our shared resources.
In addition, we will have introductory presentations by two recent senior recruits to the institutions: Dr. Neal Meropol, Associate Director of Clinical Research, and Dr. Mitch Machtay, Chair of Radiation Oncology at UH, who will develop a translational program in radiation biology and treatments.
Our special guest speaker is Dr. Milton Brown, who runs the drug discovery program at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University. He has been asked to help us develop our drug discovery effort.
Overall, more than 55 members have helped organize the retreat and are presenting! This should be a terrific review of progress, a wonderful opportunity to update yourself about recent scientific advances, and a time to consider new collaborations. Further, this is the retreat that will help us frame priorities in the year prior to the renewal application for our core grant.
Thank you for attending and for your support of our cancer research efforts.
CASE CCC IN THE NEWS
Arteriocyte Medical Systems' Work Shows Promise Toward Developing ...
GRANT SYSTEM SEEN AS "MAJOR IMPEDIMENT" TO TRANSFORMATIVE CANCER RESEARCHASCO Daily Cancer News
In a front-page story, the New York Times (6/28, A1, Kolata) reported that "the fight against cancer is going slower than most had hoped, with only small changes in the death rate in the almost 40 years since it began." Some scientists say "one major impediment...is the grant system itself," noting that "it has become a sort of jobs program, a way to keep research laboratories going year after year with the understanding that the focus will be on small projects unlikely to take significant steps toward curing cancer." These small projects are selected because projects "that could make a major difference in cancer prevention and treatment are all...too uncertain." Dr. Raynard S. Kington, acting director of the National Institutes of Health, said that top federal cancer officials "recognize that the system probably provides disincentives to funding really transformative research." In fact, "grant review committees" have "become more wary about giving scarce money to speculative proposals." Kington added, however, that NIH "has started 'pilot experiments' to see if there is a better way of getting financing for innovative projects."
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Nancy R. Gelman Foundation Breast Cancer Seed Grants
The Nancy R. Gelman Foundation has announced its 2009 Seed Grant Competition. These grants will fund projects aimed at improving outcomes for women with breast cancer by promoting global improvement in services provided to women with or at risk of breast cancer.
Deadline: August 5
For more information, please click here.
NCI CANCER BULLETIN
Cancer Research Highlights
Guest Commentary: Dr. Jeanette Vega
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS– 2009 Case CCC Breast Cancer Retreat
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is planning a one-day Breast Cancer Research Retreat for Monday, September 28, and is inviting all members of the Cancer Center community to attend.
The abstracts that are chosen will be incorporated into the agenda either by giving a short talk or presenting a poster.
We look forward to a stimulating and informative retreat.
Please send abstracts by August 1, 2009 via email to: Gillian Irwin.
**All events are open to anyone interested in attending
Pathology Graduate Student Dissertation Defense
Cleveland Stem Cell Exhibit
Neurological Institute Visiting Speaker
Case CCC Scientific Retreat
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
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Innovation in Clinical Research Award Competition
DOD PRCRP New Investigator Awards
NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities
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