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Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

December 20, 2010


Researchers Work to Improve Cancer Vaccines
AOL Health - Dec 15, 2010
"The logic is somewhat convoluted," Dr. Stan Gerson, director of the Seidman Cancer Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, ...

Case Licenses Cell Lines to British Firm for Cancer Research
MedCity News - Dec 14, 2010
The cell lines are based on technology pioneered by Zhenghe John Wang, an assistant professor of genetics at Case's school of medicine. ...

Study: Aspirin May Help Combat Cancer
MSNBC (video)- Dec 12, 2010
... suggests that long-term, low-dose aspirin use may modestly reduce the risk of dying of certain cancers. Msnbc's Lynn Berry talks with Dr. Neal Meropol.

Rare Genetic Syndrome May Increase Colon Cancer Risk
BusinessWeek - Dec 10, 2010
... breast, thyroid and uterine cancers," Dr. Charis Eng, chairman of the Genomic Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic's Lerner Research Institute and ...


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.

New this year is a novel partnership with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI), which opens access to the NIH Clinical Center (CC) to Damon Runyon Clinical Investigators. The goal of this partnership is to use the special talent, expertise and resources of the participants to undertake pilot studies of specific diseases and to develop collaborative partnerships that accelerate clinical and translational cancer research, and thereby improve human health. See the website for more information.

If you are interested in applying for this award, please submit the following materials to cancer@case.edu by Monday, January 10: biosketch and a one-paragraph description of how your research fits the description of "Clinical Research" as described by the Damon Runyon Foundation.

Internal Deadline: January 10
External Deadline: March 1

Mary Kay Foundation Cancer Research Grant Program

The Mary Kay Foundation has released a Call for Applications for their Cancer Research Grant Program. This non-profit public foundation focuses on funding research for innovative grants for translational research in ovarian, uterine, breast or cervical cancer. Translational research is broadly defined as research that will provide a scientific link between laboratory research and the clinic. Ultimately, such research would lead to improvement in diagnosis, prognosis, prevention, or treatment of the cancer.

Only ONE application per institution is allowed. Investigators interested in applying must submit their biosketch and a one-paragraph description to cancer@case.edu by Wednesday, January 5.

Internal Deadline: January 5
External Deadline: February 4



**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

December 20

Physiology and Biophysics Seminar
M. Michael Wolfe, MD
Professor, Medicine
CWRU/ MetroHealth Medical Center
Topic: Obesity, Incretins, and the GI Tract: You Are What You Eat
4 pm SOM E501

December 21

December 22

Hematology and Oncology Division Research Conference canceled

December 23

December 24

Merry Christmas!


Case CCC Calendar

LRI Calendar


Cancer Center Seminar Series
January 7, 2011
Mikkael Sekeres, MD, MS
Associate Professor, Hematology & Medical Oncology
CWRU/ Cleveland Clinic
Topic: The Epidemiology of Myelodysplestic, Syndromes: 2010
12 pm BRB 105


Active Living Research Annual Conference
February 22-24, 2011
San Diego, CA
Call for Abstracts Deadline: August 6

Multilevel Interventions in Health Care: Building the Foundation for Future Research Goals
March 4-5, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada

4th Annual Biospecimen Research Network (BRN) Symposium: Advancing Cancer Research Through Biospecimen Science
March 28-29, 2011
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Bethesda, Maryland

2011 Clinical and Translational Research and Education Meeting: ACRT/SCTS Joint Annual Meeting
April 27-29, 2011
Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC
Abstract Deadline: December 16

Cancer Health Disparities Summit 2011
July 13-15, 2011
Bethesda North Marriott Hotel in Rockville, Maryland

LUNGevity Foundation

LUNGevity provides funding for the study of early detection of lung cancer and targeted therapeutic treatments for lung cancer. LUNGevity invites grant applications for the following opportunities: Lung Cancer Targeted Therapeutics Program and Lung Cancer Early Detection Award (LCED) Program.

Applications will be accepted from individual investigators or teams of up to three scientists. Grants will be awarded for a two-year period for a maximum amount of $100,000 per year per scientist.

Mandatory LOI Deadline: December 22
Application Deadline: March 15, 2011

Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Research Program

The Avon Foundation for Women continues to seek new preventive strategies to address the growing number of breast cancer cases around the globe. To develop new strategies to prevent breast cancer we need to understand the causes of breast cancer in women, changes in breast cells that give rise to cancer, markers for disease, and how breast cancer progresses. The 2011 Avon Foundation Research Program seeks proposals in these areas to advance understanding of causes of breast cancer and prevention.

For 2011, there are two receipt dates (review cycles) and there is a 2-stage process:

  • Cycle 1
    LOI Deadline: January 21, 2011
    Full Proposal Deadline: March 11, 2011
  • Cycle 2
    LOI Deadline: May 6, 2011
    Full Proposal Deadline: July 5, 2011
Lasker Medical Research Awards

The Lasker Foundation is accepting nominations for the 2011 Lasker Medical Research Awards. The Medical Research Awards will be offered in two categories in 2011: Basic Medical Research and Clinical Medical Research. The Awards are intended to recognize contributions that have opened new fields of research, advancing novel concepts or their applications in a particular biomedical discipline. These advances may consist of a specific contribution or a long series of contributions that demonstrate the nominee's significant leadership towards the development of research concepts or their clinical application.

Nomination Deadline: February 1, 2011

NCI Cancer Bulletin

December 14, 2010

New Surgeon General's Report Outlines How Tobacco Smoke Causes Disease

Study Estimates More than 600,000 Deaths Worldwide Caused by Secondhand Smoke

Zoledronic Acid Does Not Improve Disease-Free Survival in Breast Cancer

Regular Sunscreen Use May Reduce Invasive Melanoma Risk

Hormone Therapy for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer Declines When Medicare Reimbursements Are Reduced

Study Shows Strong Link between Obesity and Mortality

New Subtype of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Identified

Screening Compliance, Stage of Cancers Detected Vary by Demographic

A Conversation with Dr. James Doroshow about NCI's Clinical Trials Cooperative Group Program

In Depth
Trial Suggests New Treatment Option for Hodgkin Lymphoma

Featured Clinical Trial: Targeting Tumor Metabolism in Papillary Kidney Cancers

Statistical Strength in Numbers: International Clinical Trials for Rare Cancers

FDA Update

Cancer.gov Update



Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for International Collaboration
Deadline Extended: December 20

Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Cancer Prevention Research
Deadline Extended: December 20

Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Research in Personalized Cancer Medicine
Deadline Extended: December 20

Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF) 2011 Creativity Awards
Deadline: January 13, 2011

Interinstitutional Basic, Clinical and Translational Research Projects in Cancer
Deadline: January 18, 2011

AICR Research Grant Program
External LOI Deadline: January 25, 2011
External Full Application Deadline: May 2, 2011

AICR Investigator Initiated Grants (IIGs)
LOI Deadline: January 25, 2011
Full Application Deadline: May 2, 2011

AICR Matching Grants
LOI Deadline: January 25, 2011
Full Application Deadline: May 2, 2011

AICR Postdoctoral Awards (PDAs)
LOI Deadline: January 25, 2011
Full Application Deadline: May 2, 2011

ACS Joseph S. Silber Student Research Fellowship
Deadline: January 28, 2011

2011 Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Fellowship Awards
Deadline: February 1, 2011

Leukemia Research Foundation
Deadline: February 15, 2011

James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Science Research Awards
Deadline: March 15, 2011

Translational Technology Concept Studies of Circulating Tumor and Endothelial Cells (CTC/CEC)
Deadline: Open

AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards - Special Conferences
Deadline: Open

International Union Against Cancer (UICC) International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowships
Application Deadline: Open

NCI Short-Term Scientist Exchange Program
Application Deadline: Open

James S. McDonnell Foundation Collaborative Activity Awards
Application Deadline: Open

NIH BULLETIN – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Cancer Prevention Research Small Grant Program (R03) (PAR-11-079)

Shared Instrumentation Grant Program (S10)(PAR-11-081)

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