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Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

March 22, 2010

CASE CCC IN THE NEWS

Northeast Ohio Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure© Honored as Affiliate of the Year Among 122 Nationwide
Business Wire - Mar 21, 2010
They also work with University Hospitals Ireland Cancer Center and The Gathering Place in the annual Beyond Breast Cancer Survivor Symposium, ...

Lung Overdue
Curetoday.com - Mar 17, 2010
...says Nathan Pennell, MD, PhD, a lung cancer specialist and assistant professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Center. ...

Cord Blood Stem Cells Help Meet Minority Marrow Needs
CNN International - Mar 1, 2010
But Tirpak's physician, Dr. Mary Laughlin, turned to something deemed medical waste until recently: umbilical cord blood. Cord blood is rich in stem cells ...


KUDOS

The following CWRU and CCLCM students were recently awarded ACS Silber Fellowships:

  • Jesse Brannan (Mentor: Dr. Ge Jin)
  • Yunwei Chen (Mentor: Dr. Andrew Sloan)
  • Gina Ferris (Mentor: Dr. Charles Kunos)
  • Kim Girosky (Mentor: Dr. Donald Anthony)
  • Claire Hamman (Mentor: Dr. Danny Manor)
  • Yunnan Jiang (Mentor: Dr. Sanford Markowitz)
  • Emily Allyn LaSota (Mentor: Dr. Robert Weil)
  • James Morrow (Mentor: Dr. Afshin Dowlati)
  • Di Sun (Mentor: Dr. Anjali Advani)
  • Hannah Yiechin Zhou (Mentor: Dr. Jeremy Rich)

RECOVERY ACT AWARD NO COST EXTENSIONS

On Wednesday, the NIH issued a notice concerning no cost extensions on Recovery Act research awards. The agency announced, "...that NIH expects all grant activities are to be completed consistent with the schedule of the approved project period. While the NIH Terms of Award provide for extending the final budget period of a project period for up to twelve months to allow for completion of the planned project; prior approval requests for additional extensions will only be considered in very limited circumstances". Click here for more information.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS– Women's Cancer: Screening and Prevention in 2010

Registration is open for the Case CCC Symposium, Women's Cancer: Screening and Prevention in 2010, May 7 at the Hilton East in Beachwood.

Course Overview: Early detection of cancer saves lives. Controversy exists regarding guidelines for cancer screening in women. Mammograms are not consistently obtained and women do not participate in colon cancer screening as frequently as men. Educating practitioners to the benefits of breast, cervical, endometrial, and colorectal cancer screening could help promote health practices. The indications for genetic testing for breast and ovarian cancer susceptibility will be discussed. While practitioners generally understand the harms and benefits of postmenopausal hormone replacement therapy, the specific outcomes with respect to breast and uterine cancer merit further exploration. Discussion of health choices (weight-reduction surgery, prophylactic mastectomy, smoking cessation) and their role in cancer prevention will aid practitioners in guiding patients.

Click here to register and view the brochure. CME credits are available.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– ASH Scholar Awards

The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is accepting applications for the following Scholar Awards:

Junior Faculty Scholar Award
To be eligible for the Junior Faculty Scholar Award (either basic or clinical/translational research), applicants must be within the first three years of their initial faculty appointment as Assistant Professor at the time of application.

Fellow Scholar Award
To be eligible for the Fellow Scholar Award (either basic or clinical/translational research), applicants must have more than two years, but less than five years postdoctoral research training at the time of application. Applicants who are fellows must have completed their ACGME clinical year plus two full years (but no more than five) of postdoctoral research at the time of application. In addition to fellows, instructors, lecturers, and research associates should apply in the fellow category. The five-year maximum for postdoctoral research training also applies to these individuals.

Scholar Award applicant eligibility:

  • Must be an ASH member or have a pending application for membership.
  • Must work in a US or Canadian institution. An institution qualifies if it independently receives and administers grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health.
  • Only one application per laboratory should be submitted per category (basic research fellow, basic research junior faculty, clinical/translational research fellow, and clinical/translational research junior faculty) for this competition.
  • Individuals with R01 grants or equivilant grants at the time of application are not eligible for these awards. Individuals with K awards from the NIH are eligible to apply.
  • At least 75 percent of the applicant's full-time professional effort must be devoted to research.

Click here for details.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– ACS Research Proposals Directed at Poor and Underserved Populations

The ACS Extramural Grants Department of the Research Department has launched a special initiative to decrease disparities. Funds have been set aside (up to 10% of the research budget) to support research that addresses the disparity in cancer morbidity and mortality in poor and underserved populations. This initiative includes research that addresses a variety of clinical, cancer control, behavioral, epidemiologic, health policy, health services and basic science questions.

Postdoctoral Fellowships
Provides support for the training of researchers who have received a doctorate, providing initial funding leading to an independent career in cancer research. Please Note: Eligibility criteria, budget and number of years of the award in this special initiative are the same as for those of the regular Postdoctoral Fellowship, as are instructions for submitting the application.

Mentored Research Scholar Grants in Applied and Clinical Research
Provides support for mentored research and training by full-time faculty to junior faculty, typically within the first four years of their first independent appointment. The goal is for these beginning investigators to become independent researchers in clinical research and in cancer control and prevention research. Please Note: Eligibility criteria, budget and number of years of the award in this special initiative are the same as for those of the regular Mentored Research Scholar Grants in Applied and Clinical Research, as are instructions for submitting the application.

Research Scholar Grants A In Basic, Preclinical and Epidemiology Research (includes Senior Investigators for this Special Initiative.):
Supports investigator-initiated basic, preclinical, clinical, and epidemiologic research projects. Independent investigators at any stage of their academic career may apply, although senior investigators are strongly encouraged to include junior investigators on the grant. Please refer to Instructions and Policies for Research Scholar Grants in Basic, Preclinical and Epidemiology Research. Please Note: Eligibility criteria, budget and renewal status in this special initiative differ from those of the regular Research Scholar Grants in Basic, Preclinical and Epidemiology. However, instructions for submitting the application remain the same.

Research Scholar Grants B. In Health Policy and Health Services Research:
Supports investigator-initiated research projects centered on health services and health policy research. Independent investigators at any stage of their academic career may apply, although senior investigators are strongly encouraged to include junior investigators on the grant. Please refer to Instructions and Policies for Research Scholar Grants in Cancer Control: Health Services and Health Policy Research. Please Note: Eligibility criteria, budget and renewal status in this special initiative differ from those of the regular Research Scholar Grants in Cancer Control: Health Services and Health Policy Research. However, instructions for submitting the application are the same.

Research Scholar Grants C. In Psychosocial and Behavioral Research:
Supports investigator-initiated research projects centered on health policy research. For this initiative, independent investigators at any stage of their academic career may apply, although senior investigators are strongly encouraged to include junior investigators on the grant. Please refer to Instructions and Policies for Research Scholar Grants in Psychosocial and Behavioral Research. Please Note: Eligibility criteria, budget and renewal status in this special initiative differ from those of the regular Research Scholar Grants in Psychosocial and Behavioral Research. However, instructions for submitting the application are the same.

Application Deadline for all awards: April 1

Click here for details.

EVENTS

**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

March 22

Pathology Seminar
Jonathan Pollack, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology
Stanford University
Topic: Molecular Profiling for Clinical Insight in Breast and Prostate Cancer
12 pm WRB 1-413

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Joseph Metzger, PhD
Professor and Chair, Integrative Biology & Physiology
University of Minnesota
Topic: Design and Implementation of Molecular Bio-Sensor/ Effectors for the Failing Heart
4 pm SOM E501

Skeletal Research Center
Roman Kondratov, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biological, Geological and Environmental Sciences
Cleveland State University
Topic: Circadian Clock, Aging and Osteoporosis
4 pm Millis 123


March 23

Immunology Seminar
Clifford Snapper, MD
Professor, Pathology
Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences
Topic: Induction of Polysaccharide-Specific Ig Responses to Intact Extracellular Bacteria and Conjugate Vaccines
12:00 pm WRB 1-413

Lerner Lecture
Siamon Gordon, MD, PhD
Professor (Emeritus), Cellular Pathology
University of Oxford
Topic Macrophage Receptors in Innate Immunity
4 pm Bunts Auditorium Cleveland Clinic


March 24

Grand Rounds
Scott Sommers, MD
Fellow, Div. of Hem/Onc
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Informed Consent in Cancer – the Occasion Fleeting, Experience Fallacious, and Judgment Difficult
8 am Lerner B-151

Cancer Center Special Seminar
Jonathan Chernoff, MD, PhD
Vice-President and Deputy Science Director
Fox Chase Cancer Center
Topic: p21-activated Kinase as a Cancer Target: Three Weddings and a Funeral
11 am WRB 3-136

Ribonucleotide Reductase Journal Club
Yan Xu, PhD
Professor, Chemistry
Cleveland State University
Topic: Determination of rNTPs and dNTPs in Biological Matrices: A Discussion on Quantitative Assay Development and Validation
2 pm - 4 pm Pharmacology Conf Rm. W331


March 25

Neurosciences Seminar
Dorit Ron, PhD
Professor, Neurology
University of California, San Francisco
Topic: Protein Compartmentalization and Phosphorylation Determine Alcohol's Actions
12:10 pm BRB 105

Aging-Cancer-Energetics Seminar
Julia Rose, PhD, MA
Professor, Medicine-Geriatrics and Palliative Care
CWRU/ MetroHealth
Topic: Overview of Current Projects and New Directions for Psychosocial and Health Services Research on Aging and Cancer
4 pm BRB 732

Sternlicht Lecture
Joseph Schlessinger, PhD
Professor and Chair, Pharmacology
Yale University
Topic: Cell Signaling by Receptor Tyrosine Kinases: From Basic Principles to Cancer Therapy
4 pm BRB 105

Inflammation, Infection and Cancer Focus Group Meeting
4:30 pm - 6 pm ND3-01 Cleveland Clinic

Developmental Therapeutics Program Meeting
5 pm WRB 2-136


March 26

Hem/Onc Fellows Seminar
Rami Manochakian, MD
Fellow, Div. of Hem/Onc
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Some Controversies in the Diagnosis and Management of Hepatocellular Carcinoma
8 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Dean Bajorin, MD
Professor, Medicine
Cornell University
Topic: Bladder Cancer: An Update
8 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club
Paul Jacobsen, PhD
Chair, Health Outcomes and Behavior
Moffitt Cancer Center
Topic: Cancer Survivorship: Past, Present and Future
12 pm BRB 105

Cancer Center Research in Progress Seminar
Weiwen Fan, PhD
Fellow, Ma Lab, Div. of Hem/Onc
CWRU/ UH
Topic: Early Tumor Resistance in Escape Against Receptor Kinase Inhibitors in Lung Cancer
4 pm WRB 3-136

more

For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.


UPCOMING CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUMS & EVENTS

Case CCC Scientific Retreat
July 9-10
The Lodge at Sawmill Creek Resort


ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SEMINARS & EVENTS

NSF Regional Grants Conference
March 22-23
CWRU Campus
Details

NCI 3rd Annual Biospecimen Research Network Symposium
March 24-25
Bethesda, Maryland
Details

Midwest Tissue Engineering Consortium (M-TEC) Annual Meeting
April 16-17
Wolstein Research Building and Hovorka Atrium
Details

AACR 101st Annual Meeting
April 17-21
Washington, DC
Details

Midwest Blood Club Symposium
May 6-7
Indiana University School of Medicine
Details

CTTE 2010 Short Course: "Cell-Based Therapies & Tissue Engineering"
May 17-20
Clapp and Millis Hall
Detail

Business Education Course: "The Business of Regenerative Medicine: From Stem Cells to the Market Place"
July 12-15
Dively Building
Details

Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory
July 25-August 1
Madison, WI
Details


shRNA CLONE AVAILABILITY

The deadline to order shRNA constructs through the Small Molecule Screening Core (SMSC) is TODAY. Please contact Anna Kondratova (kondraa@ccf.org, 445-3503) for details.


FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Larry and Helen Hoag Foundation 2010 Clinical Translational Research Career Development Awards in Pediatric Cancer

The Larry and Helen Hoag Foundation is accepting applications for the Clinical Translational Research Career Development Award in Pediatric Cancer. This award supports the development of outstanding clinician and translational investigators in pediatric cancer research. This mechanism provides support for specialized study by pediatric oncologists committed to a career in translational laboratory and clinical-based research.

Candidates must have a full-time faculty appointment at a US Medical Institution or University and must be within 5 years of that appointment at the time of application. Candidates must have either an MD or MD/PhD degree, and must be sub-board eligible or certified in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.

Deadline: April 1

For details, please click here.



FACULTY CANDIDATE SEARCH– Associate Director for Basic Research

The Case CCC is currently accepting applications for the position of Associate Director for Basic Research. As we continue our search, we ask that people in the Cancer Center community encourage any qualified candidate to apply for the position. If you would like to nominate someone for the position, please contact Tracy Rehl (tracy.rehl@case.edu).

Click here to view the job description.


CASE CCC ON FACEBOOK AND LINKEDIN– Join Us!

We are always trying to foster communication and collaboration across the cancer center community any way that we can. The Case CCC has set up a page on Facebook and LinkedIn, so please become a fan of us on Facebook or join our group on LinkedIn, and encourage others to do so as well. Please help us spread the word.

We encourage you to post events, relevant news articles, items of discussion, etc… Your feedback is appreciated!


PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED OPPORTUNITIES

DOD BCRP Predoctoral Traineeship Award
Pre-Application Deadline: March 24
Application Deadline: April 7

DOD BCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Pre-Application Deadline: March 24
Application Deadline: April 7

DOD BCRP Era of Hope Scholar Award
Pre-Application Deadline: March 24
Application Deadline: April 7

DOD BCRP Innovator Award
Pre-Application Deadline: March 24
Application Deadline: April 7

DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Concept Award
Pre-Application Deadline: March 25
Application Deadline: April 8

DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Exploration–Hypothesis Development Award
Application Deadline: March 31

DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Impact Award
Application Deadline: March 31

ACS Postdoctoral Fellowships
Deadline: April 1

ACS: Role of Healthcare and Insurance in Improving Outcomes in Cancer Prevention, Early Detection, and Treatment
Deadline: April 1

CTSC Pilot Grants
CWRU, UH and MetroHealth Deadline: April 1
Cleveland Clinic Deadline: April 13

DOD BCRP Predoctoral Traineeship Award
Application Deadline: April 7

DOD BCRP Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Application Deadline: April 7

DOD BCRP Era of Hope Scholar Award
Application Deadline: April 7

DOD BCRP Innovator Award
Application Deadline: April 7

DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Concept Award
Application Deadline: April 8

DOD BCRP Idea Award
Pre-Application Deadline: April 21
Application Deadline: May 5

DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Technology/Therapeutic Development Awards
Pre-Application Deadline: April 22
Application Deadline: May 13

DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Clinical Trial Award
Pre-Application Deadline: April 22
Application Deadline: May 13

DOD NFRP Clinical Trial Award
Pre-Application Deadline: April 29
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: April 29
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: April 29
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP Exploration–Hypothesis Development Award
Pre-Application Deadline: April 29
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP New Investigator Award
Pre-Application Deadline: April 29
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP Postdoctoral Traineeship Award
Pre-Application Deadline: April 29
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD BCRP Idea Award
Application Deadline: May 5

DOD PCRP Health Disparity Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: May 5
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD PCRP Health Disparity Training Award
Pre-Application Deadline: May 5
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD PCRP Laboratory - Clinical Transition Award
Pre-Application Deadline: May 5
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD PCRP Physician Research Training Award
Pre-Application Deadline: May 5
Application Deadline: May 26


DOD PCRP Population-Based Research Award
Pre-Application Deadline: May 5
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD PCRP Prostate Cancer Training Award
Pre-Application Deadline: May 5
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Clinical Trial Award
Application Deadline: May 13

DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Technology/Therapeutic Development Awards
Application Deadline: May 13

DOD NFRP Clinical Trial Award
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP Investigator-Initiated Focused Research Award
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP Exploration–Hypothesis Development Award
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP New Investigator Award
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD NFRP Postdoctoral Traineeship Award
Application Deadline: May 20

DOD PCRP Health Disparity Research Award
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD PCRP Health Disparity Training Award
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD PCRP Laboratory - Clinical Transition Award
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD PCRP Physician Research Training Award
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD PCRP Population-Based Research Award
Application Deadline: May 26

DOD PCRP Prostate Cancer Training Award
Application Deadline: May 26

IOTF Oncology Product Research/Review Fellows
Deadline: May 30

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

DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Idea Development Awards
Application Deadline: June 9

DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program (PCRP) Synergistic Idea Development Awards
Application Deadline: June 9

DOD Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP) Translational Pilot Award
Application Deadline: June 10

DOD BCRP Inter-Institutional Training Award
Application Deadline: June 23

DOD BCRP Multi-Team Award
Application Deadline: June 23

DOD BCRP Transformative Vision Award
Application Deadline: June 23

DOD Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program (PRMRP) Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Application Deadline: August 5

IOTF Cancer Prevention Fellows
Deadline: September 1

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

Exploratory/Developmental Grants Program for Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (R21) (PAR-09-160)

Developmental Projects in Complementary Approaches to Cancer Care and Treatment (R21) (PA-09-167)

Developmental Projects in Complementary Approaches to Cancer Care and Treatment (R03) (PA-09-168)

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

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

Basic Cancer Research in Cancer Health Disparities (U01) (PAR-09-161)

In vivo Cellular and Molecular Imaging Centers (ICMICs) (P50) (PAR-09-157)

Instructions for Completion and Peer Review of the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) in NIH Grant Applications and Cooperative Agreements (NOT-OD-10-027)

Recovery Act: Update on ARRA Quarterly Reporting Requirements for Non-Competing Continuation Awards and Relinquished Projects; and Guidance to Avoid Common Errors (NOT-OD-10-065)

Recovery Act: Reminders on Annual Reporting Requirements and Notice of Revised Financial Closeout Requirements for ARRA-funded Administrative Supplements and Competitive Revisions (NOT-OD-10-066)

Recovery Act: Notice on the Proper Management of Recovery Act Spending to Promote Job Creation and Increase the Pace of Scientific Research; and Policy Limiting Second No-Cost Extensions to Recovery Act Grants (NOT-OD-10-067)

Request for Comments on Proposed NIH, AHRQ and CDC Process Change for Electronic Submission of Grant Applications (NOT-OD-10-068)

Amended NIH Policy on Submission of Late Grant Application Materials Prior to Initial Peer Review (NOT-OD-10-070)

Change of Expiration Date for PA-09-010: Basic and Preclinical Research on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) (R01) (NOT-AT-10-003)

Modification: This Notice modifies RFA-RM-10-001 (NOT-RM-10-005)

Modification to RFA-RM-09-019: Institutional Clinical and Translational Science Award (U54) (NOT-RM-10-006)

The Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI) (R24) (RFA-TW-10-008)

Exploratory Cancer Prevention Studies Involving Molecular Targets for Bioactive Food Components (R21) (PA-10-088)

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R01) (PAR-10-136)

Behavioral and Social Science Research on Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities (R21) (PAR-10-137)

Social Network Analysis and Health (R01) (PAR-10-145)

Social Network Analysis and Health (R21) (PAR-10-146)

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