May 17, 2010
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR: Case CCC Scientific Retreat
The annual scientific retreat of the Cancer Center will be July 9-10 at Sawmill Creek Resort and Conference Center, a lovely setting in Huron, Ohio where the retreat was held two years ago. The resort offers numerous outdoor activities including golf, swimming, volleyball, tennis, basketball, and walking trails. There is also an indoor pool, fitness center and game room on the grounds.
The overall theme for this year's retreat will be "Thinking of Cancer as a Disease, Not a Cell Line". We are currently midway through our cycle, and this is an opportunity for us to identify the areas on which the Cancer Center should focus over the next two years. The program begins on Friday with presentations by some of the new cancer research faculty recruited over the last year, and the afternoon topics will review research highlights of four of the Scientific Programs: Cancer Imaging, Cancer Cell Signaling, Cell Death Regulation, and Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Research. A discussion on investigator experiences and lessons learned in initiating tissue based research will be the final formal presentation of the day.
Saturday's program will include a panel of study section members who have participated in recent NIH reviews and will offer their experiences with the new page limitations and scoring system. Following that session, the presentation topics will include a session on developmental therapeutics, focusing specifically on mechanisms to therapeutics, followed by a session on the reciprocal relationship between cancer cohorts and gene discovery.
Opportunities for interaction with your colleagues and fellow program members include a working lunch and program meeting, which will include some scientific presentations and discussion and strategic planning. This year we plan to introduce the concept of having special interest group discussions at Friday's dinner and Saturday's breakfast; this will be an opportunity for members to join a focused scientific discussion if they wish. We encourage members to recommend topics.
Another addition to this year's agenda that we are especially excited about is our decision to invite Cancer Center trainees, postdocs and fellows to present posters. Awards will be given to the top five posters. This session will be a wonderful opportunity to become acquainted with the range of research being conducted in our members' laboratories and to encourage our postdocs and students.
The program will end at 12:30 pm on Saturday, and we encourage you to stay and enjoy area attractions, such as Cedar Point, Sheldon Marsh Nature Preserve, wineries, the Lake Erie Islands, and Maritime Museums.
Thank you for your continued commitment to the Cancer Center. I look forward to seeing you on July 9-10.
Stan Gerson, MD
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS– Cancer–Related Research
The Case CCC Retreat will feature a poster presentation session the evening of Friday, July 9. All graduate students, postdocs and fellows conducting cancer research are invited to submit abstracts. The Retreat Program Committee will review abstracts based on the relationship to cancer, novelty, significance of findings, and clarity. Monetary prizes will be awarded. More information is available on the Call for Abstracts page.
Deadline to submit abstracts to firstname.lastname@example.org is Friday, May 21 at 5 pm.
NIH BUDGET NEWS– FY2011 Senate Labor/HHS Appropriations Hearing Summary
NIH Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD testified before the Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee on Wednesday, May 5 at a hearing to examine the NIH FY2011 budget.
Senator Arlen Specter urged the scientific community to increase funding for biomedical research. A variety of issues were covered during the hearing, including cancer clinical trials, the NIH research portfolio balance, stem cell research, and Cures Acceleration Network (CAN), and concerns over the FY2011 funding situation.
Click here to view a complete summary of the hearing.
FUNDING OPPORTUNITY– Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Susan G. Komen for the Cure is accepting applications for the following opportunities:
Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR): provide up to $600,000 over three years to stimulate exploration of new ideas and novel approaches in breast cancer research and clinical practice that will lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and mortality within the next decade. Komen is introducing a new approach to its IIR RFA in an effort to align supported research projects with Komen's annual strategic objectives and to provide consistency for the research community. For the next few years, the IIR RFA will focus on four standing topic areas—prevention/early detection; novel therapeutics and resistance; the biology of breast cancer; and disparities—within which very specific research issues will be identified for that year's RFA. This year's research areas are as follows: Prevention/Early Detection- Molecular Predictors of High Risk and Early Disease; Novel Therapeutics and Resistance-Targeted Therapies for Hormone Receptor Positive Breast Cancer with Resistance to Endocrine Therapies; Biology of Breast Cancer- 1) Biological Underpinnings and Therapeutic Implications of Micrometastases and 2) Epigenetic Alterations; and all issues relevant to Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes.
Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Grants: provide unique opportunities for scientists in the early stages of their career to achieve research independence with an independent award of up to $450,000 over three years. CCR investigators lead a research project addressing an important question in breast cancer research and complete a self-defined career development plan with support from a mentor committee. This year's annual research focus areas are: Biology and Translation, and Disparities in Breast Cancer Outcomes.
Promise Grants: seek to support integrated programs of collaborative and cross-disciplinary research projects leading to the aggressive translation of scientific discoveries into interventions and strategies that have the greatest potential to significantly reduce breast cancer incidence and mortality.
**All events are open to anyone interested in attending
Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Department of Medicine 11th Annual Jack H. Berman Lecture
Developmental Therapeutics Program Meeting
Biacore Fundamentals Workshop
Cancer Center Seminar Series/ Blood Club canceled
Hem/Onc Fellows Seminar
Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Biacore Fundamentals Workshop
Cancer Center Research in Progress Seminar
UPCOMING CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUMS & EVENTS
ASCO Review 2010
Case CCC Scientific Retreat
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SEMINARS & EVENTS
Business Education Course: "The Business of Regenerative Medicine: From Stem Cells to the Market Place"
Advanced Training Institute on Health Behavior Theory
International Symposium on Breast Cancer Prevention: Nutrition, Communication and Public Policy
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 (email@example.com).
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!
RACE FOR THE PLACE– Join Our Team
Come walk/run with us at the Race for the Place, an event to support the Gathering Place on Sunday, June 6 at Beachwood Place Mall. Registration opens at 7:30 am; race begins with the Survivor Ceremony at 9 am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CLINICAL ONCOLOGY (ASCO) ANNUAL MEETING PRESENTATIONS & POSTERS
The Cancer Center is attempting to track members who are part of the formal program or presenting a poster at the ASCO Annual Meeting, June 4-8 in Chicago. Please send information to email@example.com.
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED OPPORTUNITIES
DOD NFRP Clinical Trial Award
Children's Cancer Research Fund Clinical Pediatric Research Grants
NIH Bulletin – Notices and Funding Opportunities
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