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Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Newsletter

June 28, 2010


Nektar Announces Dosing of First Patients in Phase 1 Clinical Study of NKTR ...
PR-USA.net - June 27, 2010
... work with Nektar on the first clinical trial evaluating NKTR-102 in combination with 5-FU/leucovorin in cancer patients," said Neal Meropol, MD, Chief, ...

Cleveland Clinic Nets Federal Funds for Research Facility Revamp
Cancer Network - Jun 23, 2010
"The expansion of our translational cancer research capabilities is essential to the mission of the Taussig Cancer Institute," said Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, ...

Study: Coffee Could Reduce Chances for Certain Cancers
WKYC-TV - Jun 23, 2010
I think we need to pursue it and find out what is in it, what is beneficial," says Dr. Pierre Lavertu. He is the Director of Head and Neck Surgery and Oncology with University Hospitals Case Medical Center. ...

FDA: Pfizer will Pull Ineffective Leukemia Drug
The Associated Press - Jun 21, 2010
... for Pfizer's cancer unit. Dr. Mikkael Sekeres of the Cleveland Clinic said the drug caused disease remission in about 25 to 30 percent of his patients. ...

CASE CCC SCIENTIFIC RETREAT: Thinking of Cancer as a Disease, Not a Cell Line

Register Today!

If you have not yet registered to attend the the Case CCC Scientific Retreat, July 9-10 at Sawmill Creek Resort and Conference Center in Huron, please do so today.

This retreat is an opportunity for the Center to identify the areas on which we should focus over the next two years in preparation for our renewal. Also, there will be many opportunities for interaction with your colleagues and fellow program members, including a working lunch and plenary program meetings planning sessions. Everyone is also invited to participate in special interest group discussions at dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.

We look forward to seeing you all there! The retreat agenda and further details are available on the Cancer Center website: http://cancer.case.edu.

Format for Program Breakout Sessions

Friday, July 9
12:30-2:30 pm

1. One or two brief presentations of scientific activity in the program

2. Strategic planning discussion led by program leadership

The discussion will begin with a review of the scientific focus areas as reported in the most recent progress report for the Cancer Center Support Grant, noting those areas that may fall into clinical and translational, transdisciplinary, or interinstitutional research categories. New initiatives in these categories should be identified and discussed, and program membership should identify 1-2 disease areas in which the program may develop a research base. Members will be asked to identify infrastructure needs to assist in moving forward in these directions, as well as advising on areas in which the Cancer Center should focus in faculty recruitment.


TREC Trainee Awards for Excellence

Thompson_Nock Case CCC members, Cheryl Thompson, PhD and Nora Nock, PhD received the TREC Trainee Award for Excellence at the June 2010 national meeting of the Trandisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Centers with the NCI. They were recognized for excellence in conduct of transdiciplinary research in energetics and cancer, and for exemplifying outstanding leadership, collaboration, and productivity as TREC Trainees. More...

NIH House Energy Summary

On Tuesday, June 15 NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins testified as the only witness at the hearing, NIH in the 21st Century: The Director’s Perspective, held by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health, to examine NIH's research activities and priorities. Dr. Collins focused a portion of his presentation testimony on the great strides that have been made in the fight against cancer. He also touched upon the future direction of cancer research, and how cancer research has begun to focus on high-throughput technologies and the Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA). The discussions that touched on cancer research were all positive, as was the hearing in general. His full testimony is available on the NIH website. A summary of the major points from the hearing is also available.



**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

June 28

Physiology & Biophysics Seminar
Kingman Strohl, MD
Professor, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Topic: Genetic Dissection of Ventilatory Traits
4 pm SOM E-501

June 29

June 30

Grand Rounds will resume July 16

ASCO Review 2010
7:30 am-3:30 pm InterContinental Hotel

July 1

July 2

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds will resume September 10

Cancer Center Research in Progress Seminar will resume in September

For a complete listing of LRI seminars click here.


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

Cancer Center Scientific Series
August 30
4-7 pm WRB 1-413

Cancer Center Scientific Series
November 8
4-7 pm WRB 1-413


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

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

2010 caBIG Annual Meeting: Building a Collaborative Biomedical Network
September 13-15
Washington, DC

Oncology Congress
October 15-17
San Francisco, CA

International Symposium on Breast Cancer Prevention: Nutrition, Communication and Public Policy
October 18-19
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

ASCO-NCI-EORTC Annual Meeting on Molecular Markers in Cancer
October 18-20
Hollywood, FL
Call for Abstracts (Deadline: June 22)


American Cancer Society-Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Pilot Project Funding Opportunity

Pilot funding is available for cancer-related research in basic, clinical, prevention & control, behavioral, health services and epidemiology.

Instructions, frequently asked questions, and applications available at http://cancer.case.edu. For more information, please contact Terri Daso, Cancer Center Administration, 844-7252, tld6@case.edu.

IRG pilot project grants are intended to support independent, self-directed investigators early in their careers (assistant professor or equivalent). Applicants for the pilot project grants should be within 6 years of their first independent research or faculty appointment and eligible to apply for an independent national competitive research grant, but may not currently hold such a grant.

Recipients of IRG pilot project grants must be, at the time of the application, citizens or noncitizen nationals of the United States or its possessions and territories, or must have been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence at the time of application.

Letter of Intent Deadline: Monday, July 26
Application Deadline: Monday, August 9


Doctors Cancer Foundation
Deadline: June 30

DOD PRCRP Idea Awards
Pre-application Deadline: July 14
Application Deadline: October 20

DOD PRCRP Translational New Investigator Awards
Pre-application Deadline: July 14
Application Deadline: October 20

CTSC Pilot Funding for Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) Infrastructure
Deadline: July 15

Administrative Supplements to Advance Special Translational Research Acceleration Projects on Immune Response Modifiers Currently Funded by NCI (NOT-CA-10-025)
Deadline: July 15

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Promise Grants
Pre Application Deadline: July 26
Full Application Deadline: December 1

Induced Pluripotent Stem Cell Pilot Research Award
Application Deadline: July 30

DOD PRMRP Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Application Deadline: August 5

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Deadline: August 11

IOTF Cancer Prevention Fellows
Application Deadline: September 1

William Lawrence & Blanche Hughes Foundation
Deadline: September 16

DOD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) Idea Awards
Application Deadline: October 20

DOD Peer Reviewed Cancer Research Program (PRCRP) Translational New Investigator Awards
Application Deadline: October 20

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR)
Full Application Deadline: November 2

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Grants
Full Application Deadline: November 2

Susan G. Komen for the Cure Promise Grants
Full Application Deadline: December 1

AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards - Special Conferences
Application Deadline varies

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
Application Deadline: Open

NIH BULLETIN – Notices and Funding Opportunities

Notice to Highlight Current NIH Funding Opportunities that Promote Research on the Human Health Effects of Climate Change (NOT-TW-10-008)

Clinical Proteomic Technologies for Cancer Initiative (CPTC): Proteome Characterization Centers (U24) (RFA-CA-10-016)

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