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June 6, 2011


Improved Technology Helps Make Care More Efficient at Seidman
Plain Dealer - Jun 5, 2011
Julian Kim, a surgical and chief medical officer at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, stands, in an operating room that is next to a room with an inoperative MRI unit, which is shown behind him. Imagine your loved one surrounded by a team of ..."Many things that are put in a general hospital are here in a cancer hospital for the first time," said Dr. Pablo Ros, chairman of the radiology department at UH and Case Western Reserve University. Seidman is a showcase of some of the most innovative ...

Genomic Health Presents Ten New Studies in Breast, Colon and Prostate Cancers at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting
PR Newswire Jun 5, 2011
... from aggressive treatments," said Eric Klein, MD, chairman of the Glickman Urological and Kidney Institute at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. ...

AXIS 1032: Axitinib Associated With Extended PFS in Metastatic RCC
HemOncToday - Jun 5, 2011
Brian I. Rini, MD, associate professor of medicine at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University and director for clinical research at the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, told HemOnc Today before the ...

Study Finds Vaccine Extends Recurrent GBM Survival Rates by 2 to 3 Times
EurekAlert - Jun 3, 2011
"The findings are very favorable for patients with this deadly form of brain cancer," said Andrew Sloan, MD, one of the authors of the study presented at ASCO and Director of the Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center.
Other Abstracts mentioned: Cynthia Owusu, Neal Meropol, Henry Koon, Charles Kunos, Sanford Markowitz.

Using Your Cell Phone Could Be Leading You to a Slow Death
19 Action News - May 31, 2011
Dr. Andrew Sloan is a respected neurosurgeon oncologist for University Hospitals. He points out that cell phones are now listed in what's called category 2-B. "That's not like cigarettes and asbestos, which is Category 1. It's more like gasoline and ...


Call for Abstracts: Cancer-Related Research

July 8-9, 2011
Corporate College East

The Case CCC Annual Scientific Retreat will be held July 8-9, 2011 at Corporate College East. The evening of July 8 will feature a poster presentation session. 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.

The deadline to submit abstracts to cancer@case.edu is Tuesday, June 7 at 5 pm.

Watch our website for updates. Registration is now open!


AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research

The AACR-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research is given to a scientist residing in any country in the world for his or her seminal contributions to the field of cancer prevention. Such investigations must have been conducted in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiological, or behavioral science in cancer prevention research. Further, these studies must have had not only a major impact on the field, but must also have stimulated new directions in this important area.

Deadline: June 13

Pilot Project Grants: American Cancer Society IRG Awards

The Case CCC is currently accepting applications for American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (IRG) awards. Pilot funding is available for projects in basic, clinical, prevention and control, behavioral, health services, and epidemiology cancer research with awards up to $30,000 for one-year cancer research projects that provide the basis for future independent grants.

Instructions, frequently asked questions, and application forms are available at http://cancer.case.edu. Contact Terri Daso, Cancer Center Administration (844-7252, tld6@case.edu) for more information.

LOI Deadline: June 13
Application Deadline: July 5, 2011

Case CCC Clinical Trials Funding Opportunity

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is announcing the availability of Protocol Specific Research Support (PSRS) funding for Year 2011. The budgeted funds are for the conduct of early phase clinical trial and restricted to support research nurses and data managers directly involved in the conduct of these clinical trials. Studies developed jointly between UH and CCF with planned accrual at both institutions will be prioritized. Please direct questions and requests for information about the funding process to Katarzyna Karelus, Administrative Director, Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Clinical Research Office, at (216) 368-6287 or katarzyna.karelus@case.edu.


Lee Ponsky Receives 2011 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award

Lee Ponsky, MD, Associate Professor of Urology, and Satoko Kanahara, fourth year medical student at CCLCM, have received the 2011 Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award presented by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation. The award is given annually to one faculty member and one graduating medical student for exemplifying outstanding humanism in medicine and scientific excellence.

New Continuing Review Form for Retrospective Chart Reviews

The Cancer IRB has a new form for Continuing Reviews that can be used for Chart Review research. Please share this message with all users currently conducting chart review research by the Case Cancer IRB. Please contact Mariesa Malinowski, Administrative Director, Case Cancer IRB, with any questions.

Call for Applications: Merrill J. Egorin Workshop in Cancer Pharmacology

The Cancer Education Consortium is pleased to announce its annual workshop to be held September 23-26 in Leesburg, Virginia. This 3-day interactive workshop offers a broad-based curriculum that covers a range of topics related to new drug development and clinical evaluation. Expert speakers will lead discussions and present important didactic information regarding the preclinical and clinical evaluation of cytotoxic and targeted drugs, the identification and use of biomarkers, the special challenges of evaluating combination therapies, the problem of pharmacodynamic and pharmacokinetic drug interactions, and effects of organ dysfunction on drug disposition and toxicity. The discussion will include a focus on validation of targets and confirmation of mechanism of action and resistance in clinical trials. The 20-25 scholars selected will have ample opportunity for one-on-one interface with the nationally renowned faculty as well as peer-to-peer networking. Specialized evening workshops will also include sessions on new drugs, utility of biomarkers for selection of subjects and for prediction of response, and late breaking developments in cancer therapeutics.

Application Deadline: June 13


May 31, 2011

Featured Article: Study Questions Benefit of Surgery versus Watchful Waiting in Some with Prostate Cancer

Cabozantinib Shrinks Tumors and Bone Metastases in Prostate and Other Cancers

Also in the Journals: Cabozantinib May Shrink Some Rare Thyroid Tumors

End-of-Life Care for Lung Cancer Patients Differs in U.S. and Ontario

Researchers Identify New Way Tumor Cells May Adapt to Stressful Conditions

In Depth
HPV and Pap Co-Testing Safely Extend Cervical Cancer Screening Intervals

Despite Skepticism, HPV Vaccine Proves Effective

Featured Clinical Trial: Metformin to Treat Early-Stage Breast Cancer

Scientific Meetings through the Lens of Twitter

FDA Update

Cancer.gov Update




**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

June 6

June 7

June 8

Hematology and Oncology Division Research Conference
Helen Moinova, PhD
Instructor, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: Methylation Markers in Gastrointestinal Cancers
8 am Lerner Tower B-151

Immunology Seminar
Robert Fairchild, PhD
Professor, Immunology
CWRU/Cleveland Clinic
Topic: Lab Update
12 pm NC1-202 Cleveland Clinic

2011 Louis A. Bloomfield Lecture
Roger Tsien, PhD
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
UC San Diego, HHMI
2008 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry
Topic: Breeding and Building Molecules to Spy on Cells in Health and Disease
3 pm WRB 1-413

June 9

June 10

Hematology/Oncology Fellows Seminar
Lalitha Nayak, MD
Fellow, Div. of Hem/Onc
Topic: The Adult Hemophilia Patient: New Challenges in the Aging Population
8 am Wearn 137

Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Nancy Davidson, MD
Director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, UPMC Cancer Centers
Associate Vice Chancellor for Cancer Research
Professor, Medicine
University of Pittsburgh
Topic: Epigenetics in Breast Cancer
8 am R3/002-003 Cleveland Clinic

Cell Biology Seminar Series
John Hammer, PhD
Principal Investigator, Molecular Cell Biology Section
Topic: Myosin V Function in Vivo: From Melanosomes to Memory
10 am NC1-202 Cleveland Clinic

Cancer Center Research in Progress Seminar
David Danielpour, PhD
Associate Professor, General Medical Sciences (Oncology)
Topic: TBD
4 pm WRB 3-136


Case CCC Calendar

LRI Calendar


ASCO Review 2011
June 30
InterContinental Hotel and Bank of America Conference Center

Case CCC Annual Scientific Retreat
July 8-9


International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) Annual Meeting
June 15-18
Toronto, Canada

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

8th International Conference of the Society for Integrative Oncology: Innovating Integrative Oncology: New Science, New Solutions
November 10-12
InterContinental Hotel Cleveland


DOD CDMRP Breast Cancer Research Program Postdoctoral Fellowship Award
Pre-Application Deadline: June 7
Application Deadline: June 21

DOD CDMRP Breast Cancer Research Program Innovator Award
Pre-Application Deadline: June 7
Application Deadline: June 21

DOD CDMRP Breast Cancer Research Program Era of Hope Scholar Award
Pre-Application Deadline: June 7
Application Deadline: June 21

DOD CDMRP Ovarian Cancer Research Program Pilot Award
Pre-Application Deadline: June 8
Application Deadline: August 18

DOD CDMRP Ovarian Cancer Research Program Translational Pilot Award
Pre-Application Deadline: June 8
Application Deadline: August 18

DOD CDMRP Ovarian Cancer Research Program Translational Leverage Award
Pre-Application Deadline: June 8
Application Deadline: August 18

DOD CDMRP Ovarian Cancer Research Program Teal Innovator Award
Pre-Application Deadline: June 8
Application Deadline: August 18

DOD CDMRP Prostate Cancer Research Program Clinical Trial Award
Pre-Application (Preproposal) Deadline: June 10
Application Deadline: September 1

DOD CDMRP Prostate Cancer Research Program Impact Award
Pre-Application Deadline: June 10
Application Deadline: September 1

DOD CDMRP Prostate Cancer Research Program Laboratory - Clinical Transition Award (Modified)
Pre-Application Deadline: June 10
Application Deadline: September 1

Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Grants for Translational Breast Cancer Research
LOI Deadline: June 13

AACR-Aflac, Inc. Career Development Award for Pediatric Cancer Research
Application Deadline: June 20

Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award in Breast Cancer Research
Deadline: July 8

Chordoma Foundation Investigator-Initiated Projects
LOI Deadline: July 15
Application Deadline: August 15

James S. McDonnell Foundation 21st Century Science Initiative 2011
Deadline: July 15

International Myeloma Foundation Brian D. Novis Research Grant program
Deadline: August 1

Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation
Deadline: August 5

Damon Runyon Fellowship Award
Application Deadline: August 15

Uniting Against Lung Cancer 2011 Legacy Program for Advances in Lung Cancer Research
Deadline: August 17

Lustgarten Foundation Fall 2011: Basic Research Innovator Awards
Concept Proposal Deadline: September 14
Full Application Deadline: October 31

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

AACR Scholar-in-Training Awards - Other Conferences and Meetings
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

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