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July 12, 2011

MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR

Release of the AACI-NCI Clinical Trials Reporting Program Strategic Subcommittee Report

On July 13, the AACI-NCI Clinical Trials Reporting Program (CTRP) Strategic Subcommittee Report will be released, and and can be viewed at http://cancer.gov/ncictrp on the "About CTRP" page. A video cast of the CTRP Subcommittee presentation to the NCI Clinical Trials and Translational Research Advisory Committee can viewed the morning of July 13.

Please review the task force information and recommendations regarding cancer clinical trials taking place at NCI-designated Cancer Centers across the country. There are excellent data and comments that will help us attain improved trial conduct, accrual and impact.

I welcome your feedback.

Stan Gerson, MD
Director, Case CCC


CASE CCC IN THE NEWS

A Drugstore Within
EurekAlert (press release) - Jul 7, 2011
The cell, referred to as an MSC, "is a drugstore that functions at the local site of injury to provide all the medicine that site requires for its successful regeneration," said Arnold Caplan, professor of biology at Case Western Reserve, ...

Turning Agents of Disease into Tools for Health and Better Living
EurekAlert (press release) - Jun 30, 2011
The burst of research over the last two decades, with explanations aimed at undergraduate and graduate college students and scientists within and outside the field, is described in a new book written by Nicole Steinmetz, an assistant professor of ...

Researchers Discover Gene That Controls Inflammation in Obese
Medical Daily - Jun 18, 2011
If they learn to control levels of the factor in defense cells called macrophages, "We have a shot at a novel treatment for obesity and its complications, such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer," said Mukesh K. Jain, MD, Ellery Sedgwick Jr. Chair, ...


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Clinical Research Scholar Career Development Training Opportunity

The CTSC KL2 seeks outstanding candidates to fill Clinical Research (CR) Scholar positions available in July 2012. The training program is funded by the NIH and it is a component of the Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative. This innovative program is a collaboration involving CWRU, Cleveland Clinic, UH and MetroHealth. Each CR Scholar will embark on a 4-year program of intensive training in interdisciplinary team-based, patient-oriented research, combining a novel educational program with mentored research experiences.

Interested applicants should contact Beth Spyke, MPA at spykeb@ccf.org. Applications will be accepted through October 10.

Bioinformatics Survey

Many researchers in the Case CCC utilize core services for array-based genomics studies and next generation sequencing studies. These data can be challenging to work with, and the Cancer Center is planning on implementing a new core facility, the Bioinformatics Analysis Core, to assist with these services.

We ask that you complete a short survey to help us understand how to shape this core to best serve Cancer Center memberships needs. Please contact Kristin Waite with any questions.


MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Olof Pearson Lecture

The Case CCC and the Division of Hematology/Oncology are pleased to present the "Olof Pearson Lecture" on Thursday, August 4 from 4-5 pm in Wolstein Auditorium. Invited speaker Dennis A. Carson, MD, Director Emeritus of the Moores UCSD Cancer Center will present Treatment of Hairy Cell Leukemia: from Bench to Bedside. A reception will immediately follow the presentation.

EVENTS

calendar

**All events are open to anyone interested in attending

July 11


July 12


July 13

Hematology and Oncology Division Research Conference
Henry Koon, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine-Hem/Onc
CWRU/UH
Topic: Introduction to Melanoma
8 am Lerner Tower B-151


July 14


July 15

Hematology/Oncology Fellows
Matt Cooney, MD
Assistant Professor, Medicine- Hem/Onc
CWRU/UH
Topic: Introduction to Prostate Cancer
8 am Wearn 137

Cancer Center Research in Progress Seminar will resume September 2.

 

Case CCC Calendar

LRI Calendar


UPCOMING CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUMS & EVENTS

 

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SEMINARS & EVENTS

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

MSC 2011: Innovations in Cell-Based Regenerative Therapies
August 22-24
Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center
Details

First Ascoli Piceno Conference on Gene Vaccination in Cancer
September 15-17
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
Details

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


FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

Interinstitutional Basic, Clinical and Translational Research Projects in Cancer: Cycle 2

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center will provide seed money to foster collaborations and to promote and increase institution-wide capacity and competitiveness in basic, clinical or translational research that is aligned with the Cancer Center Scientific Programs and that spans the institutions of the Case CCC.

Deadline: July 15

CRCHD Administrative Supplements

CRCHD announces the availability of administrative supplements for the following programs:

Administrative Supplements for a Transdisciplinary Geographic Management Program (GMaP) Pilot Project
Aligned with GMaP regional implementation plans, the purpose of the supplement is to support a GMaP regional coordinator (RC) and a GMaP pilot project at partnering institutions that hold eligible "parent" NCI awards (see below) within each of the GMaP regions. Through the RC position and the regional GMaP pilot project, the NCI intends to test the feasibility of utilizing a region-based, trans-disciplinary, team science approach to cancer health disparities (CHD) research, training, and care, and establish a foundation for the further development of networks to address cancer health disparities using a geographic approach.
Request Submission Deadline: July 27

Administrative Supplements for Minority Biospecimen/Biobanking -Geographic Management Program (BMaP) Pilot Project
Aligned with BMaP regional implementation plans, the purpose of the supplements is to support a BMaP regional coordinator (RC) and a cross-regional BMaP database project at partnering institutions that hold eligible "parent" NCI awards within each of the BMaP regions. Through the RC position and the regional BMaP database project, the NCI intends to test the feasibility of utilizing a region-based, trans-disciplinary, team science approach to cancer health disparities (CHD) research, training, and care, and establish a foundation for the further development of networks to help stimulate effective, high quality biospecimen collection, processing and banking, and analysis systems within diverse communities with cancer health disparities.
Request Submission Deadline: July 27

Administrative Supplements to Expand NCI-Supported Community Outreach Capacity Through Community Health Educators (CHEs) of the National Outreach Network
The purpose of the supplements is to support Community Health Educator (CHE) positions at the institutions that hold eligible "parent" NCI awards. Through this funding opportunity, NCI intends to build and expand upon previous outreach planning efforts. The purpose of this administrative supplement is to develop and assess the feasibility of implementing one CHE-directed community education and outreach pilot project addressing a local cancer health disparities problem.
Request Submission Deadline: July 27

PRCRP Visionary Postdoctoral Fellowship Award

The PRCRP Visionary Postdoctoral Fellowship Award mechanism is being offered for the first time in FY11. To support the future generation of cancer research, this award offers opportunity for a candidate postdoctoral fellow to collaborate with an early career investigator mentor(s) in one or more of the FY11 PRCRP Topic Areas.

Pre-application Deadline: August 10
Application Deadline: November 22

Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Susan G. Komen for the Cure is accepting applications for the following research funding opportunities:

Promise Grants are intended to support collaborative, multi-disciplinary research programs that integrate a set of highly synergistic clinical and/or laboratory based research projects to address a critical issue or question in breast cancer research. Programs funded through this grant mechanism are expected to achieve results that would not otherwise be attainable by investigators working independently and should have significant potential to reduce breast cancer incidence and/or mortality within the decade.
Pre-Application Deadline: August 1
Full Application Deadline: December 15

Investigator-Initiated Research (IIR) Grants seek to stimulate exploration of new ideas and novel approaches in breast cancer research and clinical practice that have significant potential to lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality within the next decade.
Pre-Application Deadline: August 10
Full Application Deadline: December 15

Career Catalyst Research (CCR) Grants are intended to foster increased research independence of promising breast cancer researchers who are in the early stages of their faculty careers. These Grants provide support for research projects that have significant potential to advance our understanding of breast cancer and lead to reductions in breast cancer incidence and/or mortality within the next decade.
Pre-Application Deadline: August 30
Full Application Deadline: January 5

Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP)

Applications are now being accepted for the Avon Breast Health Outreach Program (BHOP), which provides grants to non-profit organizations to conduct outreach, provide education on breast health and breast cancer screening, link medically underserved women to health care providers and clinical screening services, and work to ensure that they obtain any necessary follow-up care. Small community-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

Deadline: August 26

SWOG Biorepository of Specimens Research Proposals

SWOG is accepting proposals for a new round of research projects that make use of specimens from the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial (PCPT) or the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT). These were two of the largest cancer prevention trials ever conducted, and their biorepositories comprise tens of thousands of biospecimens with associated clinical data.

Proposal Deadline: September 1

AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention

Nominations are currently being accepted for the AACR-American Cancer Society Award for Research Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention. Candidacy is open to all cancer researchers who are affiliated with any institution involved in cancer research, cancer medicine or cancer-related biomedical science anywhere in the world. Such institutions include those in academia, industry or government.

Deadline: September 26

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Medical Scientist Career Awards

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is accepting applications for Medical Scientist Career Awards, which foster the development and productivity of physician-scientists who are early in their careers and help them make the critical transition to becoming independent investigators.

Deadline: October 1

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.


PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

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

Hartwell Foundation Individual Biomedical Research Awards
Internal Nomination Deadline: July 15

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

2012 Searle Scholar Program
Internal Nomination Deadline: July 25

CTSC Core Utilization Pilot Grants
Deadline: August 1

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

Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Awards 2011
Deadline: August 1

DOD LCRP Early Investigator Synergistic Idea Award
Pre-Application (Preproposal) Deadline: August 3
Application Deadline: November 9

DOD LCRP Investigator Initiated Translational Research Award
Pre-Application (Preproposal) Deadline: August 3
Application Deadline: November 9

DOD LCRP Promising Clinician Research Award
Pre-Application (Preproposal) Deadline: August 3
Application Deadline: November 9

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

AACR Team Science Award
Deadline: September 6

Pezcoller Foundation-AACR International Award for Cancer Research
Deadline: September 12

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

Epigenetic Approaches in Cancer Epidemiology (R01) (PA-10-031)

Epigenetic Approaches in Cancer Epidemiology (R21) (PA-10-032)

Administrative Supplements to Promote Research Collaborations between Hepatocellular Carcinoma Research Laboratories and AIDS Laboratories (NOT-CA-11-015)

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards for Individual Predoctoral Fellows (Parent F31) (PA-11-111)

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