January 13, 2014
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Stan Gerson, MD
Outlook for 2014
Dear Members of the Case CCC community:
I am writing to congratulate you on an incredibly successful 2013 and a remarkable outlook as we begin 2014. As you all are aware, our outstanding rating from our 2012 NCI review has received national attention. The combined research and clinical trials efforts, the coordination of interdisciplinary collaborative research, and efforts we make in research across institutions all gained recognition and respect.
Of course, none of us can rest on our laurels. Luckily, we have had many scientific advancements and grant successes in a very restrictive environment, and have recruited outstanding faculty to join our campuses to help us further our cancer research mission. I would like to provide just a few examples of each of these accomplishments.
CASE CCC IN THE NEWS
Study Discovers Chromosome Therapy to Correct Severe Chromosome Defect
Letters to the Doctor
Cleveland Clinic Stroke Study Shows Quick MRI Helps Cut Down on Unnecessary Interventions, Patients Fare Better
Researchers Discover Ovarian Cancer Biomarker
Cytogenetic Response Linked to Transfusion Independence and Longer Survival In Del(5q) MDS Patients Treated with Revlimid (ASH 2013)
Researchers at CWRU and UH Receive $1.7 Million NIH Grant for Artery Imaging
Reps. Fudge, Kaptur, Renacci Fought Hard for 3D Mammography: Letter to the Editor
Latest Edition in Energy Balance and Cancer Series Released
The latest volume in the Energy Balance and Cancer series, edited by Drs. Susan Redline and Nathan Berger, has been released. This volume on the Impact of Sleep and Sleep Disturbances on Obesity and Cancer continues the transdisciplinary approach of this series with chapters authored by the leading experts in this field, focused on the normal regulation of the restorative sleep associated processes across the lifespan, the major mechanisms of sleep and circadian rhythm disturbances and the behavioral, physiologic, biochemical and molecular consequences of sleep disturbances. These areas, in turn, are discussed in relationship to their effects on cancer incidence and progression.
Cancer-focused Harrington Scholars 2014: Dr. Jean Tang
As we mentioned in previous weeks, three cancer-focused researchers were named as 2014 Harrington Scholars: Drs. Darren Carpizo and David Wald who were already featured, and Dr. Jean Tang, a dermatologist from Stanford who was involved in early studies of sonic hedgehog inhibitors for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma. She has now developed a topical administration to provide long term treatment and protection from non melanoma skin cancers. It was for that research that she was named as a Harrington Scholar.
Informational Conference Calls for Prospective Applicants for NIH BRAIN Initiative
The NIH will be hosting a series of informational conference calls to address technical questions regarding applications for the six Funding Opportunity Announcements for the inaugural set of projects under the BRAIN Initiative. The Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative is a new Presidential project aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain. By accelerating the development and application of innovative technologies, researchers will be able to produce a new dynamic picture of the brain that, for the first time, shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. For more information on dates and contacts for each of the conference calls, visit NIH's website.
American Institute for Cancer Research Investigator-Initiated Grants
The American Institute for Cancer Research is now accepting Letters of Intent for Investigator-Initiated Grants for the 2014 Grant Cycle. Principal Investigators must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree, and be a research staff or faculty member at a non-profit academic or research institution at the level of an assistant professor (or its equivalent) or higher.
RFA: The Role of Healthcare and Insurance in Improving Outcomes in Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment
The American Cancer Society has released an RFA: The Role of Healthcare and Insurance in Improving Outcomes in Cancer Prevention, Early Detection and Treatment. This RFA will stimulate research that will generate new knowledge of the effects of the US healthcare system structure and the role of insurance on both access to and outcomes of cancer screening, early detection and treatment services. Studies investigating how one or more factors impacting access and outcomes interact – such as insurance status, costs, capacity, personal characteristics, provider characteristics, components of the healthcare delivery system and other known factors – are encouraged.
Genetics Student Seminar
Special Pathology Grand Rounds
Physiology and Biophysics Seminar
Immunology Seminar Series
Cancer Biology Seminar
Hematology and Oncology Division Research Conference canceled
Neurosciences Guest Speaker Series
Cancer Trainee Seminar
Immunology Journal Club
Hematology/Oncology Fellows Conference/Curriculum Series
Taussig Cancer Institute Grand Rounds
Cellular and Molecular Medicine Seminar Series
Cancer Center Seminar Series
Cancer Center Research in Progress
UPCOMING CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUMS & EVENTS
Screening for Cancer in Women: 2014
Case CCC Annual Scientific Retreat
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SEMINARS & EVENTS
2014 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Update
International Symposium on Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy and Stereotactic Radiosurgery
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED OPPORTUNITIES
Society of Surgical Oncology Clinical Investigator Award
Dan David Prize Scholarships
NIH BULLETIN – Notices and Funding Opportunities
Notice of NHGRI Participation in PA-14-015 "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (Parent T32)" and Restructuring of NHGRI Training Programs Focused on Genomic Sciences (NOT-HG-14-016)
Notice of NHGRI Participation in PA-14-015 "Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants (Parent T32)" and Creation of New NHGRI Postdoctoral Training Programs in Genomic Medicine Research (NOT-HG-14-017)
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