July 28, 2014
MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR
Stan Gerson, MD
House/Senate FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bills
Summary provided by the Coalition for Clinical and Translational Science
On Thursday, July 17th, the Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously approved a Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Department of Defense (DoD) Appropriations Bill by voice vote.
After being approved and reported out of Committee, the Senate's FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill now awaits consideration by the full Senate. The full House previously approved the House's FY 2015 Defense Appropriations Bill in June. The House and Senate will need to negotiate the differences between the two FY 2015 defense appropriations measures and create a compromise bill before sending the legislation to the president for enactment.
While considering the legislation, Senators from both sides of the aisle spoke highly of the bill's meaningful investment in medical research activities. The Senate's FY 2015 DoD Appropriations bill increases funding for medical research by 5% ($789.2 million) over the funding level recommend by the Committee in FY 2014. Both the Peer-Reviewed Medical Research Program and the Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program would benefit from this additional research funding.
Of interest to Case CCC, the Senate FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill includes:
Of interest to Case CCC, the House FY 2015 Defense Appropriations bill includes:
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RESEARCH HIGHLIGHTS/MEMBER NEWS
Khorana and Ahluwalia Elected to ASCO Committees
Case Comprehensive Cancer Center member Alok Khorana, MD, Director of the Gastrointestinal Malignancies Program at Cleveland Clinic, is the new ASCO Chair-Elect of the Clinical Practice Guidelines Committee for the 2014-2015 term. Dr. Khorana will serve a one-year term, followed by one year as Chair and one year as Immediate Past Chair.
In addition, Dr. Manmeet Ahluwalia, Associate Director of Clinical Trials, Operations and Section Head of NeuroOncology Outcomes in the Rose Ella Burkhardt Brain Tumor and Neuro-Oncology Center of the Cleveland Clinic Neurological Institute, and member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been elected to serve as a member of the ASCO Cancer Education Committee on the Central Nervous System Tumors Track.
Madabhushi Team Awarded Patent
Anant Madabhushi, PhD, Professor of Biomedical Engineering and member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded U.S. patent 8,774,479, System and method for automated segmentation, characterization and classification of possibly malignant lesions and stratification of malignant tumors.
The invention relates to a method and software for segmentation and classification of tumors automatically identified on radiologic imaging. The methodology involves computerized extraction of features on imaging that can characterize the risk and malignancy of the lesion. Co-inventors include Shannon Agner (Washington University, St Louis) and Mark Rosen (University of Pennsylvania).
2014 Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowship
The American Cancer Society annually awards to qualified physicians and dentists from other countries the Audrey Meyer Mars International Fellowship in Clinical Oncology. The purpose of the Fellowship is to provide one year of advanced training in clinical oncology at one of the National Cancer Institute designated cancer centers participating in the program.
Support of Multi-investigator Initiatives in the Case CCC
The Case CCC will provide two modes of support to new research teams that plan to submit large multi-investigator grant applications (usually non-R support mechanisms):
Requests are competitive. The research team must demonstrate the active engagement of members, clearly articulate the significance and innovation of the project, and provide a roadmap for acquisition of external funding. Advocacy and support of the specific program leaders interacting with the team is required.
Discussion with Dr. Ruth Keri, Associate Director for Basic Research (email@example.com), is strongly encouraged before developing an application. Complete description and instructions are available on the Cancer Center website.
MARK YOUR CALENDARS
SOM Institutional Scientific Core Facility Retreat
The Second Annual SOM Institutional Scientific Core Facility Retreat is scheduled for August 25. Retreat participation is by invitation only and is primarily for Core Facility Directors and Managers, as well as Administrative/Clerical Staff. However, there will be limited additional seating available. If you would like to attend, please follow this link to request an invitation.
NCRM Cancer Stem Cell Conference
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and National Center for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) invite you to attend the Cancer Stem Cell Conference (CSC 2014), August 17-20, 2014 at the Cleveland Convention Center.
This four-day conference will feature 53 internationally recognized speakers from 25 institutions around the world, including Michael Clarke, John Condeelis, Antonio Iavarone, Robert Kerbel, Jan Lotvall, Luis Parada, Tannishtha Reya, Jeff Rosen, M. Celeste Simon, and Irving Weissman.
if you plan on staying overnight, we encourage you to book rooms at the Hyatt Regency Cleveland at the Arcade, the official hotel for the NCRM Cancer Stem Cell Conference. The discounted rate of $129/night is only available until August 1.
Please direct any questions to Michael Gilkey: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues, July 29
Cancer Biology Faculty Candidate
Wed, July 30
Hematology and Oncology Division Research Conference Curriculum Series
Cancer Center Faculty Candidate Seminar
Thurs, July 31
Leaders in AIDS Research
Mon, August 4
Genomic Medicine Institute
Cancer Biology Staff Candidate
Tues, August 5
Thurs, August 7
Prostate Cancer Working Group Seminar Series and Journal Club
Fri, August 8
Thurs, August 14
UPCOMING CANCER CENTER SYMPOSIUMS & EVENTS
Cancer Stem Cell Conference
14th Annual Multidisciplinary Genitourinary Oncology Course
ADDITIONAL UPCOMING SEMINARS & EVENTS
American Society for Matrix Biology Biennial Meeting: Integrating Extracellular Matrix and Cellular Networks in Biology and Medicine
Society for Integrative Oncology
PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED OPPORTUNITIES
DoD Lung Cancer Research Program Concept Award
R. Robert & Sally Funderburg Research Award in Gastric Cancer
NIH BULLETIN – Notices and Funding Opportunities
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