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GI Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE)


In September 2011, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center was awarded an $11.3 million research grant to establish a GI SPORE- GI Cancers Research Center at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU).

With this designation, CWRU joins only six other nationally recognized GI Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) Center in the country. Researchers from CWRU, University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center and Cleveland Clinic, all members of the cancer center, collaborate in the research effort.

For more information about the SPORE program, please visit the NCI SPORE website.

Request for Project Proposals

All Faculty members are invited to submit project proposals to be considered for pilot funding and/or SPORE career enhancement award. 

All proposals must be directed towards translational research of a GI malignancy, with at least one specific aim that involves direct study of patients or of human tissues.

Previously submitted SPORE pilot/renewal applications are welcome to be resubmitted and may be updated with any new progress. 

Deadline: June 7, 2015

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SPORE Faculty

Sanford D. Markowitz, MD, PhD, SPORE Principal Investigator
Co-Leader, Project 1
Director, Core A

Professor, Medicine-Hematology/Oncology

Nathan A. Berger, MD, SPORE Co-Principal Investigator
Co-Director, Core A
Director, Center for Science, Health and Society
Professor, Medicine-Hematology/Oncology

Mark D. Adams, PhD
Consultant, Core D
Professor and Scientific Director, J. Craig Venter Institute

Jill S. Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD
Director, Core C
Associate Professor, General Medical Sciences (Oncology)

Amitabh Chak, MD, MS
Co-Leader, Project 4
Professor, Medicine-Gastroenterology

Gregory S. Cooper, MD
Co-Leader, Project 2
Professor, Medicine-Gastroenterology

Robert C. Elston, PhD
Co-Leader, Project 4
Co-Director, Core C

Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics

John Goldblum, MD
Professor, Pathology

Janet A. Houghton, PhD
Professor, Cancer Biology

Li Li, MD, PhD
Co-Leader, Project 2
Professor, Family Medicine

Neal J. Meropol, MD
Professor, Medicine-Hematology/Oncology

Helen Moinova, PhD
Instructor, Medicine-Hematology/Oncology

John J. Pink, PhD
Co-Director, Core B
Assistant Professor, General Medical Sciences (Oncology)

Martina L. Veigl, PhD
Director, Core D
Associate Professor, General Medical Sciences (Oncology)

Zhenghe John Wang, PhD
Co-Leader, Project 3
Associate Professor, Genetics

Joseph E. Willis, MD
Co-Leader, Project 3
Director, Core B

Associate Professor, Pathology

James K.V. Willson, MD
Co-Leader, Project 1
Director and Professor, Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center