April 16, 2021
Member/Center Highlights
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Bolwell appointed Chair, Physician Leadership and Development; Abraham to serve as Acting Chair, Taussig Cancer Institute
Bowell, Brian
Effective May 1, Brian Bolwell, MD, FACP will assume the role of Chair, Physician Leadership and Development at Cleveland Clinic's Mandel Leadership and Learning Institute. Dr. Bolwell has served as Chair of Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute since 2010, and on the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) Executive Committee first as Associate Director for the Taussig Cancer Institute and then Deputy Director for Cleveland Clinic. Dr. Bolwell’s calm and understated leadership, advocating for the Case CCC and Cleveland's cancer research community, has benefited all at our center. Please join us in thanking him and wishing him the best of luck in his new position.
Jame Abraham, MD, Chair of the Cleveland Clinic Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, will serve as Acting Chair of Taussig Cancer Institute. Dr. Abraham currently serves as Chairman of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Cleveland Clinic. He is also Professor of Medicine at Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine and a member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center's Developmental Therapeutics Program.
ICYMI: Highlights from Part I of the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting
The 2021 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting is taking place virtually in two parts. Part I of the meeting was held this week, and Part II will be held May 17-21. The AACR Annual Meeting program covers the latest discoveries across the spectrum of cancer research—from population science and prevention; to cancer biology, translational, and clinical studies; to survivorship and advocacy—and highlights the work of the best minds in research and medicine from institutions all over the world.

Check out our compilation of presentations, posters and more from Cleveland-based institutions or review highlights from the AACR team below. Standard meeting registration includes on-demand access to all sessions through June 21, 2021!
Case Western Reserve awarded $3M NCI grant to apply AI to immunotherapy in lung cancer patients
From The Daily: Medical researchers from Case Western Reserve University, New York University (NYU), and University Hospitals have been awarded a five-year, $3 million National Cancer Institute grant to develop and apply artificial intelligence (AI) tools for predicting which lung cancer patients will respond to immunotherapy.
For the first time, the study will involve testing the team's specific AI tools during an ongoing clinical trial. While these real-time treatment predictions will be used exclusively for research–and not for clinical diagnosis or treatment–the work is the next step toward trials that would allow physicians to apply the tools with participating patients.
“Clinical trials down the road will be our biggest test, but now we will be—for the first time—studying changes in the tissue-scan patterns of patients as they are being treated, and that will provide real-world context of our tools,” said Anant Madabhushi, PhD director of Case Western Reserve’s Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Medicine. “Our AI tools have excelled in previous studies, but they have all been after-the-fact.” Dr. Madabhushi, the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case School of Engineering, is a member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center's Cancer Imaging Program.
Webinar: Avoid errors and warnings when submitting your NIH grant proposals
The School of Medicine Office of Research Administration is hosting an information session on Wednesday, April 21 from 12-1:30 pm to help faculty members navigate and understand NIH policies for submitting grant proposals. The recently released NIH guidelines for Biosketches and Other Support pages will also be discussed in detail.

This 90-minute virtual session will be led by Erin Fogarty, Assistant Dean for Research Administration, and the staff from the SOM Office of Grants and Contracts.
Case CCC welcomes Carey Fornal as Assistant Director, Funded Projects
Please join the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center administration in welcoming Carey Fornal as Assistant Director of Funded Projects! Carey joins us from the Case Western Reserve University Office of Grants and Contracts and manages and oversees the financial and administrative functions of faculty with primary appointments in the Cancer Center.
What's Coming Up
Mark Your Calendar
Cancer Center Seminar Series
TODAY, Friday, April 16, 2021, 12p via Zoom
Our weekly seminar series continues today with Mikhail Shapiro, PhD presenting, "Talking to Cells: Biomolecular Engineering for Non-Invasive Imaging and Control of Cellular Function" on behalf of the Cancer Imaging Program at noon via Zoom.

Dr. Shapiro is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Investigator at Heritage Medical Research Institute, California Institute of Technology.
Cancer Center Seminar Series
Friday, April 23, 2021, 12p via Zoom
Next week's Cancer Center Seminar will feature, Jeffrey Myers, MD, PhD, FACS presenting, "Gain of Function Mutant TP53's Impact on the Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinoma Tumor Micro-Environment" on behalf of the Molecular Oncology Program.

Dr. Myers is the Alando J. Ballantyne Distinguished Chair of Head and Neck Surgery, Deputy Chair for Academic Programs, Director of Research, Department of Head and Neck Surgery, and Director of Translational Research, Division of Surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Clinical Research Retreat
May 5, 2021, 5-7p | Virtual
Registration is now open for the Spring Clinical Research Retreat! This retreat will focus on cancer imaging in clinical trials.

Anant Madabhushi, PhD will present, "Artificial Intelligence in Radiology: Decision Support tools for the Oncologist" and Nikhil Ramaiya, MD will present, "Role of Imaging in Cancer Clinical Trials and Beyond" during the retreat.
Registration, Call for Abstracts: Annual Scientific Retreat
July 22-23, 2021 | Virtual
The 2021 Annual Scientific Retreat for members and trainees is scheduled for July 22-23! As you may know, this is one of the few times a year our entire center is able to enjoy the company of one another and collaborate.

This year's virtual retreat features an expanded agenda that mirrors our prior in-person retreats, highlighting research across each of our scientific programs.

The retreat will begin Thursday with an address from Director Stan Gerson, MD, followed by TED-style Talks from Diana Bilimoria, PhD, Daniel E. Spratt, MD, and Serpil Erzurum, MD. Registration for the retreat is now open and trainees are encouraged to submit abstracts by Friday, May 14, 2021.
Zihai Li
Zihai Li, MD, PhD will present the retreat keynote on Friday, July 23. Dr. Li is the founding director of the Pelotonia Institute for Immuno-Oncology and the Klotz Chair in Cancer Research at The Ohio State University.
Register today for VeloSano 8!
Bike to Cure Weekend | September 10-12, 2021

We are looking ahead with optimism to VeloSano 8 (2021), with a goal of providing opportunities to reunite our VeloSano community in a variety of safe and meaningful ways!

VeloSano is offering options for anyone to participate in any way they are most comfortable - whether riding with us during "Bike to Cure" weekend September 10-12; riding virtually, or by choosing your own activity to participate anytime, anywhere as a Virtual Fundraiser.

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Team Case CCC, will be joining VeloSano again this year and providing complimentary registration and jerseys for its riders. Please contact team captains Caroline El Sanadi or Mary Wright for the registration waiver or code with any questions!
Save the Date: Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium
October 25-26, 2021 | Virtual
Save the date for the Great Lakes Breast Cancer Symposium, to be held virtually October 25-26, 2021!

This annual symposium highlights ongoing basic, translational, clinical and population studies addressing the biological mechanisms, management and prevention of breast cancer. Researchers from participating institutions will share their exciting work with a goal to develop cross-institutional collaborations.

Though this event is happening virtually, attendees will experience the conference using Whova, our official web-based conference app, to view presentations and ask questions in real-time, as well as network with others behind the scenes.
Helen Piwnica Worms
Helen Piwnica-Worms, PhD, will deliver a keynote at the symposium. Dr. Piwnica-Worms is Professor, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology and Senator AM Aiken Jr. Distinguished Chair at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Registration and call for abstracts for this symposium will open June 2021.
Additional Upcoming Events
AACR Annual Meeting 2021
Part II: May 17-21, 2021 | Virtual
The AACR Annual Meeting program covers the latest discoveries across the spectrum of cancer research—from population science and prevention; to cancer biology, translational, and clinical studies; to survivorship and advocacy—and highlights the work of the best minds in research and medicine from institutions all over the world.

Regular abstracts from Part I and the meeting itinerary planner are now available.
Cell-Based Therapies and Tissue Engineering Short Course
May 19-20, 2021
The Skeletal Research Center and the Department of Biology of Case Western Reserve University are pleased to present the twentieth annual short course entitled: “Cell-Based Therapies and Tissue Engineering”, running from May 19 through May 20, 2021.

Registration is now open. The 2021 program is here. To download a flyer, please click here.

Who Should Attend:
This course is intended for graduate students, post-graduate students and health science professionals who are interested in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine approaches with emphasis on translational research principles and protocols used or being modeled for direct clinical use.
2021 Race for the Place
June 6, 2021 | Virtual
Race for the Place in support of The Gathering Place, takes place the first Sunday in June on National Cancer Survivors Day. The Race, a 5K and 1 Mile walk, is a wonderful celebration of cancer survivors and an opportunity to raise money to support the free programs and services provided at The Gathering Place to help children, teens, adults, individuals, families and friends cope while on the cancer journey.

Registration is now open!
NCCN Policy Summit
June 15, 2021 | Virtual
Save the date for the next National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) policy summit: Defining the "New Normal" - 2021 and the State of Cancer Care in America Following 2020, held virtually Tuesday, June 15, 2021.

NCCN has also scheduled policy summits for September and December of this year. NCCN's recording of their February webinar, "Elevating Cancer Equity: Recommendations to Reduce Racial Disparities in Access to Guideline Adherent Cancer Care" is also now available for public viewing.
AACI Clinical Research Innovation 13th Annual Meeting
July 13-15, 2021 | Virtual
Registration is now open for the 13th Annual AACI CRI Meeting, Adapting Clinical Trials Offices for 2021 and Beyond which will be held virtually July 13-15. The program will provide panel discussions with content experts and breakout sessions for our members and abstract winners and runners-up will be acknowledged in poster sessions.

More information, including the program and registration, is now available on the CRI meeting website.
Funding Opportunities
Deadlines vary by award
Available award: Up to $120,000 for one year
Deadline: April 16, 2021

Available award: $75,000 for 18 months
Deadline: April 16, 2021

Available award: $180,000 for 18 months
Deadline: April 16, 2021
Available award: $50,000
Deadline: May 15, 2021

Available award: $50,000
Deadline: May 15, 2021

Available award: $25,000 for one year
Applications accepted and awarded on a rolling basis

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis subject to fund availability

Available award: up to $150,000
Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis
The Center for Immunotherapy and Precision Immuno-Oncology at Cleveland Clinic is accepting applications for a highly selective postdoctoral fellowship that will provide the successful applicants with a unique environment to conduct translational cancer or immunology research at one of the best hospital and research centers in the world.

The program will expose successful applicants to high impact research, enhance exposure and learning about clinical oncology, and provide mentorship aimed at preparing the fellow for independence.

Full applications including cover letter, curriculum vitae, a brief summary of current and future
research interests and three references should be submitted to: postdocfellowship@ccf.org.
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The Department of Defense and its Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) have announced program details and application instructions for the following FY2021 programs:

  • Data Science Award (NEW for FY21)
  • Health Equity Research and Outcomes Improvement Consortium (HEROIC) Award (NEW for FY21
  • Early Investigator Research Award
  • Physician Research Award
  • Translational Science Award
  • Health Disparity Research Award
  • Idea Development Award
  • Clinical Consortium Award

  • Idea Development Award
  • Translational Research Partnership Award
Deadline: April 30, 2021

The CWRU Translational Fellow Program (TFP) seeks to train individuals in entrepreneurship and the translation of innovation into commercial ventures by connecting them to programs and workshops around campus while protecting time for their entrepreneurial activities.

Applications are sought from individuals who are employed by CWRU or its hospital partners, or who are students at CWRU who are interested in a career in entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. Applications are especially encouraged from doctoral students, post-docs, and/or research staff. Applicants will commit to work through the process of developing a technology for commercialization either from their own laboratory or agree to be assigned a technology. This fellowship will run from 7/1/2021 through 6/30/2022.
In The News
Aunt Minnie - April 14, 2021
Donna Plecha, MD talked about benchmark data collected by the Association of Administrators in Academic Radiology (AAAR) that showed how the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the trend of increasing RVUs per radiologist over the past few years. Dr. Plecha is Chair of Radiology at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center and a member of the Case CCC's Cancer Imaging Program.
WGEM - April 13, 2021
“The benefit of GammaTile is that it's basically surgery and radiation at the same time. So instead of doing surgery and then coming back and getting radiation, you get the surgery, and we implant these radioactive seeds, and then you're done,” explained University Hospitals' Andrew E. Sloan, MD, MBA, FACS, member, Case CCC.
From The NIH
Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

Funding Opportunities

Deadline: July 7, 2021

Deadline: July 7, 2021
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities and Notices
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