April 23, 2021
Member/Center Highlights
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Berger named one of Crain's Cleveland Business' Eight over 80
Congratulations to Nathan A. Berger, MD, recently named one of Crain's Cleveland Business' Eight Over 80 trailblazers and icons! Dr. Berger is the Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine and director of the Center for Science, Health and Society at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. A champion of diversity and health care disparities research, we are extremely grateful for his contributions to science, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, and those he has mentored over the years.

"When he came to Cleveland in 1983, Dr. Nathan Berger never imagined that the oncology program he was tasked with developing would become what it is today: the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center," writes Crain's Lydia Coutre.
Lake Health officially joins University Hospitals system through membership substitution
University Hospitals (UH) and Lake Health have announced they have completed membership substitution which officially makes Lake Health a member of the UH health system. The two organizations had announced their intention to integrate in December 2020.

Together, UH and Lake Health will ensure that patients continue to receive outstanding care from the same Lake Health doctors and nurses in the same locations they have come to know and trust. Lake Health is UH’s largest addition to date, adding multiple hospitals and ambulatory centers and more than 3,000 caregivers and 600 physicians to the UH health system.
Spring into VeloSano 8 fundraising with next week's dollar for dollar match!
Double your impact in the fight against cancer as a VeloSano 8 rider or virtual fundraiser next week with a dollar for dollar donation match April 27-29!

Want to "ride" with Team Case CCC during September's "Bike to Cure" weekend in Cleveland or on your own anywhere in the world? Riders will receive a team jersey on behalf of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Email team captains Caroline El Sanadi or Mary Wright for our rider registration waiver code!

Want to help but don't want to ride? You can still join our team as a Virtual Fundraiser, the "no bike required" way to participate in this great cause. Virtual fundraisers commit to raising at least $100 by October 1, 2021, with those raising at least $250 receiving a T-shirt gift from VeloSano!
Dowlati lab seeking Research Associate - Hematology & Oncology
The translational lab of Afshin Dowlati, MD, focused on small cell lung cancer (SCLC) research, is seeking a research associate with 3+ years of post-doctoral experience. Interested candidates should send a copy of their CV and references to Gary Wildey, PhD at gmw43@case.edu.
University closed today, Cancer Center Seminar Series live at 12p ET
As announced by Interim President Cowen and Provost Vinson at the beginning of this month, Case Western Reserve University is closed today, Friday, April 23, and classes are canceled with only essential services operating.

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center staff will be offline today, however, our weekly live seminar series will still take place at noon ET via Zoom.
What's Coming Up
Mark Your Calendar
Cancer Center Seminar Series
TODAY, Friday, April 23, 2021, 12p via Zoom
Our weekly seminar series continues today with 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 at noon via Zoom.

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.
Cancer Center Seminar Series: Olof Pearson Lecture
Friday, April 30, 2021, 12p via Zoom
Next week's Cancer Center Seminar is a special presentation of the Olof Pearson Lecture featuring Karen Knudsen, MBA, PhD presenting, "Novel Strategies for Targeting Advanced Prostate Cancer" at noon via Zoom.
Dr. Knudsen is Executive Vice President of Oncology Services at Jefferson Health, Enterprise Director of Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and Chair & Hilary Koprowski Endowed Professor, in the Department of Cancer Biology at Thomas Jefferson University.

Recently announced, Dr. Knudsen will assume the role of CEO of the American Cancer Society and its advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network as of June 1, 2021, making her the first woman CEO to lead the 107-year-old organization.
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."
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 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.
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: $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
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.
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.
Addressing the Adverse Effects of Immunotherapy and Emerging Therapies on Cancer Patients (RE43)
LOI Deadline: May 17, 2021
The foundation welcomes LOIs to support oncology nursing research in symptom science addressing the adverse effects of immunotherapy and emerging therapies used in the treatment of cancer patients. Grant up to $150,000 will be awarded, with a funding period of up to two years.

Addressing Cancer Health Disparities Through Evidence-Based Cancer Nursing Research (RE42)
LOI Deadline: May 17, 2021
The foundation welcomes LOIs for evidence-based oncology nursing research that addresses cancer health disparities. Grants of up to $100,000 over up to two years will be awarded in the areas of breast, colorectal, lung, or prostate cancer.
In The News
Crain's Cleveland Business - April 18, 2021
Anant Madabhushi, PhD highlights the local advancements in AI in medicine. Dr. Madabhushi is the Donnell Institute Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Case Western Reserve University, Director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics, and member, Case CCC.
Cleveland Clinic's Consult QD - April 2021
"Much of our character at Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute is our patients-first attitude, and not being satisfied with the status quo for any condition we treat," says Eric Klein, MD, Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute and member, Case CCC.
From The NIH
Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities and Notices
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