AUGUST 30, 2019
Member/Center Highlights
Sharing with the Case CCC - Communications Updates
Your Case Comprehensive Cancer Center marketing and communications team is happy to announce that submitting news, events, announcements, and communications requests is now easier than ever before!
There is a lot of important work and exciting accomplishments occurring throughout and related to the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center - and we want to know all about it! As a large center that spans three institutions, our team is making an effort to streamline distribution and project requests in order to best serve our membership and community.

Our new form may be used to submit any of the following requests:
  • Assistance creating marketing materials
  • Newsletter and/or digital communications submissions (screens in the WRB, email blasts)
  • Updates to existing web pages under the Case CCC
  • New web pages and biographies under the Case CCC

We ask that you provide event information at least two weeks in advance to be included on our calendar and newsletter. Information provided less than four weeks in advance may not be passed on through School of Medicine distribution channels where requested.
NEW! Digital Screens in the Wolstein Research Building

If you frequent the second or third floors of the Wolstein Research Building, you may have noticed new screens near the elevators. Information for these screens should also be submitted via the new form. The screens are updated weekly on Fridays.

This Newsletter Looks Different...

You're not imagining it! The Case CCC weekly newsletter has been updated to a new layout that not only allows us to better manage our distribution but is also more compatible with various email providers and optimized for mobile viewing. Gmail users: to ensure you're always viewing the entire newsletter, check at the bottom of the email to see if the newsletter has been "clipped" and click "view entire message" if so.

Questions? Feedback?

Let us know what you think about the form and updated newsletter layout - we're happy to help out and hear your suggestions! Reach out to us anytime at .
VeloSano Catalyst Awardees
With the generous support from VeloSano Bike to Cure 2018, the Case
Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) provided funding for Case CCC Trainee Associate Members to perform their “dream experiment”. The intent of the awards is to support a single or limited set of innovative experiments.

Applications were awarded for experiments that catalyze highly innovative and impactful projects to help strengthen fellowship and career development grant applications.
To help trainees prepare competitive applications, William Schiemann, PhD, Chair of the NCI fellowship review panel presented “Fellowship Writing 101” at an introductory fellowship preparatory luncheon in May.

An NCI-style review panel included Case CCC Faculty Members and Case CCC Trainee Associate Members as reviewers to provide our trainees with insight into the review process. Recommendations for funding from the review panel were approved by the Case CCC Executive Committee.

For 2019, eight one-year, $10,000 VeloSano Catalyst Awards were funded. Congratulations to the awardees below:
Prabhani Atukorale, Postdoc
Mentor: Efstathios Karathansis, PhD
"Immuno-nanoparticles for 'prime-pull' cancer vaccination and the identification of CD8+ neo-antigens"
Defne Bayik, Postdoc
Mentor: Justin Lathia, PhD
"Therapeutic targeting of communication between systemic immunity and gut microbiome in glioblastoma"
Bhavuk Garg, Postdoc
Mentor: Seth Corey, MD, MPH
"Mutational cooperativity driven clonal advantage is a model for leukemic evolution"
Uriel Kim, Graduate/Medical Student
Mentor: Johnie Rose, MD, PhD
"Bridging the clinical-community divide: understanding how to better deliver lung cancer screenings at a community-scale"
Ashwin Kishtagari, Fellow
Mentor: Yogen Saunthararajah, MD
"A first-in-class ISWI epigenetic therapy for acute myeloid leukemia"
Nathaniel Robinson, Graduate/Medical Student
Mentor: William Schiemann, PhD
"Characterizing the role of SLX4IP in breast cancer metastasis through telomere proteome dynamics"
Darcie Seachrist, Graduate Student
Mentor: Ruth Keri, PhD
"Identification of the BCL11A-regulated secretome of triple-negative breast cancer cells"
Lindsay Stetson, Postdoc
Mentor: David Wald, MD, PhD
"Leukemic initiating cell heterogeneity and evolution in the progress of acute myeloid leukemia"
What's Coming Up
Mark Your Calendar
Cancer Center Guest Seminar
September 5, 1p
WRB 3-136

Please join us Thursday, September 5 at 1 pm in the Wolstein Research Building Conference Room 3-136 to hear from  Graham W. Warren, MD, PhD . Dr. Warren is professor and Vice Chairman for Research in Radiation Oncology, departments of Radiation Oncology, Cell and Molecular Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at Hollings Cancer Center, part of the Medical University of South Carolina. He will present, "Improving the Effectiveness of Cancer Treatment by Addressing Tobacco Use."
Cancer Center Special Seminar
September 12, 4p
WRB 2-136

All are welcome to hear from  Jennifer Cullen, PhD, MPH  on Thursday, September 12 at 4 pm in the Wolstein Research Building Conference Room 2-136. Dr. Cullen is the Interim Co-Director of the Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR) - a supported program of the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine. She is also Director, Epidemiologic Research at the CPDR and associate research professor of surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS). Dr. Cullen will present, "Leveraging a Racially Diverse, Military Cohort to Address Health Disparities in Prostate Cancer Outcomes, 1990-2017."
Cancer Center Seminar Series
September 13, 12p
WRB Auditorium

Our interdisciplinary seminar series addresses cutting-edge clinical, translational, and basic research topics in cancer. Held weekly on Fridays at 12 pm in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, 1-413, attendees are able to interact with our speakers and receive CME credit for the educational activity.

Our series returns Friday, September 13, 2019 with Abhishek Chakraborty, PhD  presenting, "Exploiting Dioxygenase Dysfunction to Target Cancer" on behalf of the GU Malignancies Program. Dr. Chakraborty is Assistant Staff, GU Malignancies Research Center at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute.

We look forward to seeing you each week as the academic year begins again.
Racial Equity Institute (REI) Groundwater Training
September 18, 5p-8p
Wolstein Research Building
Researchers and clinicians are invited to join the Case CCC Office of Cancer Disparities Research and the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) for a learning journey to increase shared understanding of racial inequities that impact health, and to discuss strategies to promote a more equitable society.

  • Inform your catchment area, disparities and/or community-based research
  • Learn how structures (e.g., healthcare, education) lead to inequities
  • Build better community-academic collaborations
  • Improve patient and community engagement
  • Be a part of our institutional transformation

This training is free to attend, but registration is required. Dinner will be provided. Use password CWRU to register below.
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MetroHealth Cancer Care Symposium
September 20, 1-5p
MetroHealth Medical Center, R170

Join the MetroHealth System on Friday, September 20 from 1-5 pm in the Rammelkamp Atrium, R170 for the 4th Annual Cancer Care Symposium, "Updates and Advancements in Radiation Therapy."

The agenda includes remarks from Director of the MetroHealth Cancer Center and member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC), Benjamin Li, MD as well as a presentation from fellow Case CCC member David Mansur, MD, Director of Pediatric and Hematologic Radiation Oncology and Vice Chair for Proton Therapy at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center.

Light refreshments will be provided. Registration is required.
Women's Cancers Initiative Mini-Retreat
September 28, 8a-1p
WRB Auditorium

Members: as the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center builds the Women's Cancers Initiative, a mini-retreat will be held Saturday, September 28 to identify investigators, projects and general themes of research strengths and interests.

Our goal is to be as comprehensive as possible to ensure that all aspects of Women's Cancers research being conducted in Cleveland are represented at the retreat and in the initiative. Additional information regarding the retreat structure will be available soon.
Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Symposium
September 28, 2019, 8a-3:30p
Cleveland Clinic Main Campus

Join Cleveland Clinic Children's for the Pediatric Cancer Survivorship Symposium Saturday, September 28, 2019 at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus.

The symposium will feature presentations on . using technology to stay healthy after treatment, future fertility, heart health, the financial impact of cancer treatment and upcoming directions in research for cancer survivorship.

A keynote address will be delivered by Tim Folse who will discuss the Primary Care Perspective on Caring for Cancer Survivors.

Please register for this free event via the button below. Patients may bring up to two guests each.

Questions may be directed to Jasmine Boutros at .

We hope to see you there!
Early Bird Registration: Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium
Oct 24, 2019
Tinkham Veale University Center

On October 24, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center will host the inaugural  Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium : Advancements in Policy at Case Western Reserve University.

The symposium will bring together experts in AI and machine learning as well as clinical, industry and federal agency experts in pathology, radiology, oncology and immuno-oncology to speak on research developments, regulatory policy, reimbursement and ethics surrounding AI.

Symposium Highlights:
  • Focused panel discussions
  • Networking opportunities
  • Exhibitions available throughout the day

Be sure to register TODAY to secure our discounted early bird registration . A discount for students and trainees who wish to attend is available. We look forward to seeing you in October!
Early Bird Registration and Call for Abstracts: Innovators in AYA Cancer
Nov 14-15, 2019
Tinkham Veale University Center

The Angie Fowler Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Cancer Research Initiative of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center invites you to attend Innovators in AYA Cancer: Driving Science and Policy toward a Brighter Future for Teens and Young Adults with Cancer this November at Case Western Reserve University.

Call for Abstracts
The Symposium will feature a poster session and Rising Star oral presentations. All students, postdocs, residents, fellows and faculty conducting research in AYA cancer are invited to submit abstracts. Monetary prizes will be awarded. Abstracts must be submitted electronically by Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5pm ET. Learn more>

Be sure to register by October 18, 2019 to secure our discounted early bird registration . A discount for students and trainees who wish to attend is available. We look forward to seeing you in November!
Save the Date: 4th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium
March 6, 2020
Tinkham Veale University Center

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Office of Cancer Disparities Research will present the  4th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium : Cultivating Science and Community Engagement to Address Cancer Health Disparities on March 6, 2020. 

The symposium will feature keynote presentations by renowned disparities
researchers and community leaders, a poster session highlighting academic research and community programs, networking session and an all-attendee forum.

Call for Abstracts
The  4th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium  is a premier event for presenting cutting-edge cancer disparities science and related community programs and services. The Office of Cancer Disparities Research will divide abstracts into two tracks:  Scientific Research  and  Community Programs and Services . Scientific Research abstracts are encouraged from multidisciplinary researchers that are focused on various aspects of health disparities and/or community-focused science. Community programs and service abstracts are encouraged from organizations that provide programs and services that benefit the community. Meritorious abstracts will be selected for oral presentation.  Abstracts must be submitted electronically by 5 pm EST on Tuesday, December 3, 2019.   Learn more>

Further registration details will be released soon!
Funding Opportunities
Open until all Phase I projects are awarded.
Deadlines: Sept 1, Dec 1, March 1, June 1
In The News
Oncology Times - Aug 5
Read Brian Bolwell, MD's latest piece on leadership and the concept of trust. Dr. Bolwell is chairman of the Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and member of the Case CCC.
The Daily - Aug 12
“The potential for artificial intelligence to improve cancer care is truly extraordinary,” says biomedical engineering professor and Case CCC member, Anant Madabhushi, PhD .
From The NIH
Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
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