June 26, 2020
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Member/Center Highlights
Invitation for 5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium Planning Committee
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center has begun planning for the 5th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium to be held in March 2021. The Symposium will be organized by Erika Trapl, PhD, Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, and Jennie Cullen, PhD, MPH, Associate Director for Cancer Population Sciences. Dr. Trapl and Dr. Cullen welcome Case CCC members to volunteer to serve on the Symposium Planning Committee. Please fill out this brief form by Tuesday, June 30, 2020, to indicate your interest.
Barnholtz-Sloan part of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) Team honored with 2020 AACR Team Science Award
Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, PhD, is on The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) team recognized by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for its annual AACR Team Science Awards. The awards were made during the AACR Virtual Annual Meeting on Wednesday. The TCGA founders and current project team members are being recognized for their extensive collaborations and ongoing efforts to generate one of the largest-ever sets of tumor characterization data.

Barnholtz-Sloan is the Associate Director for Data Sciences at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Sally S. Morley Designated Professor in Brain Tumor Research in the Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and serves as Associate Director for Translational Informatics with the Cleveland Institute for Computational Biology.

“It is an honor to be recognized as part of the team that has advanced the work of TCGA,” said Barnholtz-Sloan. “Our collaborative efforts to define standards and to harmonize and analyze massive amounts of data has contributed to important discoveries. My participation in TCGA focused on malignant brain tumors—glioblastoma and lower grade gliomas—where the work of TCGA on these tumors advanced national and international best practices in tumor characterization, diagnosis, and treatment for these rare but devastating forms of cancer.”
Tiwari receives 2020 Johnson & Johnson Women inSTEM 2 D Scholar Award
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) extends congratulations to Pallavi Tiwari, PhD, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Case Western Reserve University as she was selected as one of six recipients of Johnson & Johnson's Women in STEM 2D (WiSTEM 2D) Scholar Awards. The awards, now in their third year, grant scholars $150,000 and three years of mentorship.

Dr. Tiwari, member of the Case CCC's Cancer Imaging Program, is spearheading cutting-edge research in the field of computational imaging, artificial intelligence, and machine learning to address some of the most critical clinical problems in brain tumors.
Inaugural Cancer Metabolism Working Group Meeting Monday 6/29
In an effort to leverage the expertise in Cancer Metabolism at Case CCC, Dr. Alan Diehl has initiated a Cancer Metabolism Working Group. The inaugural meeting will be held June 29th, from 4 to 5pm via Zoom (if password required, 423460). Dr. Diehl will discuss format and objectives moving forward in addition to outlining the Cancer Metabolism Core in development with Dr. Masaru Miyagi. Questions? Contact Jim Hale at jsh171@case.edu.
NCCN offering recorded webinars from 2020 Virtual Annual Conference
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is providing many of their programs as live and/or recorded webinars available free of charge on the NCCN Continuing Education Portal, including a webinar series from the 2020 Virtual Annual Conference.
Case CCC COVID-19 Resource Hub
As the COVID-19 outbreak progresses, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) has centralized COVID-19 related news, resources and funding opportunities for our cancer center community. Content is updated regularly.

To have a cancer-focused resource added to the page, please email  cancer@case.edu.
What's Coming Up
Mark Your Calendar
GI SPORE Retreat
Monday, June 29, 2020

Join the Case CCC GI Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) for the 2020 GI SPORE Retreat on Monday, June 29 to hear the progress of SPORE projects. and a keynote presentation by Sarah Highlander, PhD of TGen.

Zoom meeting login information will be sent following registration prior to the event.
Virtual VeloSano 2020
July 23-24, 2020

VeloSano is more than a fundraising event. It's more than simply a bike ride, and this year, it has gone virtual! VeloSano is a movement with the goal of bringing an entire community together to help one another. The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) is honored to participate for its sixth year in a row. Together, our team of Case CCC employees and friends are once again joining the movement to raise money for the cause. Team Case CCC is made of passionate individuals who are committed to cancer research, prevention, treatment, and cures! 100% of the money we raise will support lifesaving cancer research in Northeast Ohio's top-tier hospitals and research institutions.

Virtual VeloSano has no fundraising minimums or registration fees and "riders" are able to track their participation in their favorite activity such as biking, hiking, swimming, even gardening any time between now and October 1. VeloSano's signature "Bike to Cure" weekend will still take place virtually, complete with a streaming Kickoff Party and more!

Although we won't be able to unite in person, the need to fund cancer research remains more important than ever. We look forward to seeing our team's virtual participation through photos and videos on social media using hashtag #TeamCaseCCC or tags to @caseccc as we train and rally together remotely. Our continuing goal is to bring sustainable funding to cancer research by enlisting the passion and energy of thousands of people who wish to give back…including YOU! We raised nearly $94,000 last year and our team's participation has collectively brought more than $1,500,000 back to the Case CCC for funding of 31 pilot research projects. We are truly grateful for your commitment to the cause and hope you will join or support our efforts this year!
Don't Forget to Register: Virtual Annual Scientific Retreat
July 23-24, 2020

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center invites all members and trainees to join us Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24, 2020 for our annual scientific retreat! This year's retreat will be held virtually.

Thursday's events are scheduled from 12-2:30pm including TED-style talks from prominent Cleveland researchers and a cancer center update from Director Stan Gerson, MD. All are welcome to attend Thursday's session, though registration is required to receive virtual access.

Friday's member and trainee session will begin at 12:00 pm with a keynote presentation from Timothy Rebbeck, PhD, the Vincent L. Gregory, Jr. Professor of Cancer Prevention at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dr. Rebbeck is founding director of the Zhu Family Center for Global Cancer Prevention at the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health and leads the Cancer Outreach and Engagement activities for the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center.

Following a short break, members will then gather in Zoom breakout sessions for their assigned research programs for discussion of initiatives, collaborations and cancer center support of projects through pilots and shared resources.

Please note there will not be a trainee virtual breakout session on Friday, however a bench-to-bedside retreat is being planned for the Spring 2021. More information is forthcoming.

Retreat registration is now open. Please contact Mary Wright at maw143@case.edu) with any questions.
Registration Opening Soon: Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium 2020
October 19-20, 2020

The second annual Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium will bring together experts in AI and machine learning as well as clinical, industry and federal agency experts in pathology, radiology, drug discovery, and ethics and policy to speak on research developments, regulatory policy, reimbursement and ethics surrounding AI in oncology. For the health and safety of all attendees, this year's symposium will take place virtually.

The symposium will feature four focused sessions, with speakers and panel discussions providing unique perspectives on how AI and machine learning are impacting the major areas of radiology, pathology and -omics in the contexts of precision medicine approaches for characterizing tumors and predicting therapeutic response.

Beyond the science, attendees are invited to view a poster session from some of brightest rising stars in the field of AI in oncology.

Geraldine McGinty, MD, MBA, FACR will present the symposium plenary, "Fostering a Strong Ecosystem for AI in Medical Imaging." Dr. McGinty is an internationally recognized expert in imaging economics, Chair of the American College of Radiology Board of Chancellors and Chief Strategy and Contracting Officer at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City.

Additional keynotes in drug discovery, ethics & policy and pathology will be delivered by Russ Altman, MD, PhD of Stanford University, Aashima Gupta, MS of Google, Vinay Prasad, MD, MPH of the University of California, San Francisco, and Yinyin Yuan, PhD of the Institute of Cancer Research, London. Learn more about AIO 2020 speakers.
Additional Upcoming Events
AACR Virtual Meeting: COVID-19 and Cancer
July 20-22, 2020
This special AACR conference will focus on the presentation of emerging data in basic, clinical, and epidemiologic research related to COVID-19 and cancer. The program will feature a mix of keynote lectures and other invited presentations, short talks from highly rated abstracts, virtual posters, and forums that include panels of experts from various fields. It is anticipated that this must-attend virtual event will attract participants from across the international research community.
12th Annual AACI Clinical Research Innovation (CRI) Meeting
July 7-8, 2020
Registration is now open for the 12th Annual AACI CRI Meeting, Cancer Clinical Research: Focus on the Future.

Registration for the two-day, virtual meeting is free for AACI cancer center members and sustaining members. AACI is working to ensure that the online meeting, scheduled for July 7-8, will still deliver the innovative, quality education that its members have enjoyed at prior CRI annual meetings.

More information, including the program and registration, is now available on the CRI meeting website.
Funding Opportunities
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center is accepting applications for the following funding opportunities:

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis subject to fund availability

Available award: up to $150,000
Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis

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

Available award: $10,000-$60,000
Open until all Phase I projects are awarded.
Deadline: 4p ET, July 1, 2020
Offered by the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, the Damon Runyon-Rachleff Innovation Award is designed to provide support for the next generation of exceptionally creative thinkers with “high-risk/high-reward” ideas that have the potential to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis or treatment of cancer.

Grants of $200,000/year for two years will be awarded to early-career researchers who have an innovative new idea but lack sufficient preliminary data to obtain traditional funding along with the opportunity for up to two additional years of funding ($800,000 total over up to four years).
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative invites applications in support of open source software projects that are essential to biomedical research. The goal of the program is to support software maintenance, growth, development, and community engagement for these critical tools.

Projects may request budgets between $50,000 and $250,000, inclusive of indirect costs.
Deadlines: September 9, 2020 at 5 PM ET
The Lymphoma Research Foundation announces Request for Proposals on a regular basis each year. In calendar year 2020, LRF is accepting applications for its 2021 Early Career Grant programs.

In The News
Cancer Research Institute - June 15, 2020
On Friday, June 12, 2020, the global cancer community joined the Cancer Research Institute’s annual awareness day to amplify the lifesaving potential of immunotherapy. Scientists wore lab coats; doctors wore white coats; and patients, caregivers, and advocates wore white in honor of their cancer-fighting white blood cells. CRI CLIP Investigator Scientist Stanley Huang, PhD and his team wore white at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Huang is a member of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center's Hematopoietic and Immune Cancer Biology Program.
From The NIH
Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
COVID-19 Funding Opportunities and Notices
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