March 19, 2021
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5th Virtual Meeting of NCI Board of Scientific Advisors
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This 5th virtual meeting of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Board of Scientific Advisors (BSA) was held this week. The next virtual meeting will be the 4th virtual joint meeting of the NCI's BSA and National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) June 13-15, 2021. While minutes from this week's meeting are forthcoming, recordings and individual presentations are linked below.
Commentary: New US guidelines expand lung cancer screening
Director, Lung Cancer Program, Cleveland Clinic
The United States Preventive Services Task Force has published updated recommendations addressing eligibility for lung cancer screening with a low-radiation dose chest CT scan. The current recommendations update those published at the end of 2013. The age limits have been expanded to age 50-80 years (previously age 55-80) and the smoking history criteria have expanded to included current and former smokers of at least 20 pack-years (previously 30 pack-years) who have been smokers in the past 15 years (unchanged). This change was informed by new evidence supporting the benefit of screening and more experience in managing the potential harms of screening. It is estimated to increase the pool of lung cancer screening eligible individuals by 80-90%. The translation of these recommendations into policy will take some time. Private insurers may change their coverage rules anytime between now and the end of 2022. CMS will take up a new net coverage determination with a decision expected in 9-12 months.
Though generally considered to be a positive move, those who believe there is a large difference between the benefit and harms of screening have suggested that the recommendations are still not broad enough.
Recommended Reading: Status of Cancer Care at Network Sites of the Nation’s Academic Cancer Centers
Led by cancer center directors and chief medical officers, the American Association of Cancer Institutes (AACI) initiated a mixed-methods survey of the status of cancer care across cancer center networks, results of which have been recently published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. The survey sought to document care coordination and identify opportunities to improve geographically dispersed care as cancer care coordination across major academic medical centers and their networks is evolving rapidly.

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Stan Gerson, MD is lead author on the publication. Noting it is premature to draw firm conclusions, researchers found the data to reveal "academic cancer centers have extensive involvement in network cancer care, often extending into rural communities" and stated that patient outcomes are likely to be improved by coordinating care through improved clinical trial access and greater use of patient navigation, care paths, coordinated EMRs and quality measures.
AACI launches cancer disparities podcast
From the AACI: A new podcast from the American Association of Cancer Institutes (AACI) aims to expand the dialogue about cancer health disparities and to identify strategies to mitigate them.

Accelerating Equity: Cancer Care for All is hosted by AACI President Karen E. Knudsen, PhD, enterprise director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Health in Philadelphia. Her first guest is Norman E. Sharpless, MD, director of the National Cancer Institute.

Dr. Sharpless covered a range of topics including cancer policy priorities in the Biden administration, the 50th anniversary of the National Cancer Act, gaps in health disparities research, cancer care delivery in rural communities, telehealth, women in cancer center leadership, and efforts to diversify the cancer researcher pipeline.
What's Coming Up
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Cancer Center Seminar Series
TODAY, March 19, 2021, 12p via Zoom
Today's Cancer Center Seminar features Robin Vanderpool, DrPH presenting, "Rural Cancer Control Research: An NCI Perspective" on behalf of the Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Research Program at noon via Zoom.

Dr. Vanderpool is Chief of the Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

As branch chief, Dr. Vanderpool leads the development of health communication research initiatives in areas such as cancer communication surveillance, patient-provider communication, cancer risk communication, health literacy, social/new media, and connected health. Dr. Vanderpool also contributes to the Division's efforts to support NCI-designated cancer centers' community outreach and engagement activities.

Dr. Vanderpool's scientific background includes both formative and interventional research on HPV vaccination, cancer screening, cancer survivorship, implementation science, and rural cancer control.
Cancer Center Seminar Series
Friday, March 26, 2021, 12p via Zoom
Next week's Cancer Center Seminar features Zhenghe John Wang, PhD presenting on behalf of the GI Cancer Genetics Program.

Dr. Wang is Vice Chair for Faculty Development and professor in the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences, the Dale H. Cowan MD - Ruth Goodman Blum Professor of Cancer Research and Co-Leader of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center's GI Cancer Genetics Program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.
Save the Date! 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.

Registration information, agenda and retreat logistics will be posted in this weekly newsletter and distributed via email to members closer to the retreat.
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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 for its riders. Additional registration details will be posted in the coming weeks. Please contact team captains Caroline El Sanadi or Mary Wright with any questions!
Additional Upcoming Events
AACR Annual Meeting 2021
April 10-15 and 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 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!
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.

Abstract Deadline March 15
The CRI Steering Committee is currently soliciting abstracts for the CRI meeting. Abstracts inform meeting attendees about clinical trials office challenges and solutions implemented at AACI cancer centers.

More information, including the program and registration, is now available on the CRI meeting website.
Funding Opportunities
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Deadlines vary by award

The Department of Defense and its Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) have announced program details and application instructions for the following FY2021 programs:

  • Idea Development Award
  • Investigator-Initiated Translational Research Award
  • Clinical Translational Research Partnership Award

Peer Reviewed Medical Research Program
Clinical Trial Award
Discovery Award
Focused Program Award
Investigator-Initiated Research Award
Technology/Therapeutic Development Award
Deadline: June 18, 2021

The Michelson Prizes are annual awards of $150,000, which support young investigators under the age of 35 who are using disruptive concepts and inventive processes to significantly advance human immunology and vaccine and immunotherapy discovery research for major global diseases. The Prizes are funded by the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and overseen by the Human Vaccines Project -- the application window for the 2021 Prizes will run from April 1 – June 18, 2021
The 2021 Michelson Prizes will be looking for research proposals in two areas:
  • Human Immunology and Vaccine Research
  • Climate Change and Human Immunology

The selection committee will be looking to support research that is both highly innovative and has the potential for high impact. Specifically, projects should propose innovative ideas and approaches that can be applied across many disease areas and states. Projects should have the potential to significantly expand our understanding of the human immune system and accelerate the development of vaccines and immunotherapies.
In The News
Mashable - March 5, 2021
"Comparing the efficacies right now is a moot point," said Mark Cameron, PhD, associate professor at the School of Medicine and a member of the Case CCC. "Right now the point is breaking the chains of transmissions through any means and saving lives. All three vaccines have the same potential to save lives."
OncLive - March 17, 2021
Navneet Majhail, MD, MS, director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program, Cleveland Clinic, staff physician, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Taussig Cancer Institute, professor of medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, discusses the importance of utilizing social media in oncology. Dr. Majhail is a member of the Case CCC.
From The NIH
NCI supports NIH Effort to End Structural Racism in Biomedical Research
On March 1, Francis S. Collins, MD, PhD director of the National Institutes of Health, launched a new initiative designed to end structural racism in biomedical research called UNITE. In his statement, Dr. Collins committed NIH to instituting new ways to support diversity, equity, and inclusion, and identifying and dismantling any policies and practices that may harm our workforce and our science.

As part of this initiative NIH has issued a Request for Information seeking input on practical and effective approaches to improve and strengthen racial equity, diversity, and inclusion across all facets of the biomedical research enterprise, both within NIH and the external community, and expand research to eliminate or lessen health disparities and inequities.

On behalf of NIH, we invite you to share your perspective and recommendations as we thoughtfully consider our proactive approach to address racial and health inequities in biomedical research. Comments can be submitted through the submission website and must be received by April 9, 2021.

Please read NCI’s statement, in support of ending structural racism in biomedical research in its entirety.

As we continue to support NIH with the UNITE initiative and further develop our own initiatives to help combat this systemic issue at NCI, we will continue to update you and invite the communities’ input and recommendations.
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Deadline: June 4, 2021
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