NOVEMBER 1, 2019
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Abstracts for the Innovators in AYA Cancer Symposium Due Today
The Innovators in AYA Cancer Symposium is less than two weeks away and will feature expert talks researchers, patients and survivors on sarcoma, immunotherapy, clinical trials, policy and survivorship. 

The symposium will also 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 5pm ET today.
Opening Monday: Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR) Program Applications
The Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR) Program aims to generate excitement for a future career in cancer research in highly motivated undergraduates and help them prepare for the next stage of their careers. The program supports 32 undergraduates from colleges and universities from across the country to work with Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) researchers over a 10-week period each summer. Applications for the 2020 program will open this coming Monday, November 4.
Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy Monthly Meetings
The first Monday of each month, the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center will host Tumor Immunology and Immunotherapy meetings consisting of a short open forum followed by a presentation and discussion. Meetings alternate between room CA5-124 at Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute and the Cancer Center's main conference room, Wolstein Research Building 1-422D.

The next meeting will take place from 4-5:30p on Monday, November 4 in WRB 1-422D.  Shilpa Gupta, MD will present, "Toward Maximizing Immunotherapy Approaches in Bladder Cancer.” Parking validation is available. Subsequent meetings are posted to the  Case CCC Calendar. To receive emails regarding this meeting, please contact Christina Buzzy, PhD, Assistant Director of Research Programs, at  cha19@case.edu.
What's Coming Up
Mark Your Calendar
Cancer Center Special Seminar
November 1, 12p
WRB 2-136


Please join us today in the Wolstein Research Building Conference Room 2-136 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."
NCRM Special Seminar
November 5, 12p
WRB 3-136


The National Center for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM) is hosting a special seminar on Tuesday, November 5 at 12p in WRB conference room 3-136 featuring David Dean, PhD.

Dr. Dean is associate professor of plastic surgery at The Ohio State University and Member of The Center for Regenerative Medicine and Cell-Based Therapies.

Dr. Dean's research has led to the development of computer-aided design software for the additive manufacture, also referred to as 3D printing, of tissue-engineered bone implants. His research program currently includes the seeding of bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells in 3D printed bone tissue engineering scaffolds. These scaffolds are bioreactor pre-cultured prior to implantation. Much of this research has focused on the repair of critical size and larger cranial defects.
Dale H. Cowan, MD-Ruth Goodman Blum Cancer Research Professorship Celebration
November 5, 4:30p
Wolstein Research Building
A program and reception celebrating the appointment of Zhenghe John Wang, PhD as the Dale H. Cowan, MD-Ruth Goodman Blum Professor of Cancer Research will be held on Tuesday, November 5 at 4:30 pm in the Wolstein Research Building.

Complementary valet parking will be available on Circle drive between Mayfield and Cornell Roads.
Cancer Center Special Seminar
November 6, 11a
WRB 5-136


Please join us Friday, November 1 in the Wolstein Research Building Conference Room 2-136 to hear from Kenneth P. Nephew, PhD.

Dr. Nephew will present, "Epigenetic Re-wiring of Cancer and Cancer Stem Cells for Cancer Therapy." He is professor of anatomy and cell biology, part of the medical sciences program at Indiana University School of Medicine.

All are welcome to attend.
Cancer Center Seminar Series
November 8, 12p
WRB Auditorium



Next Friday at noon, our seminar will return to the WRB Auditorium and feature Johnie Rose, MD, PhD presenting, Using Data to Target Cancer Control and Prevention."

Dr. Rose is Assistant Professor, Center for Community Health Integration, Co-Director of the Population Cancer Analytics Shared Resource, and member of the Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Research Program at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.

His research applies a range of data science methods to guide intervention and data collection with the overarching goal of improving population cancer prevention and control.

For this seminar, Dr. Rose will describe recent work building a cancer informatics data infrastructure which captures multi-level data on catchment area cancer outcomes and population. He will also cover his computer modeling work which simulates recurrence of colon cancer among successfully treated patients with Stage I to III disease. The model has been ‘trained’ using clinical trial data and externally validated. It can be used to predict the outcomes of user-defined groups of survivors under alternative surveillance regimens and to determine optimal regimens for a given group. 
Innovators in AYA Cancer Symposium
November 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. The symposium will feature expert talks researchers, patients and survivors on sarcoma, immunotherapy, clinical trials, policy and survivorship. 

Call for Abstracts Deadline Extended
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, November 1, 2019 at 5pm ET. Learn more>

Register today to save your seat! A discount for students and trainees who wish to attend is available. We look forward to seeing you in November!
2019 Clinical Research Retreat
November 21, 5-7p
Taussig Cancer Center CA5-120

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center will host the Clinical Research Retreat, a semi-annual showcase of clinical cancer research across our institutions from 5-7 pm on Thursday, November 21 at Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, CA5-120.

The evening's agenda is focused on two timely and exciting areas of cancer clinical research. First, attendees will hear from current NCI K12 Paul Calabresi Scholars, Molly Gallogly, Roberto Vargas, Kristen VanHeyst and Haider Mahdi who will discuss their innovative investigator initiated treatment (IIT) protocol that is based on preclinical models. Since development of an exciting IIT protocol takes a village, your feedback will be important.

Secondly, Charles Kunos, MD, PhD, a clinical investigator and protocol reviewer at CTEP, NCI will deliver his keynote address, "Engaging CTEP in early phase radiopharmaceutical trials" updating us on innovative approaches to evaluate this drug class. Dr. Kunos is a graduate of our long-standing K12 program and was a member of the Case CCC before moving on to the NCI.

Validated parking is available at 2101 East 100th St, Cleveland, OH 44106.
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 opportunities and an interactive panel discussion.

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 5p EST on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Students who submit an abstract prior to registration are able to register for free!   Learn more>

Travel Scholarships
New for 2020, a limited number of Travel Scholarships are available to provide travel support to the symposium. Application details>
Additional Upcoming Events
Cleveland Clinic Best of Radiation Oncology 2019
November 9, 2019
Independence, OH
Cleveland Clinic Breast Cancer Update: From Detection Through Treatment to Survivorship
November 13, 2019
Independence, OH
Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club
November 20, 4-6p
BRB 932
Join the CWRU Biomedical Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club for a discussion and networking happy hour to learn about what is involved in getting a product ready for clinical trials! This month's guest is Laura Dixon, PhD (SOM '13) Clinical Research Regulatory Specialist at University Hospitals.
Cleveland Clinic Children's Pediatric Lecture Series
November 25, 8a
Cleveland Clinic R3-002/003
Join Cleveland Clinic Children's for "The Science of Pediatric Blood & Cancer" Lecture Series featuring Gregory H. Reaman, MD presenting, "Pediatric Cancer Drug Development: The Road Well Traveled by the Therapeutic Orphans - Construction Ahead."
High Risk Germline Focus Group
December 9, 5:15-6:45p
Cleveland Clinic NE5-218
NCCN 2020 Annual Conference
March 20-22, 2020
Orlando, FL
Funding Opportunities
Deadlines Vary

Deadlines for funding opportunities through the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center are fast approaching! Please note the upcoming deadlines below and view a complete list of opportunities on our website.

Deadline: Friday, Nov 8, 2019

Deadline: Friday, Nov 8, 2019

Deadline: Friday, Nov 8, 2019

LOI Deadline: Monday, Nov 18, 2019
Deadline: January 7, 2020

The Society of Surgical Oncology (SSO) is accepting applications from members in surgical oncology within 8 years of completion of training.

The two-year, $100,000 award may be used for partial support of applicant’s salary, research fellows or staff support, tuition, travel and/or supplies.

The Society of Surgical Oncology requests a proposal in which the applicant plays a central role in the conduct of a specific clinical research project. The clinical research focus must be hypothesis-driven and must have a direct patient-oriented focus. The track record of the applicant, scientific merit of the application, novelty and clinical impact of the anticipated results, and resources available to ensure completion of the study will comprise the review criteria. 
In The News
The New York Times - Oct 17, 2019
“In my experience, people who start therapy before they’re ready are more likely to experience side effects and to not complete their therapy, or to get treated haphazardly. It’s better if you start the treatment when you can jump in wholeheartedly, and without regrets" writes Mikkael Sekeres, MD, hematologist medical oncologist at Cleveland Clinic and Deputy Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Case CCC.
CWRU's The Daily - Oct 25, 2019
Learn more about Erika Trapl, PhD, Co-Leader of the Case CCC's Cancer Prevention, Control & Population Research Program in this week's campus questionnaire article. Dr. Trapl is associate director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at CWRU.
From The NIH
Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
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