NOVEMBER 15, 2019
Member/Center Highlights
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Madabhushi, Markowitz and Tesar Honored with "HomeGrown Hero" Awards
This week, Plain Dealer recognized 12 "unsung heroes of our community who are working tirelessly on their start-ups, businesses, innovations and social organizations to fuel the economic development of our region." Three Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) members were among those awarded.

Anant Madabhushi, PhD, the F. Alex Nason Professor II of Biomedical Engineering and Director of the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) was selected for the award in the Artificial Intelligence Category and Sanford Markowitz, MD, PhD and Paul Tesar, PhD were selected for awards in the Academic Research category. Dr. Markowitz is a hematologist-oncologist at University Hospitals, the Ingalls Professor of Cancer Genetics and professor of medicine at CWRU. He also co-leads the Case CCC's GI SPORE. Dr. Tesar is associate professor of genetics and genome sciences at CWRU.

All recipients were celebrated at the second annual HomeGrown Heroes Award Reception on Wednesday and will be featured in a special section of The Plain Dealer on Sunday, November 17. Please join us in congratulating these accomplished members on their awards!
Trapl to speak at Advocacy Education for Health Justice Workshop
Join the Health Advocacy Leadership Group and the Social Justice Institute on Wednesday, November 20 from 6-9 pm in Thwing 101 for this month's workshop on a critical issue facing Ohio: public health, addiction and Tobacco 21. Erika Trapl, PhD, Co-Leader of the Case CCC's Cancer Prevention Control & Population Research Program, is one of the workshop's speakers.

Workshop participants will then work together to develop novel campaign proposals to address the issue. A light dinner will be provided. RSVP to
VeloSano 6 Fundraising Total Revealed!
Earlier this week, VeloSano hosted their "Bash" revealing a total of $4,725,810 raised for cancer research in Cleveland by the annual initiative, well-known for its "Bike to Cure" weekend.

Team Case CCC will once again be participating in VeloSano over the next year and will begin recruiting riders for VeloSano 7 soon! Our VeloSano 6 team of 92 riders raised a total of $93,824 for the cause. Keep an eye out for details in upcoming newsletters.
Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR) Program Applications Now Open
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 are now open and will be accepted through January 15, 2020. Priority acceptance of exceptional applicants will be made on a rolling basis.
What's Coming Up
Mark Your Calendar
Cancer Center Seminar Series
November 15, 12p
Tinkham Veale University Center Ballroom

All are welcome to join us at the Tinkham Veale University Center today at noon to hear, "Look for the Light" presented by Theresa Beech, PhD at the Innovators in AYA Cancer Symposium.

Theresa Beech is the mother of two kids, Daniel and Sara. When Daniel was 11, he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, an extremely aggressive and deadly form of bone cancer. Two years later he was dead. While Daniel was on hospice, Theresa taught herself genomics and started doing research into osteosarcoma genetics. She was able to identify two drugs which corresponded to mutations in Daniel’s tumor and prolonged his life. Since Daniel’s death in 2016, she has continued her patient advocacy and genomics research and is the PI of POWR, the Patient/parent Osteosarcoma genome-Wide Registry, believed to be the largest genomic and medical history registry of osteosarcoma data in the world.

She is the founder and President of “Because of Daniel”, a charitable foundation dedicated to osteosarcoma research and clinical trials. She is also a co-founder and the President of the Osteosarcoma Collaborative, a charitable foundation dedicated to promoting collaboration in osteosarcoma. In her day job, Theresa is a space engineer (aka rocket scientist) for NASA.
Cancer Center Special Seminar
November 21, 11:30a
WRB 2-136

Next week's Cancer Center Special Seminar featuring Xuefeng Liu, MD will be held in the second floor conference room 2-136 of the Wolstein Research Building at 11:30 am.

Dr. Liu is visiting from the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and Georgetown University Medical Center.
He is a professor of pathology and oncology and Director of the Telomeres & Immortalization Program as well as Co-Director of the Center for Cell Reprogramming.

He will present, "Patient-Derived Cell Models for Basic and Translational Cancer Biology." All are welcome to attend.
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 agenda is now posted and will feature sessions on Cancer Disparities and Underserved Populations, Community Engagement and Support Programs, and Cancer Disparities Research and Community Engagement, plus invited presentations selected from standout abstract submissions. Keynote talks from Robert T. Croyle, PhD from the National Cancer Institute and Lucio Miele, MD, PhD from Louisiana State University cap-off the day's innovative agenda.

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
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

LOI Deadline: Monday, Nov 18, 2019

Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis subject to fund availability

Applications accepted and awarded on a rolling basis

Open until all 6 projects are awarded. 

Open until all Phase I projects are awarded.

Deadlines: Dec 1, March 1, June 1, Sept 1
American Brain Tumor Association Funding Opportunities
LOI Deadlines: December 4, 2019

The American Brain Tumor Association is now accepting Letters of Intent through December 4th for the following two grant mechanisms to be awarded in 2020:

Basic Research Fellowships are two-year, $100,000 mentored grants supporting postdoctoral fellows who are conducting laboratory or field-based research projects that focus on brain tumors. Fellows must have a lead mentor who currently conducts brain tumor research at the same academic institution. The mentor will help with scientific management and other research guidance to foster the applicant’s career advancement.

Discovery Grants are one-year, $50,000 grants for high risk, high impact research with the potential to change current diagnostic or treatment models.
In The News - Oct 23, 2019
“The assessment gave us the opportunity to hear directly from the community about their health needs and concerns, and we heard clearly that structural racism and trust are key drivers in the health of those who live here,” said Heidi Gullett, MD, MPH medical director for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, associate professor at the CWRU School of Medicine and co-chair of the Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga. Dr. Gullett is a member of the Case CCC's Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Research Program.
ideastream - Nov 15, 2019
“Although we're all sympathetic about every person with a cancer and maybe particularly a child with a cancer, that teenager and 22 year old is often that forgotten individual,” said Stan Gerson, MD, director of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center. Ideastream's Anna Huntsman visited the Innovators in AYA Cancer Symposium yesterday and also spoke with John Letterio, MD and one of the symposium's keynote speakers, Elana Simon.
From The NIH
Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
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