OCTOBER 11, 2019
Member/Center Highlights
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Berger Receives Faculty Mentor of the Year Award
Nathan Berger, MD recently received the 2019 Faculty Mentor of the Year Award from the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, recognizing his faculty-to-faculty advisership.

Dr. Berger has received many accolades in his work as a Distinguished University Professor, the Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine, professor of medicine, biochemistry, oncology, and genetics, and Director of the Center for Science, Health and Society. His research in obesity-associated cancer, particularly in youth, has drawn national attention.
With nine nominations from fellow faculty members for the award, nominators acknowledged Dr. Berger's wisdom, vision, and thoughtful inclusion as rationale for him to receive the honor.

We extend sincere congratulations to Dr. Berger for this award, as we know his passion for mentorship extends not only to his fellow faculty, but throughout his work, including middle and high school students engaged in his Youth Enjoy Science (YES) programs, Learn to Beat Cancer and Research to Beat Cancer, respectively.
Lathia, Justin
Lathia, O'Connor Among Recipients of American Brain Tumor Association Grants

Justin Lathia, PhD received the ABTA Research Collaboration Grant in collaboration with Joshua Rubin, MD, PhD of Washington University in St. Louis. Recipients of this two-year, $200,000 grant demonstrate innovative approaches to their research that involve scientific collaboration. Lathia is Vice Chair of the Department of Cardiovascular and Metabolic Sciences at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and Co-Leader of the Case CCC's Molecular Oncology Program.

Christine O'Connor, PhD, assistant staff at the Cleveland Clinic's Genomic Medicine Institute, received a one-year, $50,000 ABTA Discovery Grant. The grant supports cutting-edge, innovative approaches that have the potential to change current diagnostic or treatment standards of care for either adult or pediatric brain tumors. Dr. O'Connor is also a member of the Molecular Oncology Program at the Case CCC.
Don't Forget: Register for Next Month's Clinical Research Retreat
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center will host the 2019 Clinical Research Retreat from 5-7 pm on Thursday, November 21 at Cleveland Clinic Taussig Cancer Institute, CA5-120.

The evening will feature presentations from K12 scholars and a keynote presentation by Charles Kunos, MD, PhD on, "Engaging CTEP in early phase radiopharmaceutical trials."

Validated parking is available at 2101 East 100th St, Cleveland, OH 44106.
Registration Now Open for the 4th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium
Join fellow researchers, clinicians, community leaders, and students for the 4th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium: Cultivating Science and Community Engagement to Address Cancer Health Disparities on March 6, 2020 at Case Western Reserve University.

Registration and abstract submission are open for the symposium and students who submit an abstract prior to registration may register for the meeting free-of-charge. We look forward to seeing you there!
What's Coming Up
Mark Your Calendar
Cancer Center Seminar Series
October 18, 12p
WRB 3-136

While there is no seminar this afternoon due to CWRU homecoming, our next seminar will feature Amar Desai, PhD presenting, "15-PGDH Mediated Regeneration Following Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation " at noon in WRB conference room 3-136.

Amar Desai is an assistant professor in the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center at Case Western Reserve University where his lab is interested in elucidating mechanisms of tissue regeneration within the bone marrow microenvironment. In 2017, Dr. Desai received the prestigious NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award and in July 2019, started his independent research group within the Case CCC. His lab continues to
characterize the efficacy of 15-PGDH inhibitors in promoting hematopoietic recovery in preclinical models of transplantation, in addition to exploring mechanisms of pathogenesis for additional hematopoietic malignancies including graft versus host disease and bone marrow failure disorders. The overall goal of the Desai lab is to develop novel therapeutics capable of reducing morbidity, mortality, and expense of human hematopoietic stem cell transplantation - making the procedure safer, faster and more affordable.
Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium
October 24, 2019
Tinkham Veale University Center

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center and Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) will host the inaugural  Artificial Intelligence in Oncology Symposium : Advancements in Policy at CWRU on Thursday, October 24, 2019.

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

  • Sohrab Shah, PhD, Chief, Computational Oncology, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Seats are filling quickly, so don't wait!  A discount for students and trainees who wish to attend is available. We look forward to seeing you there!
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.

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!
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>
Additional Upcoming Events
Cleveland Clinic Colorectal Oncology Conference
October 18-19, 2019, 8a-3:30p
Naples, FL
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
NCCN 2020 Annual Conference
March 20-22, 2020
Orlando, FL
Abstract submission for the General Poster Session is open through Wednesday, October 23, 2019.
Funding Opportunities
Deadline: November 15

This TBBCF award is intended to support PhD, MD/PhD and MD physician scientists at earlier stages of their careers to enable them to develop independent programs and compelling careers in breast cancer research. The foundation seeks to fund broadly across all relevant disciplines and as
such focus areas can include basic, preclinical, clinical research and clinical care. The award
period is two years with an interim renewal to occur upon successful completion of the year one
research goals.

Stipends are $50,000 per year, with the intention that all funds are strictly used for direct support of the grantee or their research program. 
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Deadline: January 31, 2020

All faculty members at participating institutions are invited to submit applications BETRNet pilot projects of up to $40,000 to
be funded by NIH/NCI U54CA163060: Genetic Determinants of Barrett’s s Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma.

Note: A BETRNet Project must be directed toward translational research related to Barrett’s Esophagus. At least one specific
aim should involve either direct patient contact or the study of patient derived tissue samples.
In The News
Oncology Times - Oct 5, 2019
In his latest contribution to Oncology Times , Brian Bolwell, MD, discusses tools that might help with conflict resolution. Dr. Bolwell is Chairman of the Taussig Cancer Institute and Deputy Director for Cleveland Clinic at the Case CCC.
CWRU's The Daily - Oct 8, 2019
The Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic welcomed its first students this summer. During homecoming weekend, members of the community will have the chance to see the new Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion and dental clinic.
From The NIH
Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices
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