OCTOBER 4, 2019
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Hoimes Presented Promising Initial Results of Enfortumab Vedotin plus Pembrolizumab in Urothelial Cancer at ESMO 2019
“Enfortumab vedotin plus pembrolizumab has the potential to become a platinum-free option for cisplatin-ineligible locally advanced and metastatic urothelial cancer patients in the first-line setting," said Christopher J. Hoimes, DO, hematologist/oncologist at University Hospitals, assistant professor at CWRU School of Medicine, and member of the Case CCC's GU Malignancies program, at the 2019 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress last week.
Submit Proposals for Support of Investigator-initiated, Early Phase Clinical Trials
The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) has budgeted funds for the conduct of early phase clinical trials of relatively short duration. The objectives are to identify and fund investigator-initiated trials, which meet the Cancer Center Support Grant and Case CCC requirements, entertain highly innovative and novel ideas, and
which directly foster the mission of the Case CCC. These may be new trials under development or an existing investigator-initiated trial that is unfunded/underfunded. Priority will be given to trials that have been developed jointly between investigators at both hospital systems (CCF and UH), with planned accrual at both sites.
Don't Miss Upcoming Opportunities to Present Your Work!
Presenting research in public forums and symposia such as our upcoming Innovators in AYA Cancer Symposium and 4th Annual Cancer Disparities Symposium is important for various reasons, says Damian Junk, PhD , Assistant Director of Cancer Training and Education at the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Below are a few benefits of submitting your work for presentation, according to Dr. Junk.

  • Presentations can enhance your CV, especially if you are a student or trainee
  • Practicing your presentation skills keep them honed for future speaking engagements/interviews
  • Sharing your work with others provides an opportunity to build your network and find potential collaborators
  • Excellent abstracts often are presented with travel, best-of, or reduced event registration awards
  • Meritorious abstract submissions for events may be selected for platform or emerging research oral presentations

Keep these benefits in mind when you see a Call for Abstracts and consider sharing your important work with your colleagues. Information about abstract submission for our upcoming events can be found below!
What's Coming Up
Mark Your Calendar
Cancer Center Seminar Series
October 4, 12p
WRB Auditorium

Today's seminar will feature Jacob Scott, MD, DPhil , presenting, "Cancer Evolution" at noon in the WRB Auditorium, 1-413.

Dr. Scott is associate staff in the department of translational hematology and oncology research (THOR) and radiation oncology at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute and a member of the Case CCC's Developmental Therapeutics program.

His lab seeks to use a suite of mathematical and experimental models to deconvolute the complexity of the evolutionary process to increase efficacy of targeted therapies and radiation. This same knowledge can be further harnessed to understand the differences in disease progression and therapy response on a personalized basis, so that the right treatment can be given to the right patient at the right time.

Note, there will not be a Cancer Center Seminar next week, Friday, October 11 due to Homecoming.
Disparities SPORE Monthly Meeting
October 16, 5-7p
WRB 2-136

The Disparities SPORE monthly meeting will take place in the Wolstein Research Building conference room 2-136 on Wednesday, October 16 from 5-7 pm.

The October meeting features Sanjay Gupta, PhD, MS presenting, "Fused Biomarker-based Prediction Model of Biochemical Recurrence in Prostate Cancer: A Racial Disparity Perspective."

A light dinner will be served. If you have not already, please RSVP to Chris Keely ( cmk55@case.edu ) as soon as possible to ensure enough food is ordered for attendees.
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!
Early Bird Registration and Call for Abstracts: Innovators in AYA Cancer
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 all-attendee forum.

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.   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
Celebrate 25 years of NCCN and explore new conference offerings and options! This year's agenda will include 20 educational sessions featuring the latest advances in oncology care, including interactive patient case studies. Stay tuned for the full conference agenda.

Funding Opportunities
LOI Deadline: October 24

The AACR Anna D. Barker Basic Cancer Research Fellowship encourages and supports postdoctoral or clinical research fellows to establish a successful career path in cancer research. The research proposed for funding may be in any area of basic cancer research.

The fellowship provides a two-year grant of $110,000 to support the salary and benefits of the fellow while working on a mentored basic cancer research project. A partial amount of funds may be designated for non-personnel expenses, such as research/laboratory supplies, equipment, publication charges for manuscripts that pertain directly to the funded project, and other research expenses.
Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Preproposal Deadline: November 19

The purpose of the Doris Duke Clinical Scientist Development Award (CSDA) is to provide support to physician scientists at the Assistant Professor rank to: 1) conduct an outstanding clinical research project, 2) enable research time protection to ease the tension between research and clinical responsibilities, and 3) facilitate development of strong mentorship relations.

The 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award consists of $150,000 annual direct costs plus $15,000 (10%) annual indirect costs for three years. The award project period is July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2023.
In The News
News 5 Cleveland - Oct 3, 2019
Earlier this week, three Cleveland Browns players and the Browns mascot, Chomps, visited patients downtown at the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center to brighten spirits. The Browns, who last appeared in the playoffs in 2002, are currently first in the AFC North with 12 games left to play in the regular season.
From The NIH
Weekly NIH Funding Opportunities and Notices

Funding Opportunities
Standard dates apply

Standard dates apply

LOI Deadline: December 31, 2019

LOI Deadline: November 10, 2019

LOI Deadline: November 10, 2019
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