Awards for Program Sponsored Project Grants from Case CCC Developmental Funds
Last fall, the Cancer Center Executive Committee elected to promote scientific advancement of our eight scientific program by supporting a Request for Applications (RFA) for multi-investigator grant applications coming from the Programs. The Program Leaders were to select the most exciting proposal from their Program that met the criteria of being a multi-investigator effort with a high likelihood of leading to national funding.
Projects were submitted in early December and reviewed by the Executive Committee in mid-January 2015. All principal investigators and their Program Leaders have been informed of the decisions, and we can now announce the selected projects:
Cancer Imaging Program
cGMP PET Biomarker Research Program
Principal Investigator: Norbert Avril, MD
Co-Investigators: Yanming Wang, PhD; Zhenghong Lee, PhD; Raymond Muzic, PhD; Analisa DiFeo, PhD; Rodney Ellis, MD; Lisa Rogers, DO
Hematopoietic Diseases Program
Optimizing Allogeneic Transplant Outcomes Using Next Generation Sequencing
Principal Investigator: Navneet Majhail, MD, MS
Co-investigators: Marcos DeLima, MD; Betty Ky Hamilton, MD; Basem William, MD; Jaroslaw Maciejewski, MD, PhD; Hideki Makishima, MD, PhD; Thomas LaFramboise, PhD
Molecular Oncology Program
Differential Lipid Metabolism Drives Self-Renewal in Glioblastoma
Co-Principal Investigators: J. Mark Brown, PhD and Justin D. Lathia, PhD
Breast Cancer Developing Program
Radiogenomic approach for predicting pathologic complete response in HER2+ breast cancers
Co-Principal Investigators: Anant Madabhushi, PhD, Lyndsay Harris, MD
Co-investigators: Vinay Varadan, PhD; Donna Pletcha, MD; Hannah Gilmore, MD
All of the projects are quite exciting. I have been in contact with the investigators, and they are pursuing their projects with the hope that the Cancer Center will be able to provide support in a variety of ways as the projects mature. We will hear about these projects at the summer scientific retreat and will also have a fall scientific symposium. We expect to hear exciting things from each of the projects!
Local Programming to Link Cancer Center Research to Ken Burns Documentary
As a precursor to the showing of the documentary,Ken Burns Presents Cancer- The Emperor of All Maladies, ideastream (90.3 WCPN, WVIZ/PBS and bewell.ideastream.org) has embarked on a project to cover a myriad of cancer stories regionally. This program series will kickoff Friday, March 6 at 8:30 pm on the WVIZ-TV program, Ideas. The special ideastream series was initially planned to run through April, but the reporting team uncovered many vital stories to tell that programming has been extended into May.
I am happy to report that our members will take center stage in this series, reporting news on the collaborative efforts at CWRU, Seidman and Cleveland Clinic.
A schedule of the programming and times of coverage are available on the ideastream website. Ken Burns Presents Cancer- The Emperor of All Maladies, airs on WVIZ/PBS on March 30, March 31, and April 1 at 9 pm.
I welcome your comments throughout the series, and encourage you to share the content through social media. If you would like to be a voice for the Cancer Center on any of the topics, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.