The Masonic Cancer Center creates a collaborative research environment focused on the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer; applying that knowledge to improve quality of life for patients and survivors; and sharing its discoveries with other scientists, students, professionals, and the community. Founded in 1991, the cancer center became a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in 1997, one of only 41 institutions in the United States and two in Minnesota to hold that designation.
More than 500 faculty and staff are members of the Masonic Cancer Center. It is home to some of the world's top cancer researchers in bone marrow transplantation, breast cancer, bone cancer, cancer genetics, tobacco research, immunology, new therapies development, pediatric oncology, chemoprevention, and epidemiology.
- Research is organized into seven programs that focus on specific themes.
- The Cancer Information Line 1-888-CANCER MN (1-888-226-2376) is available for residents of Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.
- Through clinical trials, researchers learn which approaches are more effective than others.
- Program meetings, seminars, and other interdisciplinary meetings at the Masonic Cancer Center brings together experts from different fields to address the problem of cancer.
- Members can apply for internal grant mechanisms available through the Masonic Cancer Center Internal Grants Program which is offered on an annual basis. The overall goal of this program is to foster the development of and provide support for novel research ideas that focus on a problem in cancer. In turn, the Cancer Center expects that these internal awards will lead to nationally peer reviewed funding.
News and Events
UMN Children’s Hospital Renamed in Honor of Single Largest Donor to the University
The University of Minnesota announced that following a new gift of $25 million dollars from the Minnesota Masonic Charities and in recognition of the legacy of support provided by the Masons to the University of Minnesota, it is renaming the children's hospital to University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital. View a video on the partnership between the Masons and the University that goes back generations. Read more.
Varsity Team Rally “Constellation of Bright Stars” raises more than $100,000 for Masonic Cancer Center research
The fourth annual Varsity Team Rally was held on September 10, 2014, and raised more than $100,000 to benefit and advance high-impact cancer research at Masonic Cancer Center. Read more.
Update is an official newsletter of the Masonic Cancer Center for faculty, members, staff, colleagues, and friends.