Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

Events and Community Outreach

The Masonic Cancer Center includes notice of scientific meetings, seminars, and conferences that may be of interest to cancer researchers. We also invite members of the public to events, workshops, and community outreach resources.

Scientific Meetings
  • May 4, 2016: Cancer Biology Journal Club

    12-1 p.m., 2-115 CCRB
    Katie Leehy, Ph.D., Lange lab, will discuss “Estrogen receptor-α directly regulates the hypoxia-
    inducible factor 1 pathway associated with antiestrogen response in breast cancer,” Yang J et al., PNAS 2015;112;15172-15177.

  • May 4, 2016: 18th Annual Bollum Symposium: Therapeutic Proteins- A Protein Engineering Perspective
  • May 5, 2016:17th Annual BioResearch Product Faire

    10 a.m.-2 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall

    Visit the link below to find a list of exhibitors.
    Save time by preregistering online!

  • May 5, 2016: Epigenetics Consortium Seminar

    1 p.m., 2-110 WDH
    Metals epigenetics and cancer
    Max Costa, Ph.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Medicine; Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU School of Medicine
    All are welcome!

  • May 9-10, 2016: Register Now! Germline Genetic Risk of Childhood Cancer: Where Do We Go From Here?

    Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis

    A 1.5 day symposium at the University of Minnesota to immediately precede the American Society for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology meeting in Minneapolis in May.

    Topics will include:

    • High-penetrance variants - what is known and what is left to be discovered?
    • Common variation - what is it telling us about the biology of carcinogenesis?
    • The role of de novo mutation in childhood cancer.
    • Is GxE interaction possible to examine in childhood cancer?
    • Functional genomics approaches for childhood cancer
    • Moving germline genomics into practice through prediction, screening, and possibly prevention

    Guest speakers currently on the agenda:

    • James Amatruda, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, Molecular Biology and Internal Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center
    • David Gutmann, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Neurology, Washington University in St. Louis
    • Branden Moriarity, Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
    • Chad Myers, Ph.D., Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota
    • Kenan Onel, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago
    • Andrew Olshan, PhD, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill
    • Kaitlin Samocha, B.A., Graduate Student, Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program, Harvard
    • University
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota
    • Kyle Walsh, Ph.D., Neurological Surgery and Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF
    • Joseph Wiemels, PhD, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCSF

    American Medical Association/PRA
    The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    American Medical Association (AMA) Credit Designation Statement
    This activity has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Determination of exact number of credits is pending.

    REGISTRATION IS FREE. Register online at http://bit.ly/1Pl2akV

    Attendance is limited to 100 persons

    Contact person: Ginny Oie; email: oie@umn.edu

    More information will be available on the Department of Pediatric's Epidemiology and Clinical Research website.

  • May 9-10, 2016: REGISTER NOW! 3rd Minnesota Neuro-Oncology Symposium, Hyatt Regency, Minneapolis

    The mission of this Symposium is to educate researchers, clinicians, students, trainees, patients, caregivers and community members on current and developing therapies for brain and nervous system tumors. 

    The Symposium will include two comprehensive programs designed to accommodate the specific interests of all those dedicated to finding a cure for brain tumors. The Research/Provider Program will present highly scientific content intended for researchers, physicians, students, and trainees. The Patient/Caregiver Program will present more practical information to patients, families, caregivers, and other community members with an interest in neuro-oncology.

    ACCREDITATION STATEMENT
    The University of Minnesota is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

    American Medical Association (AMA) Credit Designation Statement
    The University of Minnesota designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

    Register and find out more at our Brain Tumor Program website.

  • May 10, 2016: Tobacco Research Studies Meeting

    2:00 - 3:00 pm, Room 105 at 717 Delaware St. SE

    The Additive Health Risks of Marijuana and Tobacco Co-Use
    Ellen Meier, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, Tobacco Research Programs, University of Minnesota 

  • May 18-20, 2016: Registration now!: Midwest Tumor Microenvironment Meeting

    The Masonic Cancer Center is hosting the Midwest Tumor Microenvironment Meeting May 18-20, 2016. The conference goal is to leverage the strength of tumor microenvironment researchers in the Midwest to re-engineer the tumor microenvironment to improve tumor therapy/normalize the tumor microenvironment. Read more.

  • June 1-3, 2016: The 7th China-U.S. Forum on Frontiers of Cancer Research and 4th Hormel Institute International Cancer Research Conference

    The forum will focus on the following topics: fundamental cancer research, molecular mechanisms of tumor development, tumor stem cells, tumor therapeutic and preventive mechanisms, and major achievements in tumor prevention and therapy. This joint conference will invite National Institutes of Health officers, Nobel Laureates, members of the Nature Publishing Group, as well as other leading scientists within the field of cancer prevention and therapy.

    Register at www.hi.umn.edu. Abstract submission deadline is April 10, 2016.

    Registration for the 2+ day meeting is $325 and includes dinner June 1, breakfast, lunch and dinner June 2 and 3, refreshments at breaks, access to all lecture and poster sessions, shuttle service from Austin hotels to meeting site and complete meeting materials.

  • June 20, 2016: Precision Medicine Conference 2016: Pharmacogenomics: From Research to Implementation

    Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, 2231 6th Street SE, Minneapolis
    Conference and registration information is available on the website.

  • June 30, 2016: SAVE THE DATE! John Kersey, M.D. Lecture

    Alan Ashworth, Ph.D., FRS
    E. Dixon Heise Distinguished Professor in Oncology, University of California San Francisco
    President, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Senior Vice President for Cancer Services, UCSF Health
    Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine

  • November 2-3, 2016: SAVE THE DATE: 7th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium

    TCF Bank Stadium
    The 7th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium is being held in honor of Lee Wattenberg, M.D.

    Keynote Speaker:
    The 2016 B.J. Kennedy Lecturer in Medical Oncology
    Thomas Kensler, Ph.D., Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, Bloomberg School of Public Health; Professor Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine; Professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology, University of Pittsburgh

    Registration and schedule information will be available later in the year.

Events
  • May 5-7, 2016: Promoting Health Equity: Engage. Inform. Act. Conference

    Commons Hotel, Minneapolis

    This will be an action oriented conference focused on building and showcasing partnerships, research, programs, and policies to promote health equity across the region.

    Who should participate: Community organizations, community members, public health and health care practitioners, and researchers seeking to build solutions to health inequities through partnership.

    Registration is now open. Visit the website.
     

  • May 9-10, 2016: 3rd Neuro-Oncology Program

    The mission of this Symposium is to educate researchers, clinicians, students, trainees, patients, caregivers, and community members on current and developing therapies for brain and nervous system tumors.

    The Symposium with include two comprehensive programs designed to accommodate the specific interests of all those dedicated to finding a cure for brain tumors. The Patient/Caregiver Program will present more practical information to patients, families, caregivers, and other community members with an interest in neuro-oncology.

    See more at http://www.peds.umn.edu/hematology-oncology/brain-tumor-program/symposium/index.htm.

  • May 21, 2016: The Donald Tremblay Walk for Bladder Cancer

    East River Flats, 260 East River Road, Minneapolis, MN  55414
    Check-in: Starts at 8:30 a.m.
    Start time: 9 a.m.

    This event supports the Bladder Cancer Research and Education Fund at the U. To register, please the website.

  • July 30, 2016: 2016 Marrow on the Move

    Lake Nokomis, Minneapolis

    Join us in the fight against
    life-threatening blood diseases
    When: July 30, 2016

    Where: Lake Nokomis

    What:

    • Tot Trot
    • 5K walk & run around Lake Nokomis
    • 30K (18 mile) leisurely bike ride from Lake Nokomis to the University of Minnesota Medical Center and back (Note this is for enthusiastic bikers and limited to individuals 14 years or older.)
    • Cost: (includes a t-shirt)

    $15 Tot Trot
    $40 Walk/Run/Bike

    Questions? Please email us at marrowonthemove@umn.edu

    Sponsored by the University of Minnesota Blood and Marrow Transplant Program

    Visit the website for more information and to register.

  • August 6, 2016: Fourth Annual Shaver Shuffle - 5K Fun Run and Walk

    9 a.m., Parkers Lake Park, Road 6, Plymouth, MN  55447

    More information and registration.

  • August 13, 2016: AttaBoy Ride

    7 a.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121
    The AttaBoy Ride is a one-day bike ride (with several mileage options) that raises money and awareness for local men's cancer service organizations. The Masonic Cancer Center is one beneficiary of funds raised. Learn more and register.

  • August 13, 2016: Breast Cancer Ride

    8 a.m., Eagan Community Center, 1501 Central Parkway, Eagan, MN 55121
    The 9th Annual Breast Cancer Ride is a one-day bicycle ride, with multiple route options, that raises money and awareness for local breast cancer service organizations. The Masonic Cancer Center is one beneficiary of funds raised. Learn more and register.

  • September 14, 2016: 6th Annual Varsity Team Rally

    Save the date for the 6th Annual Varsity Team Rally!

    The VTR guests are highly committed supporters of the research conducted at the Masonic Cancer Center. They come together annually to celebrate and support the research of the Masonic Cancer Center, raising more than $100,000 to advance high-impact cancer research.Over the last five years, the VTR has raised over $550,000 that has been dedicated exclusively to facilitating collaborative, multi-disciplinary research that can acquire the data that will lead to bigger grants from the NIH.

    Visit the website for more information.

  • September 17, 2016: Save the Date! 2016 Break the Bank Climb 4 Kidney Cancer

    TCF Bank Stadium

    Visit http://climb4kc.org/ for more information.

Community Education & Outreach
  • Minnesota Cancer Alliance

    The Minnesota Cancer Alliance (MCA) is a coalition of health care organizations, community-based groups, and volunteers that created and is now implementing Cancer Plan Minnesota. The plan provides a comprehensive and cohesive approach for coordinating cancer control and prevention activities in the state. Cancer is now the number one cause of death in Minnesota.

    Cancer Plan Minnesota 2011-2016 is the state's second comprehensive cancer control plan created to reduce the cancer burden among all Minnesotans. As a framework for action, this plan contains measurable objectives and will help guide the members of the Minnesota Cancer Alliance in their fights against cancer in Minnesota.

    Key objectives and strategies focus on the continuum of cancer control from prevention to early detection and treatment to survivorship and end of life. Cancer Plan Minnesota 2011-2016 provides a framework for action for planners, providers, policymakers, the public health community and other advocates playing a key role in bringing Cancer Plan Minnesota to fruition.

    The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is playing a key role in bringing Cancer Plan Minnesota to fruition. The Masonic Cancer Center has an MCA advisory council whose goals are to:

    • develop communication networks that provide information about the Minnesota Cancer Alliance to Masonic Cancer Center members;
    • inform members about potential research projects that might lead to funding and papers, and
    • integrate Minnesota Cancer Alliance priorities into Masonic Cancer Center projects.

    Program Liaison:
    Kiara Ellis
    Masonic Cancer Center
    Email: malon243@umn.edu
    Phone: 612-624-4099
    Office: 760B MCRB

  • Cancer and the Human Body

    Science Museum of Minnesota, 120 W. Kellogg Blvd., St. Paul, Minn. 

    For 16 years the Masonic Cancer Center has partnered with The Science Museum of Minnesota to highlight the science of cancer research. Researchers from the Masonic Cancer Center develop interactive displays to explain what cancer is and looks like and what they are doing that could lead to better ways to find, treat and beat cancer. This takes place in the Human Body exhibit area and is open to anyone who pays admission to the Science Museum for that afternoon.

    Participants can:

    • compare normal cells to cancer cells
    • see different types of cancers in human tissues
    • find out how dogs and zebra fish help us learn more about cancer in humans
    • learn about bone marrow matching and donation for treatment of cancers
    • see if you have damage to your skin due to sun exposure or tanning beds

    Visit the website. https://www.smm.org/cancer-and-human-body

  • Speakers and Health Fair Displays

     

    Speakers from the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota are researchers who are discovering and developing new and better ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat cancer, as well as improving the quality of life for survivors. And while our speakers include some of the nation's top cancer experts, we promise to leave the technical jargon back at the lab.

     

    Topics include:

    • Scientific Breakthroughs
    • Preventing Cancer
    • Cancer Risk Reduction
    • Gene Therapy
    • Children and Cancer
    • Blood and Marrow Transplantation/Stem Cell Research
    • Clinical Trials
    • Cancer in Families
    • Survivorship
    • Immunotherapies/Cancer Vaccines/Monoclonal Antibodies

    Health Fair Displays

    A representative from the Masonic Cancer Center is available to come to your organization's health fair and distribute cancer information brochures. We also can bring a display that allows you to compare tissues affected by cancer with healthy tissues.

    To request a speaker, a health fair representative, or to receive more information, please call 612-624-2620 or e-mail ccinfo@umn.edu.

  • Masonic Cancer Center Tours

    The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota provides tours for business groups, students, community organizations, and more. Walk the halls of our state-of-the-art facility and learn about the tools and equipment scientists use to make important discoveries.Learn more about cancer research being done to improve prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. There is no charge for tours.

    Tours include: Overview presentation about the Masonic Cancer Center and general tour of the building.

    • In some cases, the cancer center can provide hands on activities for groups, such as DNA spooling.
    • Researchers also may be available to speak to tour groups.

    Tours are available to groups of 10 or more, including fraternal organizations, youth groups, seniors' groups, etc. First priority for tours will be given to groups that have hosted speakers from the cancer center and school groups.

    • We ask that groups request a tour at least six weeks in advance.
    • Groups will receive a response regarding whether their tour request can be accommodated no later than two weeks from the day the request is made.

    For more information, please call 612-624-2620 or e-mail ccinfo@umn.edu.

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