Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute


Masonic Cancer Center researchers find DNA imprinting defects in children with osteosarcoma

Research spearheaded by Masonic Cancer Center researcher Subbaya Subramanian, Ph.D., associate professor in the U of M's Department of Surgery, found that DNA imprinting defects are associated with the development and progression of osteosarcoma. The study is published in the journal Oncotarget. Read more.

University of Minnesota researcher receives $432,000 grant to fight cancer in dogs

Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., professor in the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, will be leading a team of researchers in an exciting new study to better understand and prevent hemangiosarcoma, an aggressive form of cancer in dogs. Read more.

Masonic Cancer Center researcher discovers resistance of ER-positive breast cancer to tamoxifen therapy may be driven by APOBEC3B

Reuben Harris, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, presented his discovery that resistance of ER-positive breast cancer to tamoxifen therapy may be driven by APOBEC3B at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. Read more

Meet our new Education and Community Engagement ManagerAHCMCC2 - Image - Kiara Malone150

Kiara Ellis joins the Masonic Cancer Center as manager of Education and Community Engagement. Ms. Ellis is a Masters of Social Work Candidate with a Bachelor of Science in Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. She comes to this position having worked as a Community Health Coordinator and Patient Navigator in the Masonic Cancer Center. In that role, Ms. Ellis originated the role of patient navigator, created culturally sensitive educational and marketing materials related to clinical trials and patient navigation, and provided case management to patients throughout their enrollment in EMPaCT study which promoted minority recruitment in clinical trials. She has held previous positions with HealthPartners as a Diabetes Prevention Project Coordinator, and in other community engagement positions with the YWCA of St. Paul and Perspectives Family Support. 

Ms. Ellis cites a quote by Children's Defense Fund director Marian Wright Edelman that captures the passion and zeal she brings to her new role at the Masonic Cancer Center - "If you don't like the way the world is, you change it. You have an obligation to change it. You just do it one step at a time." 

"I am excited to take on this role because I believe I can continue the work of advancing health equity by creating new and innovative programs that connect the community to our cancer care, research and training opportunities. Focusing on empowering students and communities to take an active role in the cancer center by spreading knowledge and opportunities for participation.

I hope to impact the way the community benefits from the ground breaking cancer care and research we are working on by using a variety of platforms that include education, community work, and civic engagement. Bringing awareness to and addressing health disparities related to cancer in diverse communities. I plan to create stronger collaborations with community partners and organizations that have common goals of improving the health and wellness of our community.

What I would like to accomplish is making sure the community knows that one of their first stops for quality cancer care is here at the Masonic Cancer Center."

3rd Annual Pinked Out Party features Masonic Cancer Center researchers

Ninety plus people ranging in age from 14 to 80 attended the 3rd Annual Pinked Out Party, hosted by the ANIKA Foundation in partnership with the University of Minnesota’s Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) and the Masonic Cancer Center on Thursday, September 24 at the Robbins Urban Wellness Retreat in North Minneapolis. The event’s purpose was to educate women on risk factors impacting women of color and provide tips on prevention and lifestyle changes. Read more.

Masonic Cancer Center Director interviewed on WCCO radio

Douglas Yee, M.D., director of the Masonic Cancer Center, was interviewed on WCCO radio on the latest in breast cancer research and treatment. Listen to the interview.

Masonic Cancer Center to offer new summer undergraduate research program

A new summer research program at the Masonic Cancer Center will open applications to undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota in November in an effort to inspire more students to consider training and careers in cancer research. Read more

Masonic Cancer Center awarded NIH grant to focus on the environment and pediatric disease

Researchers at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota have been awarded $5.1 million over four years to provide access to infrastructure for analysis and expanding collaboration on tools to study environmental impacts on children's health. Read more. 

Cancer screenings are best tool we have to lower cancer deaths

Cancer screenings are the best tool we have right now to lower the rates of death from cancer says Timothy Church, Ph.D., professor of environmental health sciences in the School of Public Health and a member of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Church is also currently a member of the American Cancer Society’s Guideline Development Group. Read more. 

Masonic Cancer Center researcher Reuben Harris, Ph.D., selected as HHMI investigatorAHCMCC2 - Image - Reuben_Harris_200x134

Reuben Harris, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program member and professor of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, was selected by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) as an HHMI investigator, which gives him the support to advance his research in creative new directions. Read more.

Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament provides decades of support for Masonic Cancer Center research

Every August for the past 38 years, the Killebrew-Thompson Memorial Golf Tournament in Sun Valley, Idaho has gathered celebrities, sponsors, participants, members of Congress and supporters with one common goal: to find a cure for cancer and leukemia. Founded in 1976 by Harmon Killebrew and Ralph Harding in memory of the Minnesota Twins’ shortstop, Danny Thompson, the Tournament is now considered one of the leading fundraisers of its kind for cancer research.

Proceeds from the event benefit the St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute in Boise and the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. Due to the dedicated commitment of our supporters over the years, the Tournament has raised in excess of $13.8 million which has gone directly to cancer and leukemia research.

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