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Update is the official newsletter of the Masonic Cancer Center for faculty, members, staff, colleagues, and friends. All submissions for the next issue must be sent to Sandi Sherman, sherm019@umn.edu, by Noon on the Fridays for publication the following Tuesday.


April 2, 2013

 

In This Issue

 

Cancer Center Seminar

News

Clinical Trials

Program Meetings

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities

 


 

Cancer Center Seminar

April 2, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Regulation of cancer cell metabolism
Matthew Vander Heiden, M.D., Ph.D., Howard S. and Linda B. Stern Career Development Assistant Professor of Biology, The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Minnesota

Host: Ameeta Kelekar

Next seminar:
April 9, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Screening mammography: Value vs. jeopardy
Archie Bleyer, M.D., FRCP, Clinical Research Professor, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health and Science University
 

See the Cancer Center Seminar calendar to see future seminars and to watch recorded seminars.

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News

Kudos
Congratulations to Drew Rosielle, .M.D, on being named a Fellow of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Rosielle is the program director for the Palliative Medicine Fellowship and will assume the medical director role for the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview Palliative Care Program in July 2013.

Women’s Health Research Conference call for posters
The Deborah E. Powell Center for Women’s Health has issued a call for posters for the 10th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference: Optimizing Women’s Heath Through a Life Course Approach. The conference is scheduled for Monday, September 16, 2013 at McNamara Alumni Center. The deadline for submitting abstracts in Friday, August 23, 2013. To be considered for an award abstracts must be submitted by Monday, July 15, 2013. For more information visit the website.

Cancer survivors needed for free online workshop and study
An online workshop, “Cancer: Thriving and Surviving,” is available free for post-treatment cancer survivors. The workshop, developed at Stanford University, is also the subject of an American Cancer Society study to evaluate its effectiveness. Visit the Minnesota Cancer Alliance website for more information.

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Clinical Trials

2011LS124
MT2012-04: Decitabine and Vorinostat with CD3/CD19 Depleted Haploidentical Donor Natural Killer (NK) Cells for the Treatment of High Risk Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)
PI: Warlick, Erica

2012CG109
COG ADVL1211 - A Phase 1 study of XL184 (Cabozantinib, IND# 116059) in Children and Adolescents with Recurrent or Refractory Solid Tumors, including CNS Tumors
PI: Weigel, Brenda

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Program Meetings

Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program meeting
Friday, April 5, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Opportunities in nanotechnology and spontaneous animal cancersGene targeting approaches in basic cancer research and therapy
Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Director, Animal Cancer Care and Research Program, College of Veterinary Medicine

Bethanie Hills Stadler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

Cancer Detection, Treatment and Survivorship Seminar
April 8, 2013, 9:15-10:15 a.m., 2-110 Weaver Densford
Topic to be announced
Shalini Kulasingam, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

Visit the calendarfor a schedule of meetings.

BMT Program Meeting
Monday, April 8, 2013, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB
To be announced

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

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Professional Education

April 2, 2013: Breast Cancer Journal Club
2-3 p.m., 441 MCRB
Lynsey Fettig will discuss "Earlier detection of breast cancer with ultrasound molecular imaging in a transgenic mouse model," Bachawal SV, et al. in Cancer Res. 2013;73:1689-98.

April 3, 2013: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Gretta Stritesky, Ph.D., Hogquist lab, will discuss “Aire-Dependent Thymic Development of Tumor-Associated Regulatory T Cells,” Malchow S, et al., Science 2013;339:1219-1224.

April 5, 2013: 51st Annual J.S. and H.R. Blumenthal Memorial Lectureship
11:45 a.m., Coffman Theater
The HIV Vaccine Problem
Michel C. Nussenzweig, M.D., Ph.D.
Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
Rockefeller University, Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2011

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by: Center for Immunology, Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

April 11, 2013: Comparative Oncology Seminar
12-1 p.m., 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Diffuse large b-cell lymphoma
Daisuko Ito, Ph.D.

April 11, 2013: University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care Service Line Dinner and Workshop
5:30-8 p.m., University Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Avenue SE

Reservations can be made online.

April 14-16, 2013: Minnesota Hospice and Palliative Care Conference
DoubleTree Bloomington South, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55439-3147

For more information visit the website.

May 23, 2013: Save the Date: Chemical Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The symposium will feature scientists from academia and industry speaking on their research at the intersection of chemistry, biology and medicine.

June 19-20, 2013: Cancer Disparities Summit: Moving Communities Towards Change
Sponsors: Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3) and Minnesota Cancer Alliance
The Cancer Disparities Summit will provide participants with a chance to learn about disparities that exist in cancer screening, treatment and mortality, to educate participants about how they can improve cancer prevention, management and survivorship, and to understand how they can participate in initiatives aimed at reducing the cancer disparities throughout Minnesota. One and a half day meeting in Twin Cities with plenary speakers and break-out workshops, poster session, possibly with an evening reception. For more information visit the website.

Registration is now open online.

Visit the Education and Training Opportunities web page for more conference and special lecture listings.

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Events

April 6, 2013: 8th Annual Survivorship Series
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, Minn.
This annual conference focuses on questions and issues survivors and their families may face after cancer treatment or following stem cell transplantation. Cancer survivors ages 16 and older, parents, spouses, significant others of cancer survivors, health care professionals, school administrators, and social workers can benefit from this educational conference.

Registration is now open. Click here to register or call 612-624-2620.

April 19-21: Stick it to Cancer Tournament
National Sports Center, 1700 105th Avenue, Blaine, MN  55449
The Stick it to Cancer Tournament is a benefit to support the fight against breast cancer. In 2012 the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota was the designated donation recipient, receiving $85,000 of the proceeds for this event. Come join more than 100 teams as they skate in support of family and friends in their fight against breast cancer.

For more information, visit the website.

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for a complete listing of events.

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Request for Proposals: Novel Methods Pilot Funding Opportunity
Sponsor: Office of Discover and Translation, Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Deadlines: Letter of Intent due 5 p.m., April 19, 2012; Full proposals due 5 p.m., May 24, 2013
Funding: Up to $30,000

The purpose of the Novel Methods Pilot program is to provide support for investigators to incorporate one of 5 novel methods into their translational research programs. Imaging based on advanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technology
2) Pharmacometrics: clinical trial simulations and prediction of drug response
3) Cell-based immune modulation therapy using ex vivo activated and expanded human T regulatory cells (Tregs)
4) Sequence-specific nucleases for precise genome modification of cells and organisms
5) Transposon-mediated gene transfer for gene therapy or as a discovery tool for medically relevant genes and pathways

Download the RFA (pdf).

CCOP Cancer Prevention and Symptom Intervention Pilot Project Funds
Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology
Deadline: May 11, 2013
Funding: Up to $100,000 direct costs

Questions about the application process should be addressed to Kathy Mrozek, Associate CFO, Alliance at kmrozek@uchicago.edu or 773-834-8741.

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant
Applications are being accepted until April 30, 2013 for the ACS Institutional Research Grant. This grant is for assistant professors who have no independent national funding and are engaged in cancer-related research. Cancer-related research includes cancer etiology, mechanisms of carcinogenesis and chemoprevention, molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis, development of novel cancer therapeutic or chemoprevention models and translational research, cancer immunology and immunotherapy.

This is a one-year seed grant. Funding is available up to $30,000. Applications may be obtained by emailing a request to schil226@umn.edu . For information, please call Aaron Schilz, 612-624-0650.

Visit the Funding Opportunities Web page to see listings previously published in Update. A list of organizations that provide funding for cancer research is also provided there.

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