Masonic Cancer Center

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MCC Update 04-09-13

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Update is an 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 Friday for publication the following Tuesday.


April 9, 2013

 

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar

News

Clinical Trials

Program Meetings

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities  

Position Available


 

Cancer Center Seminar

April 2, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB

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

Next seminar:
April 16, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Genetic interactions and association networks: Statistical models and algorithms
Yen-Yi Ho, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Biostatistics, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

View the Cancer Center Seminar calendar for a complete schedule and to watch recorded seminars.

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News  

 

Members in the news
The research of Jian-Ping Wang, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program member, was featured in Research@the U of M. Wang experiments with magnetic materials to develop systems for detecting cancer protein biomarkers for ovarian and breast cancers and others at early stages. Read more

Kudos
Congratulations to Patrick Flynn, M.D., who was honored with the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ David King Community Clinical Scientist Award. This award recognizes service, leadership and commitment to the oncology community.

 

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Clinical Trials


The following clinical trials conducted by Masonic Cancer Center members were recently opened: 

2011IS067
HM2011-14: A Phase I/II Trial of CLT-008 Myeloid Progenitor Cells in Patients Receiving Post-Remission Therapy for High Risk Leukemia or Myelodysplasia
PI: Ustun, Celalettin

2012IS025
MT2012-07: A Phase 1 Study of AC220 (ASP2689) as Maintenance Therapy in Subjects With Acute Myeloid Leukemia Who Have Been Treated With an Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant
PI: Ustun, Celalettin

2012NTUC049
Young and Strong: An Education and Supportive Care Intervention Study for Young Women with Breast Cancer
PI: Blaes, Anne

 

For more information on clinical trials contact Marva Bohen, R.N., B.S.N. (ccinfo@umn.edu,  612-624-2620).

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Program Meetings

 

Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar
Friday, April 12, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
The case for a ban on indoor tanning by minors
DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, Program Co-Leader, Prevention and Etiology
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota 

Visit the calendar for 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 10, 2013: Cancer Biology Journal Club

12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Investigating the CD4 T cell response to BCR-ABL+ leukemia
Katherine Vrieze, Ph.D., Cancer Biology Training Grant postdoctoral fellow, Farrar lab

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

April 10, 2013: Specialized Centers of Research on Sex Differences
12-1 p.m., 2-690 Moos Tower
Animal studies of sex differences in drug abuse and its treatment: Translational impact
Marilyn Carroll, Ph.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience

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 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.

June 22, 2013: Time to Fly 2013
Harriet Island Regional Park, St. Paul, Minn.
The Children's Cancer Research Fund's athletic fundraising event includes a 10K and 5K run, a 5K walk and a kids' fun run. Visit http://www.childrenscancer.org/timetofly/ for more information and to register.

September 18, 2013: Save the Date for Varsity Team Rally III!
6-9 p.m., Cancer/Cardiovascular Building, Biomedical Discovery District

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

 

News & Notices: 

NIH Updates Sequestration Information
Sally Rockey, Deputy Director for Extramural Research, has issued two new letters providing general information about how NIH intends to handle sequestration. SPA has links to these letters on their Sequestration website which is updated often. Click the title of this announcement to go directly to this website.

NCI Provocative Questions Teleconference
The NCI is once again looking for bold new approaches to answer 24 perplexing scientific questions identified by the community. See below for application information.

Join a teleconference on Friday, April 12, 2013, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. E.T., with Provocative Questions Program Director, Dr. Emily Greenspan. Ask general questions and obtain information on how to apply for PQ funding. No formal presentation is planned. You can join and exit the call at any point. Dial 1-866-734-3397 and provide participant number 5040755.

Funding Opportunities:

NCI Provocative Questions
National Cancer Institute
Letters of Intent Due: May 20, 2013
Applications Due: June 20, 2013
The provocative questions initiative has assembled a list of 24 important questions from the research community to stimulate the NCI's research communities to use laboratory, clinical and population sciences in especially effective and imaginative ways to answer the questions. The questions are categorized into 4 themes:

NCI Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant Program (NCI Omnibus R21)
Note: this PAR serves as NCI’s Parent R21 announcement
(PAR-13-146)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): June 28, 2013; October 28, 2013; See announcement for additional dates.
Funding: Standard R21 limits apply.

Innovative Research Methods: Prevention and Management of Symptoms in Chronic Illness
R01 (PA-13-165)
R15 (PA-13-166)
R21 (PA-13-167)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Funding: Standard limits apply. See announcements for additional information.

Visit the Funding News & Opportunities Web page to see listings previously published in Update and a list of organizations that provide funding for cancer research.

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Position Available


Postdoctoral Research Associate: A postdoctoral research associate position is immediately available in the lab of Dr. Jatinder Lamba with focus on the pharmacogenomics of anticancer drugs. The lab specifically focuses on identifying genetic mechanisms underlying inter-patient variation in clinical response. Experimental work in the lab involves use of molecular biology and tissue culture techniques involved in molecular pharmacology, molecular genetics and functional genomics. Required skills for this position includes technical and conceptual expertise in tissue culture techniques with emphasis siRNA mediated knockdown, in vitro cytotoxicy and apoptosis measurements of various cell lines. Understanding of the basic principles of genetics/pharmacogenetics would be preferred. Interested candidate please email your CV to Dr. Jatinder Lamba, lamba004@umn.edu.

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