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MCC Update 04-23-13

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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 23, 2013


In This Issue

 

Cancer Center Seminar

News

Clinical Trials

Program Meetings

Professional Education

Events


Cancer Center 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

Next seminar:
April 23, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Reconstructing early steps of breast tumorigenesis: Mechanistic insights into tumor initiation and dormancy
Cheuk T. Leung, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology

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

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News

In the news
A story in the April 10 Star Tribune about the Twin Cities’ medical technology industry mentioned the Biomedical Discovery District and Cancer Cardiovascular Research Building as examples of high-profile projects in the industry.

Members receive grants

Troy Lund, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program member, received a grant from the Minnesota Vikings Fund for his study “Mechanisms of Oxidative Stress in Young Blood Cells.”

Lee Wattenberg, M.D., and Frank Ondrey, M.D., Ph.D., were one of 12 recipients of awards in 2012 for the NCI PREVENT program. They received $500,000 to study Metformin/ Pioglitazone combinatorial chemoprevention for lung cancer prevention in mice with the goal of reaching a stage where it can be translated into a clinical trial in humans.

U of M dermatologists offer 29th annual free skin cancer screenings
The University of Minnesota's Dermatology Department offers free skin cancer screenings as part of Melanoma Monday, an event sponsored by the American Academy of Dermatology. Sunscreen samples and literature about skin cancer will also be available. The screenings are offered on a first-come, first-serve basis, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday, May 6. No appointment is necessary. The screenings will be conducted at the University of Minnesota Dermatologic Surgery and Laser Center, Phillips-Wangensteen Building, 4th floor, Clinic 4A. For more information visit www.dermatology.umn.edu, or call (612) 626-4454.

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Clinical Trials

2012CG003
CITN 11-02: A phase 1 study of recombinant human IL15 (rhIL15) in adults with advanced solid tumors
PI: Miller, Jeffrey

2012NTLS119
MT2012-22R:Mechanisms of Treatment Responsiveness and Resistance in Myeloid Malignancies
PI: Eckfeldt, Craig

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

Tumor Microenvironment Program Meeting
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 9:15-10:15 a.m.
Cancer cells and sensory neurons: Mechanisms underlying pain and opportunities for analgesia through ethanolamines
Virginia Seybold, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neuroscience

Visit the calender for a schedule of meetings.

BMT Program Meeting
Monday, April 22, 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 17, 2013: Cancer Biology Research Club
12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Casey Dorr, Ph.D., Starr lab, will discuss “CUL3 and NRF2 mutations confer an NRF2 activation phenotype in a sporadic form of papillary renal cell carcinoma,” Ooi A, et al., Cancer Research 2013;73(7); 2044-2051.

April 17, 2013: Gyn Onc Translational Working Group
2 p.m., Campus Club
Genetic Engineering New Targeting Agents for Ovarian Cancer Therapy
Daniel Vallera, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program

May 23, 2013: 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 a complete listing of events.

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