Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

MCC Update 05-07-13

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.

May 7, 2013

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar

News

Clinical Trials

Program Meetings

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities


Cancer Center Seminar

No seminar due to speaker cancellation.

Next seminar:
May 14, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Prostate Cancer Update: PSA screening, imaging and active surveillance
Christopher Warlick, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Urologic Surgery, 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 May issue of Association of American Cancer Institutes Update includes an item marking the death of John Kersey, founding director of the Masonic Cancer Center. Read more.

Members received Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance grants
Masonic Cancer Center researcher received four of the five grants awarded by the Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance, which announcement a record $425,000 in funding for ovarian cancer research. The funded research projects include

  • “Targeting resistance associated pathways in ovarian cancer”: Martina Bazzaro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, University of Minnesota, Tumor Microenvironment Program - $85,000
  • “NK cell immunotherapy of ovarian cancer”: Melissa Geller, M.D., M.S., Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health, Transplant Biology and Therapy Program - $85,000
  • “Identification and validation of ovarian cancer protein biomarkers in routine Pap tests”: Amy Skubitz, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Minnesota, Tumor Microenvironment Program -  $85,000
  • “Bio-engineering new biological drugs that target cancer stem cells in ovarian cancer”: Daniel Vallera, Ph.D., Professor of Therapeutic Radiology/Radiation Oncology, University of Minnesota, Tumor Microenvironment Program - $85,000

The final $85,000 grant was awarded to Ellen Goode, Ph.D., Department of Health Sciences Research, Division of Epidemiology, Mayo Clinic for her project “Interactions between lifestyle, tumor features and clinical factors in outcome of ovarian cancer.”

Masonic Cancer Clinic receives Quality Oncology Practice Initiative certification
The University of Minnesota Physicians Masonic Cancer Clinic has been recognized by the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPIR) Certification Program, which is an affiliate of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The three-year certification for outpatient hematology-oncology practices that meet the highest standards for quality cancer care.

Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation produces sarcoma education video
Ruth Bachman, chair of the Masonic Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board, is among the participants in a new sarcoma educational video produced by the video Karen Wyckoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation. View the video.

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Clinical Trials

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

2012CG091
COG ADVL1212 - A Phase I Study of Crizotinib in Combination with Conventional Chemotherapy for Relapsed or Refractory Solid Tumors or Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma
PI: Greengard, Emily

2012NTIS057
TAP SUB-STUDY - The BEACON Study (BrEAst Cancer Outcomes with NKTR-102): A Phase 3 Open-Label, Randomized, Multicenter Study of NKTR-102 versus Treatment of Physician’s Choice (TPC) in Patients with Locally Recurrent or Metastatic Breast Cancer Previously Treated with an Anthracycline, a Taxane, and Capecitabine
PI: Potter, David

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, May 10, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
From genes to metabolism to behavior: Why study the genetics of nicotine addiction?
A. Joseph Bloom, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, Washington University

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

Cancer Detection, Treatment and Survivorship Program Seminar
Monday, May 13, 2013, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 2-110 Weaver-Densford Hall

Stephanie Misono, M.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, University of Minnesota

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

BMT Program Meeting
Monday, May 13, 2013, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB
The XX Factor
Shernan Holtan, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Center for Hematologic Malignancies, Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Knight Cancer Institute, Oregon Health Sciences University

Host: Daniel Weisdorf, M.D.

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

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Professional Education

May 8, 2013: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Convergence of oxidative stress sensing, metabolic reprogramming and apoptotic evasion in cancer
Eric Hanse, Cancer Biology Training Grant predoctoral fellow, Kelekar lab 

May 9, 2013: Comparative Oncology Seminar
12-1- p.m., 280 VDL
New treatment option for Osteosarcoma: Salmonella IL-2?
Vicki Wilke

Pizza will be provided.

May 9, 2013: Specialized Centers of Research on Sex Differences (SCOR) Seminar: Stress and Smoking Relapse: Biological and Psychological Mechanisms
12-1 p.m., 2-580 Moos Tower
Mustafa al'Absi, Ph.D., Professor, Biobehavioral Health, Family Medicine, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Max & Mary LaDue Pickworth Chair, Director, Duluth Medical Research Institute, University of Minnesota Medical School

Light lunch will be provided. 

May 10, 2013: Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Leukemia Program
8 a.m., Mayo 3-125
Investigating the Development and Therapy of c-KIT Dependent AML
Peter Gordon, M.D., instructor in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Harvard Medical School, attending physician in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Boston Children’s Hospital/Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Dr. Gordon is a candidate for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Leukemia Program faculty position.

Contact Rick Jacobson, 626-5501; rickj@umn.edu for more information.

May 10, 2013: Third Annual Seymour H. Levitt Lecture: "Promises and pitfalls of proton therapy"
4 p.m., Moos Tower 2-530
Nancy Mendenhall, M.D., James E. Lockwood Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Florida College of Medicine, Medical director, University of Florida Proton Therapy Institute

Refreshments will be provided.

May 17, 2013: Division of Epidemiology and Community Health Seminar
10-11 a.m., WBOB, 1300 S. 2nd St., Room 364
Scott M. Langevin, Ph.D., MHA, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Brown University, Providence, R.I.

May 21, 2013: 6th Annual Biomedical Sciences Research Recognition Day
10:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Coffman Union Great Hall
Keynote speaker: Mario Capecchi, Ph.D., 2007 Nobel Prize Laureate, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of Utah School of Medicine
“Gene targeting into the 21st century: Mouse models of human disease from cancer to neuropsychiatric disorders”

Graduate student poster session from 6 Biomedical Sciences Programs will be on display. Lunch and refreshments is provided. Registration is required for this free event. Register by May 10 at http://orbs.umn.edu/gradresearchday/

May 23, 2013: Chemical Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., MCB 3-120
This is a day-long event designed to highlight research at the interface of chemistry and biology and to facilitate discussion between graduate students and distinguished researchers. A complete schedule can be found on the symposium website: http://www.chem.umn.edu/bio/Symposium2013/index.html

Graduate students and post docs in the chemical and biological sciences are additionally invited to participate in the midday poster session by submitting a poster title and abstract. Please register by May 13th using this form. Registration includes lunch and light snacks, as well as ample opportunity to interact with our speakers.

Questions may be addressed to chemcbit@umn.edu.

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. For more information visit the website.

Registration is now open online.

September 16, 2013: 10th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference – “Optimizing Women’s Health Through a Life Course Approach”
McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak St, Minneapolis, Minn.
Keynote Speakers:
Paula Braveman, M.D., M.P.H., Professor, Family and Community Medicine, University of California-San Francisco
Janet Rich-Edwards, ScD, M.P.H., Investigator, Nurses’ Health Study, Harvard School of Public Health

To register visit the website.  

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

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Events 

June 2, 2013: Growing Through the Narrow Spots
5-7 p.m., Indoor Club, TCF Bank Stadium, 420 23rd Avenue SE, Minneapolis, Minn.
Special Guest Host: James Denton
June 2, National Cancer Survivors Day, is also the launch date for Ruth Bachman's new book, Growing Through the Narrow Spots." Please join Ruth Bachman and James Denton for this fun and inspirational evening. This will be the first annual event in the Twin Cities in honor of "National Cancer Survivors Day" - a celebration of survivors, their families and support networks.The evening will include musical and meaningful entertainment accompanied by wine and appetizers.

Attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the book. Proceeds raised from the event will benefit a number of worthy organizations whose missions fund cancer research, education, and advocacy.

Ticket Price: $50/person.

For more information: mruth@ruthbachman.com; 612-770-1010

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 

FY13 Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)
Deadlines: Pre application June 12, 2013; full application August 28, 2013
Ovarian Cancer Academy Award – Early Career Investigator
Ovarian Cancer Research Program Pilot Award
Ovarian Cancer Research Program Teal Innovator Award

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

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