Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

MCC Update 05-14-13

May 14, 2013


In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar


Program Meetings

Professional Education




Cancer Center Seminar

No May 14 seminar due to speaker cancellation.

The next seminar will be:

May 21, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Control of autophagy by nutrient and hormonal signaling
Thomas Neufeld, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

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

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Members in the news
Gunda Georg, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Program, was featured by the Minnesota Daily for her outstanding work in her field. Vadim Gurvich, Ph.D., was also quoted. Read more.  

Members receive grants
Two members were awarded grants through Randy Shaver Cancer Research & Community Fund: 

Timothy Starr, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program: “A model for rapidly testing multiple ovarian cancer therapeutics.” Starr will work to create a model that can accurately predict whether or not two or more ovarian cancer drugs will effectively treat ovarian cancers with known genetic mutations.
Martina Bazzaro, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program” Ovarian cancer early detection and improved survival.:” Bazzaro is developing a new early detection method for ovarian cancer.

Timothy Starr, Ph.D., also is the recipient of a 2-year Grant-in-Aid of Research, Artistry and Scholarship from the Office of the Vice-President of Research.

Congratulations for Debra Herzan, R.N., Senior Research Nurse Clinician, who received the Joan K. Mauer Memorial Award for Excellence in Clinical Trial Audits and Quality Assurance from the NCI Cancer Therapy Evaluation Program’s Clinical Trial Monitoring Branch. Herzan was nominated by Dr. David Hurd in recognition of her dedication as a volunteer auditor for CALGB.

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Program Meetings 

Tumor Microenvironment Program
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 9:15-10:15 a.m., 450 MCRB
Neural Mechanisms of Cancer Pain.
Donald A Simone, Ph.D., Professor, Interim Department Chair, Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences, Division Director. Division of Basic Sciences 

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.  

BMT Program Meeting

Monday, May 20, 2013, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB
Highly active cell therapy of leukemia
Stephen A. Grupp, M.D., Ph.D., Children's Hospital of Philadelphia 

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

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Professional Education

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

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:

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
The symposium will feature scientists from academia and industry speaking on their research at the intersection of chemistry, biology and medicine.

June 10, 2013: Impact of Genomics on Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Open Drug Policy Forum
Wolstein Research Building Auditorium, Case Western Reserve University
Sponsors include Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Karmanos Cancer Institute, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute

Visit the website for more information.

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.

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.

September 26-27, 2013: The Second Minnesota Neuro-Oncology Symposium: Basic Discovery Accelerating Groundbreaking Brain Tumor Therapy
McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, Minn.
Presented by: The Brain Tumor Program, Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital

For more information and to register visit the website.

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

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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:; 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 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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