Masonic Cancer Center

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MCC Update 05-21-13

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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,, by noon on Friday for publication the following Tuesday.

May 21, 2013


In This Issue

Director's Message

Cancer Center Seminar


Program Meetings

Professional Education


Employment Opportunities

Director's Message

Dear Masonic Cancer Center members,

You may already know about the American Cancer Society's Cancer Prevention Study 3. Please find an announcement asking for volunteers for the new study. ACS is soliciting volunteers between ages 30 and 65 years old to participate in a large registry designed to evaluate genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that cause or prevent cancer. A screening day will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Moos Tower. You can sign up at

CPS-1 and CPS-2 have been pivotal in our understanding of cancer risks. While it seems obvious to say this now, CPS-1 was critical in evaluating the link between smoking and lung cancer. In addition, other important information, such as the role of obesity, physical activity, aspirin, etc, have been discovered in these studies. 

Feel free to send this e-mail to other friends or family; it gives us all a chance to participate in cancer research.


Douglas Yee, M.D.


Cancer Center Seminar

 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, Biology and Development

Next seminar:
May 28, 2103, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
T cell responses to self- and chronic viral-antigens
Vaiva Vezys, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Minnesota

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

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Members in the news
Todd Tuttle, M.D., M.S., Prevention and Etiology Program, shared medical insight on Angelina Jolie’s decision to undergo a double mastectomy following her diagnosis with the BRCA1 gene in stories in the following news outlets: KARE-TV, NPR, NBC News, Huffington Post, MPR, Chicago Tribune, Fiscal Times, Globe and Mail, Popular Science, Health Talk

Members receive grants
Navneet Mahail, Ph.D., has been award a 3-year $1.34 million grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute for his project “Individualized care plans for hematopoietic cell transplant survivors,” a multicenter randomized study of a personalized survivor care plan developed from a national transplant outcomes registry, the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research, versus no survivor care plan.

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Program Meetings 

Cell Signaling Program
Friday, May 24, 2013, 9:15-10:15 a.m., 656 MCRB
Jon Hawkinson, Ph.D., Director, High Throughput Screening, Institute for Therapeutics Discovery & Development, Research Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

BMT Program Meeting
No meeting due to Memorial Day holiday.Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

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Professional Education

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 22, 2013: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Chris Clark will discuss “Genomic and Epigenomic Landscapes of Adult De Novo Acute Myeloid Leukemia,” The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network. New Engl J Med. 2013

Note: This is the last journal club of the academic year.

May 22, 2013: The 22nd Annual Mark E. Nesbit Lectureship in Pediatric Oncology
12:15-1:15 p.m., Brennan Center, East Building, Lobby level, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital
Long-term Outcomes Among Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancer
Les Robison, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

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:

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 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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Funding Opportunities

Scholar Awards
V Foundation
Funding: $200,000 over 2 years
Internal Selection Deadline: May 31, 2013
Notification of Selected Applicant: June 4, 2013
Application Receipt Date(s): July 1, 2013

2013 Department of Defense Research Programs
Department of Defense
Note:  Additional Program Announcements will be released at later dates, so check site often.

Biomarker Development Award
Biomarker Development Award – Partnering PI Option
Preapplication due: June 19, 2013
Full application due: October 9, 2013
Funding: $2.25M Direct Costs over 3 years

Idea Development Award – Established Investigator
Idea Development Award – New Investigator
Preapplication due: June 19, 2013
Full application due: October 2, 2013
Funding: Established - $375K; New - $225K Direct Costs over 3 years

Laboratory-Clinical Transition Award
Preapplication due: June 19, 2013
Full application due: October 9, 2013
Funding: $1.5M Direct Costs over 3 years

Synergistic Idea Development Award
Preapplication due: June 19, 2013
Full application due: October 9, 2013
Funding: $750K Direct Costs over 3 years

Transformative Impact Award
Transformative Impact Award – Partnering PI Option
Preapplication due: June 19, 2013
Full application due: October 9, 2013
Funding: $5M Direct Costs over 3 years


A list of organizations that provide funding for cancer research is provided on our Research Funding Resources page.

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Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Associate Position Available
Postdoctoral position to investigate the role of genetic variation in DNA repair. The goal of this project is to measure inter-individual differences in the repair of tobacco-related DNA damage in human lymphocytes and compare these differences to the toxic and mutagenic effects of the tobacco carcinogens. The specific responsibilities will be to treat cells with chemical carcinogens/mutagens and measure cytotoxic and genotoxic effects of these chemicals as well as determine DNA adduct repair rates by mass spectrometric methods. This research will involve DNA isolation from cells as well as molecular biological techniques. The individual will then interact with geneticists and biostatisticians to determine if genetic variation influences the phenotypic differences measured in the lab. Interested individuals can apply to this position, requisition 184038. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.

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