Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

MCC Update 05-28-13

Update is available on the web at http://cancer.umn.edu/news/mcc-update-newsletter/index.htm.

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 28, 2013

 

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar

News

Clinical Trials

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities


Cancer Center 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

Note: This is the last Cancer Center Seminar for the academic year.

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

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News  

Members in the news

David Largaespada, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, and Eric Rahrmann, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow, were featured in a Health Talk story about the development of a new mouse model of malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors (MPNST) that allow them to discover new genes and gene pathways driving this type of cancer. Their research was published last week in the journal Nature Genetics. Read more.

Dan Kaufman, Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a Health Talk story about a recent study he led that found a process for mass-producing human natural killer (NK) cells to make them available for clinical-scale use. Read more.

Timothy Church, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiolgoy Program, was quoted in several news outlets on the New England Journal of Medicine paper reporting that CT scans pick up more lung tumors than chest X-rays. See MedScape, Oncology Report, Science Daily, MedPage Today, Monthly Prescribing Reference.

DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader, Prevention and Etiology Program, discussed this year’s changes to sunscreen labels in Health Talk

American Cancer Society launches new cancer prevention research study
The American Cancer Society is launches its Cancer Prevention Study 3 and is soliciting volunteers between ages 30-65 to participate in a large registry to evaluation genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors that can cause or prevent cancer. Enrollment is free and will take place at various locations around the Twin Cities June 11-27, 2013. A screening day will be held Wednesday, June 19, 2013, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Moos Tower. You can sign up at www.cps3TwinCities.org.

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Clinical Trials

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

2012CG072
A Limited Access Phase II Trial Utilizing Bioimpedance to Measure Lower Extremity Lymphedema Associated with Surgical Management of Vulvar Cancer GOG-0269
PI: Argenta, Peter

2012IS064
A Randomized, phase II, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled study evaluating the efficacy and safety of Onartuzumab (Met MAb) in combination with either Bevacizumab + Platinum + Paclitaxel or Pemetrexed + Platinum as first-line treatment in patients with stage IIIB or IV non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) (GO27821)
PI: Patel, Manish

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

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Professional Education

May 30, 2013: Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium meeting
12-3 p.m., The Hormel Institute, 801 16th Ave. NE, Austin, Minn.
Contact Steve Hecht at hecht002@umn.edu to request a point on the agenda.

RSVP to carls307@umn.edu.

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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Events 

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

Lung Cancer Research Program
Sponsor: Department of Defense
Deadline: Pre-application: June 20, 2013; Application by invitation only: October 16, 2013

Peer-Reviewed Cancer Research Program
Sponsor: Department of Defense
Deadlines: Pre-Application : July 16, 2013; Application invitation only: October 22, 2013

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

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