Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

MCC Update 06-04-13

Update is available on the web at

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,, by Noon on the Fridays for publication the following Tuesday.

NOTE: Update will be published bi-weekly beginning with this issue. Weekly publication will resume on September 10, 2013.


June 4, 2013


In This Issue


Program Meetings

Professional Education



Members in the news

Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, is a member of one of two research teams funded by a $1.5 million from the AKC Canine Health Foundation and the Golden Retriever Foundation. A story on in Houston explains that the foundations joined forces to uncover answers for canine cancer. Read more.


Craig Hedberg, Ph.D.,and Kristin Anderson, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, shared tips for the grilling season on Health Talk.


Elizabeth Pluhar, D.V.M, Ph.D., Immunology Program and director of the Canine Brain Tumor Clinical Trials Program at the School of Veterinary Medicine, was quoted in a Toronto Star story about a beagle in Georgetown, Ontario successfully treated for brain cancer at the U of M. Read more.

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Program Meetings

Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar
Friday, June 14, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Intranasal Instillation: A Promising Route for Direct Delivery of Chemopreventive Agents to the Lung
Fekadu Kassie, D.V.M., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Masonic Cancer Center

Tobacco Biomarkers in Head and Neck Cancer: Update
Samir Khariwala, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

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Professional Education

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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