Masonic Cancer Center

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MCC Update 3-26-13

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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.

March 26, 2013


In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar


Clinical Trials

Program Meetings

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities  

Cancer Center Seminar

March 26, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Targeting cancer stem cells and APOBEC3 enzymes with reactive small molecules
Daniel Harki, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota

Next seminar:
April 2, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Regulation of cancer cell metabolism
Matthew Vander Heiden, M.D., Ph.D., Howard S. and Linda B. Stern Career Development Assistant Professor of Biology, The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Minnesota

Host: Ameeta Kelekar

See the Cancer Center Seminar calendar to see future seminars and to watch recorded seminars.

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New Masonic Cancer website - Some tips

Please note that the urls that users may have bookmarked will no longer work on our new website.  Here are some changes to note:

  • The footer of every page includes links for researchers and staff to OnCore login, Member Directory, Shared Resources, Find a Clinical Trial and the Intranet.
  • Shared Resources are listed under the Research link in the left navigation of every page. Please use this path to find pages that you use with online calendars.
  • The Google calendar on the home page lists all Masonic Cancer Center meetings, seminars, and cancer-related events. This is updated daily.
  • Please contact Sandi Sherman,, 626-0671 with any questions or problems with the site.

Members in the news
John Wagner, M.D
., co-leader of the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was interviewed on NBC’s Rock Center on why some donors don’t follow through with their donations. The story highlights the successful fight to compensate bone marrow donors which a mother of girls in need of transplants waged.

Congratulations to Lee Wattenberg, M.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, on being named an American Association for Cancer Research Academy Fellow. The AACR Academy was established to recognize and honor distinguished scientists whose scientific contributions have resulted in significant innovation and progress in the fight against cancer. Wattenberg is in the inaugural class of Fellows of the AACR Academy and will be inducted in a ceremony on April 5, 2013 in Washington, D.C.

Kersey Lectureship scheduled for April 17 canceled
The Kersey Lectureship scheduled for April 17 with Professor Mel Greaves speaking has been canceled.

2013 Institute for Molecular Virology (IMV) Symposium
Registration and submission of abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the 2013 IMV Symposium is now open! The registration/abstract submission link and further info can be found at:

Deadline for registration/abstract submission is at 5pm on Monday, April 22th, 2013.

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Clinical Trials

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

COG ACNS0821 - Temozolomide with Irinotecan versus temozolomine, Irinotecan plus Bevacizumab (NSC# 704865, BB-IND# 7921) for Recurrent/Refractory Medulloblastoma/CNS PNET of Childhood, A COG Randomized Phase II Screening Trial
PI: Moertel, Christopher

COG ACNS0334 - Combination Chemotherapy Followed By Peripheral Stem Cell Transplant in Treating Young Patients With Newly Diagnosed Supratentorial Primitive Neuroectodermal Tumors or High-Risk Medulloblastoma (MT2013-08)
PI: Moertel, Christopher

MT 2012-03: A Phase 1/2 Study of CNDO-109-Activated Allogeneic Natural Killer Cells in Patients with High Risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia in First Complete Remission (CR1)
PI: Cooley, Sarah

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

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Program Meetings

Cell Signaling Program
Friday, March 29, 2013, 9:15-10:15 a.m., 450 MCRB
AR gene rearrangements in prostate cancer: developing new tools to study new tricks of an old cancer therapy target
Scott Dehm, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Lab Medicine and Pathology

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

BMT Program Meeting
Monday, April 1, 2013, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings

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Professional Education

March 27, 2013: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Juan Abrahante Llorens, Starr lab, will discuss "Cancer driver-passenger distinction via sporadic human and dog cancer comparison: a proof-of-principle study with colorectal cancer," Tang J, et al., Oncogene 2013;1-9.

March 28, 2013, Department of Chemistry Etter Lecture
9:45 a.m., 331 Smith Hall
Polymer nano-assemblies for targeted bioresponsive cancer delivery
Paula T. Hammond, Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

March 8, 2013: NCI Webinar: Transforming the NCI Clinical Trials System
2 p.m. Central
Speaker: Margaret Mooney, M.D., M.B.A., Branch Chief, Clinical Investigations Branch Divisio of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis, National Cancer Institute
Audio dial in: 1-800-779-4606; Participant passcode: 8808125
Webinar: ; Conference number: PW9140690; Audience passcode: 8808125

April 5, 2013: 51st Annual J.S. and H.R. Blumenthal Memorial Lectureship
11:45 a.m., Coffman Theater
The HIV Vaccine Problem
Michel C. Nussenzweig, M.D., Ph.D.
Investigator Howard Hughes Medical Institute,
Rockefeller University, Elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 2011

Lunch will be served.

Sponsored by: Center for Immunology, Departments of Medicine, Pediatrics and Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

April 11, 2013: Comparative Oncology Seminar
12-1 p.m., 280 Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
Diffuse large b-cell lymphoma
Daisuko Ito, Ph.D.

April 11, 2013: University of Minnesota Physicians Cancer Care Service Line Dinner and Workshop
5:30-8 p.m., University Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Avenue SE

Reservations can be made online.

April 14-16, 2013: Minnesota Hospice and Palliative Care Conference
DoubleTree Bloomington South, 7800 Normandale Blvd., Bloomington, MN 55439-3147

For more information visit the website.

May 23, 2013: Save the Date: Chemical Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium
8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
The symposium will feature scientists from academia and industry speaking on their research at the intersection of chemistry, biology and medicine.

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.

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

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April 6, 2013: 8th Annual Survivorship Series
8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, Minn.
This annual conference focuses on questions and issues survivors and their families may face after cancer treatment or following stem cell transplantation. Cancer survivors ages 16 and older, parents, spouses, significant others of cancer survivors, health care professionals, school administrators, and social workers can benefit from this educational conference.

Registration is now open. Click here to register or call 612-624-2620.

April 19-21: Stick it to Cancer Tournament
National Sports Center, 1700 105th Avenue, Blaine, MN  55449
The Stick it to Cancer Tournament is a benefit to support the fight against breast cancer. In 2012 the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota was the designated donation recipient, receiving $85,000 of the proceeds for this event. Come join more than 100 teams as they skate in support of family and friends in their fight against breast cancer.

For more information, visit the website.

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

Visit the Upcoming Events page for a complete listing of events.

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Request for applications: 2013 Undergraduate Research Program
Sponsor: Center for Health Equity and Clinical and Translational Science Institute Undergraduate Research Program
Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2013

A joint program of the Center for Health Equity and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute is seeking applications from students enrolled at colleges and universities in Minnesota who are interested in health equity or minority health research. A stipend is available for the duration of the position in summer 2013. Up to 10 students will be selected. Applications are due by noon Friday, March 29. Learn more

Pilot Grants in Community and Population Health
Sponsor: Office of Community Engagement in Health
Deadline: May 24, 2013
The Office of Community Engagement for Health annually awards pilot grants to community-university partnerships to stimulate new research in the area of community and population health. A pre-application workshop will be held 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, March 25, at 717 Delaware Street SE, Room 105, Minneapolis. Full proposals are due Friday, May 24. Learn more

Developmental Center for AIDS Research Request for Applications
The purpose of this funding initiative is to support new and novel HIV/AIDS research at the University of Minnesota (UMN). Initiation of this pilot grant program is intended to strengthen a D-CFAR grant application to the NIH. Visit the website or email to request the guidelines.

Visit the Funding News & Opportunities Web page to see listings previously published in Update. Also, a list of organizations that provide funding for cancer research is provided on our Research Funding Resources page.

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