Masonic Cancer Center

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MCC Update 08-06-13

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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.

NOTE: Update will be published bi-weekly until September 10, 2013.


August 6, 2013


In This Issue



Clinical Trials

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities



Members in the news

Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control, was quoted in stories on a study that could give the FDA data it would need to set new, lower nicotine levels in Convenience News Online and Washington Post.

Reuben Harris, Ph.D.,Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, was quoted in WCCO and MPR stories about an his research on an antiviral enzyme contributes to several forms of cancer.

Todd Tuttle, M.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Seattle Times story on how post-surgical photos may help women facing breast cancer.

Mark Osborne, Ph.D., and Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., were mentioned in a Star Tribune story about how informatics is helping doctors unlock medical msyteries.

The University of Minnesota and University of Alabama will share a $13.5 million grant to host a new center that will address health-care disparities affecting African American men. Selwyn Vickers, M.D., associate director, Translational Research and Tumor Microenvironment Program member, and Badrinath Konety, M.D., associate director, Clinical Affairs and Cell Signaling Program member, will lead the project at the U of M. Read more in Health Talk and the Pioneer Press.

Poster Registration opens for 4th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium
Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual Research Symposium to be held on October 16, 2013 in the Great Hall of Coffman Memorial Union from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The symposium will include a presentation by Douglas Yee, M.D., Director of the Masonic Cancer Center, two poster sessions, and a keynote speaker, the B.J. Kennedy Lecturer in Medical Oncology Carl June, M.D., Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy, Smilow Center for Translational Research, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.

Students, staff, postdocs and PIs are encouraged to participate and submit an abstract for the poster session. The poster format is changing this year. Visit the website for more information. A subcommittee will select the best abstract from each research program area for a special opportunity to have lunch with our keynote speaker. Registration deadline August 30, 2013. Register online.

MCC Launches Junior Faculty Mentorship Program
The Masonic Cancer Center is creating a Junior Faculty Mentorship program led by Drs. David Largaespada, Lisa Peterson and Dorothy Hatsukami. The goal of this program is to provide junior faculty with additional resources, career planning, and grant writing support to enhance tenure potential. A kick-off meeting will be held Monday, August 26, 12-1 p.m. in room 105 in 717 Delaware St. SE. At this meeting, participants will discuss ideas for useful mentoring strategies such as training seminar topics, grant review panels, and informal brainstorming sessions. Interested faculty may contact Elizabeth Fedie, for more information.


Congratulations to Bruce Blazar, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, who is the recipient of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund Land Grant Chair in Pediatric Oncology. Read more.

The following Masonic Cancer Center members were named 2013 Top Doctors by Mpls.St. Paul Magazine:
Peter A. Argenta, M.D.
Barbara J. Bowers, M.D.
Linda F. Carson, M.D.
Edward Y. Cheng, M.D.
Denis R. Clohisy, M.D.
Kathryn E. Dusenbery, M.D.
Maria R. Evasovich, M.D.
Melissa A. Geller, M.D.
Edward W.Greeno, M.D.
Dale E. Hammerschmidt, M.D.
Maria K. Hordinsky, M.D.
Amy L. Jonson, M.D.
Badrinath R. Konety, M.D., M.B.A.
Peter K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
Philip B. McGlave, M.D.
Robert D. Madoff, M.D.
Christopher L. Moertel, M.D.
Joseph P. Neglia, M.D., M.P.H.
Paul J. Orchard, M.D.
Mark T. Reding, M.D.
David A. Rothenberger, M.D.
Daniel A. Saltzman, M.D., Ph.D.
Marie E. Steiner, M.D., M.S.
Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D.
Carolyn J. Torkelson, M.D.
Todd M. Tuttle, M.D.
Gregory M. Vercellotti, M.D.
Selwyn M. Vickers, M.D., FACS
John E. Wagner, M.D.
Brenda J. Weigel, M.D., M.S.
Daniel J. Weisdorf, M.D.
Douglas Yee, M.D.
Bevan Yeuh, M.D.

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Clinical Trials

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

T2008-002 A Phase I Trial of NECTAR (Nelarabine, Etoposide, and Cyclophosphamide in T-ALL Relapse): A Joint Study of TACL and POIETIC
PI: Burke, Michael

HM2012-21: A Randomized, Open-label, Phase 3 Trial of A+AVD Versus ABVD as Frontline Therapy in Patients With Advanced Classical Hodgkin Lymphoma
PI: Bachanova, Veronika

HM2012-26 : A Phase I Study of De-immunized DI-Leu16-IL2 Immunocytokine in Patients with B-cell Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma
PI: Bachanova, Veronika

A phase III, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Vemurafenib vs. Vemurafenib plus GDC-0973 in previously untreated BRAF v600 mutation positive patients with unresectable locally advances or metastatic melanoma
PI: Rudrapatna, Venkatesh

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

Professional Education

August 8, 2013: Comparative Oncology Seminar
12-1 p.m., 280 VDL
Summer Scholars presentations by Frances Phan (Modiano lab), Rachel Spencer (Dickerson lab), and Chris Thomson (Pluhar lab).

August 19, 2013: Cancer and Health Disparities Summer Internship Program Poster Presentation Session
12-1 p.m., 717 Delaware Street, room 105

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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August 17, 2013: 2013 Twin Cities Breath of Hope Lung Run Walk
Lake Calhoun, Minneapolis
Join Masonic Cancer Center members Robert Kratzke, M.D., Naomi Fujioka, M.D., Manish Patel, D.O., and Chinsoo Cho, M.D., who are pledging to raise $2,500 as part of this event to raise funds for innovative lung cancer research.

September 7, 2013: HOM Silent No More Walk/Run for Ovarian Cancer
Rosland Park, Edina

September 18, 2013: Varsity Team Rally
6-9 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, U of M Biomedical District
Drive cancer research down the field at this unique, insider’s special event.  Help us raise $100,000 for high-priority cancer research projects at Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota. 

For more information and to register, visit

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

Developmental Research Program and Career Development Awards (PDF)
Sponsor: UAB/UMN SPORE in Pancreatic Cancer
Funding: Up to $50,000/year
Deadline: 4:00 p.m., August 23, 2013

AHC Small Grants Program (PDF)
Funding: $30,000 f0r one year
Deadline: September 20, 2013

Osteosarcoma Research RFP (PDF)
Sponsor: The Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund
Funding: Up to $500,000 for two years
Deadline: 4 p.m., August 26, 2013

Prostate Cancer Research Program
Department of Defense
Clinical Consortium Award
Prostate Cancer Pathology Resource Network Award

Deadline: Pre-application - 5 p.m. EST, September 18, 2013; Full application 11:59 p.m. EST October 9, 2014 

Visit the Funding Opportunities Web page to see listings previously published in Update. A list of organizations that provide funding for cancer research is also provided there.

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