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MCC Update 09-03-13

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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, sherm019@umn.edu, by noon on Friday for publication the following Tuesday.

 

September 3, 2013

 

In This Issue

 

News

Clinical Trials

Program Meetings

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities

Position Available


Members in the news

A commentary by Anne Joseph, M.D.,co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Program, about the health debate surrounding electronic cigarettes was featured in the New York Times.
Robert Jeffery, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was mentioned in a Forbes story about putting the ‘health” back into health insurance.

Kudos
Congratulations to Ashok Saluja, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Program, who will be honored with the prestigious George Palade Medalat the Joint Meeting of the International Association of Pancreatology & the Korean Pancreatobiliary Association, to be held September 4-7, 2013, in Seoul Korea.

Friday is last day to register for Second Minnesota Neuro-Oncology Symposium
Friday, September 6 is the final day to register for a guaranteed spot at the Second Annual Neuro-Oncology Symposium. See below for more details.

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Clinical Trials

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

2013CG028
GROningen INternational Study on Sentinel nodes in Vulvar cancer (GROINSS-V) -An Observational Study GOG 270
PI: Argenta, Peter

2013LS005
MT2013-10: A single-arm, open-label, proof-of-concept study to evaluate the safety and tolerability of infusing HSC835
in patients with hematological malignancies using a non-myeloablative conditioning regimen
PI: Wagner, John

2013NTLS035
Vascular Assessment in Breast Cancer Survivors Taking Aromatase Inhibitors
PI: Blaes, Anne

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

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Program Meetings

Cell Signaling Program
Tuesday, September 3,2 013, 9:30-10:30, 450 MCRB
ENCODE datasets and other useful bioinformatics tools on the web
Tim Starr, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program 

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program
Friday, September 6, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Implementation of pharmacogenomics in cancer therapies
Brian Van Ness, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Bharat Thyagarajan, M.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, Director, Molecular Diagnostics

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar
12:15-1:15 p.m., 2-580 Moos Tower
Collaborating with HealthPartners and the HMO Cancer Research Network: A new opportunity
Pamala Pawloski, PharmD, Cancer Research Network Scholar, Clinical Pharmacy Researcher, Health Partners Institute for Education and Research

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

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Professional Education

September 3, 2013: Program in Health Disparities Research Monthly Meeting
1-2 p.m., Room 105, 717 Delaware
Kola Okuyemi, M.D., Ph.D., Director, Program in Health Disparities Research, Director, Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations (MC3), Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

A light lunch will be served at 12:50 p.m. RSVP to phdr@umn.edu.

September 4, 2013: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Luke Manlove, Farrar lab, will be discussing "BACH2 mediates negative selection and p53-dependent tumor suppression at the pre-B cell receptor checkpoint," Swaminathan S et al., Nature Medicine 2013;19:1014-1023.

September 4, 2013: College of Veterinary Medicine Research Seminar
3 p.m., 3:00 p.m., 125 Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine Building, 1988 Fitch Avenue, St. Paul campus
Translating DRiPs for Immunosurveillance: Illustrating the Case for Curiosity Driven Research
Dr. Jon Yewdell, Laboratory of Viral Diseases, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Laboratory of Viral Diseases. Cellular Biology and Viral Immunology Section

For more information, contact Jessica Raines-Jones at raine034@umn.edu or 612-624-3002.

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 

Last day to register is September 6. For more information and to register visit the website

September 26, 2013: Cancer Care Service Line Dinner and Workshop
5:30-8 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, Maroon and Gold Room
This event is a great way to meet colleagues and make connections across the campus and community clinics, while providing input on important service line initiatives.

Agenda includes:

  • Update from Bobbi Daniels, MD and Carolyn Wilson
  • Summary of service line performance, key initiatives and strategic planning
  • Discussion session: The future of cancer care
  • Continuing progress towards a multidisciplinary practice by disease teams regardless of clinic location
  • Redesigning care coordination - changing roles and responsibilities
  • Implementing new care models

Register on the website.

October 16, 2013: 4th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium
10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union
The Masonic Cancer Center Science Council announces its Fourth Annual Research Symposium 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, and two poster session periods. Keynote speaker: Carl June, M.D., B.J. Kennedy Lecturer in Medical Oncology Richard W. Vague Professor in Immunotherapy Smilow Center for Translational Research Perelman School of Medicine University of Pennsylvania

For more information visit the website.

October 28, 2013: Department of Radiology Grand Rounds
5 p.m., Center for Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 2nd floor conference room
Innovation in Breast MRI
Don Plewes, M.D., University of Toronto

New clinical developments in Breast MRI-where will we be in 5 years?
Steve Harms, M.D., Mana Medical Associates

November 20, 2013: Save the Date: Poster Session & Awards Banquet
4-7 p.m., Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul, Minn. Poster session at 4:00; banquet at 5:30
The Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR), Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI), and Center for Health Equity (CHE) will hold their 2013 Poster Session and Awards Banquet where research presentations from the PHDR Pilot Grants in Health Disparities Research program, CTSI Collaborative Pilot Grant awardees, and research poster presentations from CHE/CTSI Scholars will be given. This poster session will also feature pilot grant awardees and the work of local community organizations dedicated to reducing health disparities.

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

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Events 

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

September 15, 2013: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network PurpleRide
8 a.m., Elm Creek Regional Park, 12400 James Deane Parkway, Maple Grove, Minn. 55369
Please join us in the fight against Pancreatic Cancer! The University of Minnesota Team "U" Can Make Difference will be riding on Sunday September 15th, 2013 for the Annual PurpleRide event sponsored by the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network. This is a fun-filled family event and will consist of an 8 and 25 mile bike ride with all proceeds going toward the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network for pancreatic cancer research. Joining our team is easy! If interested please visit the website at www.purpleride.org and click on team: "U" Can Make a Difference." Can't make it that day and/or want more information? Donate online or buy one of our t-shirts to show your support by contacting Sheila Bohnsack at sbohnsac@umn.edu or 612-625-7936. Hope to see you there!

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 www.drivecancerresearch.org.

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

News & Notices

2013 Masonic Cancer Center Internal Grants Program
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
Required Statement of Intent:  Friday, September 20, 2013 (submit online)
Application Deadline:  November 1, 2013
Funding:  see table below

Six internal grant mechanisms are available through the Masonic Cancer Center.  Finding and award info is summarized in the table below.  The goal of these programs is to foster the development of and provide support for novel research ideas that focus on a problem in cancer. In turn, the Masonic Cancer Center expects that internal funding will lead to nationally peer reviewed funding. 

Brainstorm Award

2

$50,000

Cancer Detection, Treatment and Survivorship Award

1

$25,000

Cancer Prevention & Control Award

1-2

$25,000

Hematologic Malignancy Innovations Award

2

$25,000

Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC^2) Award

1

$50,000

Translational Breast Cancer Research Award

2

$25,000

If you have questions, please contact Aaron Schilz, Research Grant Coordinator at the Masonic Cancer Center (schil226@umn.edu; 612-6243-0650).

Additional Funding Opportunities

Research Grants
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF)

  • ‘A’ Awards
    Deadline: September 16, 2013
    Funding: $375,000 total over 3 years
  • Reach Awards
    Deadline: October 15, 2013
    Funding: $250,000 total over 2 years
  • Epidemiology Grants
    Deadline: December 16, 2013
    Funding: $200,000 total over 2 years

2013 Breast Cancer Research Program Breakthrough Award
Sponsor: Department of Defense
Preapplication Deadline: October 8, 2013
Full Application Deadline: January 15, 2014
Funding: $350,000 - $700,000 direct costs over 3 years (depending on funding level requested)

Pancreatic Cancer Action Network Research Grants Program
Sponsor: Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and American Association for Cancer Research
Deadlines: Multiple; see announcement
Funding: See announcement
Funding is available for postdoctoral/clinical research fellows as well as for junior and senior independent researchers. The proposed research must be directly relevant to pancreatic cancer. More information about the grants program, including eligibility criteria and application due dates and procedures, is available at http://www.pancan.org/2014grants.

Institute of Engineering in Medicine 2014 Seed Grants Program
Deadline: October 16, 2013
Funding: Group Program grants: up to $75,000 (see RFP); Exploratory grants $15,000-$25,000 (see RFP)
The objective of the Institute for Engineering in Medicine (IEM) seed funding program is to enhance biomedical and health related engineering research at the University of Minnesota while fostering interdisciplinary collaborations between the Academic Health Center (AHC) and the College of Science and Engineering (CSE).

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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Position Available

A postdoctoral position studying the mechanisms of pain in sickle cell disease is available. Requires a recent PhD in neuroscience, cellular biology, biochemistry or molecular biology with experience in working with animals, genotyping, cell culture, immunobiology, nociceptive signaling and molecular biology with a strong publication record. Ability to work in a team and follow verbal and written instructions is essential. Apply using requisition numbers:186570 and 186572. For details and application: http://employment.umn.edu/hr

 

 

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