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MCC Update 09-17-13

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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 17, 2013

 

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar

News

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities


Cancer Center Seminar

Note the new location!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013, 1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building (Seminar will be videocast in 450 MCRB)
Transposon mutagenesis and gene targeting for understanding sarcoma initiation, promotion, and progression
David Largaespada, Ph.D., American Cancer Society Research Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development, Department of Pediatrics, Associate Director for Basic Science, Masonic Cancer Center

A peek at next week’s seminar
Taxane chemotherapy targets the androgen receptor: The armageddon of prostate cancer
Natasha Kyprianou, M.D., Chair, Department of Urology, University of Kentucky

Host: Mohammad Saleem, Ph.D.

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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News

Members in the news
Robert Turesky, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprvention Program, was quoted in stories about the development of a new method to study environmental causes of cancer using biopsy samples from cancer patients in Newswise, Medical Xpress and Health Talk. Turesky and his laboratory collaborator, Byeong Hwa Yun, Ph.D., discussed this method at the recent meeting of the American Chemical Society in Indianapolis.

Kudos

Congratulations to Kola Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H., who has been selected to serve as a member of the Risk, Prevention and Intervention for Addictions Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.

Kudos to Pamala Jacobson, Pharm. D., co-director of the Masonic Cancer Center’s Clinical Pharmacology Shared Resource, on being awarded Fellow status by the American College of Clinical Pharmacy.

Congratulations to Lisa Peterson, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, and Gunda Georg, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Program, who were selected as American Chemical Society Fellows. The award was presented this week at the National American Chemical Society meeting in Indianapolis, IN.

September 18 is deadline to submit abstracts to the Society of Gynecologic Oncology Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer
The Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer, May 22-25, 2014 in Tampa, Florida is SGO’s premier educational event for researchers, practitioners and allied health professionals who are interested in the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology. The Gyn Onc Translational Working Group is offering support to attend the meeting for those individuals whose abstracts are accepted to the Annual Meeting on Women’s Cancer. This invitation is specifically for non-Gyn Onc faculty, but does include basic scientists working with OB/GYN. All areas of research related to gynecologic oncology are encouraged to submit abstracts. Based on the number of abstracts selected, the Gyn Onc TWG will provide funds to cover part of the cost for individuals to attend the conference. The goal is to encourage translational research partners from UMN to submit abstracts and attend. If you, would like further information prior to submitting, please contact Dr. Melissa Geller, 624-8420 or Matt Gerber 624-9486. Read more.

Network outages week of September 16-20
The University’s Data Services network team has scheduled hardware and operating system  upgrades on all Twin Cities campus large core routers during the week of Sept. 15-22. This upgrade work will impact wired and wireless network service in all campus buildings at various times during the week, and users in all buildings can expect network outages up to 90 minutes during these upgrades. If you anticipate the need for network access between the hours of 4–7 a.m. any weekday during the change week, or between 7 a.m–7 p.m. on Sept. 21 or 22, please contact the technology Service Desk at (612) 301-4357 (1-HELP on campus), or mhelp@umn.edu, let them know what building you're in and the network team will contact you with the specific schedule for your building.

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Professional Education

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

September 16-27, 2013: Postdoctoral Appreciation Week
The University of Minnesota Postdoctoral Association has organized a series of social and celebratory events for the week, including a happy hour (Sept. 16), an ice cream social (Sept. 18), and culminating with a postdoctoral reception on September 19th. The postdoctoral reception will feature a short speech by Dr. Brian Herman, Vice President for Research at the U of M. In addition, recipients of the Outstanding Postdoctoral Scholar, Outstanding Postdoctoral Mentor, and Postdoctoral Career Development Awards will be officially recognized. For a complete schedule of events 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 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.

September 27, 2013: Department of Surgery Special Lecture
4 p.m., 11-157 PWB
Understanding and Treating Cancer: A Historical Perspective over Two Millenia
Dr. Alan Chapman, Faculty of History, University of Oxford

This lecture is cosponsored by the Program in the History of Medicine.

October 8, 2013: Specialized Centers of Research on Sex Differences (SCOR) Seminar
10 a.m., 450 MCRB
Individual differences in response to nicotine and vulnerability to nicotine addiction
Neal Benowitz, M.D., Professor, Medicine and Bioengineering & Therapeutic Sciences, Chief, Division of Clinical Pharmacology, University of California San Francisco

Light refreshments will be provided. Questions, call 612-624-0896.

October 7-9, 2013: Point of Care Technologies for Cancer
NIH campus, Bethesda, MD
Co-sponsored by National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB), the main goal of the conference is to facilitate new scientific collaborations and interactions among cancer researchers and bioengineers, and to build new research programs in this important field in order to promote the translation of new technologies into clinical applications. The talks will address various aspects of cancer and discuss new cutting-edge point of care technologies with potential for cancer detection, diagnosis and treatment. For more information and to register visit http://ncifrederick.cancer.gov/events/PointOfCare/default.asp .

For conference related questions please contact Amanda Fleming (amanda.fleming@nih.gov) 301-228-4491 

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

Events

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.

May 17, 2014: Cancer Survivorship Series

A cancer diagnosis can alter the landscape of your life. Although it doesn’t redefine you, it can change your lifetime health care needs. Save the date for this educational conference that is focuses on questions and issues survivors and their families often face after cancer treatment or following stem-cell transplantation. Click here to be added to the Cancer Survivor Program mailing list to receive registration information for this conference when it is available closer to the date.

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

2013 Masonic Cancer Center Internal Grants Program
Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota
Required Statement of Intent:  Friday, September 20, 2013
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

$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

A link to the required Statement of Intent and details regarding each mechanism is here.

If you have questions, please contact Aaron Schilz, Research Grant Coordinator at the Masonic Cancer Center (schil226@umn.edu; 612-624-0650).

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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