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MCC Update 10-15-13

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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.


October 15, 2013


In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar


Clinical Trials

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities

Cancer Center Seminar

Note new location!

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar will not be simulcast to MCRB. Shuttles to CCRB may be boarded in front of Variety Club Heart Clinic on E. River Parkway. See website for details on pick-up time.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building
Regulating the timing of genome replication
Nicholas R. Rhind, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Host: Anja Bielinsky, Ph.D.

A peek at next week’s seminar:

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building
Estrogen signaling in lung cancer
Jill Siegfried, Ph.D., Head, Department of Pharmacology, Frederick and Alice Stark Endowed Chair, University of Minnesota, Associate Director, Experimental Therapeutics, Masonic Cancer Center

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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4th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium this week

Wednesday, October 16, 2013, the 4th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium will be held in the Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.  A keynote address by 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, is scheduled for 3-4 p.m. In addition, 100 posters of research projects will be presented in two poster sessions, 11-12 a.m. and 1-2:30 p.m. Registration is not required to attend. Visit the website for a complete schedule.

In the news

Todd Tuttle, M.D., Cancer Detection, Treatment and Survivorship Program, was quoted in a story on research presented at the 2013 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeon showing that double mastectomies may not increase life expectancy in Everyday Health.


Jean Forster, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, is quoted in stories in MinnPost and Twin Cities Daily Planet about her research study showing that 59 percent of American Indians in Minnesota smoke.


Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation Division staff member Barbara Porwitt, who provides administrative support to several cancer center members, was featured in a Pioneer Press story about her “Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait” project, currently showing at the Fox Egg Gallery in Minneapolis.  Read more.


Nurses at the U of M Amplatz Children’s Hospital created an inspirational video of patients and providers that has gone viral, appearing on WCCO-TV, Fox News Ohio, Pioneer Press, Huffington Post, Fox 9, Metro US, Café Mom, and Right This Minute.


Fanconi Anemia research at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, was featured in an ESPN story on Florida State University football coach Jimbo Fisher’s Kidz2st Fund. Read more.


  • Twelve researchers who presented posters at the Clinical and Translational Science Institute Poster Session and Reception on October 1 received travel awards to present their research at national conferences. Kudos to the following Masonic Cancer Center faculty and trainees who won!
    • Caroline Diep, Lange lab, “En vivo modeling of primary ovarian cancer cells in 3D culture systems"
    • David Knorr, Kaufman lab, “Evaluation of the CD4+ T cell response against influenza following hematopoietic cell transplantation”
    • Veronika Bachanova, M.D., Ph.D.: “Natural killer cell immunotherapy for lymphoma”
  • Congratulations to Michael Verneris, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, on being named Albert D. and Eva J. Corniea Chair in the Division of Pediatric BMT.

IEM Exploratory and Group Grant Programs
The deadline for submissions to the IEM’s FY14 Exploratory and Group Grant Programs is October 16, 2013. If you are planning on submitting or renewing a Group Grant program, contact IEM Director at More information and forms are available on the website.

Kars Storz Mouse Coloview system now available at the U of M
University of Minnesota researchers interested in studying diseases of the colon including colorectal cancer or intestinal bowel disease have a new, cutting edge tool available thanks to the efforts of Tim Starr, Robert Cormier, Alex Khoruts, David Largaespada and Dan Gallaher. By combining grants and funds from multiple departments, OVPR, UMF, and the Masonic Cancer Center, they were able to purchase the Karl Storz Mouse Coloview system. The system is capable of live endoscopic imaging of mouse colon, guided delivery of cells and drugs, and biopsies. This equipment will help researchers gain a deeper understanding of tumor development in vivo and enable testing of new therapeutics for colorectal cancer. The University of Minnesota is the only institution in the entire state with this system. Contact Tim Starr at if  you are interested in incorporating this system into your studies.

RCR training now available online
Responsible Conduct of Research core curriculum (RCR parts 1 and 2) is now available as online workshops. Completion of the RCR core curriculum is a requirement for new faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and others who receive funding for research and scholarship. For more information visit the website.

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Clinical Trials

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

A randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter phase III study of regorafenib in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) after sorafenib
PI: Greeno, Edward

Effect of Vegetable Intake on Heterocyclic Amine Metabolism in Humans
PI: Trudo, Sabrina

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

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Professional Education

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

"Engineering CARs for cancer: lessons from Detroit"
For more information visit the website.

October 16, 2013: 8th Annual Children’s Cancer Research Fund Norma Ramsay Distinguished Visiting Professor Lectureship
12:15-1:15 p.m., Riverside Campus Brennen Center
Immunotherapy with antigen-specific T-cells
Dr. Helen Heslop, Director of the Adult Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Baylor College of Medicine

October 16, 2013: CTSI-Ed Seminar Series: Building Strong Mentoring Teams
12-1 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105
During this seminar, junior faculty will learn how to build strong mentoring teams from Jas Ahluwalia, MD, MPH. This will include a short presentation, interactive discussion and significant opportunity for Q&A. Lunch will be provided. This seminar is part of a new, bi-monthly series to help junior faculty develop strong applications for CTSI-Ed career development programs. Reserve your spot today by emailing Please RSVP by Oct. 15.

October 18, 2013: Center for Bioethics Seminar Series
12:15-1:30 p.m., 2-110 Weaver Densford Hall
Re-engineering Ethics: The need for ethical innovation at the convergence of engineering and the life science
Leili Fatehi, J.D., Research Fellow, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School

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 6, 2013: Mouse Necropsy Workshop
9-11:30 a.m., Room 495, Animal Science/Veterinary Medicine
This workshop will be led by CPSR board certified veterinary pathologists, Drs. Johnson, Kovi and O’Sullivan.  It is designed for individuals who are doing in vivo studies in mice with endpoints necessitating necropsy and collection of tissues, and is appropriate for principal investigators, postdocs, graduate students and technicians.  Participants will learn how to necropsy mice and identify and collect tissues of interest.  Issues related to optimum handling and fixation of tissues will be emphasized.  The registration fee is $100. Places are limited and reserved on a first come-first served basis.  To reserve a place please email

Contact Josh Parker at 612 625 9770, with questions. 

November 18 & 19, 2013: Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities
Moon Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H., Professor, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Associate Director, Population Research and Cancer Disparities, UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
Dr. Chen leads the largest project ever undertaken to curb cancer in Asian Americans. Known as the Asian American Network for Cancer Awareness, Research and Treatment (AANCART), the national program is based at UC Davis Cancer Center and funded by the National Cancer Institute as part of an effort to reduce ethnic disparities in cancer. Dr. Chen specializes in developing linguistically specific, culturally tailored and population-based health interventions.

November 18: Community Dialogue
3:30 p.m., Lao Center, 503 N Irving Ave, Minneapolis

November 19: Reducing cancer health disparities among Asian Americans
11:45 a.m.: lunch for first 60 people, 12:05; 1:05 p.m.: program, 1-450 Moos Tower

November 20, 2013: The Power of Partnerships: Poster Session & Awards Dinner
4-7 p.m., Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, 451 Lexington Pkwy N, St. Paul, Minn. Poster session at 4:00; networking and dinner at 5:00; program 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.

This event is free of charge. Please RVSP here by November 15, 2013. 

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

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May 17, 2014: Save the Date: Cancer Survivorship Series
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

No items submitted this week.

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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