Masonic Cancer Center

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MCC Update 10-22-13

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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  22, 2013

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar


Professional Education


Funding Opportunities

Cancer Center Seminar

Note new location!

PLEASE NOTE: Seminars will 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 22, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building Building (This seminar will be simulcast in MCRB 450.)
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 

A peek at next week’s seminar:
Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building
The dynamics of androgen receptor action in breast cancer cells
Wayne Tilley, Ph.D., Director, Dame Roma Mitchell Cancer Research Laboratory, University of Adelaide and Hanson Institute 

Host: Scot

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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Members in the news

Research conducted by Mindy Kurzer, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, on the effect of exercise on breast cancer risk among young women was mentioned in a New York Times blog post. Read more

Congratulations to the following participants in the Fourth Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium on being selected for outstanding abstract submissions. Winners attended a special luncheon with the B.J. Kennedy Lecturer Medical Oncology Carl June, M.D., who was the keynote speaker at the symposium

  • Pamela Portschy, M.D.
  • Luke Brand, Dehm lab
  • Eric Hanse, Kelekar lab
  • Spencer Leubben, Shima lab
  • Jordan Becker, Bielinksy lab
  • Britnie James, Griffith lab
  • Katherine Murphy, Ohlfest lab
  • David Hermanson, Ph.D., Kaufman lab

Members receive NCI grant
Patrick Bolan, Ph.D., Michael Garwood, Ph.D., Michael Nelson, M.D., and Douglas Yee, M.D., received a two-year $375,585 grant from the NIH National Cancer Institute for their project "Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy of Breast Cancer using Model-Based Localization"

Employee Engagement Survey: Make your voice heard
Participate in the University of Minnesota 2013 Employee Survey by Friday, November 1. Benefits-eligible employees received an email from the Hay Group on October 14 with a link to the survey. The confidential survey takes about 15 minutes to answer and is an important opportunity for employees to share their views about their day-to-day work environments. The greater the participation, the more specific (and effective) action plans for improving the workplace experience can be.

Your participation is very important, so please complete the survey by Friday, November 1. If you can't find your email from Hay Group, email them at to request a new unique link. For more information about employee engagement the survey go to

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Professional Education

October 23, 2013: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Monica Akre, Harris lab, will discuss “MicroRNA-Antagonism Regulates Breast Cancer Stemness and Metastasis via TET-Family-Dependent Chromatin Remodeling,” Song SJ et al., Cell 2013;154:3110-324.

October 23, 2013 Stem Cell Institute Research Conference
4 p.m., 1-110 McGuire Translational Research Facility
The genesis and collapse of drug-free sanctuaries in pancreatic cancer
Paolo Provenzano, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

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. 

January 22, 2013: Save the date: Writing Winning Grant Proposals
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center
Learn how to write successful health research grants at "Write Winning Grant Proposals," a day-long seminar that's back by popular demand. National speaker and grant-writing expert John D. Robertson, Ph.D., will comprehensively address practical and conceptual aspects important to the proposal-writing process.

Hosted by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Center for Health Equity and Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations.

Contact Megan Hoffman at 612-626-4120 or for more information

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

News & Notices

Guidance on Resumption of NIH Extramural Activities Following the Recent Lapse in Appropriations
This Notice is to provide NIH’s extramural community with information on how NIH is resuming operations after the government shutdown. If you have additional questions, please contact Aaron Schilz,

Grant Writers' Seminar: Write Winning Grant Proposals
Seminar Date: January 22, 2014; 8:30am – 4pm
Watch your inbox for an invitation and registration information later this month. Learn how to write successful health research grants at "Write Winning Grant Proposals," a day-long seminar that's back by popular demand. National speaker and grant-writing expert John D. Robertson, Ph.D., will comprehensively address practical and conceptual aspects important to the proposal-writing process. Questions? Contact Megan Hoffman at 612-626-4120 or

Funding Opportunities

AACI Translational Cancer Research Fellowship 2014
Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI)
Internal Screening Deadline: December 6, 2013
Sponsor Deadline (if selected): February 3, 2014
Funding: $50,000 for 1 year

Career Development Programs for Junior Faculty Now Accepting Applications
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)
Deadline: December 11, 2013
The CTSI is now accepting applications for three career development programs. Junior faculty interested in or pursuing clinical or translational research are encouraged to apply. Programs provide mentorship, oversight and funds to support junior faculty as they build independent research careers.

  • New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program
  • KL2 Scholars Career Development Program
  • K to R01 Transition to Independence

Modeling Social Behavior (R01)
National Cancer Institute
Deadline: Multiple dates, see announcement.
Funding: Standard R01 limits apply.

Nutrigenetics and Nutrigenomics Approaches for Nutrition Research (R01)
National Cancer Institute
Deadline: March 20, 2014; March 19, 2015; March 22, 2016
Funding: Standard R01 limits apply.

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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