Masonic Cancer Center

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MMC Update 11-05-13

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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.

November 5, 2013

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar


Program Meetings

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities

Cancer Center Seminar

Note new location!

PLEASE NOTE: Seminars will 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. 

No seminar on November 5. 

A peek at next week’s seminar:

Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building
Living dangerously In MYC arena - and plotting to beat it at its own game
Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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Members in the news
The November issue of Rein in Sarcoma newsletter featured Natalie Wolf, a University of Minnesota student and sarcoma survivor, who is working in the laboratory of David Largaespada, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program.Read more 

Members in the journals
Research conducted in the laboratory of Stephen Jameson, Ph.D., Immunology Program, is published in the latest Nature Immunology. The research identifies key proteins that influence immune response. These findings could significantly improve vaccination approaches to infections in the future. Read more at Health Talk.


Congratulations to Peter Argenta, M.D., Cell Signaling Program member, on being named interim director of the Division of Gynecologic Oncology.

Kudos to Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., and Michael Verneris, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program members, who were named 2013 Leaders in Health Care by Minnesota Business Magazine. The magazine held an awards dinner to celebrate doctors, executives, and organizations in 14 categories. Tolar won the “Change Agent” category, which recognizes “an individual who is driving advancements in discover and innovation through research, delivery or care, or a new procedure.” Verneris was a finalist in the “Health Care Practitioner” category, which is “awarded to an individual who has operated at an exceptional level in their field of practice.”

Masonic Cancer Center administrative staff move
The administrative staff who have had offices in the Dinnaken Office Building are transitioning back to the Masonic Cancer Research Building within the next week. All phone numbers will remain the same. New room locations are as follows:

Susan Collins, 760F
Robin Toy, 754

Human Resources:
Melissa Daufelt, 754A

Preaward Services:
Aaron Schilz. 760E

Joyce Melzer, 760D
Rollie Erickson, 760G
Andrea Johnson, 760A
Peggy McHenry, 760G
Peter Nwainyinya, 760
Kristen Quevi, 760A 

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Program Meetings

Cell Signaling Program
Tuesday, November 5, 2013, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 641 MCRB
Discussion of program review in CCSG summary statement and future plans
Carol Lange, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Program leader

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

Cancer Prevention and Control Seminar
Monday, November 11, 2013, 12:15-1:15 p.m., 2-580 Moos Tower
Harnessing APOBEC3-catalyzed endogenous mutation with small molecules
Daniel A. Harki, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicinal Chemistry

Non-combustible tobacco: diversity of products, research needs, and opportunities for cancer prevention
Irina Stepanov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Sciences

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Professional Education

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 6, 2013: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Ryan Baxley, Ph.D., Bielinsky lab, will discuss “The human oncoprotein MDM2 induces replication stress eliciting early intra-S-phase checkpoint response and inhibition of DNA replication origin firing. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013; [E-pub ahead of print].

November 8, 2013: Donald Gleason Conference on Urologic and Prostate Cancers
The Commons Hotel
To advance our collective knowledge related to early diagnosis, proper staging, and effective treatment of prostate and kidney cancer, the University of Minnesota has assembled a top-notch faculty to share updates and best practices that include:

  • Role of MYC and its Neighbors in Cancer: There's More Than Meets the Eye
  • A Prostate Cancer Nanotherapeutic Targeting CK2
  • Co-morbidity Effect on TRAIL-based Immunotherapy for RCC
  • C11 Acetate - Better Diagnosis And Treatment Decisions For Prostate Cancer
  • Advances in Kidney Surgery: Robots, Spared Nephrons, and Single Ports 

Keynote speakers are: Patrick Kupelian, M.D., UCLA; Joel Nelson, M.D., University of Pittsburgh Medical Center Cancer Center; Dipen J. Parekh, M.D., University of Miami Miller School of Medicine; Arkadiusz Dudek, M.D., Ph.D., University of Illinois Cancer Center

For full conference details and to register, go to,

November 14, 2013: Comparative Oncology Seminar
12 p.m., room 280 VDL (St. Paul campus)
Identification and significance of carcinogens in cooked meats and processed pet foods
Robert Turesky, Ph.D., Department of Medicinal Chemistry, College of Pharmacy, University of Minnesota

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. 

December 12, 2013: Sixth Annual David A. Rothenberger Lecture
4 p.m., Mayo Auditorium
Will physicians lead us through health care challenges?
Bill George, former chair and chief executive of Medtronic; professor of management practice at Harvard Business School; board member: Mayo Clinic, Exxon Mobil and Goldman Sachs; former chair of the board of Allina Health System and Abbott Northwestern Hospital

January 22, 2014: 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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November 7, 2013: Pancreatic Cancer Concert - 2nd Annual Event
John Cafferty and Michael "Tunes" Antunes/Beaver Brown Band; the music from Eddie & the Cruisers Soundtrack; special guest Kevin Chalfant Journey Experience; opening act Big City and Mogey McDonough. This all-ages event originated and inspired by Gary Wellner and his family will benefit the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota.

General admission: $35; advance tickets: $25. For tickets and information contact Mike Woodley, 612-386-0082. For more information visit the website.

November 30, 2013: 2013 Moustache Run/Walk to benefit prostate cancer research
9 a.m., 1 Main Street, Minneapolis, Minn (St. Anthony Main in front of Astor Cafe)
Register today for the 2013 Moustache Run / Walk at A portion of the proceeds benefit the Minnesota Prostate Cancer Coalition. Enter promotion code UROLOGY to receive a $5 discount on registration fees and show your support for the University of Minnesota Institute for Prostate and Urologic Cancers (IPUC). Additionally, a private donor will match race registration fees with UROLOGY promo code and donate to the University of Minnesota Foundation, P.O. Box 860266, Minneapolis, MN 55486-0266. Tax ID 41-6042488, Phillip G Semmer Prostate Cancer Research Fund #12020.

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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 


2014 Research Scholar Award

Sponsor: Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation
The 2014 JMNMF Research Scholar Award applications are now available. The JMNMF established this prestigious grant funding in 2006, to give recognition and support to outstanding graduate students actively involved in melanoma research.


Cancer Detection, Diagnostic and Treatment Technologies for Global Health (UH2/UH3)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): January 06, 2014
Funding: Up to $500,000 total costs for the UH2 phase per year and up to $1,000,000 total costs for the UH3 phase per year.

Analysis of Genome-Wide Gene-Environment (G x E) Interactions (R21)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): February 14, 2014
Funding: Standard R21 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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