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MCC Update 11-12-13

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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.
 

November 12, 2013
 

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar

News

Clinical Trials

Program Meetings

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities

Employment Opportunties


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. 

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

A peek at next week’s seminar:
Tuesday, November 19, 2013, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building
Diverse functions of microsomal P450 enzymes: Carcinogenesis and beyond
Xinxin Ding, Ph.D., Lab Chief, Laboratory of Molecular Toxicology, Wadsworth Center, New York State Department of Health

Host: Lisa Peterson, Ph.D.

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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News 

Members in the news

Jakub Tolar, Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, is quoted in Fox News and the Chicago Daily Herald stories about so-called butterfly children living with the epidermolysis bullosa skin disorder .

Todd Tuttle, M.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, is quoted in a Oncology Nurse Advisor story about research showing that contralateral prophylactic mastectomy may not increase life expectancy.

Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, is quoted in a Heath Talk column on the 100th anniversary of cigarettes.

Kudos
Congratulations to Kathy Beenen, who has been promoted to Senior Development Officer at the University of Minnesota Foundation. Cathy Spicola, Director of Development, noted that “Kathy has done a tremendous job over the years consistently building and enhancing key donor relationships and being a leader in her efforts to secure major gifts for Masonic Cancer Center. Additionally, Kathy has been instrumental in identifying and recruiting several members to the Vision 2017 Cancer Advisory Committee and creatively working with them to support Masonic Cancer Center priorities. This well-deserved promotion recognizes Kathy’s leadership on the cancer team and strong momentum with transformational and principal donors.” Furthermore, Spicola indicated that active recruitment of a Development Officer is underway to round out the cancer development team.

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Clinical Trials

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

2012LS019
MT2012-06 Dose Escalation Study with Extension of Inducible Regulatory T Cells (iTregs) in Adult Patients Undergoing Non-Myeloablative HLA-Identical Sibling Donor Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
PI: MacMillan, Margaret

2013IS050
A Phase 2, Randomized, Double-blind Study Comparing Tremelimumab to Placebo in Second-or Third-line Treatment of Subjects with Unresectable Pleural or Peritoneal Malignant Mesothelioma
PI: Patel, Manish

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

Tumor Microenvironment Program
Thursday, November 14, 2013, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., 656 MCRB
Program meeting to discuss CCSG program review.

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

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Professional Education

November 12, 2013: Breast Cancer Journal Club
1-2 p.m., 3-224 CCRB
Tarah Regan Anderson will discuss "Phase II Trial of Bicalutamide in Patients with Androgen Receptor-Positive, Estrogen Receptor-Negative Metastatic Breast Cancer" by Gucalp et al. in Clin Cancer Research: 2013;19(19):5505-12.

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 4, 2013: Pharmacology Faculty Candidate Seminar
10-11a.m., 2-101 NHH
Targeting the Plasminogen Activation System for Imaging and Therapy in Cancer
Aaron LeBeau, Ph.D., faculty candidate, 2013 Steve Wynn Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator, Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, University of California San Francisco

December 6, 2013: Publishing Behind the Scenes
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105
José Merino, M.D., M.Phil., U.S. Clinical Research Editor at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) will give a brief presentation that provides a behind-the-scenes look at publishing, followed by an interactive discussion and Q&A. This is part of a new seminar series from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute designed to help junior faculty develop strong applications for NIH extramural funding and CTSI-Ed career development programs. RSVP by Dec. 4 to ctsieduc@umn.edu to reserve a lunch. Link to event info.

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: Writing Winning Grants
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center
Want to write successful health research grants? Then don't miss "Write Winning Grant Proposals," a day-long seminar that will comprehensively address practical and conceptual aspects important to the proposal-writing process. 

Registration fee: $75

The seminar is hosted by the Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Center for Health Equity and Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations. Register for the event.  

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

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Events

Govember
Minnesota Golden Gopher student-athletes are teaming with the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota to raise funds and awareness for prostate cancer throughout the month of November. Visit http://www.govembermn.com/.

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 www.moustacherun.com. 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.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/149675305242462/

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 

NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Research Bases (UM1)
(RFA-CA-13-012)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): January 08, 2014
Funding: Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) - Community Sites (UM1)
(RFA-CA-13-013)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): January 08, 2014
Funding: Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

NCI Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) - Minority/Underserved Community Sites (UM1)
(RFA-CA-13-014)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): January 08, 2014
Funding: Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

AACR Research Funding Opportunities

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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Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Associate
A postdoctoral associate position is available working in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Hecht to develop and apply methodology for analysis of chemical carcinogen-derived DNA adducts and to address related problems in carcinogen metabolism. Interested individuals can view the entire position description and apply online to requisition 188115. A complete application includes a letter of interest, CV and contact information for 3 references.

Junior Scientist
A junior scientist position is available working in the laboratory of Dr. Stephen Hecht to analyze human urine or blood samples for trace metabolites derived from tobacco carcinogens and related compounds. Interested individuals can view the entire position description and apply online to requisition 187960. A complete application includes a resume and contact information for 3 references.

Clinical Research Associate II
A clinical research associate II position is available in the Masonic Cancer Center Clinical Trials Office. Interested individuals can view the entire position description and apply online to requisition 188100. A complete application includes a letter of interest, resume and contact information for 3 references.

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