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MCC Update 11-19-13

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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 19, 2013

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar


Clinical Trials

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities

Cancer Center Seminar

Note new location!

PLEASE NOTE: Seminars will be 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, 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.

A peek at next week’s seminar:

No seminar November 26.

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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Members in the news

Donald Dengel, Ph.D., was quoted in a Health Day story about research presented at the American Heart Association conference showing that children who undergo chemotherapy treatment have an increased risk of developing early heart disease. The findings were also reported by Reuters and the New York Times.

David Largaespada, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, is featured in the Medical Bulletin cover story about the research impact of the Biomedical Discovery District. Read more. View the video of Largaespada talking about his new “scientific neighborhood.”

Jean Forster, Ph.D., M.P.H., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Minnpost story about a study finding much higher smoking rates among American Indians.

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Clinical Trials

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

HM2013-12 : IL-15 Agonists to Treat Relapse of Heme Malignancy after Allogeneic Transplantation
PI: Miller, Jeffrey

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

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Professional Education

November 19, 2013: Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities
11:45 a.m. lunch for first 60 people, 12:05-1:05 p.m.: program, 1-450 Moos Tower
Reducing cancer health disparities among Asian Americans
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

November 20, 2013: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 6-101 NHH
Nicholas Brady, Schwertfeger lab, will discuss "Tumor-Induced Osteoclast miRNA Changes as Regulators and Biomarkers of Osteolytic Bone Metastasis," Ell B, et al., Cancer Cell 2013;24:542-556.

November 20, 2013: Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics seminar Series
4 p.m., 2-137 Jackson Hall
Pathway-specific functions of replication protein A: Opportunities for mechanism-based cancer therapy?
Marc Wold, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa

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. 

November 21, 2013: Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development Senimar Series
12-1:15 p.m., 2-101 NHH
Understanding Wnt singling in development and disease
Xi He, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

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 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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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

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 

Indo-US Collaborative Program on Affordable Medical Devices (R03)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): January 23, 2014, January 23, 2015, and others.
Funding: Standard R03 limits apply.

2013-2014 Request for Community Project Funding (pdf)
American Indian/Alaska Native Leadership Initiative on Cancer (U54CA153605)
Application Receipt Date: December 3, 2013
Funding: $10,000

AACR-Ocular Melanoma Foundation Fellowship
American Association for Cancer Research
Application Deadline: December 17, 2013
Funding: $50,000
The AACR-Ocular Melanoma Foundation Fellowship represents a joint effort to encourage and support a postdoctoral or clinical research fellow to conduct ocular/uveal melanoma research and to establish a successful career path in ophthalmology, ocular oncology, uveal melanoma cancer biology, or similar field. The research proposed for funding may be basic, translational, or clinical in nature and must have direct, primary applicability and relevance to ocular/uveal melanoma.

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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