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MCC Update 01-07-14

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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.
 

January 7, 2014
 

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar 

News

Clinical Trials

Program Meetings

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities

 


Cancer Center Seminar

PLEASE NOTE: This seminar will be simulcast to 450 MCRB. Shuttles to CCRB are also available and may be boarded in front of Variety Club Heart Clinic on E. River Parkway. See website for details on pick-up time. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Fast & dangerous: Microscale in vitro models of dynamic pathologic processes
David K. Wood, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota 

A peek at the next seminar:
Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Immunotherapy for advanced kidney cancer: Advancements and obstacles
Thomas Griffith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Urology, University of Minnesota

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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News

Margaret MacMillan, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a CNN story about Florida State University Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher’s son, who has Faconi Anemia.

 

A number of news outlets ran stories at the end of the year about former University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital osteosarcoma patient Zach Sobiech, who composed the song “Clouds,” that went viral last year. Sobiech wrote the song as a farewell to friends and family and proceeds are going to a fund Sobiech created before he passed away to support oseteosarcoma research. The following is a partial list of these stories:

  • Sobiech was featured in a CNN piece “Extraordinary People,” and in a Star Tribune article.
  • Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program. Brenda Weigel, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, and Logan Spector, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program were quoted in a Pioneer Press story about osteosarcoma research supported by the Sobiech fund. David Largaespada, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, was also mentioned in the article. Modiano’s research on the parallels between osteosarcoma in dogs and humans appeared in the Academic Health Center’s blog, Health Talk,
  • Logan Spector, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, discussed osteosarcoma research underway at the Masonic Cancer Center and how the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund is making possible new therapies and scientific study into osteosarcoma on Kare11 TV .

Elizabeth Pluhar, Ph.D., D.V.M., Immunology Program, is featured in a KARE11-TV news segment about a dog with skin cancer whose life she saved. The spot also mentions the work of the late John Ohlfest, Ph.D., who created the vaccine that is being used at the College of Veterinary Medicine to treat cancer in dogs.

 

Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control, was quoted in a Medical Daily story about E-cigarettes.

Kudos
Congratulations to Carol Lange, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Program leader, on her election as Vice President of Basic Science of the Endocrine Society as of June 2014. Her role will be to promote the outstanding basic science and associated advocacy and policy missions of the Endocrine Society.

Minnesota Monthly best doctors for women includes many Masonic Cancer Center members
The following Masonic Cancer Center members were named among the Best Doctors for Women 2014 in the December issue of Minnesota Monthly Magazine:

Rafael Andrade, M.D., Surgery
Peter Argenta, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology
Anne Blaes, M.D., Hematology/Oncology
Linda Burns, M.D., Hematology/Oncology
Barbara Bowers, M.D., Minnesota Oncology
Linda Carson, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology
Levi Downs, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology
Rahel Ghebre, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology
Melissa Geller, M.D., Gynecologic Oncology
Edward Greeno, M.D., , Hematology/Oncology
Maria Hordinsky, M.D., Dermatology
Robert Madoff, M.D., Surgery
Genevieve Melton-Meaux, M.D., Surgery
Mary Kwaan, M.D., M.P.H., Surgery
Mark Reding, M.D., Hematology
David Rothenberger, M.D., Surgery
Carolyn Torkelson, M.D., Family Practice
Douglas Yee, M.D., Hematology/Oncology
Bevan Yueh, M.D., Otolaryngology

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Clinical Trials

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

2011LS158
HM2012-05: A Phase II Trial Investigating Clofarabine, Cyclophosphamide and Etoposide for Minimal Residual Disease Positive Acute Leukemia
PI: Weigel, Brenda

2012IS098
A Phase I Study of BMS-986015, an Anti-KIR Monoclonal Antibody, Administered with Ipilimumab, an Anti-CTLA4 Monoclonal Antibody, in Subjects with Select Advanced Solid Tumors
PI: Cooley, Sarah

2013NTLS080
Sexual Dysfunction and Quality of Life after Treatment for Gynecologic Cancer
PI: Geller, Melissa

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

Cell Signaling Program
Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 450 MCRB
Single cell technologies and circulating tumor cells – How to leverage our well-established stem cell community for the study of solid tumors
Michael Linden, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Lab Medicine & Pathology

Douglas Yee, M.D.
Professor
Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings

Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program
Friday, January 10, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
mTOR-dependent alternative polyadenylation as a cancer signature
Jeongsik Yong, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

Visit the calendar for a schedule of meetings

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Professional Education

January 8, 2014: Cancer Biology Research Club
12-1 p.m., 2-115 CCRB (Note new location)
Tracing the CD4 T cell response to CBR-ABL induced leukemia
Katy Vrieze, Ph.D., Farrar lab

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January 9, 2014: Comparative Oncology Seminar Series
12 p.m., 280 VDL (St. Paul campus) http://campusmaps.umn.edu/tc/map.php?building=385)
RNA regulation by PUF proteins
Jamie Van Etten, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Surgery, Division of Basic and Translational Research, University of Minnesota

Lunch: Pizza will be provided (bring your own beverages, please

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

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:

None.

Funding Opportunities

Research Projects on Disparities in African American Men’s Health  throughout the Life Course (RFA-NTCC-14-001) PDF)
National Transdisciplinary Collaborative Center for African American Men’s Health
Deadlines: Letters of Intent: January 15, 2014; Invitations to submit: February 1, 2014; Applications due: March 15, 2014
Letters of intent and applications must be submitted electronically at www.uabmhrc.org by 11:59 p.m.

Using Social Media to Understand and Address Substance Use and Addiction
R01 (RFA-CA-14-008)
R21 (RFA-CA-14-009)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): March 25, 2014
Funding: Standard 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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