Masonic Cancer Center

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MCC Update 07-22-14

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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,, by Noon on the Fridays for publication the following Tuesday. NOTE: Update will be published bi-weekly until September 9, 2014.

July 22, 2014


In This Issue


Professional Education


Funding Opportunitites 


Members in the news

Jian-Ping Wang, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was featured in Inquiry, a blog about the impact of university research.

Todd Tuttle, M.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in stories about his research demonstrating that  preventive mastectomy does little to extend the lives of breast cancer patients. See CBS News,  TIME, Philly, Web MD, Health, New York Daily News.        

Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director of cancer prevention and control, was quoted in Yahoo News, and ABC News Australia stories about the health industry’s efforts to develop a national approach to the growing e-cigarette phenomenon.

DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader, Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about a new law that aims to curb the indoor tanning trend. 

Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program leader, discussed the research on broccoli sprout tea and cancer in Health Talk.

Christopher Warlick, M.D., Ph.D., discussed how advanced imaging technology aids in prostate cancer screening in Health Talk.

Linda Carson, M.D., and Peter Argenta, M.D., were quoted in a Time story about controversial new guidelines released by the American College of Physicians saying women with no symptoms should not have annual pelvic exams.

Jean Forster, Ph.D., was interviewed in a Minnesota Public Radio story about the high rates of cancer in Minnesota’s American Indian population. She was also quoted in the West Central Tribune and BringMeTheNews

Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, was quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about his research discovering a crucial partnership between a known cancer-causing gene, MYC, and a non-coding RNA, PVT1, that leads to tumor growth.  Douglas Yee, M.D., director of the Masonic Cancer Center, was also quoted.


Congratulations to Ashok Saluja, Ph.D., who was recently awarded a University of Minnesota McKnight Presidential Chair in Surgery.


Kudos to Anja Bielinsky, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer co-leader, on her appointment as Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education in the College of Biological Sciences.


Congratulations to the following Masonic Cancer Center members who were recognized in the Mpls. St. Paul Magazine 18th edition of the Twin Cities' Top Doctors.

  • Rafael S. Andrade, M.D.
  • Peter A. Argenta, M.D.
  • Kimberly A. Bohjanen, M.D.
  • Linda F. Carson, M.D.
  • Edward Y. Cheng, M.D.
  • Denis R. Clohisy, M.D.
  • Bruce L. Cunningham, M.D., M.S.
  • Kathryn E. Dusenbery, M.D.
  • Sean P. Elliott, M.D., M.S., F.A.C.S.  
  • Maria R. Evasovich, M.D.
  • Melissa A. Geller, M.D.
  • Edward W. Greeno, M.D.
  • Maria K. Hordinsky, M.D.
  • Matthew A. Hunt, M.D., F.R.C.S.
  • Badrinath R. Konety, M.D., M.B.A. 
  • Peter K. Lee, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Robert D. Madoff, M.D.
  • Philip B. McGlave, M.D.
  • Christopher L. Moertel, M.D.
  • Joseph P. Neglia, M.D., M.P.H.
  • Paul J. Orchard, M.D.
  • Mark T. Reding, M.D.
  • David A Rothenberger, M.D.
  • Daniel A. Saltzman, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Marie E. Steiner, M.D., M.S.
  • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D.
  • Carolyn J. Torkelson, M.D.
  • Todd M. Tuttle, M.D.
  • Gregory M. Vercellotti, M.D.
  • John E. Wagner, M.D.
  • Brenda J. Weigel, M.D., M.S.
  • Douglas Yee, M.D.
  • Bevan Yueh, M.D., M.P.H.

Research Infrastructure Reinvestment Program awards funds to Masonic Cancer Center member
Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D.
, Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was awarded funding for “Introducing  Researches at the University of Minnesota to Mass Cytometry.”  This project will train and assist new U of M users of mass cytometry, which enables detailed, high through-put analysis of single cells and represents the next general of flow cytometry. The mass cytometry core facility is a collaboration between the Medical School and CSE.

Member to keynote conference
Subree Subramanian, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, will be the keynote speaker for the 2nd annual BICB Industry Symposium, Thursday, August 21 at Northrop Memorial Auditorium. More details about the symposium can be found here.

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Professional Education

July 22, 2014: Breast Cancer Journal Club
1-2 p.m., 3-224 CCRB
Julie Ostrander will discuss "Molecular profiling of the residual disease of triple-negative breast cancers after neoadjuvant chemotherapy identifies actionable therapeutic targets" by Balko et al. in Cancer Discov. 2014 Feb;4(2):232-45.

August 8, 2014: Poster Presentations: Health Disparities and Cancer Research
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building Atrium, 2231 6th St. SE, Minneapolis
Oral presentations start at 12 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served. Parking vouchers will be available.

  • Learn how undergraduate interns are helping address cancer and health disparities
  • Hear about current community-engaged & laboratory research projects at the U of MN
  • Network with community members and researchers

August 22-24, 2014: 6th Mayo Clinic Angiogenesis and the Tumor Microenvironment: From Basic Science and Clinical Challenges to Patient Care
Angiogenesis research has highly relevant clinical applications in a wide array of fields from oncology to cardiovascular to hematology to cell biology and others.  This year’s agenda has some of the foremost experts in angiogenesis and the symposium will serve in establishing strong collaborations among leading national, international, and Mayo Clinic experts in the field.

In addition, this symposium will award several young investigator scholarships of $250 based on submitted abstracts.  Abstract submission should be done by June 20.  Information on registration, hotel accommodations, etc. can be found at the website below.  We encourage staff, fellows and students to participate in this highly educational event and look forward to another successful symposium this year.

September 29, 2014: 11th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference: Updates on Women’s Cancer Research
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Keynote speaker:
Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D., FACP, Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics; Associate Dean, Global Health; Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics; University of Chicago

Co-sponsored by the Powell Center for Women’s Health  and the Masonic Cancer Center. Visit the website for more information.

October 20, 2014: 5th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium
10:30 a.m-3:30 p.m., Cancer Cardiovascular Research Building
Keynote Speaker: B.J. Kennedy Lecturer in Medical Oncology Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S., Director, University of Southern California Institute for Global Health, Professor and Flor L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

The symposium will include two poster sessions. Submit abstracts here.

January 26, 2015: SAVE THE DATE! Inaugural Kersey Lecture
Jennifer Grandis, M.D., will speak. Time and location to be determined.

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

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July 28, 2014: Rein in Sarcoma Party in the Park and Sarcoma Family Picnic
6 – 9:30 p.m., Como Park Visitor Center
To register, visit the website.

August 1, 2014: Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama
8 p.m., State Theater, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Visit the website for complete information.

August 16, 2014: Breath of Hope Lung Foundation’s Lung Run/Walk
9:15 a.m., Lake Harriet
Visit the website to register and for complete information.

September 10, 2014: Varsity Team Rally: Changing Science, Saving Lives
6-9 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Building, 2231 6th Street SE, Minneapolis
The Varsity Team Rally: Changing Science, Changing Lives is an event to benefit the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota by raising $100,000 to advance high-impact cancer research.  Visit the website for more information.

September 13, 2014: Care Partners Picnic of Hope
11 a.m.-2 p-.m., Minnehaha Park, Wabun Picnic Area C, 4655 46th Avenue S., Minneapolis
Visit the website for more information.

November 1, 2014: Dawn of a Dream
The Depot, Minneapolis

November 14, 2014: 2014 Westgate Pediatric Ethics Forum: Ethics and genetic testing of children – Who gets to know what, when and why
12-4 p.m., Children’s Minneapolis Education Center, 2525 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
Holly Tabor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Bioetchics, Department of Pediatrics, Truman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington, co-founder of My46
Susan Wolf, J.D., McKnight Professor of Law, Medicine and Public Policy, Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School; Professor of Medicine
Case examples and discussion presented by the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Genetics Department

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

News & Notices:

2014 Masonic Cancer Center Internal Grants Program Announcement
Required Statement of Intent:  Friday, August 15, 2014 – Submit online through a link on the RFA website
Full Application Deadline:  Friday, September 19, 2014
Funding:  see table below

In 2014, the Masonic Cancer Center will be offering eight internal grant mechanisms.  Funding and award info is summarized in the table below.  The goal of these awards is to foster the development of and provide support for novel research ideas that focus on a problem in cancer. In turn, the Masonic Cancer Center expects that internal funding will lead to nationally peer reviewed funding. 

Award Mechanism

No. of Awards

Award Amount

Brainstorm Award



Cancer Detection, Treatment and Survivorship Award



Cancer Prevention & Control Award



Hematologic Malignancy Innovations Award



Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC2) Award



SP3 (SPORE/Program-Project Planning) Award



2014 Translational Working Groups Award

2 - 4

$25,000 - $50,000

Translational Breast Cancer Research Award



If you have questions, please contact Aaron Schilz, Research Grant Coordinator at the Masonic Cancer Center (; 612-624-0650).

Funding Opportunities

Ethical, Legal, and Social Implications (ELSI) of Genomic Research Regular Research Program
R01 (PA-14-276)
R03 (PA-14-277)
R21 (PA-14-278)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Funding: Standard mechanism limits apply.

Discovery of in vivo Chemical Probes (R01)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Funding: Standard R01 limits apply.

Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence (CCNEs) (U54)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): November 03, 2014
Funding: $2.6 million total costs per year for 5 years
High Throughput Screening (HTS) to Discover Chemical Probes (R21)
R21 (PAR-14-283)
R01 (PAR-14-284)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Funding: Standard mechanism limits apply.

Innovative Research in Cancer Nanotechnology (IRCN) (U01)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Funding: $450K in direct costs per year for 5 years

2014 U of M - Mayo Partnership Award (PDF)
Minnesota Partnership for Biotechnology and Medical Genomics
Letter of Intent: September 12, 2014
Application Receipt Date(s): November 7, 2014
Funding: $200,000 - $1,000,000 range. 

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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