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MCC Update 01-21-14

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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 the Fridays for publication the following Tuesday.


January 21, 2014

 

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar

News

Clinical Trials

Program Meetings

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities 


Cancer Center Seminar

Today's 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.

January 21, 2014, 12-1-.m., 1-125 CCRB
Cancer therapy with adenoviral vectors: From basic science to clinical application
Julia Davydova, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Basic and Translational Research, Department of Surgery, University of Minnesota

A peek at the next seminar:
January 28, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Innate and adaptive immunity within the tumor microenvironment
Thomas Gajewski, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Medicine, The University of Chicago

Host: Yoji Shimizu, Ph.D.

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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News

IRB issues mandate on investigator training requirement
The IRB has updated their training requirements for investigators and research staff. You will now be required to complete Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI) Human Subjects Protection Training every three years.  In the past the University of Minnesota IRB has recognized training other than CITI, but moving forward CITI is the ONLY training the IRB will recognize for Human Subject Protection.

"Effective Feb. 1, 2014 the UMN Institutional Review Board (IRB) will require additional human subjects training for all investigators and staff listed on new biomedical and social IRB applications. Completion of Collaborative Institutional Training (CITI) will be required to help researchers develop and communicate their plans for the protection of human research subjects. See the Nov. 25, 2013 update

Members in the news

Pablo Leitzman and Chenggou Xing, College of Pharmacy, in addition to Dorothy Hatsukami, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, are quoted in a Minnesota Daily article on kava’s potential to help prevent cancer.

DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a Star Tribune story about the use of tanning beds by teen girls.

Kudos
Congratulations to Sarah Cooley, M.D., director of Oncology Medical Informatics and Services for the Masonic Cancer Center, on receiving board certification in the newly created subspecialty of Clinical Informatics. Cooley was part of the first group to become certified leaders in the clinical informatics subspecialty that was spearheaded by the American Medical Informatics Association. Read more.

Postdoctoral Affairs Office moves to Graduate School
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs moved to the Graduate School from the Office of the Vice President for Research. The Graduate School will enhance postdocs' access to initiatives relevant to both postdocs and graduate students, such as career development, networking, and success in scholarly research. See the announcement.

Registration is open for Mini Medical School
Registration is open for Mini Medical School’s winter 2014 programming, "Hot Topics in Health." Register today and learn from U of M experts as they take on some of today's most common health care questions. Cancer will be one of the topics. The sessions will be held on Mondays, Feb. 10-March 10. Cost for U faculty, staff, and students: $60 on or before Jan. 27; $65 after. For more information, see Mini Medical School.

Sixth annual Health Disparities and Cancer Research Summer Undergraduate Internship calls for applications
The 2014 summer internship on cancer and health disparities is an eight-week program designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota's racial/ethnic minority or under-represented communities research experience in the health sciences. The internship program will take place June 16-August 8, 2014. Positions are full time.  Applications are due Friday, February 14 at 4 p.m. CST. Visit the website for more information.

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Clinical Trials

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

2013NTLS100
MT2013-28R: Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Imaging in Patients with High Risk Hematological Malignancies Receiving Total Body Irradiation (TBI) or Total Marrow Irradiation (TMI) as Part of a Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant

PI: Hui, Susanta

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
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 1:30-2:30 p.m., 3-150 CCRB Jim McCarthy will discuss current work on hyaluronan in prostate cancer, Mike Wilson will discuss his protease detection studies in collaboration with IEM and Greg Metzger will discuss imaging studies in this area. The three will also discuss their interactions with Translational Working Groups.

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Professional Education

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.

January 22, 2014: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 2-115 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building (CCRB)
Katie Leehy, Ph.D., Lange lab, will discuss “Aurora-A is a determinant of tamoxifen sensitivity through phosphorylation of ERα in breast cancer,” Zheng X     Q, et al., Oncogene 2013.

February 18, 2014: Success in Lean Times (We're Talking About NIH)
12-1 p.m., 717 Delaware Street Southeast, Room 105
At this lunch seminar, you'll learn strategies for securing funding in a tough economic climate. Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, MD, MPH, MS, will lead an interactive discussion and Q&A to offer insight into the NIH funding process and share tips for being successful in lean times. This session is part of a new seminar series from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) that assists junior faculty in developing strong applications for NIH funding, other sources of national extramural funding, and CTSI career development programs. RSVP by Feb. 14 to ctsieduc@umn.edu to reserve your lunch.

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

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Events

January 6-February 28, 2014: Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project
Roen Room (W120), Boynton Health Service, 410 Church St. S.E., University of Minnesota
The Breast Cancer Superhero Portrait Project, created by Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation staff member Barbara Porwit, will be exhibited at Boynton Health Service. The goal of the project is to celebrate and inspire the heroic nature of individuals affected by breast cancer. A brand-new portrait, “Her Honorable and Joyful Lady Justice” of a local woman Suzi Kazal Forst who was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer at the age of 36, will be unveiled at the opening reception on Friday, January 31, 5-7 p.m. Refreshments will be served. RSVP to cuchal@bhs.umn.edu.

The Roen Room is generally open during Boynton’s open hours but can be booked for meetings and classes, so best for people to check with Bickie Nguyen 624-4690 before heading over to view. 

For more information on the project:
Facebook.com/BreastCancerSuperheroes
www.superheroportraits.com

January 25, 2014: Cancer and the Human Body    
12-4 p.m., 120 W. Kellogg Boulevard, across from the Xcel Energy Center and RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota
On Saturday, January 25 from 12-4 p.m., the Science Museum and the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center invite you to the Cancer and the Human Body event. Learn the basics about a disease that touches so many lives each year—from cancer biology to laboratory research and treatment methods. Discover the amazing tools physicians can use to fight the disease, meet scientists active in the field, and ask questions about current trends in the study of cancer.

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

Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Translational Grant Program
Deadlines: Mandatory letter of interest: 5 p.m., February 13, 2014; full proposal 5 p.m., April 9, 2014
Funding: Up to eight projects at $50,000 each

Research Services Pilot Funding Program
Deadlines: Mandatory letters of interest, 5 p.m., February 13, 2014; Full proposal (invitation only), 5 p.m., April 9, 2014
Funding: Up to five projects at $25,000 each

Community Health Collaborative Grants Program
Deadlines: Mandatory letters of interest, 5 p.m., February 13, 2014; Full proposal (invitation only), 5 p.m., April 9, 2014
Funding: A total of approximately $270,000 to up to eight proposals.

Breath of Hope Research Fellowships
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation
Deadline: April 1, 2014, 11:59 p.m. CST.
Funding: $150,000/two years
Focus is on researchers who are conducting translational lung cancer research that will lead to patient care/clinical trial within three to five years.

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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