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MCC Update 02-04-14

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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.


February 4 , 2014

 

In This Issue

Cancer Center Seminar

News

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.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Medicinal chemistry effort in cancer treatment, prevention, and early detection
Chengguo Xing, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, University of Minnesota

A peek at the next seminar:
Tuesday, February 11, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
COPD as a causal pathway to lung cancer
Christine Wendt, M.D., Associate Professor. Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota,
Section Head, Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Director, O'Brien Bio-Bank

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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News

Members in the news

DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., was quoted in a Hometown Focus.US story about indoor tanning in Minnesota putting high school girls at risk for skin cancer.

 

Mark Osborn, Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was featured in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology’s Facebook page as a co-author on a page published in that journal on "Patient-specific naturally gene-reverted induced pluripotent stem cells in recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa."

Daniel Weisdorf, M.D., co-leader of the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about treating Dr. Malcolm Baird, head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, while he was battling acute lymphocytic leukemia.

Members receive grant
A $9.5 million grant from the NIH’s National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute was awarded to several Masonic Cancer Center members for a five-year, multi-disciplinary project to study pain associated with sickle cell disease and develop technologies to quantify pain for more effective treatment. Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D., co-leader of the Tumor Microenvironment Program (TME) is leading the project, which includes the participation of program members Bin He, Ph.D., Robert Hebbel, Ph.D., and Donald Simone, Ph.D. One of the focuses of the TME is mechanisms of cancer-associated pain. Read more.

Deadline for Health Disparities & Cancer Research Summer Intern program is approaching
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. Application and recommendation materials are due Friday, February 14, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. CST. Any documents submitted after this time will not be reviewed. Interns will be notified of their status between March 10-14, 2014. Visit the website for additional information.

March 5 is "Tan Free Teens Day" at the Capitol
Hundreds of volunteers from across the state will gather at the State Capitol in St. Paul on March 5 to support the Minnesota Skin Cancer Prevention Act. DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Program, and author of several groundbreaking studies on the increased risk of skin cancer by those who use tanning booths, is speaking at the day-long event. For more information visit the website.

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Program Meetings

Cell Signaling Program
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Early events/tumor cell dormancy
Julie Ostrander, Ph.D. and Cheuk Leung, Ph.D.

View the calendar for a schedule of meetings.

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Professional Education

February 5, 2014: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 2-115 CCRB
Pauli Jackson, Largaespada lab, will discuss "Sleeping Beauty mutagenesis in a mouse medulloblastoma model defines networks that discriminate between human molecular subgroups," Genovesi LA, et al., Proc Natl Acad Sci 2013;110.

February 13, 2014: Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium—MC2
12-3 p.m., 2-115 CCRB
The agenda will include presentations by:
Prof. Gary D. Stoner, Medical College of Wisconsin
Prof. Fekadu Kassie, U of MN Cancer Center
Research update from the Hormel Institute

Lunch will be provided. RSVP to carls307@umn.edu if you plan to attend and indicate if you would like a vegetarian lunch.

Map link to new meeting site: http://goo.gl/maps/SkJ3T

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

March 5, 2014: Tan Free Teens Day at the Capitol
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Embassy Suites, 175 10th Street East, St. Paul
Join hundreds of volunteers from across the state in St. Paul on March 5th to support the Minnesota Skin Cancer Prevention Act. In the morning, you'll learn about skin cancer, the risks of tanning and how to advocate. In the afternoon, you'll meet with your state legislators. There is no cost to attend. Continental breakfast and lunch included. Register today!

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:

NIH Publication Compliance and RPPR Progress Reports
Click on the title of this notice for a PDF containing a list of several helpful resources for navigating, monitoring, and managing publication compliance. For more information or questions, please contact Aaron Schilz, Research Grant Coordinator, schil226@umn.edu.

Funding Opportunities:

2014 Health Disparities Pilot Grants
University of Minnesota Program in Health Disparities Research
Required Letter of Intent Deadline: February 11, 2014
Full Application Deadline: April 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. CST
Funding: $10,000-$25,000 for 1 year

2014 MOCA Ovarian Cancer Research Grants
Minnesota Ovarian Cancer Alliance
Full Application Deadline: March 7, 2014
Funding: $100,000 for 1 year

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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