Masonic Cancer Center

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MCC Update 02-11-14

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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 11, 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.

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

A peek at the next seminar:
Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Promoting work safety and smoking cessation in small manufacturing businesses
Deborah Hennrikus, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health, University of Minnesota

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

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News

NIH offers Early Career Reviewer Program
The NIH Center for Scientific Review (CSR) offers an Early Career Reviewer (ERC) program to train qualified scientists without prior CSR review experience to become effective reviewers. This program offers first-hand experience on how an NIH study section works and, as a result, improves individual grant writing skills.  Visit the website for information about the program and how to register.

Health Sciences Libraries promotes evidence-based practices
The Health Sciences Libraries (HSL) have published their latest feature highlighting the Libraries’ work in support of evidence-based practice.  "The art and science of evidence-based care" details how HSL librarians have supported evidence-based practice at the Academic Health Center through their collection, instruction, tutorials, and systematic review service.   Read more.

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Clinical Trials

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

2012CG123
MT2013-05R: A Phase II Study Evaluating the Safety and Efficacy of Subcutaneous Plerixafor for the Mobilization and Transplantation of HLA-Matched Sibling Donor Hematopoietic Stem Cells in Recipients with Hematological Malignancies
PI: McClune, Brian

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

Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program
Friday, February 14, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Development of oncolytic adenoviruses
Masato Yamamoto, M.D., Ph.D., Professor Department of Surgery

For a schedule of meetings visit the website.

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Professional Education

February 12, 2014: Cancer Biology Research Club
12-1 p.m., 2-115 CCRB
Activating B16-melanoma specific CD8 T cells to clear solid tumors in mice
Juliana Lewis, Ph.D., Cancer Biology Training Grant postdoctoral fellow, Shimizu lab

For a schedule of meetings visit the website.

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 13, 2014: Integrative Biology and Physiology Seminar
Lost in translation: Deciphering social networking and intercellular communication via tunneling nanotubes in cancer
Emil Lou, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Minnesota

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

April 6, 2014: Fools Five Race
1 p.m., Altura High School, 100 County Road 25, Lewiston, MN
Since 1979 Fools Five Road Race, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has brought people from around the world to Lewiston, Minnesota, to raise funds for cancer research.  Pledges are donated to the Rochester Eagles Cancer Telethon in Rochester, MN, which donates to the Mayo Clinic, The Hormel Institute for Cancer Research, and the Masonic Cancer Center at the University of Minnesota along with the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Foundation in LaCrosse, WI. More information is available at http://foolsfive.org/.

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 Issues 2014 Funding Levels
Non-competing continuation awards that have already been made in FY 2014 were generally funded at levels below that indicated on the most recent Notice of Award (generally up to 90% of the previously committed level).  Such reductions may be fully or partially restored, depending on the Institute or Center.  Non-competing continuation grants (research and non-research) including those that remain to be issued in FY 2014 likely will be made within the range between the commitment level indicated on the Notice of Award and 3 percent below that level.

Funding Opportunities:

Direct Phase II SBIR Grants to Support Biomedical Technology Development
(PAR-14-088)
National Cancer Institute
Application Deadline: Multiple dates, see announcement.
Funding: normally may not exceed $1,000,000 for Phase II awards.  With appropriate justification from the applicant, Congress will allow awards to exceed these amounts by up to 50% ($1,500,000 for Phase II).  NCI does not generally fund Phase II SBIR applications greater than $2,000,000 (regardless of topic).

Bioengineering Research Partnerships (BRP) R01
(PAR-14-092)
National Cancer Institute
Application Deadline: May 20, 2014, September 18, 2014, see announcement for additional dates.
Funding: standard R01 limits apply.

American Cancer Society Spring 2014 Grants
American Cancer Society
Application Deadline: April 1, 2014

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship
    Funding: three years with progressive stipends of $48,000, $50,000, and $52,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance

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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