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MCC Update 03-04-14

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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,, by Noon on the Fridays for publication the following Tuesday.

March 4 , 2014

Today's Seminar

Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
The Goldilocks Zone: the importance of telomeres that are neither too short nor too long
Lea Harrington, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Medicine, University of Montreal

Host: Anja Bielinsky, Ph.D.

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.

A peek at the next seminar:
Tuesday, March 11, 2014. 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Regulation of T cell trafficking by the transcription factor KLF2
Stephen C. Jameson, Ph.D Chairman's Fund Professor in Experimental Pathology, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, Center for Immunology, University of Minnesota

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

In This Issue


Program Meetings

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities

Employment Opportunities - Postdoctoral position available 


Members receive grants
Kola Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H., Prevention and Etiology Program and director of the Program in Health Disparities, received a $3.37 million renewal of his NIH grant for the project "Enhancing smoking cessation in homeless populations." The research project will test the effects of intensive smoking intervention and integrate alcohol abuse treatment with smoking cessation. Co-investigators include Rebekah Pratt, Anne Joseph, Janet Thomas, Sue Everson Rose, Nancy Raymond and John Connett.

ACS IRG committee announces research project awards, next application deadline
Masonic Cancer Center’s American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG) Committee has completed its review of the applications received from the past submission deadline and awarded the following three research projects:

Yue Chen, Ph.D.:" Development of an Immunoaffinity-based Approach towards Global Characterization of Proline Hydroxylome in Response to Hypoxia"
Zohar Sachs, M.D. Ph.D.: "RAS signaling pathways in the maintenance of acute myeloid leukemia stem cells"
Guisheng Song Ph.D.: "The dual role of microRNA-206 in preventing both non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and the development of hepatocellular carcinoma"

The ACS IRG award supports the initiation of promising cancer-related research projects by assistant professors. The next application deadline is Friday, April 18, 2014. Instructions and application forms are available by contacting Aaron Schilz ( or phone (612-624-0650).

Health Disparities & Cancer Research Summer Undergraduate Internship application deadline extended
Due to the recent weather conditions, the deadline for applications for the University of Minnesota Medical School's Program in Health Disparities Research and the Masonic Cancer Center's sixth annual summer undergraduate internship on health disparities and cancer research has been extended.

Application and recommendation materials are due Monday, March 10, 2014, at 4:00 p.m. CST. Interns will be notified of their status between March 24-28, 2014. Visit the website for application materials and additional information.

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Program Meetings

Cell Signaling Program
March 4, 2014, 9:30-10:30, 450 MCRB
New opportunities for collaborations
Jill Siegfried, Ph.D., Professor and Head, Department of Pharmacology

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Professional Education

March 5, 2014: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 2-115 CCRB
Katy Vrieze, Ph.D., Farrar lab, will discuss "CD133+ Cancer Stem-like Cells in Small Cell Lung Cancer Are Highly Tumorigenic and Chemoresistant but Sensitive to a Novel Neuropeptide Antagonist," Sarvi S et al., Cancer Res 2014; 74.

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

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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!

April 4-5: 2014: Relay for Life at the University of Minnesota
Colleges Against Cancer, a student group at the U of M, is hosting the annual American Cancer Society's Relay for Life at TCF Bank Stadium on Friday, April 4, 2014. This is the largest collegiate Relay for Life in the Midwest and the 14th largest in the nation. For more information on how to get involved visit their website or contact Lanie Rudie,

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

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:

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant applications are being accepted until April 18, 2014. This grant is for assistant professors who have no independent national funding and are engaged in cancer-related research. Cancer-related research includes cancer etiology, mechanisms of carcinogenesis and chemoprevention, molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis, development of novel cancer therapeutic or chemoprevention models and translational research, cancer immunology and immunotherapy.

This is a one-year seed grant. Funding is available up to $30,000. Applications may be obtained by emailing a request to . For information, please call Aaron Schilz, 612-624-0650.

THE U OF M INFORMATICS INSTITUTE (UMII) has announced two major funding initiatives at the interface of informatics and its applications: the UMII Transdisciplinary Research Fellowship will position recently promoted associate professors to provide leadership in transdisciplinary collaborative projects, and the UMII Faculty in Industry Fellowship will enable faculty to build strong partnerships with Minnesota businesses or agencies to develop long-term projects that address critical societal challenges. For more information, see UMII .

Behavioral Interventions to Address Multiple Chronic Health Conditions in Primary Care (R01)
National Cancer Institute
Funding: Standard R01 limits apply.
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.

Early Phase Clinical Trials in Imaging and Image-Guided Interventions (R21)
National Cancer Institute
Funding: Standard R21 limits apply
Deadline: June 30, 2014; see announcement for additional dates.

Quantitative Imaging for Evaluation of Response to Cancer Therapies (U01)
National Cancer Institute
Funding: $500,000/yr for 5 years
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement

CCRF Pediatric Cancer Research Projects (LINK TO CCRF RFA PDF)
Children’s Cancer Research Fund
Funding: $100,000 total for up to 2 years
Deadline: April 4, 2014

Scholar Awards
Jimmy V Foundation
Funding: $200,000 over 2 years
Internal Selection Deadline: March 14, 2014
Notification of Selected Applicant: March 18, 2014
Application Receipt Date(s): April 8, 2014

2014 Spring Research Grants
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Bridge Grants
Deadline: April 10, 2014
Funding: $100,000 for 1 year
This grant is designed to sustain research projects falling between the end of funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) R or P Award and the beginning of a competitively renewed NIH Award. Renewal applications which scored less than or equal to the 35th percentile but were not funded will be eligible for Bridge Grants. Applicants must have a plan to resubmit for NIH funding.

Springboard Grants
Deadline: April 10, 2014
Funding: $100,000 for 1 year
This grant supports new National Institutes of Health (NIH) R01 or P01 research applications which were scored less than or equal to the 25th percentile but were not funded. Applicants must have a plan to resubmit for NIH funding.

'A' Awards
Deadline: May 23, 2014
Funding: $450,000 over 3 years
Designed for early career scientists with an original project who can demonstrate outstanding mentorship and have a strong future commitment to pediatric cancer investigation.

Reach Awards
Deadline: May 30, 2014
Funding: $250,000 over 2 years
The goal of this award is to support selected "late translational" studies needed to ultimately initiate a clinical trial. A successful application will identify an unmet clinical need relevant to the care of pediatric cancer patients and describe how the proposed project will allow for the pre-clinical research to be translated to the clinic while keeping broader clinical testing and implementation in view. Maximum of $250,000 in total costs awarded over two years. 

Woman to Woman Program Grant
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
Funding: $50,000/yr
Deadline: May 1, 2014
Woman to Woman is a free support program that pairs gynecologic cancer patients with professionally trained and supervised survivor volunteers. This one-on-one emotional support and mentoring program provides much-needed services to women and families through all phases of treatment, recurrence, and recovery, and is offered free of charge to all participants.

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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Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cancer Disparities
The University of Minnesota Schools of Public Health and Medicine are excited to announce the availability of a postdoctoral research education fellowship position in Cancer Disparities. This education and career development program is funded by the National Cancer Institute (Jean Forster, PhD and Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, Co-PIs). Eligible candidates should have a doctoral degree in any of the following disciplines: medicine, behavioral science, epidemiology, health education, health services research, sociology, anthropology, clinical, social or counseling psychology or a related discipline. Preferred candidates will have experience and peer-reviewed publications in above disciplines.

If interested, submit a letter of intent, CV, and three letters of reference addressed to Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH to the University of Minnesota Employment web site: Please reference Requisition #189623.
Applicants, if they prefer, can upload the contact information into the online application system of the three people writing reference letters and then the letters can be emailed directly to Lindsey Fabian (

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