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MCC Update 03-11-14

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

March 11 , 2014

Today's 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

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 18, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 10125 CCRB
Characterization and targeting of RAS signaling pathways in AML
Craig Eckfeldt, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology/Transplantation

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

In This Issue


Program Meetings

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities 


Members in the news

Emily Greengard, M.D., was interviewed in a KSTP-TV segment on a new treatment for neuroblastoma being offered at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. Watch the video on the website.

Research conducted in the laboratory of Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program member, was featured in Health Talk. Lab member Camille McAloney, along with Kevin Silverstein, Ph.D., and program member Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., discovered that gene mutations are not affected by breeding, as was previously thought.

Joseph Neglia, M.D., Transplant and Biology Program, co-authored a letter to the Star Tribune calling for restoration of long-term storage of newborn screening data.

David Wood, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program, was quoted in a University of Minnesota story about a fresh approach to diagnostic testing for non-communicable diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Read "A simple test for tumors."

Anne Joseph, M.D., was quoted in a Star Tribune story about an e-cigarette restriction bill clearing the Senate panel.

Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was interviewed in the Minnesota Daily about Rare Disease Day.

The Breast Cancer Super Hero Portrait Project of Division of Hematology/Oncology staff member Barbara Porwitt was featured in The Wake student newspaper.

Members receive grants
Jatinder Lamba, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, was awarded a one-year $100,000 American Society of Hematology bridge funding award for her research on pharmacogenetics in acute myeloid leukemia.

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Program Meetings

Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program
March 14, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
A pre-clinical mouse model of ovarian cancer and a screen for synergy between pairs of cancer genes
Tim Starr, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women’s Health

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Professional Education

March 11, 2014: Breast Cancer Journal Club
1-2 p.m., 3-224 CCRB
Katie Leehy, Ph.D., will discuss "Role of the Androgen Receptor in Breast Cancer and Preclinical Analysis of Enzalutamide" by Cochrane et al. in Breast Cancer Res. 2014;16(1):R7.

March 12, 2014: Cancer Biology Research Club
12-1 p.m., 2-115 CCRB
Fibroblast Growth Factor Receptor 1 signaling and tumor-associated macrophages contribute to mammary tumorigenesis
Nicholas Brady, Cancer Biology Training Grant predoctoral fellow, Schwertfeger lab

March 13, 2014: Comparative Oncology Seminar
12-1 p.m., 280 VDL (St. Paul campus)
Role of Coat Color Genotypes in Risk and Severity of Melanoma in Gray Quarter Horses
Raffaella Teixeira, DVM, MS, DACVIM

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

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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

April 12, 2014: Rein in Sarcoma Mini-Medical School: Finding Cures for Sarcoma Cancers
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building, 2231 6th Street SE, Minn
The 2014 Rein in Sarcoma (RIS)  Mini-Medical School: "Going to the Dogs"—Finding Cures for Sarcomas through Canine Research will be presented in collaboration with University of MN School of Veterinary Medicine and will highlight the very promising sarcoma research being conducted by the U of MN College of Veterinary Medicine under the leadership of Dr. Jamie Modiano.  The event is free to all RIS supporters. Click for more details and to register.

May 9, 2014: Hippocrates Cafe: The Sarcoma Journey
6:30 p.m., Mill City Clinic, 901 S. Second St., Suite A, Minneapolis, MN 55415; $20 per person
Join us for an evening, May 9, 2014 at 6:30 p.m., when Hippocrates Cafe productions use professional actors and musicians to explore complex healthcare topics. The Sarcoma Stories performance and exhibit will explore the human side of being a sarcoma patient, family member, friend or healthcare giver.

Creator and producer of Hippocrates Café, Dr. Hallberg is a assistant professor in family medicine at the University of Minnesota, medical director at Mill City Clinic and a medical commentator for Minnesota Public Radio. Registration is limited to 100 participants. To register visit the website.

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 Increases Established NRSA Stipend Levels for FY2014
This notice establishes stipend levels for fiscal year (FY) 2014 Kirschstein-NRSA awards for undergraduate, predoctoral, and postdoctoral trainees and fellows. The Tuition and Fees, Training Related Expenses for trainees, and the Institutional Allowance for individual fellows remain unchanged. Click on the title link to see a table of the updated stipend amounts.

Funding Opportunities:

Research Fellowships
A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation
Funding: $150,000 over 2 years
Application Receipt Date(s): April 1, 2014

Additional Research Training Positions for NCI-Supported NRSA Institutional Training (T32) Grants (Admin Supp)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): April 09, 2014

Feasibility Studies to Build Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Research (P20)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): May 16, 2014; March 19, 2015

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.

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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