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MCC Update 03-18-14

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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 18 , 2014

Today's 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

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 25, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Women and smoking: An update on gender differences in the epidemiology, health effects and cessation of smoking
Alicia Allen, Ph.D., M.P.H., Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

In This Issue


Program Meetings

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities 


Members in the news
DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in the St. Peter Herald about the frequent use of indoor tanning beds by teens Minnesota River Valley, Waseca.

Masonic Cancer Center members Sharon Allen, M.D., Ph.D., Susie Nanney, Ph.D., M.S., and Kola Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H., Prevention and Etiology Program, were ranked in the top 30 for NIH-funded Family Medicine principal investigators. 

John Kersey, M.D., remembered at BMT Tandem Meeting
Daniel Weisdorf, M.D., co-leader of the Transplant Biology and Therapy program, spoke about the contributions of Dr. John Kersey, M.D., founding director of the Masonic Cancer Center, in the session “Remembering and Looking Forward: A Tribute to Some of the Pioneers in Transplanation,” at the BMT Tandem Meetings on March 1, 2014, in Grapevine, Texas.

Cancer Risk Management Program opened in January
The University of Minnesota Cancer Care is introducing the Cancer Risk Management Program to help patients evaluate their risk of developing cancer and work with them to manage their cancer risk. Patients can be seen at the Masonic Cancer Clinic, Breast Center, Gynecologic Cancer Clinic, Maple Grove Cancer Center, Ridges Cancer Clinic and Southdale Cancer Clinic.  Denise Musser, C.N.S. will be providing multi-system care coordination for patients and genetic counselors are available at all sites. Read more about the program.

Provider referrals can be made through Epic by ordering “Cancer Risk Mgmt/Cancer Genetic Counseling”. Patients can call 1-855-4-CANCER (1-855-486-7226) to schedule an appointment. 

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Program Meetings

Tumor Microenvironment Program
March 18, 2014, 1:30-2:30, 3-150 CCRB
Kaylee Schwertfeger, Ph.D. will lead a discussion on the inflammatory tumor microenvironment: overview and new directions.  The goal is to start a discussion on potential collaborative translational projects.

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Professional Education

March 19, 2014: Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases Special Seminar
10:15-11:15 a.m., LRB/McGuire TRF 1-110
Hepatic stellate cells veto CD8 T cell activation by a CD54-dependent mechanism
Frank Alexander Schildberg, Ph.D., Turely lab, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, postdoctoral candidate

March 19, 2014: Breast Cancer Journal Club - Cancelled

March 28:2014: Moving Science Forward! Beyond the Bench
12:30-1:30 p.m., Jackson Hall 2-137
Do you want to be an advocate for science, but feel too insignificant to make a difference? Empower yourself by attending our leadership seminar and learn what it takes to move science forward, beyond the bench! Dr. Marc Jenkins will lead a one-hour seminar addressing how young scientists can become advocates for science at a local, national, and global level.
Speaker: Marc Jenkins, Ph.D., Distinguished McKnight University Professor, Department of Microbiology, Director, Center for Immunology, President, The American Association of Immunologists

Lunch and beverages will be provided.

Sponsored by the Association of Multicultural Scientists

April 27-30, 2014: International Conference on One Medicine One Science
The Commons Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis, MN  55414
Hosted by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine, Academic Health Center and the Office of the Vice President for Research in partnership with allied national and international agencies.  For more information visit the website.

May 6-7, 2014: Distinguished Visiting Scholar Series on Health Disparities
Collins Airhihenbuwa, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Global Health and Culture Project, Department of Behavioral Health, Pennsylvania State University

May 6, 2014: Community Dialogue with Dr. Airhihenbuwa
2:30 p.m., location to be announced

May 7, 2014: Culture, Race, and Research: Negotiating the Journey Between the Head and the Heart
11:45 a.m.-1:05 p.m., Mayo Auditorium

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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 an 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:

Adjustments to May 25-28, 2014 Grant Application Due Dates
National Institutes of Health

Funding Opportunities:

Feasibility Studies to Build Collaborative Partnerships in Cancer Research (P20)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): May 16, 2014; March 19, 2015
Funding: $275,000/yr for up to 4 years

Bio-Therapeutics Impact Award
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Application Receipt Date: June 12, 2014
Funding: $500,000/yr for 3 years

Pediatric Medical Device Translational Grant Program
Clinical and Translation Science Institute (CTSI)
Letter of Intent Receipt Date: April 10, 2014
Full Application Receipt Date: May 22, 2014 (by invitation)
Funding: $50,000 for 1 year

KL2 Scholars Career Development Program
Clinical and Translation Science Institute (CTSI)
Application Receipt Date: May 15, 2014
Funding: 75% salary support, up to $26,000 per year in research and travel funds for three years, training, and ongoing support from mentors and CTSI’s Research Education, Training, and Career Development team.

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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