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MCC Update 03-25-14

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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 25 , 2014

Today's 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

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 April 1, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Inspiration from fluorination: Methods for drugging undruggable protein-protein interactions
William Pomerantz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

In This Issue


Clinical Trials

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities 


Members in the news

DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a St. Peter Herald about  teens use of indoor tanning beds. Lazovich was also featured in the Giving to Medicine & Health UMF blog.


Jill Siegfried, Ph.D., Masonic Cancer Center associate director of Translational Research, was quoted in a Giving to Medicine & Health UMF blog story about the length of time it takes promising cancer drugs to move from the lab to patients.

Congratulations to Melissa Geller, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, who received the Society of Gynecologic Best Basic Science Poster award for her abstract  “Intraperitoneal delivery of human natural killer cells for treatment of ovarian cancer.”

Welcome new faculty
Jill Siegfried, Ph.D.
, Cell Signaling Program member and head, Department of Pharmacology, announced  that Dr. Aaron LeBeau will join the Department of Pharmacology faculty on July 1,
2014. Dr. LeBeau's research investigates the role of proteases as therapeutic targets and the use of antibodies as tumor imaging and anti-tumor agents.

‘Paint the Town Pink” raises $162,300 for the University of Minnesota Hormel Institute
More than $162,000 was raised in support of breast cancer research at the Hormel Institute through the 4th annual “Paint the Town Pink” initiative, according to a news release from the institute. 

Lab equipment available
The laboratory of Dr. Denis Clohisy is closing on April 30. Equipment, glassware, consumables, chemicals and cell lines are free to a good home. Contact Wendy [624-0636,] or Margaret [626-3672,] for more information.
Feedback is also needed from researchers who would be interested in keeping the histology lab open. The lab has self-service equipment for tissue processing, paraffin embedding, cutting, staining and image acquisition and analysis. Contact Margaret.

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Clinical Trials

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

A Phase Ib/II Trial of ALT-801 in Combination with Cisplatin and Gemcitabine in Muscle Invasive or Metastatic Urothelial Cancer
PI: Jha, Gautam

For more information on clinical trials contact Marva Bohen, R.N., B.S.N. (, 612-624-2620).

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Professional Education

March 26, 2014: Cancer Biology Journal Club
1-2 p.m., 3-224 CCRB
Eric Hanse, Kelekar lab, will discuss “PKM2 Isoform-Specific Deletion Reveals
a Differential Requirement for Pyruvate Kinase in Tumor Cells,” Israelson WJ, et al., Cell 2013: 155:397-409.

March 27, 2014: Department of Pharmaceutics seminar series
4 – 5:15 p.m., 5-125 Moos Tower
Invasion & Metastasis: The Ultimate Challenges in Cancer Therapy
James McCarthy, Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, University of Minnesota

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, Minneapolis
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.

April 18, 2014: Help Launch Kill Kancer
7 p.m., Cedar Cultural Center, 416 Cedar Ave S, Minneapolis
Fundraising event for cancer research at the University of Minnesota featuring Dave Pirner, Silverback Colony, Communist Daughter, Willie Murphy and special guests Taj Raj. For ticket information visit the website. For more information about Kill Kancer visit their website.


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 



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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