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MCC Update 04-29-14

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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.

April 29, 2014

Today's Seminar

April 29, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Aristolochic acid induced urothelial cancer: harbinger of an environmental and global iatrogenic disease
Arthur P. Grollman, M.D., Distinguished Professor, Department of Pharmacological Sciences, Stony Brook University Medical School

Host: Lisa Peterson, Ph.D.

This meeting will be simulcast in 450 MCRB.  Shuttles to CCRB are 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, May 6,2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
A cell “ground state” for cancer
Richard J. Gilbertson M.D., Ph.D., Director, Comprehensive Cancer Center, EVP Lillian R. Cannon Endowed Chair, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Host: Julie Ross

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

In This Issue


Clinical Trials

Professional Education




Members in the news

People of color still drastically underrepresented in NIH clinical trials. Jasjit Ahluwalia shares on Health Talk

Decision-making input linked to more satisfied cancer patients. Kathryn Dusenbery is quoted in a Reuters health story. 

Step Up Summer Jobs Program
THE STEP-UP SUMMER JOBS PROGRAM offers meaningful job opportunities to Minneapolis high school students from underrepresented backgrounds. University departments and units are encouraged to support Minneapolis youth by employing one youth for 15 or more hours per week for a minimum of six weeks between June 23 and Aug. 15.

Wangensteen Historical Library’s “Downton Abbey: Behind the Scenes of Health and Illness exhibit feature on NPR
The Wangensteen Historical Library's "Downton Abbey: Behind the Scenes of Health and Illness" exhibit was featured on National Public Radio's All Things Considered on April 22, 2014.  This radio segment introduces listeners to the medical themes threaded throughout Downton Abbey and featured in the exhibit through the eyes of Dr. Jon Hallberg, associate professor at the University of Minnesota and MPR medical commentator.  The Downton Abbey exhibit runs through May 16, 2014 at the Wangensteen Historical Library.  

Registration and “Call for Abstracts” Opens for 14th Annual NIH Chemical-Biology Interface Symposium
This is a day-long event designed to highlight research at the interface of chemistry and biology and to facilitate discussion between graduate students and distinguished researchers. A complete schedule can be found on the symposium website.

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Clinical Trials

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

ACNS1221 - A Phase II Study for the Treatment of Non-Metastatic Nodular Desmoplastic Medulloblastoma In Children Less Than 4 Years of Age
PI: Moertel, Christopher

COG ASCT1221 A Randomized Phase II Study Comparing Two Different Conditioning Regimens Prior to Allogeneic Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation (HCT) for Children with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML)
PI: Verneris, Michael

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Professional Education

April 30, 2014: Stem Cell Institute research conference series
4 p.m., 1-110 McGuire Translational Research Facility
Two Faces of a Killer: the Generation of Natural Killer & Innate Lymphoid Cells from Hematopoietic Stem Cells
Michael Verneris, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Blood & Marrow Transplantation, University of Minnesota

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

May 20, 2014: 14th Annual BioResearch Product Faire
10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Coffman Memorial Union, Great Hall
 For more information visit the website.

September 29, 2014: SAVE THE DATE! 11th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference: Updates on Women’s Cancer Research
McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota
Keynote speaker:
Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, M.D., FACP, Walter L. Palmer Distinguished Service Professor of Medicine and Human Genetics; Associate Dean, Global Health; Director, Center for Clinical Cancer Genetics; University of Chicago

Co-sponsored by the Powell Center for Women’s Health  and the Masonic Cancer Center. Visit the website for more information.

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

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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 Cafe, 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: Register today! Cancer Survivorship Series
8 a.m.-1 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak Street, SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
The 2014 Cancer Survivorship Conference will focus on questions and issues survivors and their families often face after cancer treatment or following stem-cell transplantation. The emphasis is on educating and empowering survivors so they are better able to advocate for themselves and lead full and productive lives. Join us for this educational conference which will focus on exercise and wellness for the cancer survivor. Read more.

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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