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MCC Update 05-06-14

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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.

May 6, 2014

Today's 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, 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 13, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
NLR family of innate immune sensors: Impact on immunity and beyond
Jenny Ting, Ph.D., W.R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor Microbiology & Immunology,
Director, Center for Translational Immunology, Program Leader, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC School of Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Host: Bruce Blazar, M.D.

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

In This Issue


Program Meetings

Professional Education



Members in the news

Timothy Schacker, M.D., and Jeffrey Miller, M.D., are authors of an article on bringing research to reality in Minnesota Health Care News

Women’s Health Research Conference issues call for abstracts
The 11th Annual Women’s Health Research Conference, sponsored by the Powell Center for Women’s Health and the Masonic Cancer Center, has issued a call for abstracts on any topic related to women’s health including, but not limited to cancer, mental health, cardiovascular health, community-based research, sexual and reproductive health, menopause, pediatrics, caregiving issues, nutrition, obstetrics and gynecology, and osteoporosis.

Deadlines are as follows:

For award consideration and oral presentation: July 28, 2014
Late-breaking posters:  September 8, 2014
Abstract submission form and conference information can be found at Questions can be directed to or 612-626-1125.

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Program Meetings

Cell Signaling Program
Tuesday, May 6, 10-11 a.m., 450 MCRB (Note time change for this meeting only)
ROS and metabolic stress in cancer
Ameeta Kelekar, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology
David Potter, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Medicine

Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program
Friday, May 9, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Development of oncolytic adenoviruses
Masato Yamamoto, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Surgery

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Professional Education

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
3:30-5 p.m., Room 182, Lutheran Social Services, 2400 Park Ave., Minneapolis

Registration is free but space is limited so registration is requested.  Visit the website to register.


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 7, 2014: Cancer Biology Journal Club
Alice Nomura, Saluja lab, will discuss “Cancer-Secreted miR0195 Destroys Vascular Endothelial Barriers to Promote Metastasis,” Zhou W et al., Cancer Cell 2014; 25:501-515.

May 8, 2014: Comparative Oncology Seminar
12-1 p.m., 280 VDL, St. Paul campus
Immunotherapeutics for lymphoma - path to the future
Veronika Bachanaova, M.D., Ph.D.

Pizza will be served

May 8, 2014: How to Measure Stem Cell Potency
2-3:30 p.m., 450 MCRB
Dr. Ivan Rich, CEO and president of HemoGenix, the leader in cellular therapy and regenerative medicine assays

May 9, 2014: Center for Immunology Special Seminar
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 2-102 CMRR
Csk controls the activation of ITAM and ITIM pathways by Src-family kinases in macrophages
Tanya Freedman, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California-San Francisco

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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