Masonic Cancer Center

A comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute

MCC Update 06-03-14

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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. NOTE: Update will be published bi-weekly until September 9, 2014, with the exception of July 15 due vacation schedules.

June 3, 2014


In This Issue


Professional Education


Funding Opportunitites 


Members in the news

Julie Ross, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Science News story high birthweight babies and disease risk. She commented on childhood leukemia risk.

DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Program, led a study that demonstrated that indoor tanning to prevention sunburn does not lower the risk of melanoma. The results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Lazovich was quoted in stories in Reuters, KELO., Guernsey Press, Jersey Evening Post, EHE&ME, VAN 92.7, WLMI 92.9, KWSN, Science 2.0, Science Codex, LifeScript, 93 Rock, Medical Daily, Health Site, and University Herald.

Jakub Tolar, M.D, Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program was quoted in a Star Tribune story about a new law in Minnesota that will provide $50 million to study chronic illness treatment.

Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D., co-leader of the Tumor Microenvironment Program was quoted in stories in the Pioneer Press and InForum about how red tape has delayed her research on whether medical marijuana can treat pain. Gupta received a $9.5 million grant from the NIH to study pain in patients with sickle cell disease a year ago.

Daniel Saltzman, M.D. and his lab were featured in the May 2014 edition of Minnesota Medicine in the story “Surviving the shortfall: Decreased research funding from traditional sources has led some investigators to get creative.”

Congratulations to Kathy Longley, assistant to Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., and the Cancer Prevention and Control programs, who is being honored for 25 years of service to the University of Minnesota, along with other civil service and bargaining unit employees celebrating milestone work anniversaries, at a reception at Eastcliff on June 17. Kathy first started working at the University of Minnesota as a outpatient receptionist and then secretary for the Department of Psychiatry. She later joined as a member of Dorothy Hatsukami's group, helping to administer center grants and cooperative agreements related to tobacco addiction and harm. She currently also assists the Cancer Prevention and Control programs. Thank you Kathy!

Welcome new Community Programs Manager
Melinda Donaway, M.S.W., has joined the Masonic Cancer Center as the center's Community Programs Manager. Melinda will be responsible for coordinating and organizing the center's community engagement activities, strategic planning around community engagement with the associate director for administration and Dr. Kola Okuyemi, and serving as the center's liaison with the Minnesota Cancer Alliance. Melinda joins the center from Open Cities Health Center in St. Paul where she was the Director of Programs and Grants. Melinda can be contacted at or 612-624-4099.

Farewell Reception for Mary Sumpmann
Please join us for a reception as we say good-bye and thank you to Mary Sumpmann, Thursday, June 5, 2014, 3:30-5:00 in 450 Masonic Cancer Research Building. There will be a short program at 4:15. To RSVP or write a note to Mary, please click on the link :Reception for Mary

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Professional Education

June 12, 2014: Brain Tumor Program meeting
9-10 a.m., NHH 6-101
Rajneet Oberoi, Elmquist lab, will present.

June 24, 2014: CTSI Lunch Seminar
12-1 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105
Statistical guidelines for pilot studies
John Connett, Ph.D., Director of the Biostatistical Design and Analysis Center
This seminar is part of an ongoing seminar series that assists junior faculty with developing strong applications for NIH extramural funding and CTSI-Ed career development programs.

RSVP by June 23 to to reserve a lunch, or watch the live broadcast via UMConnect.

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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July 28, 2014: Rein in Sarcoma Party in the Park and Sarcoma Family Picnic
6 – 9:30 p.m., Como Park Visitor Center
To register, visit the website

September 10, 2014: SAVE THE DATE! Varsity Team Rally IV
Save the date for a unique, casual, insider's evening to learn from cancer researchers and meet other 'team' members dedicated to cancer research. Event will be held in the Cancer and Cardiovascular Building.

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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