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MCC Update 07-01-14

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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.

July 1, 2014


In This Issue


Professional Education


Funding Opportunitites 


Members in the news

Research conducted by the laboratory of Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Center Program, was highlighted in Medical Xpress and HealthCanal stories.  Bagchi and his colleagues discovered how MYC, a gene linked to cancer, is regulated by a non-coding RNA, PVT1.  The research was recently published in the journal Nature. David Largaespada, Ph.D., was also quote in the story.

A letter from Douglas Yee, M.D., on legislation in Minnesota that would require doctors to inform patients with increased mammographic breast density that they are at a higher risk for the development of breast cancer, was published in Friday’s Star Tribune.

DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., is quoted in  Sacramento Bee and Kansas City Star stories about the dangers of tanning beds for teens.

A Masonic Cancer Center study is cited in a Yahoo! story on a broccoli 'sprout' drink that protects against lung and heart disease from toxic pollution.

Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D., sent a correction to the MN Daily story on medical marijuana that implied that Minnesota law forced her research team to go out of state to pursue their studies. She said, "State's marijuana laws have nothing to do with our research and our trial in California. Our ongoing work focused on pain in sickle cell disease was conceived several years ago when I approached Dr. Abrams in UCSF to do a proof of principle study based on our experimental work."

Members receive grant
Kaylee Schwertfeger, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program, has been awarded a $275,000 R21 submitted in response to the NIH/NCI Provocative Questions. The project “Characterization of the immune response during mammary tumor initiation,” is a collaboration with Mike Farrar, Ph.D., Immunology Program.

Register today to present poster at 5th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium
Registration is now open for the Fourth Annual Research Symposium to be held on October 20, 2014 in the Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building from 10:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The symposium will include a presentation by Douglas Yee, M.D., Director of the Masonic Cancer Center, two poster sessions, and a keynote speaker, Jonathan M. Samet, M.D., M.S., Director, USC Institute for Global Health, Professor and Flora L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California.

Students, staff, postdocs and PIs are encouraged to participate and submit an abstract for the poster session. A subcommittee will select the best abstract from each research program area for a special opportunity to have lunch with our keynote speaker. Visit the website for more information.

Abstract submission deadline: August 30, 2014. Submit online.

University Foundation establishes fund in honor of Mary Sumpmann
The University of Minnesota Found has set up a fund in honor of Mary Sumpmann - the Mary Sumpmann Fund for Undergraduate Research.  The purpose of the fund is to support undergraduate internships in cancer research, with a preference to support students who are underrepresented at the University and will contribute to student body diversity. The giving link for the fund is on the website.

ACS IRG Committee announces research project awards, next application deadline
The Masonic Cancer Center’s American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant (ACS IRG) Committee has completed its review of the applications received from the past submission deadline and awarded the following two research projects:

Anna Prizment, PhD, MPH, MS, Department of Epidemiology, “Defining the role of MICA in pancreatic cancer.”

Lucie Turcotte, MD, MPH, Department of Pediatrics, “The role of the immune system in development of cardiometabolic syndrome among survivors of hematopoietic cell transplantation.”

The ACS IRG award is $30,000 in direct costs to support the initiation of promising cancer-related research projects by assistant professors. The next application deadline is Monday, October 20, 2014. Instructions and application forms are available by contacting Aaron Schilz or phone: 612-624-0650.

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Professional Education

July 10, 2014: Brain Tumor Program Seminar
9 a.m., 6-101 NHH
PERK activation promotes medulloblastoma tumorigenesis
Louise Yeung Ho, Ph.D., Lin laboratory

August 22-24, 2014: 6th Mayo Clinic Angiogenesis and the Tumor Microenvironment: From Basic Science and Clinical Challenges to Patient Care
Angiogenesis research has highly relevant clinical applications in a wide array of fields from oncology to cardiovascular to hematology to cell biology and others.  This year’s agenda has some of the foremost experts in angiogenesis and the symposium will serve in establishing strong collaborations among leading national, international, and Mayo Clinic experts in the field.

In addition, this symposium will award several young investigator scholarships of $250 based on submitted abstracts.  Abstract submission should be done by June 20.  Information on registration, hotel accommodations, etc. can be found at the website below.  We encourage staff, fellows and students to participate in this highly educational event and look forward to another successful symposium this year.

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.

October 20, 2014: 5th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium
10:30 a.m-3:30 p.m., Cancer Cardiovascular Research Building
Keynote Speaker: B.J. Kennedy Lecturer in Medical Oncology Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S., Director, University of Southern California Institute for Global Health, Professor and Flor L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

The symposium will include two poster sessions. Submit abstracts here.

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

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July 19, 2014: Climb 4 Kidney Cancer/Break the Bank 2014
6:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., TCF Bank Stadium, 2009 University Avenue, Minneapolis
Check-in/registration begins: 6:30 AM
Minnesota Tribal Nations Plaza

Climb Start times:
Racers: 7 AM
Participants (Non-racers) : 9 AM
For more information visit the website.

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.

August 1, 2014: Macy’s Passport presents Glamorama
8 p.m., State Theater, 805 Hennepin Ave., Minneapolis
Visit the website for complete information.

August 16, 2014: Breath of Hope Lung Foundation’s Lung Run/Walk
9:15 a.m., Lake Harriet
Visit the website to register and for complete information.

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.

September 20, 2014: Care Partners Picnic of Hope
11 a.m.-2 p-.m., Minnehaha Park, Waburn Picnic Area C, 4655 46th Avenue S., Minneapolis
Visit the website for more information.

November 1, 2014: Dawn of a Dream
The Depot, Minneapolis

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

News & Notices:

2014 Masonic Cancer Center Internal Grants Program Announcement
Required Statement of Intent:  Friday, August 15, 2014 – Submit online through a link on the RFA website
Full Application Deadline:  Friday, September 19, 2014
Funding:  see table below

In 2014, the Masonic Cancer Center will be offering eight internal grant mechanisms.  Funding and award info is summarized in the table below.  The goal of these awards is to foster the development of and provide support for novel research ideas that focus on a problem in cancer. In turn, the Masonic Cancer Center expects that internal funding will lead to nationally peer reviewed funding. 

Award Mechanism

No. of Awards

Award Amount

Brainstorm Award



Cancer Detection, Treatment and Survivorship Award



Cancer Prevention & Control Award



Hematologic Malignancy Innovations Award



Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC2) Award



SP3 (SPORE/Program-Project Planning) Award



2014 Translational Working Groups Award

2 - 4

$25,000 - $50,000

Translational Breast Cancer Research Award



If you have questions, please contact Aaron Schilz, Research Grant Coordinator at the Masonic Cancer Center (; 612-624-0650).

Funding Opportunities:

Predoctoral and postdoctoral training fellowships
CTSI Translational Research Development Program
Deadline: Letters of Intent due July 8

Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Screen-Detected Lesions (U01)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): September 17, 2014
Funding: $500,000 for 5 years

Molecular and Cellular Characterization of Screen-Detected Lesions - Coordinating Center and Data Management Group (U01)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): September 17, 2014
Funding: $300,000 for 5 years

Role of the Microflora in the Etiology of Gastro-Intestinal Cancer (R01)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): November 4, 2014; March 3, 2015; See announcement for additional dates.
Funding: Standard R01 limits apply.

Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations (R01)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): May 12, 2015, May 12, 2016, See announcement for additional dates.
Funding: Standard R01 limits apply.

Outstanding Investigator Award (R35)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): Application Due Date: October 20, 2014, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization.
Funding: $600,000/yr for up to 7 years

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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