Masonic Cancer Center

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MCC Update 08-05-14

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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, sherm019@umn.edu, by Noon on the Fridays for publication the following Tuesday. NOTE: Update will be published bi-weekly until September 9, 2014.


August 5, 2014

 

In This Issue

News

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunitites 


News

In the news
University of Minnesota Medical Center is listed in Becker's Hospital Review as one of 100 hospitals and health systems with excellent oncology programs.

Members in the news

John Wagner, M.D., was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer story about umbilical cord stem cells.

Linda Burns, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program and president of the American Society for Hematology, is quoted in a HemOnctoday story about the impact of federal budget cuts to health care on biomedical  research.

Todd Tuttle, M.D.,, Prevention and Etiology Program, is quoted in Health, New York Daily News  and The New York Times stories highlighting his study showing that removing a healthy breast does not help breast cancer patients without BRCA gene.

Kudos
Congratulations to Jeffrey Miller, M.D., deputy director of the Masonic Cancer Center and member of the Immunology and Transplant Biology and Therapy Programs, who is one of two recipients of the 2nd Annual Dean’s Distinguished Lectureship, for his studies on the role of natural killer cells in blood/marrow transplantation and leukemia immunology.

Member to speak at NIH meeting
Ameeta Kelekar, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Program, has been invited by the NIH Common Fund to present her research on using metabolomics to understand the role of small proteins and metabolites in the altered metabolic pathways of cancer cells, at their Annual Meeting on Metabolomics (Oct 29-30) at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park.

i2b2 expanded to include searches based on lab tests and medications
i2b2 now includes functionality to enable researchers to determine the feasibility of their study by finding the number of patients in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute's clinical data repository who match study criteria based on lab tests and medications. i2b2 is a free, web-based tool that researchers and their staff can run on their own with minimal training and start-up effort. 

New course and features added to online training program for clinical research teams
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute has expanded the Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) Orientation program by adding a new course about recruiting and retaining research participants, an online forum for the CRC community, and digital badges. Read more.

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Professional Education

August 8, 2014: Poster Presentations: Health Disparities and Cancer Research
Summer Undergraduate Research Program
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building Atrium, 2231 6th St. SE, Minneapolis
Oral presentations start at 12 p.m.
Light refreshments will be served. Parking vouchers will be available.

  • Learn how undergraduate interns are helping address cancer and health disparities
  • Hear about current community-engaged & laboratory research projects at the U of MN
  • Network with community members and researchers

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. http://www.mayo.edu/cme/hematology-and-oncology-2014r606

September 29, 2014: 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. Deadline for abstracts is August 30, 2014. Submit abstracts here.

January 26, 2015: SAVE THE DATE! Inaugural Kersey Lecture
Jennifer Grandis, M.D., will speak. Time and location to be determined.

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

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Events

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: Varsity Team Rally: Changing Science, Saving Lives
6-9 p.m., Cancer and Cardiovascular Building, 2231 6th Street SE, Minneapolis
The Varsity Team Rally: Changing Science, Changing Lives is an event to benefit the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota by raising $100,000 to advance high-impact cancer research.  Visit the website for more information.

September 13, 2014: Care Partners Picnic of Hope
11 a.m.-2 p-.m., Minnehaha Park, Wabun Picnic Area C, 4655 46th Avenue S., Minneapolis
Visit the website for more information.

November 1, 2014: Dawn of a Dream
The Depot, Minneapolis 
http://www.childrenscancer.org/dawnofadream/

November 14, 2014: 2014 Westgate Pediatric Ethics Forum: Ethics and genetic testing of children – Who gets to know what, when and why
12-4 p.m., Children’s Minneapolis Education Center, 2525 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
Speakers:
Holly Tabor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Bioetchics, Department of Pediatrics, Truman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington, co-founder of My46
Susan Wolf, J.D., McKnight Professor of Law, Medicine and Public Policy, Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School; Professor of Medicine
Case examples and discussion presented by the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Genetics Department

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

2

$50,000

Cancer Detection, Treatment and Survivorship Award

1

$25,000

Cancer Prevention & Control Award

1

$25,000

Hematologic Malignancy Innovations Award

2

$25,000

Mezin-Koats Colon Cancer Research Award

1

$25,000

Minnesota Chemoprevention Consortium (MC2) Award

1

$50,000

SP3 (SPORE/Program-Project Planning) Award

1

$100,000

2014 Translational Working Groups Award

2 - 4

$25,000 - $50,000

Translational Breast Cancer Research Award

1

$25,000

If you have questions, please contact Aaron Schilz, Research Grant Coordinator at the Masonic Cancer Center (schil226@umn.edu; 612-624-0650).
 

Funding Opportunities

NIH Transformative Research Awards (R01)
(RFA-RM-14-003)
NIH Roadmap Initiatives
The Common Fund/Office of Strategic Coordination
Application Receipt Date(s): October 10, 2014

Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network (CISNET) (U01)
(RFA-CA-14-012)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): November 14, 2014  

2015 Young Investigator Grants
Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF)
Application receipt Dates: September 3, 2014
Funding:

  • Postdoctoral Fellowship: $105,000 over 2 years
  • Clinical Investigator Career Development Award: $75,000/year for 3 years

Research Scholar Grants
American Cancer Society
Application Receipt Date(s): October 15, 2014
Funding: $165,000/year direct costs for up to 4 years

Mentored Research Scholar Grants
American Cancer Society
Application Receipt Date(s): October 15, 2014
Funding: Awards are for up to five years and for up to $135,000 per year (direct costs), plus 8% allowable indirect costs. A maximum of $10,000 per year for the mentor(s) (regardless of the number of mentors) is included in the $135,000.

Postdoctoral Fellowships
American Cancer Society
Application Receipt Date(s): October 15, 2014
Funding: Awards may be for three years with progressive stipends of $48,000, $50,000, and $52,000 per year, plus a $4,000 per year fellowship allowance

New Initiatives and Requests for Applications
American Cancer Society
Application Receipt Date: October 15, 2014

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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