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MCC Update 5-20-14

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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 20, 2014


Today's Seminar

Tuesday, May 20, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Targeting Myc-mediated cancer metabolism
Chi Van Dang, M.D., Ph.D., John H. Glick, M.D. Abramson Cancer Center Director’s Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology, Director, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania

Host: Ameeta Kelekar, 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 27, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Hematopoietic stem cell niches
Paul S. Frennette, M.D., Professor, Departments of Medicine and Cell Biology, Chair and Director, The Ruth L. and David S. Gottesman Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University

Host: Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D.

Visit the calendar for a schedule of seminars.

In This Issue


Professional Education




Members in the news

The reseach of Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, is cited in a Huffington Post article citing the potential of regenerative medicine.
The Star Tribune featured a story about the unveiling of a permanent tribute to John Kersey, M.D., the founding director of the Masonic Cancer Center.  A celebration to honor his contributions to cancer research and treatment took place at the new Cancer Cardiovascular Building in the Biomedical Discovery District on Tuesday, May 13.  Read more.

Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., leader of the Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, is quoted in a Giving to Medicine & Health at the U of M story about the collaboration between the Masonic Cancer Center, the Hormel Institute, Hormel Foods, the Mayo Clinic, and the University of Minnesota’s Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca.  The story describes the Hormel Institute’s planned expansion and the groundbreaking work being done ther in area of chemopreventive effects of foods. Read more.

Logan Spector, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Star Tribunestory about a study showing that more mothers are smoking while pregnant that is reported on their children’s birth certificates. Anne Joseph, M.D., M.P.H., co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Program, was the lead investigator on the study that tested blood samples of newborns, finding that 12 percent had traces of a chemical indicating exposure to nicotine, despite the fact that 41% of their mothers had not told their doctors that they smoked. The study is also featured on the AHC Health Talk blog.

Congratulations to Carol Lange, Ph.D., leader of the Cell Signaling Program and director of the Cancer Biology Training grant on receiving the Council of Graduate Students Outstanding Faculty Award.

Clinical Trials Office announces new policy on
On June 1, 2014, Masonic Cancer Center’s Clinical Trials Office (CTO) will follow a new policy on registration and update of trials on Clinical as outlined below:

  1. For CTO managed clinical trials, there will be no change.  CTO will continue to register and update trials on  A CTO managed trial is defined as a trial that uses one or more CTO billable services, i.e. Research Nurse, Clinical Research Associate (CRA) or Regulatory Specialist, etc. This includes any study whose registration and updates is currently managed by the CTO. This service will continue to be provided at no cost.
  2. For non-CTO managed trials, the CTSI will assist in the registration of trials on  As with the CTO, this CTSI service will be provided to the Investigators at no additional cost.

If you are affected by this change, you can contact Kathy Mischke directly for information regarding CTSI Clinical Trial Registry services at 612-625-8904

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Professional Education

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.

May 21, 2014: Chemical Biology Interface Training Symposium
8 a.m.-5 p.m., 3-120 MCB
Sponsors include the Departments of Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, and Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, & Biophysics and the BioTechnology Institute; the Colleges of Biological Sciences, Pharmacy, and Science & Engineering, and the Graduate School. Visit the website for more information.

May 21, 2014: Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Biophysics Faculty Candidate Seminar
4 p.m., 2-137 Jackson Hall
Single Cell Systems – Structured View of Immunity and Cancer
Gary Nolan, Ph.D., Department of Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford School of Medicine

May 23, 2014: Department of Pharmacology Seminar Series
10 a.m., 2-101 NHH
Engineering better biomarkers
David K. Wood, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

May 28, 2014: Masonic Cancer Center Sarcoma Translational Working Group Retreat
8:20 a.m. – 1 p.m., MCRB 450
Session 1: Open to all university community, Foundation and philanthropic partners
8:30 – 11:55 a.m.      
Research presentations by program members
12- 1 p.m.                   
Development of novel combination targeted therapies for pediatric sarcomas Lee J. Helman, M.D. Pediatric Oncology Branch, Head, Molecular Oncology Section, Scientific Director and Senior Investigator, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute

Session 2: Program retreat for Sarcoma TWG members only.

RSVP before 4 p.m. on Monday, May 26, 2014 by email to

May 30, 2014: Forty Years of Molecular Insights into Axon Guidance: A Symposium in Celebration of the Career of Paul Letourneau
8:15 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., 1-125 Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building
The Department of Neuroscience is sponsoring a symposium to honor Dr. Paul Letourneau’s 40-year career.

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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