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March 23, 2015

Tuesday's Seminar

Tuesday, March 24, 2015, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
"Strategies to optimize CD8 T cell immunosurveillance and function"
David Masopust, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Minnesota Medical School

This meeting will be simulcast in 450 MCRB. 

A peek at next week’s seminar:

Tuesday, March 31, 2015, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
“The von Hippel-Lindau Tumor Suppressor: Insights into Oxygen Sensing and Cancer Metabolism”
William G. Kaelin, Jr., M.D., Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, Chair, Executive Committee of Research, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Host: Eric Hanse, Cancer Biology Training Grant

This meeting will be simulcast in 450 MCRB.

View the calendar for a complete schedule.

In This Issue


Program Meetings

Professional Education


Funding News

Funding Opportunities


Members in the News

David Masopust, Ph.D. is quoted regarding T cells of the skin in The Scientist.

Douglas Yee, M.D. and Deepali Sachdev Ph.D. were featured on Facebook by the Team Judy Fund for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research.

Henry Buchwald, M.D., Ph.D. commented on data suggesting lowering bar for bariatric surgery in General Surgery News.

Margot Cleary Ph.D. of the Hormel Institute accepted a $26,500 donation from Tom Gillard of Farmers Insurance for prostate cancer research. The donation was raised March 7 at the first “Bowling for the Battle” fundraiser to support the Institute’s prostate cancer research.

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Professional Education

March 2- March 30, 2015:
Mini Medical School: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
6-8:30 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower
For more information and to register visit the website.

March 24, 2015: Breast Cancer Journal Club
10-11 a.m., 3-224 CCRB
Cynthia Forsman will discuss  "Invasive breast cancer reprograms early myeloid differentiation in the bone marrow to generate immunosuppressive neutrophils"

March 25, 2015: Stem Cell Institute Research Conference
4-5 p.m., McGuire Translational Research Facility – Room 1-110
"The Dreams of Sleeping Beauty"
Laurence Cooper, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Associate Director, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center

March 25, 2015: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12- 1 p.m., MCB 2-120
Pauline Jackson will discuss A BCL6/BCOR/SIRT1 Complex Triggers Neurogenesis and Suppresses Medulloblastoma by Repressing Sonic Hedgehog Signaling

March 27, 2015:
Transforming Cancer Survivorship Through Research and Best Practice
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, 151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, OH
Keynote speaker: Julia H. Rowland, Ph.D., Director, NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship

Speakers include: Patricia Ganz, MD – UCLA; Michael Stubblefield, MD – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Kathryn Schmitz, PhD – University of Pennsylvania; Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, PhD, RD – University of Alabama; Timothy Ahles, PhD – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Registration information and abstract submission information is available on the website.

April 15, 2015: Achieving Health Equity in Minnesota
4:30 p.m. Networking & light appetizers; 5:00 p.m. Talk; Room 105, 717 Delaware SE Dr. Joseph Betancourt, Director, The Disparities Solutions Center, Massachusetts General Hospital; Senior Scientist, Mongan Institute for Health Policy; Associate Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; Program Director of Multicultural Education, Massachusetts General Hospital; Co-Founder, Quality Interactions, Inc.

April 19-22, 2015:
ASME 2015 4th Global Conference on Nanoengineering for Medical and Biology
McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN
The NEMB 2015 technical program will be divided into six topical tracks, covering areas ranging from therapeutics to toxicology, and will also include plenary talks from world-renowned researchers, tours of the UMN Nano Center, and tutorials. 
More Information

April 23, 2015: Inaugural Kersey Lecture
4-5 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
“Precision Medicine for Cancer: Head and Neck cancer as a model system”
Jennifer Grandis, M.D., Associate Vice Chancellor of Clinical and Translational Research, Professor of Otolaryngology- Head and Neck Surgery, University of California San Francisco

June 24, 2015: 24th Annual Mark E. Nesbit Lectureship in Pediatric Oncology
12:15 p.m., Conference Center, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
Speaker: David Malkin, M.D., Senior Staff Oncologist in Hematology/Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children, Director, Cancer Genetics Program, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto

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

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March 30-April 1, 2015: Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota Sponsorship “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”
The importance of research in improving cancer care will be the focus of a 30-second spot sponsored by Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Cancer Care during the Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) broadcast of Ken Burns’ new documentary, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”

The three-part, six-hour documentary will air March 30–April 1. The spots will air 12 times on TPT and six times on TPT 2.

Because programs by Ken Burns tend to be popular among TPT’s influential and community-minded television audience, the sponsorship message is expected to have a broad reach.

The documentary, based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion.

April 1, 2015: Community Dialogue Series- Dialogue with Researchers about Cancer and Equity in Asian Community
5 – 7 PM, Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota, 503 Irving Avenue N., Mpls 55405.
An event for Community members, community leaders, and professionals that are living and working with Southeast Asian communities.

Presentations by Douglas Yee, MD, director of the University of Minnesota’s Masonic Cancer Center & Kola Okuyemi, MD, MPH, director of Program in Health Disparities Research.
Free Dinner & Translators! More Information

May 2, 2015: Cancer Survivorship Conference
8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
Join us for the 10th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference which will address topics important to cancer survivors and their families. Cancer survivors ages 16 and older, parents, spouses, significant others, health care professionals, school administrators and social workers can benefit from this educational conference.

This year's conference will feature keynote speaker Kirsten Ness, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Member of the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and the Department of Pediatric Medicine at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dr. Ness is an expert in exercise and physical activity interventions for long-term cancer survivors.

The conference will also feature a presentation by Christine Clifford, 20-year cancer survivor and award-winning speaker, author of six books including Not Now, I'm Having a No Hair Day!, and creator of The Cancer Club(R), the world's largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer.

There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Space is limited, so please register early or call 1-888-CANCERMN (1-888-226-2376).

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding News

Recently released funding opportunities are available for the following programs:

Bone Marrow Failure Research Program
-Idea Development Award
Breast Cancer Research Program
-Breakthrough Award Funding Levels 1 and 2
-Breakthrough Award Funding Levels 3 and 4
-Distinguished Investigator Award
-Era of Hope Scholar Award
-Innovator Award
Defense Medical Research and Development Program
-Joint En Route Care Training System of Systems Initiative

Detailed descriptions of the funding opportunity, evaluation criteria, and submission requirements can be found in the Program Announcements.

Funding Opportunities

Clinical Trial Innovation Prize
Free to Breathe and the Bonnie Addario Lung Cancer Foundation
The Clinical Trial Innovation Prize is looking for innovative means to double the number of cancer patients participating in clinical trials, increasing the accrual rate for cancer clinical trials from 1-3% to 3-6%.
Submission Due: May 6th 2015
Funding: Up to $75,000 in prizes

Woman to Woman Program Grant
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF)
Woman to Woman is a free support program that pairs gynecologic cancer patients with professionally trained and supervised survivor volunteers. This one-on-one emotional support and mentoring program provides much-needed services to women and families through all phases of treatment and recovery and is offered free of charge to all participants.
Grants are provided to cover the cost of a part-time Program Coordinator’s salary and to start a patient fund. OCRF will provide all patient materials, as well as technical assistance and support, for the life of the program (even after the end of the grant period).
Submissions due: May 1st, 2015
Funding: $50,000 for 1 year

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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