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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 Thursday for publication the following Monday.

February 16, 2015

Tuesday's Seminar

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
Carcinogenic constituents in tobacco products: Brand variations and exposures in users
Irina Stepanov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

This meeting will be simulcast in 450 MCRB.

A peek at next week’s seminar:
Tuesday, February 24, 2015, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 MCRB
Herpesviral mimics of cellular microRNAs
Eva Gottwein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Microbiology-Immunology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Host and sponsor: Jamie Van Etten, Ph.D - 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 Announcements and Opportunities


Members in the news

Douglas Yee, M.D., was quoted in a Minnesota Daily article about the personalized medicine controversy.

Anne Joseph, M.D., M.P.H., co-leader, Prevention and Etiology Program, discussed the dangers of smoking with Esme Murphy on WCCO Radio.

Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., was quoted in a Eureka Alert story about the new reporter system to study bone-related regenerative medicine that was generated in his laboratory.

Melissa Geller, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, discussed a new FDA study on cervical cancer screening comparing the effectiveness of pap tests versus HPV in Health Talk.

Members speak at conferences/meetings

Ran Blekhman, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, has been invited to speak at a Gordon Research Conference on Quantitative Genetics and Genomics in Italy later this month.  He will speak on “Genomics of Host-Microbe Interactions in the Tumor Microenvironment.”

Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, has been invited to participate in a MinnCRest Program roundtable “Publishing in Single Word Journals (Science, Nature, Cell, etc.)” on March 25.

Staff Recognition Party
Some 180 Masonic Cancer faculty and staff attended a staff recognition party last Thursday. Goldy Gopher stopped by and Douglas Yee, M.D., spoke, thanking the staff for their work.  Pictures from the event are available on Google drive.

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Program Meetings

BMT Program
Alex Lazaryan, M.D. will present.

For a schedule of meetings, visit the website.

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Professional Education

February 18, 2015: Cancer Biology Research Club
12-1 p.m., 2-120 MCB
Alice Nomura, Saluja lab, will discuss “Snail1-Expressing Fibroblasts in the Tumor Microenvironment Display Mechanical Properties That Support Metastasis," Stanisavljevic J et al., Cancer Research 2015;75:284-295.

February 18, 2015: CSE Distinguished Speakers Program
4 p.m., 401/402 Walter Library
Who Holds Us Back? Personal Account of Cultural & Societal Obstacles Facing Women Pursuing Careers in Science
Anna Krylov, Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Southern California, Los Angeles

March 2-30, 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 6, 2015: CTSI Career Development Seminar - Killing it: Composing, designing and performing your way to better presentations
12-3 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105
Loren Niemi, Executive Director, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
Monica Fogg, Lecturer, School of Architecture
Kym Longhi, Associate Artist, Margolis Brown ADAPTORS

For more information, visit the website.

March 12-April 16, 2015: Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences: Spring Lecture on Genomics
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Genomics Center, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Masonic Cancer Center

March 12, 2015: Progress toward personalized medicine & the challenges of integrating genomics into electronic health records
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union
Rex Chisholm, Ph.D. , Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Click here for more information.

April 6, 20015: When should we all have our genome sequenced? Assessing the public health implications
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrup Auditorium
Dr. Muin Khoury, MD, PhD (Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control)

Click here for more information.

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, M.D. – UCLA; Michael Stubblefield, M.D. – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania; Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D. – University of Alabama; Timothy Ahles, Ph.D. – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Registration information and abstract submission information is available on the website.

April 19-22, 2015: ASME 2015 4th Global Conference on Nanoengineering for Medical and Biology
McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN

May 19, 2015: SAVE THE DATE! Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium
Registration will begin April.
Speakers include:
Matthew Bogyo, Professor, Stanford University
Markus Ribbe Professor, UC Irvine
William Pomerantz, Professor, University of Minnesota
Daniel Appella NIH, NIDDK, Senior Investigator
Lisa Marcaurelle H3 Biomedicine, VP, Discovery Chemistry
Naimul Karim 3M, Division Scientist, Skin & Wound Care Division

April 23, 2015: SAVE THE DATE! Inaugural Kersey Lecture
4-5 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Jennifer Grandis, M.D., will speak.

June 24:2015: SAVE THE DATE! 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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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 Announcements and Opportunities

News & Notices::

Submitting a Research Proposal? Visit the MCC’s new Research Support Services page!

Faculty who are administratively supported by the Masonic Cancer Center can now complete an “Intent to Submit a Research Grant Proposal” form online by visiting the newly redesigned MCC Research Support Services webpage. All proposals should be initiated using this new form at least 6 weeks in advance of the agency’s deadline. Check out the website today for more information regarding this new process and to learn about other research support services that are available, including links to helpful proposal preparation documents and resources.

Funding Opportunities:

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers: Special Interest Project Competitive Supplements
Center for Disease Control
Internal Review – You must contact Michael Resnick by TODAY Feb. 16th if interested -
Application Receipt Date: April 8th, 2015
Funding: $100K-275K awards

V Foundation Scholar Award
V Foundation for Cancer Research
Internal Review applications due: Feb. 25th, 2015
Full Application Receipt Date: April 1st, 2015
Funding: $200,000

V Foundation Translational Research Award
V Foundation for Cancer Research
Internal Review applications due: Feb. 25th, 2015
Full Application Receipt Date: May 1st, 2015
Funding: $600,000

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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