Masonic Cancer Center

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Members in the News

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  • January
    • Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, in quoted in WCCO-TV, Salon , Gloucester Citizen,  WATE stories about the formaldehyde risk in some e-cigarette vapor.
    • Michael Verneris, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in stories about the 11-year old leukemia patient who refused chemotherapy.  See Toronto StarHamilton SpectatorInside Halton.
    • Immuno-Oncology News reported on a new collaboration between Intrexon, ZIOPHARM, and M.D. Anderson to develop CAR T-cells immunotherapy. Sleeping Beauty gene transfer technology discovered and developed by Genetics Mechanism of Cancer Program member Perry Hackett, Ph.D., contributed to this breakthrough in cancer immunotherapy.
    • Schelomo Marmor, Ph.D., is quoted in a Health Talk story about the impact of accreditation on centers for hematopoietic cell transplantation
    • Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was among the authors of a joint policy statement on e-cigarettes issued by the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Read more. A number of media outlets reported on the statement’s release: WebMD, Medscape, Yale News, and Healio.
    • The Academic Health Center’s Health Talk blog published a story on research by Emil Lou, M.D., Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program,Subree Subramanian, Ph.D., and Clifford Steer, M.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, demonstrating for the first time that microRNAs can travel directly between cancer cells. This study was published in the November issue of Translational Research. Lou was the journal’s Featured New Investigator of the month.
    • A Spring Grove Herald story on the Eagles Cancer Telethon mentions the Masonic Cancer Center, one of the recipients of the fundraising event.
    • Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director of the Masonic Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control, is mentioned in MedPage Today OncoBriefs story about research that she and her colleagues reported in Cancer Prevention Reseasrch showing that smokeless tobacco increases exposure to carcinogens.
    • Douglas Yee, M.D., Masonic Cancer Center director, commented on the potential for the use of immunotherapy drugs for the treatment of breast cancer for HemOnc Today’s Highlights from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. View the video.
  • February
    • Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control, co-authored a commentary on smokeless tobacco that appeared in the Hindustan Times.
    • Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, was quoted in Mineral Wells IndexWPTVWashington Post, and Tri-Valley Dispatch stories about the formaldehyde risk in e-cigarette vapor.
    • 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 so 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.
    • Daniel Vallera, Ph.D., discussed his research that led to DT2219 a ‘targeted toxin’ cancer-fighting drug that has shown early success in treating fellow University of Minnesota physics professor Cynthia Cattell’s aggressive B-cell lymphoma with Jordana Green of WCCO Radio.
    • Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., was quoted in The Baxter Bulletin regarding his research into increased formaldehyde risks from e-cigarette vapor as opposed to traditional cigarette smoke.

  • March
    • Aaron Kelly, Ph.D., was quoted regarding severely obese kids that may face higher heart risks than thought. Read at
    • Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., R.N., featured by Shape focusing on 17 powerful benefits of meditation.
    • Lawrence Afrin M.D., was quoted in a Cosmopolitan article regarding mast cell activation syndrome.
    • Gunda Georg, Ph.D., had research featured by U.S.News Health regarding lonidamine, originally an anti-cancer drug and refining a side effect to explore a form of male birth control, a drug called Gamendazole.
    • Branden Moriarty, Ph.D., David Largaespada Ph.D., Kathryn Schwertfeger Ph.D., Yasuhiko Kawakami Ph.D., and Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D. had their article from Nature featured by Dean Brooks Jackson at a Town Hall (23:30 in video) address to the University of Minnesota Medical School on January 20, 2015.
    • Schelomo Marmor, Ph.D., Bevan Yueh, M.D., M.P.H., and Beth A. Virnig, Ph.D., M.P.H. published an article in the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
    • Tim Starr, Ph.D,. was interviewed by Kare11 regarding his colon cancer research that is receiving funding from the Mezin-Koats Colon Cancer Research Fund started by former UnitedHealthcare COO and colon cancer patient Danna Mezin.
    • Cornelius Lam, M.D., Ph.D., featured by KSTP on how new technology shapes how neurologists treat epilepsy.
    • Jennifer Hall, Ph.D., mentioned by the Minnesota Daily regarding the $3M federal health grant that Minneapolis received.
    • Celattin Ustun, M.D., mentioned in a stem cell transplant patient success story by Star Tribune.
    • Jaime Modiano D.V.M., Ph.D., was featured in Morris Animal Foundation vetNEWS: Research team maps specific genomic regions predisposing to risk of canine lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma (PDF).
    • Troy Lund M.D., Ph.D., co-authored a study that was featured on Newswise “Researchers Map “Genomic Landscape” of Childhood Adrenocortical Tumors for the First Time”
    • Stephen Jameson, Ph.D., featured in Health Talk regarding a new finding that helps scientists better understand DNA binding protein’s role in vaccination success.
    • Samir Khariwala, M.D., and Curtis Corum, Ph.D., were featured for their research that provides a more precise diagnosis for oral cancer in Health Talk.
    • Bruce Walcheck, Ph.D., was featured and Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., Melissa Geller, M.D., and Jeffrey Miller, M.D., were mentioned in Health Talk regarding their research in regenerative medicine and a new $500,000 grant from the state of Minnesota.
    • A paper by Ann Bode Ph.D., on anti-inflammatory class of drugs NSAIDS showing great promise in preventing types of cancer was published in Cancer Prevention Research. Read more.
    • Bruce Walcheck, Ph.D., is featured in a Big 10 Network story about Big Ten Cancer Centers.
    • Kristin Baker Niendorf, M.S., was interviewed by WCCO about Angelina Jolie's decision to pursue a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy following identification of a BRCA1 mutation as the result of genetic testing.
    • A KARE 11 news story features a University of Minnesota Dance Marathon to raise money for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

  • March
    • Douglas Yee, M.D., Masonic Cancer Center director, participated in a cancer chatback with TPT following the “Emperor of all Maladies” show. View the video.
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