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2014
  • January
    • The research of Edward Greeno, M.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program, is featured in a National Public Radio story “Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads.”
    • Pablo Leitzman and Chenggou Xing, College of Pharmacy, in addition to Dorothy Hatsukami, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, are quoted in a Minnesota Daily article on kava’s potential to help prevent cancer.
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a Star Tribune story about the use of tanning beds by teen girls.
    • Kristin Baker Niendorf, M.S., C.G.C., was interviewed in a Star Tribune story about Sanford Health’s grant to place genetic counselors in primary care offices.
    • John Wagner, M.D., co-leader, Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, shares the potential benefits of cord blood in theWall Street Journal.
    • Research led by Chengguo Xing, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, has found that the kava plant may prevent cigarette smoke-induced lung cancer. The study was published in Cancer Prevention Research. See Health Talk, Star Tribune, and KSTP-TV.
    • Margaret MacMillan, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, is being featured in several articles for her research and treatment of patients with Fanconi anemia. See CBS Minnesota and CNN.
    • Margaret MacMillan, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a CNN story about Florida State University Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher’s son, who has Faconi Anemia.
    •  A number of news outlets ran stories at the end of the year about former University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital osteosarcoma patient Zach Sobiech, who composed the song “Clouds,” that went viral last year. Sobiech wrote the song as a farewell to friends and family and proceeds are going to a fund Sobiech created before he passed away to support oseteosarcoma research. The following is a partial list of these stories:
    • Sobiech was featured in a CNN piece “Extraordinary People,” and in a Star Tribune article.

      Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program. Brenda Weigel, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, and Logan Spector, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program were quoted in a Pioneer Press story about osteosarcoma research supported by the Sobiech fund. David Largaespada, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, was also mentioned in the article. Modiano’s research on the parallels between osteosarcoma in dogs and humans appeared in the Academic Health Center’s blog, Health Talk,

      Logan Spector, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, discussed osteosarcoma research underway at the Masonic Cancer Center and how the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund is making possible new therapies and scientific study into osteosarcoma on Kare11 TV .

    • Elizabeth Pluhar, Ph.D., D.V.M., Immunology Program, is featured in a KARE11-TV news segment about a dog with skin cancer whose life she saved. The spot also mentions the work of the late John Ohlfest, Ph.D., who created the vaccine that is being used at the College of Veterinary Medicine to treat cancer in dogs.
    •  Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control, was quoted in a Medical Daily story about E-cigarettes.  
  • February
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., was quoted in a Hometown Focus.US story about indoor tanning in Minnesota putting high school girls at risk for skin cancer.
    • Mark Osborn, Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was featured in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology’s Facebook page as a co-author on a page published in that journal on "Patient-specific naturally gene-reverted induced pluripotent stem cells in recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa."
    • Daniel Weisdorf, M.D., co-leader of the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about treating Dr. Malcolm Baird, head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, while he was battling acute lymphocytic leukemia.
    • Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D., co-leader, Tumor Microenvironment Program, is featured as this month’s AHC Game Changer on Health Talk
    • The research conducted in the laboratory of Mohammad Saleem, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program and The Hormel Institute, is highlighted by the Department of Defense in its " 2013 Research Highlights" section. Read more.
  • March
    • Emily Greengard, M.D., was interviewed in a KSTP-TV segment on a new treatment for neuroblastoma being offered at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. Watch the video on the website.
    • Research conducted in the laboratory of Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program member, was featured in Health Talk. Lab member Camille McAloney, along with Kevin Silverstein, Ph.D., and program member Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., discovered that gene mutations are not affected by breeding, as was previously thought.
    • Joseph Neglia, M.D., Transplant and Biology Program, co-authored a letter to the Star Tribune calling for restoration of long-term storage of newborn screening data.
    • David Wood, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program, was quoted in a University of Minnesota story about a fresh approach to diagnostic testing for non-communicable diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Read "A simple test for tumors."
    • Anne Joseph, M.D., was quoted in a Star Tribune story about an e-cigarette restriction bill clearing the Senate panel.
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was interviewed in the Minnesota Daily about Rare Disease Day.
    • The Breast Cancer Super Hero Portrait Project of Division of Hematology/Oncology staff member Barbara Porwitt was featured in The Wake student newspaper.
    • Emily Greengard, M.D., was interviewed in a KSTP-TV segment on a new treatment for neuroblastoma being offered at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. Watch the video on the website.
    • Research conducted in the laboratory of Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program member, was featured in Health Talk. Lab member Camille McAloney, along with Kevin Silverstein, Ph.D., and program member Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., discovered that gene mutations are not affected by breeding, as was previously thought.
    • Joseph Neglia, M.D., Transplant and Biology Program, co-authored a letter to the Star Tribune calling for restoration of long-term storage of newborn screening data.
    • David Wood, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program, was quoted in a University of Minnesota story about a fresh approach to diagnostic testing for non-communicable diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Read "A simple test for tumors."
    • Anne Joseph, M.D., was quoted in a Star Tribune story about an e-cigarette restriction bill clearing the Senate panel.
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was interviewed in the Minnesota Dailyabout Rare Disease Day.
    • The Breast Cancer Super Hero Portrait Project of Division of Hematology/Oncology staff member Barbara Porwitt was featured in The Wakestudent newspaper.
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a St. Peter Herald about  teens use of indoor tanning beds. Lazovich was also featured in the Giving to Medicine & Health UMF blog
    • Jill Siegfried, Ph.D., Masonic Cancer Center associate director of Translational Research, was quoted in a Giving to Medicine & Health UMF blog story about the length of time it takes promising cancer drugs to move from the lab to patients.
  • April
    • People of color still drastically underrepresented in NIH clinical trials. Jasjit Ahluwalia, M.D., M.P.H., Prevention and Etiology Program, discusses this in Health Talk.
    • Decision-making input linked to more satisfied cancer patients. Kathryn Dusenbery, M.D, .is quoted in a Reuters health story.
    • The Masonic Cancer Center is mentioned in a Chicago Tribune story about the use of a Chinese herb known as Thunder God in treating pain from rheumatoid arthritis. A drug made from the plant wiped out pancreatic tumors in mice in research conducted by Ashok Saluja, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Program and is currently in phase I clinical trials in humans.
    • Fox 9 highlighted the story of a woman battling pancreatic cancer. The segment featured Ashok Saluja, Ph.D., and Edward Greeno, M.D.,  discussing the Minnelide treatment being developed at the U of M.
    • Todd Tuttle, M.D., was quoted in a National Public Radio Shots: Health News From NPR story about the growing number of women choosing double mastectomies after a breast cancer diagnosis. Read more.
    • Michael Garwood, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program, discussed the role of magnetic nanoparticles in breast cancer treatment in a Nanowerk News story.
    • Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control, was quoted in a story about e-cigarettes in the American Psychological Association’s Monitor on Psychology
    • The work of the Masonic Cancer Center that brings together basic science researchers and clinicians in veterinary and human medicine is featured in the University of Minnesota’s Discover.
    • David Rothenberger, M.D., discussed colonoscopy in the New York Times Well blog.
    • Sarah Cooley, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy program and associate director of Cancer Experimental Therapeutics, was among the investigators mentioned in The Cancer Letter as one of ten recipients of the NCI’s 2013 Cancer Center Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. This two-year, $50,000 award recognizes contributions to the development of new therapies through collaborative science. 
    • Elizabeth Pluhar, D.V.M.,  Ph.D., Immunology Program, Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, and Christopher Moertel, M.D., were quoted in a UMN Discover story about canine cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
  • May
    • Kristin Baker Niendorf, . CGC Program Manager of the Cancer Risk Management Program in the Masonic Cancer Center, was featured in the May 2014 issue of Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine explaining the importance of learning one’s personal risk for familial cancers and following the recommended screening programs to minimize that risk. 
    • Melissa Truelson, M.S, CGC and Melissa Geller, M.D., of the Cancer Risk Management Program in the Masonic Cancer Clinic, were interviewed by NWCT-TV, about a patient’s experience with ovarian cancer and its connection to the BRCA genetic mutations.
    • The research 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 there in area of chemopreventive effects of foods.
    • Logan Spector, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Star Tribune story 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.
    • Badrinath Konety, Ph.D, wrote an article for Minnesota Physician on African American men’s health research at the University of Minnesota.
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., discussed research at the University of Minnesota’s Children’s Hospital on WCCO-TV.
    • A story on how groundbreaking research at the Masonic Cancer Center and the University of Minnesota’ Stem Cell Institute has enabled U of M researchers and clinicians to use umbilical cord blood to treat a growing number of diseases, from cancer to Crohn’s disease, appeared in the Spring 2014 Medical Bulletin.
    • Timothy Schacker, M.D., and Jeffrey Miller, M.D., are authors of an article on bringing research to reality in Minnesota Health Care News
  • June
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D.  is quoted in a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette story about the FDA cancer warning on teen indoor tanning and the risk to young skin. Lazovich was also quoted in the Chicago Tribune and CBS News about the skin cancer risk from tanning even without burn.
    • Kalpna Gupta, PhD., co-leader, Tumor Microenvironment Program, along with program members Donald Simone, Ph.D., and Bin He, Ph.D., were quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about the problems with state marijuana laws that have forced them to take their research on pain and sickle cell disease to California for human subject testing.
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, and Bradley Carlin, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, are featured in a new AHC video series titled “Every Day.” View the Tolar video and Carlin video.
    • Anne Joseph, M.D., is quoted in a Prairie Business story about rising e-cigarette use and doctors split on advice to patients.
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, discussed regenerative medicine funding in Health Talk.
    • Julie Ross, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Science News story high birthweight babies and disease risk. She commented on childhood leukemia risk.
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Program, led a study that demonstrated that indoor tanning to prevention sunburn does not lower the risk of melanoma. The results were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Lazovich was quoted in stories in Reuters, KELO. Philly.com, Guernsey Press, Jersey Evening Post, EHE&ME, VAN 92.7, WLMI 92.9, KWSN, Science 2.0, Science Codex, LifeScript, 93 Rock, Medical Daily, Health Site, and University Herald.
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D, Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program was quoted in a Star Tribune story about a new law in Minnesota that will provide $50 million to study chronic illness treatment.
    • Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D., co-leader of the Tumor Microenvironment Program was quoted in stories in the Pioneer Press and InForum about how red tape has delayed her research on whether medical marijuana can treat pain. Gupta received a $9.5 million grant from the NIH to study pain in patients with sickle cell disease a year ago.
    • Daniel Saltzman, M.D. and his lab were featured in the May 2014 edition of Minnesota Medicine in the story “Surviving the shortfall: Decreased research funding from traditional sources has led some investigators to get creative.”
  • July
    • Research conducted by Ashok Saluja, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Program, and his colleagues, on the effect of triptolide in inhibiting the growth and survival of pancreatic cancer cells, was featured in a Newswise story. The story notes that an article published in the American Journal of Physiology – Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology, was highlighted as one of June’s “best of the best” by the American Physiological Society’s APSselect program. Read more. Saluja  was also quoted in Vancouver Desi, Before It's News, Third Age, The Health Site, and HealthCanal.
    • Research conducted at the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota was cited in a creators.com story about the health benefits of calcium.
    • A patient who received treatment at the Masonic Cancer Center was featured in a Mesabi Daily News story.
    • Research conducted by the laboratory of Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Center Program, was highlighted in Medical Xpress and HealthCanal stories.  Bagchi and his colleagues discovered how MYC, a gene linked to cancer, is regulated by a non-coding RNA, PVT1.  The research was recently published in the journal Nature. David Largaespada, Ph.D., was also quoted in the story.
    • A letter from Douglas Yee, M.D., on legislation in Minnesota that would require doctors to inform patients with increased mammographic breast density that they are at a higher risk for the development of breast cancer, was published in Friday’s Star Tribune.
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., is quoted in  Sacramento Bee and Kansas City Star stories about the dangers of tanning beds for teens.
    • A Masonic Cancer Center study is cited in a Yahoo! story on a broccoli 'sprout' drink that protects against lung and heart disease from toxic pollution.
    • Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D., sent a correction to the MN Daily story on medical marijuana that implied that Minnesota law forced her research team to go out of state to pursue their studies. She said, "State's marijuana laws have nothing to do with our research and our trial in California. Our ongoing work focused on pain in sickle cell disease was conceived several years ago when I approached Dr. Abrams in UCSF to do a proof of principle study based on our experimental work."
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