Cancer Center Seminar Series

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About the Seminar Series

Presented by Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota this interdisciplinary seminar series provides a venue for basic-science and clinical faculty to hear about cutting-edge work in all areas of cancer. The series features invited speakers and MCC faculty with expertise in selected topics related to cancer. Speakers in our series represent the research programs of the MCC: Cell Signaling, Genetic Mechanisms, Tumor Microenvironment, Immunology, Transplant Biology & Therapy, Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention, and SPECS-Screening, Prevention, Etiology and Cancer Survivorship.

Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m., Seminar Room, First Floor, Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building (simulcast in 450 MCRB, Hormel Institute room 155, and Duluth, 112-SMed )

Seminar presentations can be recorded to view on the Web site. Presenters must give their permission in advance to have a seminar recorded.

For more information: 625-5129,

Upcoming Seminars

Summary of canine brain tumor clinical trials that led to the current NCI U01 award

February 27, 2018

G. Elizabeth Pluhar, DVM, PhD
Diplomate ACVS Director Canine Brain Tumor Clinical Trials
Professor, Dept of Vet Clinical Sciences
University of Minnesota

Host: Yoji Shimizu, PhD

Towards the 10,000 Families study

March 6, 2018

Logan Spector, PhD
Division Director
Professor, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
University of Minnesota

Host: Heather Nelson, PhD, MPH

Harnessing the power of cruciferous vegetables / Food-based Chemoprevention

March 13, 2018

Naomi Fujioka, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation
University of Minnesota

Host: Lisa Peterson, PhD

Repurposing antiviral immunity to fight tumors

March 20, 2018

David Masopust, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology (MICaB)
University of Minnesota

Host: Chris Pennell, PhD


March 27, 2018

Cytokines in cancer immunotherapy: Don’t call it a comeback

April 3, 2018

Aaron Ring, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Dept of Immunobiology
Yale University

Host: Jaime Modiano, VMD, PhD

Development of deubiquitinase inhibitors for cancer therapy

April 10, 2018

Stig Linder, PhD
Professor Department of Oncology-Pathology
Karolinska Institutet
Stockholm, Sweden

Host: Martina Bazzaro, PhD

Treating the Host in Severe Acute Graft-Versus-Host Disease

April 24, 2018

Shernan Holtan, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Division of Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation
University of Minnesota

Host: John Wagner, MD


May 1, 2018

Brenda Weigel, MD, MSc
Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology
University of Minnesota

Host: David Largaespada, PhD

The Development of Targeted Agents for Prostate Cancer

May 8, 2018

Aaron LeBeau, PhD
Assistant Professor Department of Pharmacology
University of Minnesota

Host: Scott Dehm, PhD


May 15, 2018

Special Seminars

Speaker Name
Speaker Institutional Affiliation
Title of Talk
11/14/2017 Andrew Venteicher, MD, PhD, Clinical Fellow in Neurosurgery Harvard Medical School Harvard Medical School Insights on the Architecture of IDH Mutant Gliomas
11/28/2017 Wenya Linda Bi, MD, PhD, Department of Neurosurgery Brigham and Women's Hospital Brigham and Women's Hospital Genomic disruption in cranial base tumors