News Releases

The Rein in Sarcoma Foundation announced four recipients of their 2018 Sarcoma Research Grants. This is the 18th year that Rein in Sarcoma has provided grants to the University of Minnesota, with this year's contribution totaling $148,000.

Awardees for 2018 and their research are:

Amy Skubitz, PhD - Predicting Relapse and Response to Chemotherapy in Sarcoma

Aaron Sarver, PhD - Retrospective and Prospective Comparison of Prognostic Transcriptional Biomarkers in Osteosarcoma using NanoString RNA profiling

Lombardi honorees

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation recently honored four 'Leaders for A Cure' at a Super Bowl related event in St. Paul, MN on February 1.

Among the honorees was Chris Pennell, PhD, the Masonic Cancer Center's Associate Director of Community Engagement and Education, and Judy Erdahl, a University of Minnesota supporter and creator of the Midwest Metastatic Breast Cancer Conference.

The following Masonic Cancer Center members were recently awarded Shaver Fund Awards from the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.

Venkatram Mereddy, PhD - New Drugs for the Treatment of Glioblastoma and Breast Cancer Metastasis to Brain
Henry Balfour, MD - A Vaccine Against the First Human Cancer Virus: Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV)
Martin Felices, PhD and Melissa Geller MD, MS - Maximizing Natural Killer Cell Immunotherapy in Ovarian Cancer

Chainbreaker check

(MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL) January 19 2018 - The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, received a check for $1.389 million for cancer research from the inaugural Chainbreaker bike ride that took place in August 2017.

Chainbreaker, a cycling and fundraising event which directs 100% of rider-raised funds to research at the Masonic Cancer Center, attracted 1,021 riders, 400 volunteers, and 9,775 donors to the first-ever event.

Seanne Falconer


MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., Jan. 11, 2018 — Seanne N. Falconer, MBA, FACHE, Executive Director of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota, in Minneapolis, Minnesota, recently became a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, the nation’s leading professional society for healthcare leaders.

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