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Three important pieces of health-related legislation that were endorsed and supported by the Masonic Cancer Center were passed by the Minnesota House and Senate before the end of the current session, with one of them being signed into law by Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.


Author: Kelly Glynn, Media Relations Coordinator | MAY 14, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS, MN- May 14, 2020 – In a vertical climb to avoid collision with a towering mountain, a plane ejects cargo to gain altitude. Investigators at the University of Minnesota showed that cancer cells perform similar feats in escaping the killing effects of radiation. Their work was published in the May issue of the journal, EBiomedicine.


 6th director comes from Georgetown University

Dr. Robert Clarke of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., has been named the next executive director of The Hormel Institute, University of Minnesota.


New research sheds light on metastatic cancer in the liver

AUSTIN, Minn. – May 4, 2020 – Dr.Ningling Kang, head of the Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis lab at The Hormel Institute UMN, published a discovery describing how a particular protein, diaphanous homolog 1 (Diaph1), turns normal liver cells into cancer-promoting cells.

Gordon and Odde

University of Minnesota’s Gordon and Odde receive a National Cancer Institute (NCI) grant to study how the brain protects leukemia cells from the effects of chemotherapy


Jenny Poynter, MPH, PhD, and Daniel Harki, PhD, have been appointed to the leadership team of the Twin Cities’ only National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated comprehensive cancer center. 

Cancer and COVID

The past several months as COVID-19 has spread have been a scary time not only for the United States but the entire world. It is particularly frightening for those most greatly affected by COVID-10: people with underlying health conditions and suppressed immune systems, such as cancer patients.