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Update is an official newsletter of the Masonic Cancer Center for faculty, members, staff, colleagues, and friends. All submissions for the next issue must be sent to Sandi Sherman,, by noon on Thursday for publication the following Monday.

November 17, 2014

Tuesday's Seminar 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
Targeting cancer: Gene editing, telomeres and translocations
Eric Hendrickson, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics, University of Minnesota


This meeting will be simulcast in 450 MCRB. 

A peek at next week’s seminar:
Tuesday, November 25, 2014, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
Co-clinical approach to kinase inhibitor development in cancer therapy: Targeting the tumor cell and its microenvironment
Akash Patnaik, M.D., Ph.D., Division of Hematology/Oncology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School

Faculty candidate, Division of Hematology, Oncology Transplantation

View the calendar for a complete schedule.

In This Issue


Program Meetings

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities 


Masonic Cancer Center announces new Operations Manager
Seanne Falconer, M.B.A, Masonic Cancer Center associate director for administration, sent the following announcement:

I am pleased to announce that Aaron Schilz has accepted the newly-created role of Masonic Cancer Center Operations Manager effective December 1, 2014. In this role, Aaron will develop and lead the evaluation function for the MCC, manage the groups responsible for lab service, space management, internal awards, and most shared services. He will also have continued responsibility for the CCSG and overall MCC reporting to NIH.

Aaron's role as pre-award coordinator is in the process of being filled, so until that new person is fully up and running, Aaron will still be the point person for faculty grant submissions. Please be patient as Aaron, and his replacement, transition into their new roles.

Aaron joined the Masonic Cancer Center in June 2007 as the Research Grant Coordinator after spending two years as a Grants and Contracts Specialist in the Department of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his undergraduate alma mater. Aaron holds a Bachelor of Arts in German Language and Culture, International Studies (concentration: global economy) with a minor in Global Cultures, and is pursuing a Master of Public Affairs with a concentration in Public and Nonprofit Leadership and Management from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

Please join me in congratulating Aaron.

Members in the news

Edward Greeno, M.D., director, Oncology Service Line, commented on promising pancreatic cancer research at the University of Minnesota on KMSP TV.

The Masonic Cancer Center, along with its director, Douglas Yee, M.D., was featured in the November newsletter of the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium. Read more.

Kola Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about the NIH-funded grant the Program in Health Disparities Research was awarded, along with several other universities, to develop programs to increase diversity in biomedical research.

Kola Okuyemi, M.D., M.P.H.,  Jasjit Ahluwalia, M.D., M.P.H., and Badrinath Konety, M.D., M.P.H., are featured on the University of Minnesota Foundation Blog about programs at the U that seek to minimize health disparities.


Congratulations to Harry Orr, Ph.D., on his election to the prestigious Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. This is one of the highest honors in the fields of health and medicine.

Kudos to Chester Whitley, M.D., Ph.D., who was named the 2014 Global Genese "Rare Champion of Hope Medical Caregiver. Read more.

New and improved instruction services at the Bio-Medical Library  
The Bio-Medical Library has published a new article highlighting the innovative work done by the libraries' staff. New and Improved Instruction Services” shows how a focus on course-integrated instruction allows Bio-Medical librarians to more fully engage with the teaching mission of the University of Minnesota Academic Health Center.

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Program Meetings

BMT Conference

Monday, November 17, 2014, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB
Genoptypic and immunophenotypic signatures of drug resistance in multiple myeloma
Michael Linden, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Brian Van Ness, Ph.D., Professor, Genetics, Cell Biology and Development

For a schedule of meetings, visit the website.

Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program Meeting
Friday, November 21, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Hideki Aihara, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Biophysics

For a schedule of meetings, visit the website.

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Professional Education

November 18, 2014: Brain Tumor Program
8 a.m., 6-101 NHH
CAR T-cell based therapy for glioblastoma is improved if miR-17-92 is present
Christopher Pennell, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

November 19, 2014: Fall Research Symposium on Gynecologic Oncology
7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., The Campus Club, Rooms A, B & C, 4th floor, Coffman Memorial Union
Featuring the Ethel N. Ruveslon Memorial Lecture: Peter Schwartz, M.D. Vice Chair, Gynecology; Section Chief, Gynecologic Oncology, Yale University
Neoadjuvant chemotherapy in the treatment of patients with advanced ovarian cancer
RSVP to Katherine Brown:

November 20, 2014: Using Social Media to Recruit and Retain Study Participants: The PI's Perspective
12-1 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105
At this career development seminar, attendees will hear from investigators who are using social media, and learn when it’s appropriate to use social media to recruit study volunteers … and when it isn’t.

January 22, 2014: Writing Winning Grant Proposals
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105
Want to write successful health research grants? Then don't miss "Write Winning Grant Proposals," a day-long seminar that's back by popular demand.

March 27, 2015: Transforming Cancer Survivorship Through Research and Best Practice
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center, 151 Goodman Drive, Cincinnati, OH
Keynote speaker: Julia H. Rowland, Ph.D., Director, NCI Office of Cancer Survivoship
Speakers include: Patricia Ganz, M.D. – UCLA; Michael Stubblefield, M.D. – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Kathryn Schmitz, Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania; Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D. – University of Alabama; Timothy Ahles, Ph.D. – Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Registration information and abstract submission information is available on the website.

April 23, 2015: SAVE THE DATE! Inaugural Kersey Lecture
4-5 p.m., 1-125 CCRB
Jennifer Grandis, M.D., will speak.

Visit the Education and Training Opportunities web page for more conference and special lecture listings.

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November 20, 2014: Great American Smoke-Out
12-3 p.m., Coffman Theater, Coffman Memorial Union
Sponsored by Colleges Against Cancer

November 28, 2014: Remembrance Rock Friday Benefit for Pancreatic Cancer Research at the University of Minnesota
6:30-10:30 p.m., Minnetonka Country Club Ballroom
Remembrance Rock Friday- A benefit concert for Pancreatic Cancer-Wellner Fund
Fran Cosmo (former BOSTON leader singer)
Alex Ligertwood (former SANTANA lead singer)
HEADLINER featuring special guest Greg Armstong of Fabulous Armadillos
Special Opening Performance TBA
Special RIP Dedication for Jimi Jamison & Fergie Ferderiksen
Reserved Seats $40 advance/$50 door (if not Sold Out)
General Admission $25 advance/$35 door (if not Sold Out)
Table Sponsorship $300...VIP seating for 8-Table Sponsorship
100% of all proceeds go to pancreatic cancer research at University of Minnesota/Wellner Fund in honor of Gary Wellner and all of those affected by this deadly disease. Purchase tickets at or contact Mike Woodley at 612-386-0082 for more information.

December 11 and 12, 2014: KS95 for Kids Radiothon
Mall of America

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

Driven to Discover State Fair Pilot Grants
Masonic Cancer Center, School of Public Health, Medical School, CFANS
Deadline: January 9, 2015
Funding: 1-3 grants worth a combined $15,000

Damon Runyon Clinical Investigator Award
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
Internal Review Preapplication Deadline: January 9, 2015
Full Application Deadline (if invited): February 17, 2015
Funding: $450,000 over 3 years

New Investigator Pre-K Career Development Program
Application Deadline: December 18, 2014
Funding: $52,000 in research and travel funds, to be expended over 2 years

KL2 Scholars Career Development Program 
Application Deadline: December 18, 2014
Funding: 75% salary support and up to $26,000/year in research and travel funds for 3 years

K to R01 Transition to Independence Program 
Application Deadline: December 18, 2014
Funding: $50,000 in research funds to be expended over two years

Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON): Physical Sciences-Oncology Projects (PS-OP) (U01)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): February 26, 2015; November 25, 2015; see announcement for additional dates
Funding: $500,000 per year for 5 years

National Cancer Institute Program Project Applications (P01)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): Multiple dates, see announcement.
Funding: Varies.

Environmental Influences during Windows of Susceptibility in Breast Cancer Risk (U01)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): January 28, 2015
Funding: $600,000/yr for 5 years

Collaborative Activities to Promote Metabolomics Research (Admin Supp)
NIH Roadmap Initiatives
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): February 13, 2015
Funding: $100,000 for 1 year

AACR-Millenium Fellowships in Multiple Myeloma Research
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Funding: $55,000

Caring for Carcinoid Foundation-AACR Grant for Carcinoid Tumor and Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor Research
Application Deadline: Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Kure It-AACR Research Grant for Immunotherapy in Kidney Cancer
Application Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014
Funding: $250,000 over 2 yrs

Colon Cancer Alliance-AACR Fellowship in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Research
Application Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014
Funding: $50,000 for 1 year
Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Cancer Prevention Research
Application Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at noon, EST
Funding: $135,000 over 2 yrs

Landon Foundation-AACR INNOVATOR Award for Research in Tumor Microenvironment
Application Deadline: Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014 at noon, EST
Funding: $135,000 over 2 yrs

AACR-Ocular Melanoma Foundation Fellowship in honor of Robert C. Allen, MD
Application Deadline: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
Funding: $50,000 for 1 year

Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Career Development Awards for Translational Breast Cancer Research
Application Deadline: Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
Funding: $138,000 over 2 yrs

Visit the Funding Opportunities Web page to see listings previously published in Update. A list of organizations that provide funding for cancer research is also provided there.

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