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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 the Thursday for publication the following Monday.

September 29, 2014

Tuesday's Seminar

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
Importance of the inflammatory microenvrionment during breast cancer initiation and progression
Kaylee Schwertfeger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology, University of Minnesota

This meeting will be simulcast in 450 MCRB. 

A peek at next week’s seminar:
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
Using GWAS, epigenomics, and genome engineering to characterize cancer-associated enhancers
Peggy Farnham, Ph.D., William M Keck Professor of Biochemistry, Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

Host: David Largaespada, Ph.D.

View the calendar for a complete schedule.

In This Issue


Program Meetings

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities


Dean’s Distinguished Research Lectureship honors Masonic Cancer Center members
The Dean’s Research Lectureship, which honors outstanding research achievements in the University of Minnesota Medical School, has been awarded to two Masonic Cancer Center members, Jeffrey Miller, M.D., Deputy Director of the Masonic Cancer Center and Transplant Biology and Therapy Program member, and Harry Orr, Ph.D. Miller is being honored for his studies on the role of natural killer cells in blood/marrow transplantation and leukemia immunotherapy and Orr is recognized for his studies on the role of trinucleotide repeats in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease. The lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, October 1 at 5 p.m. in McNamara Alumni Center.

Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group invites participation
All interested faculty and students are invited to participate in the Mixed Methods Interdisciplinary Graduate Group (MMIGG). The MMIGG is an interdisciplinary group dedicated to exploring the integration of qualitative and quantitative methods.  Activities include review of key concepts and issues in mixed methods, review and critique of a journal article with a mixed methods design/orientation, and discussion of individual projects and interests. Upcoming meetings this Fall semester will be held the last Wednesday of each month from 3:30-5:00 PM in 6-194 Weaver-Densford Hall. RSVP to Joe Gaugler, Ph.D., Associate Professor, School of Nursing,; Phone: 612-626-2485."

Program Meetings

BMT Conference
Monday, September 22, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB
BMT protocol updates

For a schedule of meetings, visit the website.

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Professional Education

September 30, 2014: Health Equity Dinner & a Movie
4-5 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105
Enjoy dinner while watching a segment from Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?, a documentary exploring racial and socioeconomic inequalities in health. In addition, there will be a group discussion facilitated by Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Director of the Center for Health Equity and Associate Director of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute. This event is open to all students, faculty, and staff, and is part of Greater than 7 Week, a University-wide week of equity and diversity events. Pizza, popcorn, and beverages will be provided. Space is limited; RSVP to reserve your spot.

October 1, 2014: Dean’s Distinguished Research Lectureship
5 p.m. – Lecture; 6-8 p.m. – Research Fair, appetizers and refreshments
Speakers: 2014 Honorees
Harry Orr, Ph.D., Professor of Laboratory Medicine & Pathology for his studies on the role of trinucleotide repeats in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease

Jeffrey Miller, M.D., Professor of Medicine for his studies on the role of natural killer cells in blood/marrow transplantation and leukemia immunotherapy

October 9, 2014: Pediatric Survivors after HCT: Long-term screening and Preventive Practices
4-5 p.m., live webinar
Register at

October 20, 2014: 5th Annual Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium
10:30 a.m-3:30 p.m., Cancer Cardiovascular Research Building
Keynote Speaker: B.J. Kennedy Lecturer in Medical Oncology Jonathan Samet, M.D., M.S., Director, University of Southern California Institute for Global Health, Professor and Flor L. Thornton Chair, Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine

The symposium will include two poster sessions. A complete schedule is available on the website.

October 20, 2014: 23rd Annual Developmental Biology Symposium: Coping with change: Environmental and nutritional control of development
Coffman Memorial Union

Visit the website for more information.

October 21, 2014: Catalyzing translational innovation: A talk from the director of NCATS
11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Mayo Memorial Auditorium
Christopher P. Austin, M.D., director, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health
Biomedical science is in an era of unprecedented accomplishment, but there isn’t a concomitant improvement in meaningful health outcomes. So how can the needs and opportunities of translational science be met? Dr. Austin will talk about the agency’s focus on the translational process and describe its mission, programs, and deliverables, with a view toward future developments. RSVP  to reserve a box lunch, or join remotely via UMConnect; walk-ins will also be accepted. 

November 5, 2014: Cancer Health Equity Conference
11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Hilton Bloomington, Minneapolis
Sponsored by Minnesota Center for Cancer Collaborations.
For more information and to register visit the website.

November 6, 2014: 2014 Cancer Summit - Cancer Care: It's a Partnership
8 a.m.-7 p.m., Hilton Bloomington, Bloomington, Minnesota
Keynote Speaker: Julie Silver, M.D., Associate Professor, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Harvard Medical School
Visit the website for more information.

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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October 10, 2014:  Children’s Cancer Research Fund Community and Family Celebration
4:30-6:30 p.m., Bloomington Theatre and Art Center
Visit for more info and to RSVP.

October 10, 2014: A Killer Soiree to Kill Cancer
7 p.m. - 12:00 a.m., Mill City Nights, 111 5th St N, Minneapolis, MN, $50 VIP ticket; General admission all ages concert 9 p.m. to midnight - $10
Robyne Robinson and Kieran Folliard invite you to an evening of musical delights and wonder.

  • The New Standards featuring PaviElle French Hipshaker DJ Brian Engel spinning Rare R&B Vinyl Killer Raffle featuring items from Secret Stash, Joynoelle, Fairbault Woolen Mills and Tamara Fogle
  • Small bites will be provided by Pazzaluna, Tilia, Grand Café, Barbette, Burch Steak House, The Strip Club, Birchwood Cafe, Loon Café, BT McElrath and US Foods.
  • The bar will be hosted by 2Gingers, Prairie Vodka, and Summit beer and renowned mixologist Johnny Michaels will design a Killer Kocktail using Prairie Vodka.

Tickets available at via Kill Kancer is a network of support dedicated to killing cancer by working to prevent it through educating, encouraging, and empowering. More information available at:

November 1, 2014: Dawn of a Dream
The Depot, Minneapolis

November 8, 2014: Save the Date! Community Dialogue on the Preliminary Study Results of Colon Cancer: iPrevent. iTreat. iBeat.
1:30-12:30 p.m., Lunch served to the first 125 attendees from 11-11:30 a.m.
Location to be announced

Registration is free. RSVP by Friday, October 17, 2014. Visit the website for more information on the program.

November 14, 2014: 2014 Westgate Pediatric Ethics Forum: Ethics and genetic testing of children – Who gets to know what, when and why
12-4 p.m., Children’s Minneapolis Education Center, 2525 Chicago Ave. S., Minneapolis
Holly Tabor, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Bioethics, Department of Pediatrics, Truman Katz Center for Pediatric Bioethics, Seattle Children’s Hospital and the University of Washington, co-founder of My46
Susan Wolf, J.D., McKnight Professor of Law, Medicine and Public Policy, Faegre Baker Daniels Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School; Professor of Medicine
Case examples and discussion presented by the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota Genetics Department

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities:

American Cancer Society Pilot Awards
American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant
Deadline: October 20, 2014
Funding: $30,000
This grant is for assistant professors who have no independent national funding and are engaged in cancer-related research. Cancer-related research includes cancer etiology, mechanisms of carcinogenesis and chemoprevention, molecular mechanisms of cancer progression and metastasis, development of novel cancer therapeutic or chemoprevention models and translational research, cancer immunology and immunotherapy.

Applications may be obtained by emailing a request to For information, please call Aaron Schilz, 612-624-0650.

Specialized Programs of Research Excellence (SPOREs) in Human Cancers for Years 2015 and 2016 (P50)
National Cancer Institute
Application Receipt Date(s): January 27, 2015; May 19, 2015; September 22, 2015; January 27, 2016; May 19, 2016; September 22, 2016
Funding: $2,300,000 total costs/year

Developmental Research Program and Career Development Award Grant Applications (PDF)
Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Pancreatic Cancer
Application Receipt Date: October 15, 2014
Funding: $50,000

Young Investigator Initiative
American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN)
Application Receipt Date: October 15, 2014
Funding: $10,000

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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