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Update is available on the web at http://www.cancer.umn.edu/news/mcc-update-newsletter/index.htm.

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, sherm019@umn.edu, by noon on Thursday for publication the following Monday.

NOTE: Update will not be published the week of November 10. The next issue will be published on November 17.


November 3, 2014

Tuesday's Seminar

Tuesday, November 4, 2014, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
Breast cancer outcome disparities: In vivo models to investigate biophysiological determinants and mechanisms
Robin Fuchs-Young, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Molecular and Cellular Medicine & Institute for Biosciences and Technology, Texas A&M Health Sciences Center

Host: Carol Lange, Ph.D.

This meeting will be simulcast in 450 MCRB. 

A peek at next week’s seminar:
Tuesday, November 11, 2014, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
Bioengineering of highly selective targeted toxins and immune engagers for cancer therapy.....moving them to the U of M clinic
Daniel A. Vallera, Ph.D., Lion Scholar and Professor, Director, Section on Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, Professor of Therapeutic Radiology, University of Minnesota

View the calendar for a complete schedule.

In This Issue

News

Program Meetings

Professional Education

Events

Funding Opportunities 


News

Members in the news

Logan Spector, Ph.D., was quoted in a Medscape story about a study showing no increase in cancer risk in assisted-fertility offspring.

John Wagner, M.D., co-leader, Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, and Mary Jo Kreizter, Ph.D., R.N., are featured in a Minnesota Daily story about a study to understand how music can reduce anxiety, pain and nausea for children receiving treatment at the University’s Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinic. Ruth Bachman, chair of the Masonic Cancer Center’s Community Advisory Board and donor for the study, is also mentioned.

John Wagner, M.D., is quoted in Medscape, Healio,and Rock Hill Herald stories about a U of M study showing a single cord blood transplant in children with blood cancer may be as efficient as a double.

UMN Health opens Phase I Clinical Trials unit
An October 28 update from UMN Health included the following announcement:

UMN Health opened its first state-of-the-art facility for Phase I Clinical Trials on August 31, and the unit staff is preparing to accept its first research patients this month. Called the Early Phase Clinical Research Unit, the facility was co-developed by a core team of leaders  from UMN Health, Fairview, UMP, CTSI and Masonic Cancer Center. It is an example of the type of collaboration possible through UMN Health.

 

The unit is located on the Medical Center’s 5th floor within the Blood and Marrow Transplant (BMT) Unit. Newly renovated last year, the BMT unit has single-patient rooms for optimal study control. Rooms within the BMT unit have been dedicated to exclusive use for clinical trials.

 

The unit is staffed by a skilled, core group that has participated in CITI (Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative) and has been trained in the management of research patients. The unit’s nursing staff will work closely with the research nurse and pharmacist to prepare the research subject for the study treatment. The research patient could be on the Early Phase Clinical Research Unit for six to 18 hours depending on the study protocol.

 

Nine active oncology clinical trials have been identified that are open to study participants. Research patients from these trials will provide data to guide process and training adjustments and innovations.

 

Opening the Early Phase Clinical Research Unit is an important step toward UMN Health reaching top-decile status as an academic medical center. It is essential to advancing bench research that will become cutting-edge treatments for our patients. The unit will also attract top talent and leverage our academic mission.

 

For more information about this program, please contact Jill Cordes a jcordes3@Fairview.org or Katie Mellskog at mells003@umn.edu.

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Program Meetings

BMT Conference
Monday, November 3, 2014, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB
Physician Utilization Reviews (Karyn Baum) - 30 minutes
GVHD Disease Forms (Judy Witte) - 20 minutes
Donor consent - 10 minutes

For a schedule of meetings, visit the website.

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Professional Education

November 4-5, 2014: Closing the Gap Between Hope and Cures for Cancer Patients: A symposium on creating a clear pathway to accelerated and expanded access to experimental medicines for people with cancer and other deadly illnesses
McNamara Alumni Center
November 4 -  5:30 p.m.: Registration, 6:30 p.m.:Dinner
November 5 - 7:30 a.m.: Registration and buffet breakfast; 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Program

Visit the website for more information and to register.

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 5, 2014: Cancer Biology Journal Club
12-1 p.m., 2-115 CCRB
Yan Yan will discuss "Both Decreased and Increased SRPK1 Levels Promote Cancer by Interfering with PHLPP-Mediated Dephosphorylation of Akt," Wang P et al., Mol Cell 2014; 54:378-391.

November 5, 2014: Stem Cell Institute Research Conference
4 p.m., McGuire Translational Research Facility – Room 1-110. 2001 6th Street SE, Minneapolis – next to Lions Research Bldg
The Strange Case of Pluripotentiality: Embryonic Stem Cells, Germ Cells, and Genomic Conflicts
Thomas Zwaka, M.D., Ph.D., Black Family Stem Cell Institute, Department of Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY

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.

November 6, 2014: Clinical Research MS Defense
3-3:30 p.m., 450 MCRB
CD16xCD33 bispecific killer cell engager (BiKE) activates natural killer (NK) cells from MDS patients against primary MDS and MDSC CD33+ targets
Michelle Gleason, Ph.D.

Monday, November 10, 2014: 9th Annual Children’s Cancer Research Fund Norma K.C. Ramsay, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professor Lectureship
1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB, 425 E. River Road, Minneapolis
Regulatory T cells and the quest for transplant tolerance
Professor Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine

Sponsored by the Children’s Cancer Research Fund

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
Speakers:
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

November 14, 2014: Learning from the Legacy of Henrietta Lacks: Advancing Research Ethics in Minnesota
12-1:30 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union
A discussion and lunch immediately following the event, "Henrietta Lacks' Legacy: Two Conversations" will give attendees opportunity to share their reactions to the earlier event, and engage in a critical group conversation.

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: brown3238@umn.edu

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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Events

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.

Monday, November 10, 2014: 9th Annual Children’s Cancer Research Fund Norma K.C. Ramsay, M.D. Distinguished Visiting Professor Lectureship
1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB, 425 E. River Road, Minneapolis
Regulatory T cells and the quest for transplant tolerance
Professor Maria Grazia Roncarolo, Department of Pediatrics at Stanford School of Medicine
Sponsored by the Children’s Cancer Research Fund

November 10 and 14, 2014: Henrietta Lacks' Legacy: Two Conversations
November 10: 7:30 p.m.,Meet the Author, Ted Mann Concert Hall
November 14: 9:45-11:30 a.m., Meet the Family, Northrup Auditorium
For more information see cehd.umn.edu/reads

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
Speakers:
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

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
Featuring:
Fran Cosmo (former BOSTON leader singer)
Alex Ligertwood (former SANTANA lead singer)
With
HEADLINER featuring special guest Greg Armstong of Fabulous Armadillos
Special Opening Performance TBA
Special RIP Dedication for Jimi Jamison & Fergie Ferderiksen
Tickets:
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 https://ticketriver.com/event/13056 or contact Mike Woodley at 612-386-0082 for more information.

December 11 and 12, 2014: KS95 for Kids Radiothon
Mall of America
http://www.ks95.com/ks95-for-kids/

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

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Funding Opportunities

Sarcoma Research Grant Request for Applications
Karen Wycoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation
Deadline: November 24, 2015, 5 p.m.
Funding: Up to $50,000

For more information contact Rick Jacobson (rickj@umn.edu)

RFAs: Research career development opportunities for U of M assistant professors 
The Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) is now accepting applications for three programs that help junior investigators build independent research careers. Programs provide a comprehensive career development infrastructure that supports awardees via funding, mentorship, weekly seminars, individualized development plans, and ongoing support. Applications are due Dec. 18.

RFA: Research opportunity for health sciences students
Doctoral or professional health sciences students (PhD, DDS, DNP, MD, PharmD) with an interest in research are encourage to apply for the Summer Advanced Research Program. The program from the University’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) and the Center for Health Equity (CHE) provides a weekly stipend, a structured core curriculum, mentored research projects, weekly research seminars, and a final presentation of research. Applications are due by Feb. 6, 2015.

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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