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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 MCC Communications at, by noon on Thursday for publication the following Monday.

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March 3, 2015

Next week’s seminar:
Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
‘Diet, the gut microbiome, and cancer’
Johanna W. Lampe, Ph.D., R.D.
Full Member and Associate Division Director, Cancer Prevention Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Host: DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D.

This meeting will be simulcast in 450 MCRB.

View the calendar for a complete schedule.

In This Issue


Program Meetings

Professional Education


Funding Announcements & Opportunities

Clinical Trials



Health Disparities and Cancer Research has extended the 2015 University of Minnesota, Summer Undergraduate Internship. If you have not completed all your materials (e.g. electronic application and two recommendation letters), there is still time to send in your items. The deadline has been extended to 4:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2015.
We look forward to reviewing your application!


MCRB Nursing Moms and Moms to be -- and their supervisors:
The Masonic Cancer Research Building lactation room has been moved to the 5th floor room 562. It features a comfy chair, foot stool, a refrigerator, an internal lock and is 1st come 1st serve.  It is BYO pump.

Another option is to use the Fairview Hospital lactation room located in the first floor of the hospital - room 1-389, door code is 0609#. The Fairview Hospital lactation room includes 3 small private areas each equipped with a Medela Symphony (hospital grade-super efficient) pump - just bring your own tubing.
MCC supports working moms

For other questions about work life balance support - please contact MCC HR Manager,
Melissa Daufelt.

Members in the News

Aaron Kelly, Ph.D., was quoted regarding severely obese kids that may face higher heart risks than thought. Read at


Mary Jo Kreitzer, Ph.D., R.N., featured by Shape focusing on 17 powerful benefits of meditation.


Lawrence Afrin M.D., was quoted in a Cosmopolitan article regarding Mast Cell Activation Syndrome.


Gunda Georg, Ph.D., had research featured by U.S.News Health regarding lonidamine, originally an anti-cancer drug and refining a side effect to explore a form of male birth control, a drug called Gamendazole.


Branden Moriarty, Ph.D., David Largaespada Ph.D., Kathryn Schwertfeger Ph.D., Yasuhiko Kawakami Ph.D., and Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D. had their article from Nature featured by Dean Brooks Jackson at a Town Hall (23:30 in video) address to the University of Minnesota Medical School on January, 20, 2015.


Schelomo Marmor, Ph.D., Bevan Yueh, M.D., M.P.H., and Beth A. Virnig, Ph.D., M.P.H. published an article in the Journal of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.

Members speak at conferences/meetings

Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, has been invited to participate in a MinnCRest Program roundtable “Publishing in Single Word Journals (Science, Nature, Cell, etc.)” on March 25.

Program Meetings

BMT Program
Brian McClune, D.O. will present.
For a schedule of meetings, visit the website.

Professional Education

March 2-March 30, 2015: Mini Medical School: Getting to the Heart of the Matter
6-8:30 p.m., 2-650 Moos Tower
For more information and to register visit the website.

March 6, 2015: CTSI Career Development Seminar - Killing it: Composing, designing and performing your way to better presentations
12-3 p.m., 717 Delaware St. SE, Room 105
Loren Niemi, Executive Director, In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre
Monica Fogg, Lecturer, School of Architecture
Kym Longhi, Associate Artist, Margolis Brown ADAPTORS
For more information, visit the website.

March 12, 2015: Progress toward personalized medicine & the challenges of integrating genomics into electronic health records-
Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment & the Life Sciences: Spring Lecture on Genomics
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Mississippi Room, Coffman Memorial Union
Rex Chisholm, Ph.D. , Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Dr. Chisholm will present genomic medicine discovery and implementation projects based on the NUgene biobank which is linked to the Northwestern Medicine Electronic Health Records (EHR) system. He will discuss data-mining of EHRs to develop phenotypes. He will also discuss the experience of the eMERGE Network in sharing phenotypes and in implementing decision support for genomic medicine and pharmacogenomics.
Co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota Genomics Center, Clinical and Translational Science Institute, and Masonic Cancer Center
Click here for more information.

March 18, 2015: Seminar: Dissecting the Clonal Evolution of Tumors with Single-cell DNA sequencing
9-10 a.m., 2-101 Nils Hasselmo
Researchers are profiling genetic signatures of tumors to identify causal mutations. However, somatic mutations create genetically diverse clonal populations with varying molecular and physiological attributes. With single-cell DNA sequencing, one can interrogate the polyclonal networks of these sub-populations and gain a deeper understanding of disease onset and progression.
Keith Szulwach, PhD, Research Scientist, Fluidigm Corporation

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 Survivorship
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 6, 20015: When should we all have our genome sequenced? Assessing the public health implications
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Best Buy Theater, Northrup Auditorium
Dr. Muin Khoury, MD, PhD (Director, Office of Public Health Genomics, Centers for Disease Control)
Click here for more information.

April 19-22, 2015: ASME 2015 4th Global Conference on Nanoengineering for Medical and Biology
McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street SE, Minneapolis, MN
The NEMB 2015 technical program will be divided in six topical tracks, covering the areas ranging from therapeutics to toxicology, and also will include plenary talks from world-renowned researchers, tours of the UMN Nano Center, and tutorials. 

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

May 19, 2015: Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Grant Symposium
Registration will begin April.
Speakers include:
Matthew Bogyo, Professor, Stanford University
Markus Ribbe Professor, UC Irvine
William Pomerantz, Professor, University of Minnesota
Daniel Appella NIH, NIDDK, Senior Investigator
Lisa Marcaurelle H3 Biomedicine, VP, Discovery Chemistry
Naimul Karim 3M, Division Scientist, Skin & Wound Care Division

June 24, 2015:  24th Annual Mark E. Nesbit Lectureship in Pediatric Oncology
12:15 p.m., Conference Center, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital
Speaker: David Malkin, M.D., Senior Staff Oncologist in Hematology/Oncology at The Hospital for Sick Children, Director, Cancer Genetics Program, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, University of Toronto

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


March 30-April 1, 2015: “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”
The importance of research in improving cancer care will be the focus of a 30-second spot sponsored by Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota and University of Minnesota Cancer Care during the Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) broadcast of Ken Burns’ new documentary, “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.”

The three-part, six-hour documentary will air March 30–April 1. The spots will air 12 times on TPT and six times on TPT 2.

Because programs by Ken Burns tend to be popular among TPT’s influential and community-minded television audience, the sponsorship message is expected to have a broad reach.

The documentary, based on Siddhartha Mukherjee’s Pulitzer Prize–winning book “The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer,” examines cancer with a cellular biologist’s precision, a historian’s perspective, and a biographer’s passion.

May 2, 2015: Cancer Survivorship Conference
8:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, University of Minnesota, 200 Oak St. SE Minneapolis, MN 55455
Join us for the 10th Annual Cancer Survivorship Conference which will address topics important to cancer survivors and their families. Cancer survivors ages 16 and older, parents, spouses, significant others, health care professionals, school administrators and social workers can benefit from this educational conference.

This year's conference will feature keynote speaker Kirsten Ness, P.T., Ph.D., Associate Member of the Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control and the Department of Pediatric Medicine at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dr. Ness is an expert in exercise and physical activity interventions for long-term cancer survivors.

The conference will also feature a presentation by Christine Clifford, 20-year cancer survivor and award-winning speaker, author of six books including Not Now, I'm Having a No Hair Day!, and creator of The Cancer Club(R), the world's largest producer of humorous and helpful products for people with cancer.

There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required. A free continental breakfast and lunch will be served. Space is limited, so please register early or call 1-888-CANCERMN (1-888-226-2376).

Visit the Community Events and Outreach page for more information.

Funding Announcements

JUST RELEASED!  FY15 DOD CDMRP Program Pre-Announcements
Recently released pre-announcements are available for the following programs:
-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program (ALSRP)
-Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)
-Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP)
-Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP)
-Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)
Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement. FY15 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at
Subsequent notifications will be sent when the program announcements/funding opportunities are released.

Funding Opportunities

JUST RELEASED!  FY15 DOD CDMRP Program Pre-Announcements
Recently released pre-announcements are available for the following programs:
-Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Research Program (ALSRP)
-Bone Marrow Failure Research Program (BMFRP)
-Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP)
-Orthotics and Prosthetics Outcomes Research Program (OPORP)
-Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP)
Descriptions of each of the funding opportunities, eligibility, key mechanism elements, and funding can be found in the respective Program pre-announcement. FY15 pre-announcements can be found in the CDMRP home page features at
Subsequent notifications will be sent when the program announcements/funding opportunities are released.

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.

Clinical Trials

The following clinical trials conducted by Masonic Cancer Center members were recently opened:

Healthy Kids after Cancer: A Physical Activity and Nutrition Intervention
PI: Neglia, Joseph

A Concussion Law and Effects on Concussion Visits in General Emergency Departments
PI: Louie, Jeff

COG AEWS1221 - Randomized Phase II Trial Evaluating the Addition of the IGF-1R Monoclonal Antibody Ganitumab (AMG 479, NSC# 750008, IND# 120449) to Multiagent Chemotherapy for Patients with Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Ewing Sarcoma
PI: Greengard, Emily

(Genentech GO28915) A Phase III, Open-Label, Multicenter, Randomized Study to Investigate the Efficacy and Safety of MPDL3280A (ANTI-PD-L1 ANTIBODY) compared with Docetaxel in patients with non-small cell lung cancer after platinum failure (OAK)
PI: Patel, Manish

HM2014-21: A Study of ALT-803 in Patients with Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma
PI: Miller, Jeffrey


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