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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.

October 13, 2014

Tuesday's Seminar


Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 9-10 a.m., 1-125 CCRB
Dynamic regulation of cancer metastasis by iron and oxygen
Sundaram Ramakrishnan, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacology, University of Minnesota


This meeting will be simulcast in 450 MCRB. 

A peek at next week’s seminar:

No Tuesday seminar the week of October 20, due to the Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium scheduled for October 20, 2014, 10:30-3:30 p.m.

View the calendar for a complete schedule.

In This Issue


Clinical Trials 

Professional Education


Funding Opportunities 


Members in the news
Jo-Anne Young, M.D., principal investigator of the AdVise trial, which is studying the role of brincidofovir in prevention of adenoviruses in hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients, was quoted in a Forbes story.

Members speak at meetings
Scott Dehm, Ph.D., Cell Signaling Program, spoke on progress in prostate cancer research at the University of Minnesota’s prostate cancer support group on October 9.

Masonic Cancer Center members named “Best Doctors” in Minnesota Monthly
The following Masonic Cancer Center members were among those named “best doctor” in the latest Minnesota Monthly magazine.

Colon and Rectal Surgery
Mary Kwaan, M.D., M.P.H.
Robert Madoff, M.D.
Genvieve Melton-Meaux, M.D.
David Rothenberger, M.D.

Maria Hordinsky, M.D.

Gynecologic Oncology
Peter Argenta, M.D.
Linda Carson, M.D.
Levi Downs, M.D.
Melissa Geller, M.D.
Rahel Ghebre, M.D.
Deanna Teoh, M.D.

Christopher Moertel, M.D.
Mark Reding, M.D.
Marie Steiner, M.D.
Greg Vercellotti, M.D.
Dan Weisdorf, M.D.

Anne Blaes, M.D.
Edward Greeno, M.D.
Bruce Peterson, M.D.

Pediatric Oncology
Joseph Neglia, M.D.
Brenda Weigel, M.D.

Denis Clohisy, M.D.

Bevan Yueh, M.D.

Radiation Oncology
Kathryn Dusenbery, M.D.
Thoracic Surgery
Rafael Andrade, M.D.

James Anderson, M.D.
Sean Elliott, M.D.
Badrinath Konety, M.D.
Nissrine Nakib, M.D.
Christopher Warlick, M.D., Ph.D.

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Clinical Trials

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

COG ADVL1312 - A Phase 1/2 Study of AZD1775 (MK-1775, IND# 121422 in Combination with Oral Irinotecan in Children, Adolescents and Young Adults with Relapsed or Refractory Solid Tumors
PI: Greengard, Emily

MT2013-33C: Reduced Intensity (RIC) Conditioning and Transplantation of HLA-Haploidentical Related Bone Marrow (Haplo-BM) for Patients with Hematologic Malignancies
PI: Bejanyan, Nelli

Treatment of graft Failure after HSCT 
PI: Lund, Troy

A Randomized, Multicenter, Open-Label, Phase III Trial Comparing Trastuzumab Plus Pertuzumab Plus Taxane Following Anthracyclines Versus Trastuzumab Emtansine Plus Pertuzumab Following Anthracyclines As Adjuvant Therapy In Patients With Operable Her2-Positive Primary Breast Cancer
PI: Blaes, Anne

For more information on clinical trials contact Marva Bohen, R.N., B.S.N. (, 612-624-2620).

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Program Meetings

BMT Conference
Monday, October 13, 2014, 1:15-2:15 p.m., 450 MCRB
Hemorrhagic cystitis: What does our experience demonstrate?
Celalettin Ustun, M.D.


For a schedule of meetings, visit the website.


Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program
October 17, 2014, 12-1 p.m., 450 MCRB
Is the translation initiation machinery of the cell a cancer-driver?
Peter Bitterman, M.D., Professor, Department of Medicine
Vitaly Polunovsky, M.D., Professor, Department of Medicine


For a schedule of meetings, visit the website.

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Professional Education

October 14, 2014: Breast Cancer Journal Club
1-2 p.m., 3-224 CCRB
Caroline Diep will discuss "Ovulation and extra-ovarian origin of ovarian cancer" by Yang-Hartwich et al., Scientific Reports 2014;4:6116.

October 14, 2014: Department of Chemical Engineering & Materials Science seminar series
1:25 p.m., B-75 Amundson Hall
Competition-induced Selection of DNA Aptamers, for Non-nucleotide Targets
Valeria Tohver Milam, Associate Professor, School of Materials Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

October 14, 2014: Tobacco Research Studies Meeting
2 p.m., Room 245, 717 Delaware St. SE
Controversy over flavorants in tobacco products
Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D.

October 15, 2014: Stem Cell Institute Weekly Wednesday Research Conference
4:00 PM, McGuire Translational Research Facility – Room 1-110
Engineering of Biomaterials to Regulate Cell Fate Selection and Tissue Regeneration
Wei Shen, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, University of Minnesota

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. 

October 27, 2014: Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholars Lecture: Women's Cancer: Making Sense of Hormones
4 p.m., Cowles Auditorium, Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Ave. S., Dessert reception follows the lecture in the HHH Atrium
Speaker: Carol A. Lange, Ph.D., Professor, Departments of Medicine and Pharmacology

Presented by: Women's Center, Office for Equity and Diversity, Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Minnesota Libraries

RSVP online at  This lecture is free and open to the public.

November 4-5, 2014: Save the Date! Clinical trials conference: Working to close the gap on the most deadly diseases
November 4, Cocktail reception and dinner, November 5, Conference 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., McNamara Alumni Center, 200 Oak Street, Minneapolis, MN

For more information contact Paige Von Bank,

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 28, 2014: Living with breast cancer: How we can improve patients’ quality of life
7-9 a.m., DoubleTree by Hilton-Bloomington, 7800 Normandale Blvd. (located off  Hwy 100 and 494)
Emcees: Senator Kathy Sheran and Senator Carla Nelson
Dr. Jeff Dusek, Director of Research and founder of the Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, specializing in translational medicine research
Dr. Matthew Goetz, Deputy Director of the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Specialized Program of Research Excellence
Robianne Schultz, ACS CAN lead Minnesota volunteer and thirteen-year metastatic breast cancer survivor

Presented by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network in partnership with the Women Legislators’ Lobby.
Please RSVP by October 21, 2014 at, or to Ellie Beaver at, 651-255-8107.

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

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.

Nutrition & Obesity Pilot Grants
UMN Minnesota Obesity Center
Applications due: December 1, 2014
Funding: $25,000 for 1 year

Cancer Research Grants
Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research
Applications due: December 3, 2014
Funding: $100,000/year for 2 years

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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