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2015
  • January
    • Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, in quoted in WCCO-TV, Salon , Gloucester Citizen,  WATE stories about the formaldehyde risk in some e-cigarette vapor.
    • Michael Verneris, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in stories about the 11-year old leukemia patient who refused chemotherapy.  See Toronto StarHamilton SpectatorInside Halton.
    • Immuno-Oncology News reported on a new collaboration between Intrexon, ZIOPHARM, and M.D. Anderson to develop CAR T-cells immunotherapy. Sleeping Beauty gene transfer technology discovered and developed by Genetics Mechanism of Cancer Program member Perry Hackett, Ph.D., contributed to this breakthrough in cancer immunotherapy.
    • Schelomo Marmor, Ph.D., is quoted in a Health Talk story about the impact of accreditation on centers for hematopoietic cell transplantation
    • Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was among the authors of a joint policy statement on e-cigarettes issued by the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Read more. A number of media outlets reported on the statement’s release: WebMD, Medscape, Yale News, and Healio.
    • The Academic Health Center’s Health Talk blog published a story on research by Emil Lou, M.D., Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program,Subree Subramanian, Ph.D., and Clifford Steer, M.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, demonstrating for the first time that microRNAs can travel directly between cancer cells. This study was published in the November issue of Translational Research. Lou was the journal’s Featured New Investigator of the month.
    • A Spring Grove Herald story on the Eagles Cancer Telethon mentions the Masonic Cancer Center, one of the recipients of the fundraising event.
    • Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director of the Masonic Cancer Center’s Cancer Prevention and Control, is mentioned in MedPage Today OncoBriefs story about research that she and her colleagues reported in Cancer Prevention Reseasrch showing that smokeless tobacco increases exposure to carcinogens.
    • Douglas Yee, M.D., Masonic Cancer Center director, commented on the potential for the use of immunotherapy drugs for the treatment of breast cancer for HemOnc Today’s Highlights from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. View the video.
  • February
    • Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control, co-authored a commentary on smokeless tobacco that appeared in the Hindustan Times.
    • Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, was quoted in Mineral Wells IndexWPTVWashington Post, and Tri-Valley Dispatch stories about the formaldehyde risk in e-cigarette vapor.
    • Douglas Yee, M.D., was quoted in a Minnesota Daily article about the personalized medicine controversy.
    • Anne Joseph, M.D., M.P.H., co-leader, Prevention and Etiology Program, discussed the dangers of smoking with Esme Murphy on WCCO Radio.
    • Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., was quoted in a Eureka Alert story about the new reporter system so study bone-related regenerative medicine that was generated in his laboratory.
    • Melissa Geller, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, discussed a new FDA study on cervical cancer screening comparing the effectiveness of pap tests versus HPV in Health Talk.
    • Daniel Vallera, Ph.D., discussed his research that led to DT2219 a ‘targeted toxin’ cancer-fighting drug that has shown early success in treating fellow University of Minnesota physics professor Cynthia Cattell’s aggressive B-cell lymphoma with Jordana Green of WCCO Radio.
    • Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., was quoted in The Baxter Bulletin, Mineral Wells Index, WPTV, Washington Post, and Tri-Valley Dispatch regarding his research into increased formaldehyde risks from e-cigarette vapor as opposed to traditional cigarette smoke.
    • Daniel Vallera, Ph.D., discussed his research that led to DT2219 a ‘targeted toxin’ cancer-fighting drug that has shown early success in treating fellow University of Minnesota physics professor Cynthia Cattell’s aggressive B-cell lymphoma with Jordana Green of WCCO Radio. His work was also feature in the Spring 2015 Masonic Cancer Center News.
    • Veronica Bachanova, M.D., Ph.D., was featured in the Spring 2015 Masonic Cancer Center News regarding developing and clinically testing a drug to treat B cell lymphoma
  • March
    • Aaron Kelly, Ph.D., was quoted regarding severely obese kids that may face higher heart risks than thought. Read at Philly.com.
    • 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
    • Tim Starr, Ph.D,. was interviewed by Kare11 regarding his colon cancer research that is receiving funding from the Mezin-Koats Colon Cancer Research Fund started by former UnitedHealthcare COO and colon cancer patient Danna Mezin.
    • Cornelius Lam, M.D., Ph.D., featured by KSTP on how new technology shapes how neurologists treat epilepsy.
    • Jennifer Hall, Ph.D., mentioned by the Minnesota Daily regarding the $3M federal health grant that Minneapolis received.
    • Celattin Ustun, M.D., mentioned in a stem cell transplant patient success story by Star Tribune.
    • Jaime Modiano D.V.M., Ph.D., was featured in Morris Animal Foundation vetNEWS: Research team maps specific genomic regions predisposing to risk of canine lymphoma and hemangiosarcoma (PDF).
    • Troy Lund M.D., Ph.D., co-authored a study that was featured on Newswise “Researchers Map “Genomic Landscape” of Childhood Adrenocortical Tumors for the First Time”
    • Stephen Jameson, Ph.D., featured in Health Talk regarding a new finding that helps scientists better understand DNA binding protein’s role in vaccination success.
    • Samir Khariwala, M.D., and Curtis Corum, Ph.D., were featured for their research that provides a more precise diagnosis for oral cancer in Health Talk.
    • Bruce Walcheck, Ph.D., was featured and Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., Melissa Geller, M.D., and Jeffrey Miller, M.D., were mentioned in Health Talk regarding their research in regenerative medicine and a new $500,000 grant from the state of Minnesota.
    • A paper by Ann Bode Ph.D., on anti-inflammatory class of drugs NSAIDS showing great promise in preventing types of cancer was published in Cancer Prevention Research. Read more.
    • Bruce Walcheck, Ph.D., is featured in a Big 10 Network story about Big Ten Cancer Centers.
    • Kristin Baker Niendorf, M.S., was interviewed by WCCO about Angelina Jolie's decision to pursue a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy following identification of a BRCA1 mutation as the result of genetic testing.
    • A KARE 11 news story features a University of Minnesota Dance Marathon to raise money for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.

       
  • March
    • Bruce Walcheck, Ph.D., is featured in a Big 10 Network story about Big Ten Cancer Centers.
    • Kristin Baker Niendorf, M.S., was interviewed by WCCO  about Angelina Jolie's decision to pursue a bilateral salpingo-oophorectomy following identification of a BRCA1 mutation as the result of genetic testing.
    • A KARE 11 news story features a University of Minnesota Dance Marathon  to raise money for the University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
    • David Masopust, Ph.D. is quoted regarding T cells of the skin in The Scientist.
    • Douglas Yee, M.D. and Deepali Sachdev Ph.D. were featured on Facebook by the Team Judy Fund for Metastatic Breast Cancer Research.
    • Henry Buchwald, M.D., Ph.D. commented on data suggesting lowering bar for bariatric surgery in General Surgery News.
    • Jaime Modiano D.V.M., Ph.D., was featured in Morris Animal Foundation vetNEWS: Research team maps specific genomic regions predisposing to risk of canine lymphoma
    • Troy Lund M.D., Ph.D., co-authored a study that was featured on Newswise“Researchers Map “Genomic Landscape” of Childhood Adrenocortical Tumors for the First Time”
    • Stephen Jameson, Ph.D.,was  featured in Health Talk regarding a new finding that helps scientists better understand DNA binding protein’s role in vaccination success.
    • Samir Khariwala, M.D. and Curtis Corum, Ph.D., were featured for their research that provides a more precise diagnosis for oral cancer in Health Talk.
    • Bruce Walcheck, Ph.D., featured and Dan Kaufman, M.D., Ph.D., Melissa Geller, M.D., and Jeffrey Miller, M.D., mentioned in Health Talk regarding their research in regenerative medicine and the awarding of a new $500,000 grant from the state of Minnesota.
    • Ann Bode Ph.D., was published in Cancer Prevention Research regarding anti-inflammatory class of drugs NSAIDS showing great promise in preventing types of cancer. Hormel Institute.
    • Tim Starr, Ph.D. was interviewed by KARE11 regarding his colon cancer research that is receiving funding from the Mezin-Koats Colon Cancer Research Fund started by former UnitedHealthcare COO and colon cancer patient Danna Mezin.
    • Cornelius Lam, M.D., Ph.D. featured by KSTP on how new technology shapes how neurologists treat epilepsy.
    • Jennifer Hall, Ph.D. mentioned by the Minnesota Daily regarding the $3M federal health grant that Minneapolis received. 
    • Celalettin Ustun, M.D. mentioned in a stem cell transplant patient success story by Star Tribune.
    • Aaron Kelly, Ph.D., was quoted regarding severely obese kids that may face higher heart risks than thought. Read at Philly.com.
    • 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 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.
  • April
    • Michael Farrar, Ph.D., Immunology Program, is mentioned in a Health News Digest story about research that discovered a new pathway that prevents chronic inflammation in the gut.
    • Todd Tuttle, M.D., Prevention and Etiology program is quoted in ReutersNewsmax Health stories on how worry may drive low-risk cancer patients to want double mastectomies. 
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program member and director of the University of Minnesota Stem Cell Institute in mentioned in a MN Daily story on the growing support for stem cell research at the capitol.
    • Stephen Hecht, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, was interviewed by Wisconsin Public Radio for a story on the e-cigarette boom. The story was picked up by the Superior Telegram.
    • Todd Tuttle, M.D., Prevention and Etiology Program and  University of Minnesota Cancer Care surgical oncologist, was interviewed in a WCCO “Good Question” story about when to get a second opinion.
    • The Masonic Cancer Center was mentioned in at WinonaDailyNews.com story about the Fools Five Road Race in Lewiston, Minnesota on April 12. Almost 3,000 runners took part and over $83,000 was raised for cancer research. The money raised will be donated to Gundersen Medical Foundation in La Crosse, as well as the Rochester Eagles Cancer Telethon, which donates to the Mayo Clinic, the Hormel Institute for Cancer Research and the Masonic Cancer Center, at the University of Minnesota.
    • John Wagner, M.D., co-leader, Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, Mary Jo Kreitzer, R.N., Ph.D., Center for Spirituality and Healing, commented in a MinnPost story on alternative therapies ease pain for children undergoing bone marrow transplant.
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, is featured in a WCCO story on the treatment for a rare skin disorder that was pioneered at the Masonic Cancer Center.
    • Douglas Yee, M.D., Masonic Cancer Center director, participated in a cancer chatback with TPT following the “Emperor of all Maladies” show. View the video.
  • May
    • Peter Lee, M.D., Ph.D., was interviewed in a WCCO-TV story about the dramatic rise in melanoma among young people. The story also appeared in New Hampshire Voice
    • Research from the laboratories of Brandon Moriarity, Ph.D., and David Largaespada, Ph.D., which identified potential proteins to target in osteosarcoma treatment, was highlighted in the June 2015 newsletter of The Karen Wycoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation. Read more.
    • Ran Blekhman, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, was quoted in a Nature news story about Twitter conversations on potential flaws in a genomic and sequencing study. Read more.
    • A South China Morning Post story about a new weapon against obesity, Chinese thunder god, mentioned research conducted at the Masonic Cancer Center showing its effectiveness against pancreatic cancer.
    • Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Ph.D.,Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was featured in Star Tribune, and KARE 11 stories about her lab’s use of one of the first 'bioprinters' using living tissue.
    • John Wagner, M.D., co-leader of the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, is mentioned in a WCCO story about a child awaiting a bone marrow transplant at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital.
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, debunks indoor tanning myths in Health Talk.
    • Logan Spector, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Science story about privacy fears associated with newborn screening.
    • Kare11 promoted the Great Cycle Challenge, a national event to raise money to fight childhood cancer. The Children’s Cancer Research Fund is raising money for the Masonic Cancer Center through this effort. 
    • The May 6 issue of Brief included mention of Masonic Cancer Center members Jayanth Panyam, Ph.D., and Timothy Wiedmann, Ph.D., who along with research associate Tanmoy Sadhukha, Ph.D., have developed a treatment for lung cancer using nanoparticles. Read more.
    • Robert W. Jeffery, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program member, is quoted in a Fox News story about racial differences seen among fitness levels in married men. 
    • The 10th Annual Cancer Survivor Conference held on May 2, was featured on the Jordana Green show on WCCO radio.
    • A story about research conducted by Zigang Dong, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Ann Bode, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program members and Hormel Institute on aspirin’s preventive effects on colorectal cancer appeared in EurekaAlert!
    • Research conducted by Stephanie Misono, M.D., M.P.H., Schelomo Marmor, Ph.D., Bevan Yueh, M.D., M.P.H., and Beth Virnig, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, on whether pre-existing conditions or types of treatment can affect laryngeal cancer survival differences was featured in Health Talk
    • Peter Lee, M.D., and Maria Hordinsky, M.D., discusses the warning signs and the prevention of melanoma in UMN Health.
    • Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control, was featured in a Health Talk story about the increase in use of e-cigarettes among U.S. teens.
  • June
    • Peter Lee, M.D., Ph.D., was interviewed in a WCCO-TV story about the dramatic rise in melanoma among young people. The story also appeared in New Hampshire Voice.
    • Research from the laboratories of Brandon Moriarity, Ph.D., and David Largaespada, Ph.D., which identified potential proteins to target in osteosarcoma treatment, was highlighted in the June 2015 newsletter of The Karen Wycoff Rein in Sarcoma Foundation. Read more.
    • Ran Blekhman, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, was quoted in a Nature news story about Twitter conversations on potential flaws in a genomic and sequencing study. Read more.
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about the increased incidence of melanoma and the role of tanning beds.
    • Perry Hacket, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, was quoted in a Star Tribune story about the Sleeping Beauty transposon system he and his colleagues developed at the University of Minnesota, which is being used to develop new cancer treatments.
    • Angela Panoskaltsis-Mortari, Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, is featured in a Big Ten Network story about the U of M’s first bioprinter.
    • Research from the Masonic Cancer Center is featured in a story in Health Canal about immunological therapies for prostate cancer.
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