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2014
  • January
    • The research of Edward Greeno, M.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program, is featured in a National Public Radio story “Western Scientists Look To Chinese Medicine For Fresh Leads.”
    • Pablo Leitzman and Chenggou Xing, College of Pharmacy, in addition to Dorothy Hatsukami, Medical School, Masonic Cancer Center, are quoted in a Minnesota Daily article on kava’s potential to help prevent cancer.
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a Star Tribune story about the use of tanning beds by teen girls.
    • Kristin Baker Niendorf, M.S., C.G.C., was interviewed in a Star Tribune story about Sanford Health’s grant to place genetic counselors in primary care offices.
    • John Wagner, M.D., co-leader, Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, shares the potential benefits of cord blood in theWall Street Journal.
    • Research led by Chengguo Xing, Ph.D., Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Program, has found that the kava plant may prevent cigarette smoke-induced lung cancer. The study was published in Cancer Prevention Research. See Health Talk, Star Tribune, and KSTP-TV.
    • Margaret MacMillan, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, is being featured in several articles for her research and treatment of patients with Fanconi anemia. See CBS Minnesota and CNN.
    • Margaret MacMillan, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a CNN story about Florida State University Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher’s son, who has Faconi Anemia.
    •  A number of news outlets ran stories at the end of the year about former University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital osteosarcoma patient Zach Sobiech, who composed the song “Clouds,” that went viral last year. Sobiech wrote the song as a farewell to friends and family and proceeds are going to a fund Sobiech created before he passed away to support oseteosarcoma research. The following is a partial list of these stories:
    • Sobiech was featured in a CNN piece “Extraordinary People,” and in a Star Tribune article.

      Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program. Brenda Weigel, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, and Logan Spector, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program were quoted in a Pioneer Press story about osteosarcoma research supported by the Sobiech fund. David Largaespada, Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, was also mentioned in the article. Modiano’s research on the parallels between osteosarcoma in dogs and humans appeared in the Academic Health Center’s blog, Health Talk,

      Logan Spector, Ph.D., Prevention and Etiology Program, discussed osteosarcoma research underway at the Masonic Cancer Center and how the Zach Sobiech Osteosarcoma Fund is making possible new therapies and scientific study into osteosarcoma on Kare11 TV .

    • Elizabeth Pluhar, Ph.D., D.V.M., Immunology Program, is featured in a KARE11-TV news segment about a dog with skin cancer whose life she saved. The spot also mentions the work of the late John Ohlfest, Ph.D., who created the vaccine that is being used at the College of Veterinary Medicine to treat cancer in dogs.
    •  Dorothy Hatsukami, Ph.D., associate director for Cancer Prevention and Control, was quoted in a Medical Daily story about E-cigarettes.  
  • February
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., was quoted in a Hometown Focus.US story about indoor tanning in Minnesota putting high school girls at risk for skin cancer.
    • Mark Osborn, Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was featured in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology’s Facebook page as a co-author on a page published in that journal on "Patient-specific naturally gene-reverted induced pluripotent stem cells in recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa."
    • Daniel Weisdorf, M.D., co-leader of the Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was quoted in a Minnesota Daily story about treating Dr. Malcolm Baird, head of the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, while he was battling acute lymphocytic leukemia.
    • Kalpna Gupta, Ph.D., co-leader, Tumor Microenvironment Program, is featured as this month’s AHC Game Changer on Health Talk
    • The research conducted in the laboratory of Mohammad Saleem, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program and The Hormel Institute, is highlighted by the Department of Defense in its " 2013 Research Highlights" section. Read more.
  • March
    • Emily Greengard, M.D., was interviewed in a KSTP-TV segment on a new treatment for neuroblastoma being offered at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. Watch the video on the website.
    • Research conducted in the laboratory of Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program member, was featured in Health Talk. Lab member Camille McAloney, along with Kevin Silverstein, Ph.D., and program member Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., discovered that gene mutations are not affected by breeding, as was previously thought.
    • Joseph Neglia, M.D., Transplant and Biology Program, co-authored a letter to the Star Tribune calling for restoration of long-term storage of newborn screening data.
    • David Wood, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program, was quoted in a University of Minnesota story about a fresh approach to diagnostic testing for non-communicable diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Read "A simple test for tumors."
    • Anne Joseph, M.D., was quoted in a Star Tribune story about an e-cigarette restriction bill clearing the Senate panel.
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was interviewed in the Minnesota Daily about Rare Disease Day.
    • The Breast Cancer Super Hero Portrait Project of Division of Hematology/Oncology staff member Barbara Porwitt was featured in The Wake student newspaper.
    • Emily Greengard, M.D., was interviewed in a KSTP-TV segment on a new treatment for neuroblastoma being offered at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital. Watch the video on the website.
    • Research conducted in the laboratory of Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program member, was featured in Health Talk. Lab member Camille McAloney, along with Kevin Silverstein, Ph.D., and program member Anindya Bagchi, Ph.D., discovered that gene mutations are not affected by breeding, as was previously thought.
    • Joseph Neglia, M.D., Transplant and Biology Program, co-authored a letter to the Star Tribune calling for restoration of long-term storage of newborn screening data.
    • David Wood, Ph.D., Tumor Microenvironment Program, was quoted in a University of Minnesota story about a fresh approach to diagnostic testing for non-communicable diseases like cancer and cardiovascular disease. Read "A simple test for tumors."
    • Anne Joseph, M.D., was quoted in a Star Tribune story about an e-cigarette restriction bill clearing the Senate panel.
    • Jakub Tolar, M.D., Ph.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy Program, was interviewed in the Minnesota Dailyabout Rare Disease Day.
    • The Breast Cancer Super Hero Portrait Project of Division of Hematology/Oncology staff member Barbara Porwitt was featured in The Wakestudent newspaper.
    • DeAnn Lazovich, Ph.D., co-leader of the Prevention and Etiology Program, was quoted in a St. Peter Herald about  teens use of indoor tanning beds. Lazovich was also featured in the Giving to Medicine & Health UMF blog
    • Jill Siegfried, Ph.D., Masonic Cancer Center associate director of Translational Research, was quoted in a Giving to Medicine & Health UMF blog story about the length of time it takes promising cancer drugs to move from the lab to patients.
  • April
    • David Rothenberger, M.D., discussed colonoscopy in the New York Times Well blog.
    • Sarah Cooley, M.D., Transplant Biology and Therapy program and associate director of Cancer Experimental Therapeutics, was among the investigators mentioned in The Cancer Letter as one of ten recipients of the NCI’s 2013 Cancer Center Clinical Investigator Team Leadership Award. This two-year, $50,000 award recognizes contributions to the development of new therapies through collaborative science. 
    • Elizabeth Pluhar, D.V.M.,  Ph.D., Immunology Program, Jaime Modiano, V.M.D., Ph.D., Genetic Mechanisms of Cancer Program, and Christopher Moertel, M.D., were quoted in aUMN Discover story about canine cancer research at the Masonic Cancer Center and the College of Veterinary Medicine.
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