Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium

800w

Monday, May 2 - Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Huntington Bank Stadium, Benton County Entrance
formerly TCF Bank Stadium

The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is hosting its 10th Annual Cancer Research Symposium as a special two-day event. This symposium is for Masonic Cancer Center faculty, staff, trainees, and students to celebrate research accomplishments and to develop new ideas and collaborations.

Registration closed on April 22, 2022. Registration on site will be available as space allows.
 

Questions? Contact event organizers at mccevents@umn.edu or 612-624-7552.

Event Information

Expand all

Symposium Agenda

Day 1

8:00 AM - Check In & Breakfast

8:45 AM - Welcome Address and State of the Masonic Cancer Center
Douglas Yee, MD

9:10 AM - Personalized Screening Clinical Trials by Laura Esserman, MD, MBA
Director, UCSF Breast Care Center
Alfred A. de Lorimier Endowed Chair in General Surgery
Professor of Surgery and Radiology, UCSF
BJ Kennedy Keynote Lecturer

10:10 AM - Biomarkers of Cancer
Silvia Balbo, PhD
Zohar Sachs, MD, PhD

11:00 AM - Poster Session #1 and Exhibitor Booths

11:50 PM - Lunch

12:50 PM -  Faculty Flash Talk Competition
Abby Johnson, PhD
Justin Hwang, PhD
Christopher LaRocca, MD
Ingunn Stromnes, PhD
Arjun Gupta, MBBS
Robin Williams, MD, MS

1:20 PM - Tour de Minnesota Research Highlights
Luke Hoeppner, PhD, The Hormel Institute
Mustafa al'Absi, PhD, Medical School, Duluth Campus

2:10 PM - Abstract Winner Presentations
Bayesian Networks Reveal Differences in Signaling Between Self-Renewing and Proliferating LCSs
Daniel Chang, BS

Vulnerability for Financial Toxicity Among Cancer Survivors with Underage Children
Himal Purani, BS
 
Co-Dependency Analysis of RET Reveals ZBTB7A as a Potential Target in Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer
Songyi Bae, PhD
 

3:00 PM - Poster Session #2 and Exhibitor Booths

3:50 PM - Community Engagement Research Panel
Moderated by Kiara Ellis, MSW
Abbie Begnaud, MD
Rebekah Pratt, PhD
David Haynes, PhD

4:40 PM - Reception and Networking Cocktail Hour

5:30 PM - Adjourn

Day 2

8:00 AM - Check In & Breakfast

8:30 AM - Opening Remarks
Jakub Tolar, MD, PhD
Dean of the University of Minnesota Medical School, VP for Clinical Affairs

9:00 AM - Welcome Address and Presentation of Excellence in Mentoring Award
Douglas Yee, MD

9:00 AM - Optimal Dose Determination in Phase I Clinical Trials
Pat LoRusso, DO
Associate Director, Experimental Therapeutics
Yale Cancer Center
John H. Kersey Lecturer

10:00 AM - Break

10:15 AM - Translational Research Highlights: Cellular Therapy
Veronika Bachanova, MD, PhD
Branden Moriarity, PhD

11:05 AM - Poster Session #3 and Exhibitor Booths

11:55 AM - Lunch Pick Up

12:15 PM - Presentation of Legacy Award
Douglas Yee, MD

12:20 PM - Developing Monoclonal Antibodies and a Cancer Center - A Personal Journey
Tucker LeBien, PhD
Director, Office of Discovery and Translation, CTSI

1:00 PM - Closing Remarks and Adjourn

Abstract Competition and Poster Session

Students, staff, postdocs, clinicians, and others affiliated with MCC are encouraged to participate and submit an abstract for the poster sessions. *Note that you must be available to present your poster on the day of the event (See the agenda). Please see the schedule for poster session times. You will be asked to select the top two presentation times in the submission process. 

Abstract submissions close on Monday, March 14, 2022.
Announcements on selected abstracts will be made in early April.

If you have any questions, please contact mccevents@umne.edu

 
Top 10 Selected Abstracts:
 
*Bayesian Networks Reveal Differences in Signaling Between Self-Renewing and Proliferating LCSs
Daniel Chang, BS
 
Role of Tumor-Cell Intrinsic Factors in Colorectal Cancer Immune Invasion
Dechen Wangmo, BS
 
The Impact of CMV Seropositivity and Inflammation on the Immune Repertoire in Ovarian Cancer
Erin Wesley, PhD
 
LC-HRMS Characterization of Cyclophosphamide-Derived DNA Damage to Identify Predictive Biomarkers
Foster Jacobs, BS
 
*Vulnerability for Financial Toxicity Among Cancer Survivors with Underage Children
Himal Purani, BS
 
Checkpoint Blockade-Based Therapy Elicits a CD4 T Cell-Dependent Protection Against B Cell Leukemia
Hrishi Venkatesh, MS, BS
Presented on Hrishi's behalf by Sean Tracy, PhD, MD
 
Arming iPSC-Derived NK Cells Expressing a Novel CD64 Fusion Receptor to Target B Cell Lymphoma
Kate Dixon, PhD
 
Comparative Analysis of AR Gene Rearrangements in Circulating Tumor Cells and Cell-Free DNA
Mark Daniel, BS
 
Proteomic Aging Clock Associated With Overall Mortality in Cancer Survivors
Shuo Wang, PhD
 
*Co-Dependency Analysis of RET Reveals ZBTB7A as a Potential Target in Neuroendocrine Prostate Cancer
Songyi Bae, PhD
 
* Denotes a Top 3 award recipient
 

Exhibitor & Sponsor Opportunities

The mission of the Masonic Cancer Center’s Annual Cancer Research Symposium is to engage our 500+ members including faculty, researchers, trainees, and students in celebration of research accomplishments and to create a motivational event to spur new ideas and collaborations towards developing new research.

Industry partners are crucial collaborators to scientific progress and are invited to participate as exhibitors. Your support will help us achieve our goals in building this robust event while sharing your products with attendees. The deadline to submit intent to exhibit was April 1, 2022. We are no longer accepting exhibitors for the 2022 event. Thank you for your support.

Please contact Lissa Martinez Huebner, Senior Event and Project Coordinator, with any questions at mart2948@umn.edu or 612-624-7552.

COVID-19 Event Information

We are pleased to offer this in-person event while maintaining our number one goal of keeping attendees, staff, presenters, exhibitors, and the University of Minnesota community safe while learning.

As with any activity, there is an inherent risk and the circumstances created by the COVID-19 pandemic have created a heightened degree of personal risk and responsibility. The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is maintaining all legal and required measures to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 during this event.

How we are maintaining on-site safety:

  • As of March 21, 2022 masks are not required, but are strongly recommended when not actively eating or drinking. Masks are available at the event.
  • Additional PPE is welcomed. Gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and masks are available.
  • Attendees will be asked to review the CDC's Self Screening List to confirm they are feeling healthy and well to attend.
  • Check-in and food pick-up areas are designed to minimize the time in lines.
  • Increased cleaning and air filtration is being applied in event spaces.
  • Attendees are asked to choose a red, yellow, or green lanyard for their name tag as a nonverbal indicator to fellow attendees as to their comfort level. Red = I'm keeping my distance, Yellow = Let's talk but not touch, Green = Okay with high fives and handshakes
  • Check-in and food pick-up areas are designed to minimize the time in lines and include grab-and-go menus.

If you have questions or needs, please contact us at mccevents@umn.edu.

Thanks to our Supporters!

Symposium Supporters 4.15