Masonic Cancer Center Research Symposium

Huntington Bank Stadium, Benton County Entrance
MCC Research Sypmosium Flyer - call for submissions

The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is hosting its 11th Annual Cancer Research Symposium on October 30, 2023. This symposium is for Masonic Cancer Center faculty, staff, trainees, and students to celebrate research accomplishments and to develop new ideas and collaborations.

There is no fee* to attend, but registration is required. The deadline to register is Friday, October 20, 2023.

Register Here

*Industry Representatives and any attendee external to the Masonic Cancer Center who are interested in attending will register separately—please use this link.

Questions? Contact the event organizers at or 612-624-7552.


Electra Paskett

Electra Paskett
Keynote speaker
Electra D. Paskett, PhD, became the Marion N. Rowley Professor of Cancer Research at The Ohio State University in 2002. She is the Director of the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control in the College of Medicine, a professor in the Division of Epidemiology in the College of Public Health, and the Associate Director for Population Sciences and Program Leader of the Cancer Control Program in the Comprehensive Cancer Center of the Ohio State University (OSU).  She is also Director of the Center for Cancer Health Equity at the James Cancer Hospital. Dr. Paskett’s research program is nationally recognized for studying cancer health disparities utilizing a "team science approach."

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Symposium Agenda

8:00 AM - Registration and Breakfast
8:45 AM - Welcome
Douglas Yee, MD
Director, Masonic Cancer Center
9:10 AM - BJ Kennedy Keynote Lecturer in Medical Oncology
Electra Paskett, PhD
Professor and Director, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control
Marion N. Rowley Chair in Cancer Research
The Ohio State University College of Medicine
10:10 AM - Session 1 -Teaming Up with the Community to Tackle Cancer
10,000 Families Cohort for Environmental Exposure and Cancer Risk
Jen Poynter, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
Analysis of Harmful Tobacco Constituents and Exposures to Inform Regulatory Policy
Dorothy Hatsukami, PhD
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
10:50 AM - Poster Session #1 & Exhibitors Available
11:40 AM - MCC Group Photo on the field
12:00 PM - Lunch
12:45 PM - Faculty Flash Talk Competition
1:15 PM - Session 2 -Leveraging Immuno-Modulatory Networks to Tackle Cancer
Integrated Immune Engineering for Poor Prognosis Cancer
David Odde, PhD
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Treatments of Advanced Ovarian Cancer Using Gene-Edited CAR NK Cells
Branden Moriarity, PhD
Department of Pediatrics
1:55 PM - Abstract Winners Session
Submit your abstract!
2:45 PM - Poster Session #2 & Exhibitors Available
3:35 PM - Session 3 - Unraveling Genetic and Cellular Mechanisms to Tackle Cancer
Collaborative Approaches for Tackling Diverse Phenotypes of Advanced Prostate Cancer
Scott Dehm, PhD
Division of Molecular Pathology and Genomics
Proteomic Aging Before and After Cancer Diagnosis
Anna Prizment, PhD
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
4:15 PM - Closing Remarks
Douglas Yee, MD
4:40 PM - Poster Session #3, Exhibitors Available, & Reception
6:00 PM - Adjourn
Take your professional headshot with our photographer available throughout the day.

Abstract Competition and Poster Session

Students, staff, and postdocs 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. You will have the option of presenting in the morning or afternoon. You will be asked to select your preferred presentation window in the submission process.

Submit Your Abstract

Abstract submissions are due by Monday, September 11 at 11:59 pm.

Announcements on selected abstracts will be made at the beginning of October.

Top Abstracts

The top three outstanding abstracts will be selected to present a talk at the Symposium and each will receive a $1,500 travel award.

In addition to participating in the poster session, the top 10 abstract winners will be selected to attend lunch with the keynote speakers.

Poster Guidelines

A title page with presenter, mentor, and research program listed, as well as a keywords page with authors and a link to the electronic abstract will be provided by the Masonic Cancer Center at your poster site.

In addition to these two provided sheets, you should use up to four 8 ½ x 11 pages to create your poster. We recommend using an easily readable font size and landscape orientation. Suggested information layout is to have a Hypothesis and Approach page, two Data pages, and one Conclusions and Next Steps page.

You will need to print your four pages and bring them to the Symposium. The title page and key words page will be provided at your poster site. Detailed information regarding your poster location, set up timing, etc. will be emailed to you in October.

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.

Review the Sponsorship Opportunities
Please contact Lissa Martinez Huebner, Senior Event Coordinator, with any questions at or 612-624-7552.

Thank you to our exhibitors!

  • Daiichi-Sankyo
  • Eisai
  • Teleflex
  • Pfizer
  • Janssen
  • Agios
  • Bayer
  • Stemline
  • BeiGene