MCC Symposium


November 2 - 3, 2021

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 November 2 - 3, 2021. This symposium is for Masonic Cancer Center faculty, staff, trainees, and students to celebrate research accomplishments and to develop new ideas and collaborations.

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

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Symposium Agenda

Tuesday, November 2

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 Carol Franc Buck 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 and Faculty Flash Talk Competition

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

Submit your abstract by September 6!

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

3:50 PM - Community Engagement Research Panel
Moderated by Kiara Ellis, MSW
Panelists to be announced

4:40 PM - Reception and Networking Cocktail Hour

5:30 PM - Adjourn

Wednesday, November 3

8:00 AM - Check In & Breakfast

9:00 AM - Welcome Address and Presentation of Mentorship Award
Douglas Yee, MD

9:15 AM - Keynote Presentation by Pat LaRusso, DO
Associate Director, Experimental Therapeutics
Yale Cancer Center
John H. Kersey Lecturer

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 with Speaker To Be Announced

1:00 PM - Closing Remarks and Adjourn

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 (See the agenda). Please see the schedule for poster session times. You will be asked to select top two presentation times in the submission process. Abstract submissions close Monday, September 13, 2021Announcements on selected abstracts will be made the first week of October.

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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 Exhibitor Prospectus Here.

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