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Cancer research symposium features internationally recognized experts

The annual event aims to spur new ideas and collaborations toward developing new cancer research

University of Minnesota - Masonic Cancer Center

MINNEAPOLIS (Nov. 2, 2016) - The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is hosting its 7th Annual Cancer Research Symposium today and tomorrow, Nov. 2-3, at TCF Bank Stadium. With the goal of celebrating 25 years of research innovation, discovery, and collaborations, the 2-day event will feature internationally recognized cancer researchers and doctors, many of who currently work or have trained at the Masonic Cancer Center, as well as current trainee presenters that represent the vision of tomorrow.

Together, these researchers and trainees will share the work they've explored in many areas of cancer research that have changed lives and move us in new directions.

"We're extremely excited to welcome back such esteemed cancer research experts to Minneapolis," said Dr. Douglas Yee, M.D., director of the Masonic Cancer Center. "Their trainee experience here at the Masonic Cancer Center--and the profound research they have led across the country--is invaluable and has made the fight to end cancer more attainable. We hope this motivational event will spur new ideas and collaborations toward developing new research."

Dr. Yee will deliver the opening remarks on Nov. 2, followed by a keynote address by one of the National Cancer Institute's Outstanding Investigators, Thomas Kensler, Ph.D., professor of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology at University of Pittsburgh's School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Focal points of the symposium include presentations given by Masonic Cancer Center alumni who now work as investigators all over the United States. Topics that will be covered include everything from exercise rehabilitation after breast cancer, to the science of surviving cancer--lessons learned from cancer survivors, to taking apart the complex interactions that influence the evolution of cancer genomes.

Collaborations will be highlighted through engaging presentations, as well as on-site poster sessions that feature graduate students and postdoctoral research trainees sharing their most current cancer research findings.

"The Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is proud to bring together a scientifically diverse group of cancer researchers in an environment where they can foster new collaborations and generate new, innovative, and novel ideas," said Dr. Yee. "This event will also allow our graduate students and postdoctoral research trainees an opportunity to see what researchers around the United States are working on, and the types of studies and clinical trials they build on as they work to advance their own research careers."


For more information on the 7th Annual Cancer Research Symposium, including a complete list of sponsors and speakers, please visit the symposium event page.

Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota is a Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute. For more than 25 years, researchers, educators, and care providers have worked to discover the causes, prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer and cancer-related disease. Learn more about the Masonic Cancer Center at

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