Mini Medical School View of Cancer

A 20/20 View of Cancer

Winter 2020

A 20/20 View of Cancer was designed to give students insight into research centric key cancer concepts and on cancer in Minnesota.

This course is now available online!

About Mini Medical School

Mini Medical School offers a unique glimpse into the health sciences at the University of Minnesota. Community learners with a shared interest in health embark on a journey examining the scientific foundations of health and disease. Presented using common language for ease of understanding complex topics, your guides are internationally renowned experts who are shaping the way health care is delivered locally and globally.

Christopher A Pennell

Associate Director, Community Engagement and Education Masonic Cancer Center; Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

Kaylee Schwertfeger

Director, American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant; Associate Professor, Laboratory Medicine and Pathology

David A Largaespada

Associate Director, Basic Sciences, Masonic Cancer Center; American Cancer Society Research Professor; Professor, Department of Pediatrics

Carol A Lange

Co-Director, Cellular Mechanisms of Cancer Program, Masonic Cancer Center; Director, Molecular, Genetic, and Cellular Targets of Cancer Training Program; Tickle Family Land Grant Chair of Breast Cancer Research; Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology

Robert Turesky

Masonic Chair in Cancer Causation; Professor, Medicinal Chemistry

Irina Stepanov

Associate Professor, Environmental Health Sciences, School of Public Health

Ingunn Stromnes

Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Center for Immunology, Center for Genome Engineering;Masonic Cancer Center Member

Pamala Jacobson

Professor and Director, Institute of Personalized Medicine, College of Pharmacy, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology

Katherine Bensen
Katherine Bensen

Young professional and mother of four living with stage IV lung cancer

Rebekah Pratt

Assistant Professor, Program in Health Disparities Research, and Family Medicine and Community Health

Douglas Yee

Director, Masonic Cancer Center, John H. Kersey Chair in Breast Cancer Research, and Professor, Medicine and Pharmacology

Anne Blaes

Associate Professor, Hematology/Oncology; Director of Cancer Survivorship Services and Translational Research; Section Head, Medical Oncology

Tanya Bailey
Tanya Bailey, MSW, LICSW

Cancer Survivor; Co-ordinator, Animal-Assisted Interactions, PAWS Program

Deborah Day
Deborah Day Laxson, PMP, CHTP

Founder, Health Care Agent Literacy Project, LLC; Author, The Gray Zone: When Life Support No Longer Supports Life; Vice Chair, Minnesota Palliative Care Advisory Council; Steering Committee Member, Minnesota Cancer Alliance

Scott Petinga
Scott Petinga

H!NK DIFFERENT Foundation Founder and Director; Center of Advocacy for Cancer of the Testes International Founder; Superhero; 10x Entrepreneur; 3x Philanthropist; Healthcare Advisor