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Friends Forum: A Feast of Words

January 31 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

$15 – $29

David OddeCancer touches everyone, everywhere. The Cancer Statistics Center projects that Minnesota will see 31,270 new cases in 2018. Professor David Odde, from the University of Minnesota’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, discusses a promising, cancer-fighting model based on his research. The model uses a patient’s own biopsies to chart an intervention path through the cancer’s infrastructure.

Beating Cancer at Its Own Game

Who: Professor David Odde
Where: Coffman Memorial Union, Campus Club, West Wing
When: January, 31, 2019 | 5:00 p.m.

Reservations Required |$29.00 adults • $15 special student rate


5:00 p.m. Social time
5:30 p.m. Dinner
6:15 p.m. Program begins

Parking and Directions

This popular annual program is a collaboration between the Friends of the Libraries and Campus Club.

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Dinner menu

Enjoy a delicious, antioxidant filled dinner before the program:

  • Salad of Roasted Red and Green Cabbage, Parsnip, Peppers and Cranberry Vinaigrette, GF, DF, V
  • Boneless Chicken Breast with Citrus, Fennel and Olive Relish, GF, DF
  • Roasted Winter Squash stuffed with Charred Cauliflower, Spiced Quinoa and Local Shitakes, GF, DF, V
  • Braised Cornercopia Heirloom Beans with Kale and Roasted Carrots, GF,DF,V
  • Golden Milk Creme Brulee, with Honeyed Walnuts, GF, DF

About David Odde

David Odde is a professor of biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota who studies the mechanics of cell division and migration. Trained academically as chemical engineer, Odde joined the newly created Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Minnesota in 1999.

In his research, Odde’s group builds computer models of cellular and molecular self-assembly and force-generation-dissipation dynamics, and tests the models experimentally using digital microscopic imaging of cells ex vivo and in engineered microenvironments. Current applications include the modeling of chemotherapeutic effects on cell division, molecular mechanisms of neurodegeneration, and migration of cancer cells through complex microenvironments such as the brain.

Ultimately, his group seeks to use the models to perform virtual screens of potential therapeutic strategies. Dr. Odde is an elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) and the Biomedical Engineering Society (BMES).


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