BLOG: MOCA Marks a Milestone at the Annual Meeting

BLOG: MOCA Marks a Milestone at the Annual Meeting

5.10.12 The MOCA Annual Meeting is our largest meeting of the year, and with good reason. It’s a time when we come together to celebrate the accomplishments of the past, while looking towards the future.

The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting was a nod to this newly launched blog – Teal Together – because we want to focus on what we can accomplish together to make strides against ovarian cancer.

During my remarks, I discussed how MOCA worked to strengthen the foundation of our organization during 2011 – which included paying off the mortgage on MOCA’s home at 4604 Chicago Avenue in Minneapolis. We also expanded corporate partnerships, continued to develop our medical and public education programming and marked other accomplishments, such as our newly granted membership with Community Health Charities! MOCA Board President Lisa Barnholdt also thanked the many special volunteers that commit so much time and energy to MOCA.

It was truly exciting to share the news about MOCA’s grant-funding milestone, as well. The $315,000 in grant funding awarded to four ovarian cancer research projects now puts MOCA over the $3 million mark in grant funding awarded since 2001! We are thrilled to be one of the top private non-profit funders of ovarian cancer research in the nation.

These grants, which are detailed below, provide opportunities for Minnesota-based researchers to initiate new studies or continue current research on ovarian cancer. They are funding new ideas about how to screen for ovarian cancer, how ovarian cancer progresses and two novel treatments for ovarian cancer. They represent the top four of twenty proposals submitted to MOCA for funding consideration.

We also highlighted MOCA’s new Tie it Teal campaign, and let the crowd know that anyone can get involved to Tie it Teal with us this September!

We left the meeting energized and encouraged about the work that researchers, board members, volunteers and staff are doing to spread awareness, encourage research and provide support to women and families impacted by ovarian cancer.

Thank you for all that you do to make a difference. Let’s keep working united, Together in Teal!


The 2012 research projects are:

Amy Skubitz, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Research Title: Detection of Ovarian Cancer Biomarkers in Routine Pap Tests

$95,000 funded


Reuben Harris, Ph.D., University of Minnesota

Research Title: Enzyme Catalyzed Ovarian Cancer Evolution

$94,000 funded


Matthew S. Block, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic

Research Title: Impact of the Measles Vaccine on the Immune Response to Ovarian Cancer

$34,000 funded


Melissa A. Geller, M.D., M.S., University of Minnesota

Title: Minnelide: A Novel Therapeutic Agent for Ovarian Cancer

$92,000 funded