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November 2010 Cancer Center Bulletin

Director's Message

Dear Cancer Center members,

Save the date: April 11, 2011
Stanford Cancer Center Members’ Retreat
Location: Quadrus Conference Center
Details are forthcoming

Visit the Cancer Center 

With the dedication of the Lorry Lokey Stem Cell Research Building on October 27, we have officially occupied a really terrific new building. Please come and visit the Cancer Center on the second floor when you have the chance. Many of our labs have moved in, with others to follow before the New Year.

Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform at benefit for women’s cancer program

As we leave breast cancer awareness month behind, I wanted to comment on how well our women’s cancer program is progressing. With the help of SHC, we are developing space in Blake Wilbur that will be devoted to both breast cancer and gynecologic malignancies under the umbrella of a “women’s cancer center.”  We have also set aside December 2 for a terrific event that will feature Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood to benefit the women’s cancer program.  This initiative has caused many in our extramural community to become engaged with the Cancer Center. We hope to be able to extend this model to other cross-disciplinary programs that will tie our missions in prevention, early detection, treatment and survivorship together. Please let me know if you have ideas for your own area of research and patient care.

Core Facilities

One of our major roles is to help provide outstanding core facilities for our members. Please visit the website ( or pick up a leaflet at the CC administrative office for an updated list of core services which CC members receive at a discount.


CPIC Research Scientist Dr. Thu Quach has been doing important and widely touted work on the health of nail salon workers.  Thu was recently interviewed about her research, and as a result we have received great coverage on the University of California’s website.  You can look at the article itself by clicking this link (, and you can see how prominently this story was placed on the UC system website homepage by clicking this link ( 

 Thu’s research, which she has conducted under strong mentoring from CPIC Research Scientist Dr. Peggy Reynolds (photo), is an excellent example of how we work both to prevent cancer and to reduce its burden where it cannot yet be prevented.  It exemplifies the CPIC's focus on cancer disparities and its close involvement with the affected communities, in this case through work with Asian Health Services, for which CPIC Trustee Pancho Chang serves as President of the Board of Directors.

Jonathan S Berek, MD, MMS, professor and chair, department of obstetrics & gynecology, and director, Women's Cancer Center, Stanford Cancer Center and President of the International Gynecologic Cancer Society (IGCS), Dr. Berek chaired the 13th Biennial Scientific Meeting of the IGCS in Prague, the Czech Republic, October 22 to 26, 2010.   Attended by 3,000 people from 97 countries, the meeting was the largest and most successful in the society's 25-year history.   The IGCS is the largest scientific international organization in gynecologic oncology-- its mission is to support the worldwide exchange of scientific information, to sponsor education and outreach programs, and to promote the improvement of screening and treatment for women's cancers.  

Mark Krasnow, PhD, professor and chair of the department of biochemistry and investigator in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will serve as the Executive Director of the Vera Moulton Wall Center ( In this capacity he will oversee the Center's research programs and help align them to the clinical programs led by Dr. Jeff Feinstein, Associate Professor of Pediatrics. The Wall Center is now part of the Cardiovascular Institute at Stanford.

Michael Longaker, MD, the Deane P. and Louise Mitchell Professor and, by courtesy, Professor of Bioengineering and of Materials Science and Engineering, has been named the Co-Director of the Stanford Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine. In this capacity he helps shape the Institute's efforts in translational medicine and discovery. Dr. Longaker is also the Director of the Program in Regenerative Medicine. He was named Vice Chair of the Department of Surgery this past June and also serves as the Director of the University-wide Initiative on Human Health.

Please let us know of new grants, honors, and publications so that we can include them in the monthly Bulletin.

Best regards,


Beverly Mitchell Signature
Beverly S. Mitchell, MD
Director, Stanford Cancer Center

Posted 11/04/10

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