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July 2010 Cancer Center Bulletin

Director's Message

Dear Cancer Center members,


Fourth Annual Comprehensive Cancer Research Training Program
Monday, September 13 through Friday, September 17, 2010
Quadrus Conference Center
2700 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA

The CCRTP registration brochure includes details about the course, including registration instructions and form.

2010 Developmental Cancer Research Awards in Translational and Population Sciences
2010 Developmental Research Awards/Interactive Projects

Recipients will be announced on July 7, 2010
This year, the Stanford Cancer Center received 23 Translational Science, five Population Science and eight Interactive Project award proposals.

Please note that we will have other, very exciting announcements in the next few months.

In the meantime, enjoy the summer!


Maximillian Diehn, MD, PhD, assistant professor of radiology, has received a Clinical Scientist Development Award from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. The CSDA was created to encourage the next generation of physician-scientists to stay committed to clinical research by providing support as they transition to an independent research career. Grantees receive $486,000 over three years to conduct research and help establish their own labs. Twelve researchers received the award this year.

Sanjiv (Sam) Gambhir, MD, Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Professor of Cancer in the department of radiology, and his colleagues have been awarded a new U54 from the NIH as a Center for Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence. This grant will likely approximate $15 million over the next five years and will bring together faculty from the departments of radiology, medicine, obstetrics and gynecology as well as other faculty in the Schools of Medicine and Engineering.

Rajat Rohatgi, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, was named a 2010 Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences. The program, which provides recipients with $240,000 over four years, was established 25 years ago by the Pew Charitable Trusts to encourage scientists to take calculated risks, expand their research and explore unanticipated leads. His research focuses on primary cilium, a tiny slender, projecting body found on most of our cells that plays a central role in their communicating with each other. His goal is to create a detailed biochemical portrait of these cilia using techniques based in chemistry, imaging and biochemical reconstruction.

On Wednesday, June 9th, Sam So, MD, Lui Hac Minh Professor in the department of surgery and the director of the Liver Cancer Program, hosted the official opening of the New Asian Liver Center at Stanford. Dr. So also directs the Asian Liver Center that is housed at 490 South California Avenue in Palo Alto. This event was also organized to thank and acknowledge the generosity of Dr. and Mrs. C.J. Huang, who played a key role in launching the Asian Liver Center in 1996 and whose generosity helped support the center's new location. The Huangs were celebrated as "Honorary Founders."
     This event was also provided an opportunity to thank Dr. So and his colleagues for their tremendous leadership and contributions in calling attention to the impact of hepatitis B on liver cancer, especially in Asia. The Asian Liver Center has led vaccination programs to prevent hepatitis B, especially in the Asian communities in the Bay Area and through major initiatives in China.



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

(June 2010 Director's Message)

Posted 06/30/10

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