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May 2011 Cancer Center Bulletin

Director's Update

The Stanford Cancer Center has changed its name to the Stanford Cancer Institute.  The change conveys the Institute’s involvement in the full span of cancer-related activities occurring at Stanford University, Stanford Hospital and Clinics, and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  There has been a tendency to identify the Stanford Cancer Center name with a narrower set of activities.  During the next couple of months you may see the publications and communications products using the old name but we hope to have the transition completed by July. 

The Stanford Cancer Institute is one of five Institutes of Medicine at the Stanford School of Medicine.  The Institutes are multi-disciplinary organizations chartered to facilitate the translation of research into improved clinical care.  Each of the School's Institutes is strategically aligned with service counterparts at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.  The Stanford Cancer Institute is also a National Cancer Institute-designated Center.

The Cancer Institute’s annual Scientific Advisory Board meeting will take place on May 23.  The Board will review the Institute’s program structure, progress on key initiatives, and future plans.



Cancer Prevention Institute of California Newsletter

Key Dates

April 11, 2011

Stanford Cancer Center Members’ Retreat
Quadrus Conference Center

May 7, 2011

"Each One Reach One"
The Cancer Prevention Institute of California is hosting its 7th Annual African American Breast Cancer Conference. The Stanford Cancer Center is a major sponsor of this event. The conference will be held at The Cathedral of Christ 
the Light
2121 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612. For further details go to,

May 28, 2011

Canary Century Bike Event, benefiting the Stanford Cancer Center.  For registration and more information visit


Grant announcements are also distributed to Cancer Center members via email. For additional information, please contact Denise Baughman at

The Cancer Center has announced the application process for Developmental Cancer Research Awards (DCRAs).  The DCRA program provides multiple $50,000 seed grants for new ideas in translational and population science research. It provides one $100,000 grant for ideas that fosters interactive research projects.  The deadline is May 26.  Application forms are available at

The Jimmy V Foundation Scholar Award, Summaries due June 6:  The V Foundation has also invited the Stanford Cancer Center to nominate a junior faculty member for the V Foundation Scholar Award. Each grant will total $200,000, and is given in two yearly installments. This grant has a zero indirect cost policy, and funds are to be used to offset the direct costs of the research project.  One page summaries due for internal review and selection are due June 6 (email to:  The selected applicant will be notified by June 24.  The V Foundation proposal deadline is Friday, August 5, 2011.  For more information, please refer to the V Foundation website:

The grant is designed to identify, retain and further careers of talented young investigators. Provides funds directly to young scientists who are developing their own independent laboratory research projects. These grants enable talented young scientists to establish their laboratories and gain a competitive edge necessary to earn additional funding from other sources. The V Scholars determine how to best use the funds in their research projects.

The V foundation Scholar candidate must:

o Be associated with a non-profit institution
o Demonstrated expertise and promise in the designated areas of research
o Completed at least two years of fellowship training
o Must currently hold a tenured track faculty position
o No more than 10 years since terminal degree (M.D. or Ph.D.)
      (Exceptions must be approved prior to submission)
o Not been promoted to Associate Professor

Researchers who have secured their own R01 funding are not eligible for this award. Applicants with institutional or K08 awards are eligible.


Assistant Professor Alejandro Sweet-Cordero has received an Innovative Research Grant from Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C). This grant will fund research to identify mechanisms of chemoresistance in lung cancer. The grant is for 3 years and provides 250/k a year in funding.



May 02, 2011 (Mon) | 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM | Radiology
May 03, 2011 (Mon) | 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM | Radiology
Stanford CCSB Annual Symposium: "System Biology of Cancer"
Bechtel Conference Center, 616 Serra St: Stanford, CA

The LKB1/AMPK Pathway Coordinates Growth, Metabolism, and Autophagy
May 03, 2011 (Tue) | 12:00 PM -1:30 PM
Munzer Auditorium : Stanford, CA
Department:  Cancer Biology
Contact: Elizabeth Colvin | 724-7185 |
Reuben Shaw, Ph.D. Professor 

Nuclear Medicine Grand Rounds: Breast Specific Gamma Imaging: A Novel Physiologic Approach to Breast Cancer Imaging
May 10, 2011 (Tue) | 7:30 AM -8:30 AM
Clark Center, Room S-361 : Stanford, CA
Department:  Molecular Imaging Program at Stanford (MIPS)
Contact: Donna Niernberger | 650-736-0449 |
Rachel Frydman Brem, M.D. Dir, Breast Imaging & Interventional Cntr, George Washington

Breast Cancer Grand Rounds: Biology Trumps Stage
May 13, 2011 (Fri) | 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM | Cancer Center
Cancer Center, CC2103 : Stanford, CA

May 16, 2011 (Mon) | 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM | Biology
393 Serra Mall, Herrin T-175 : Stanford, CA

How Telomeres Solve the End-protection Problem
May 17, 2011 (Tue) | 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM | Pathology
Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center : Stanford, CA

Medical Grand Rounds - Mind Matters in Cancer Survival
Jun 08, 2011 (Wed) | 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM | Medicine
LKSC, Paul and Mildred Berg Hall B & C conference room : Stanford, CA

Jun 10, 2011 (Fri) | 2:30 PM - 3:20 PM | Cancer Center
Breast Cancer Grand Rounds: Molecular Ultrasound for Early Breast Cancer Detection
Cancer Center, CC2103 : Stanford, CA

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