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November 2011 Cancer Institute Bulletin


As many of you know, we are engaged in a strategic planning process that will cover the future development of cancer clinical services in conjunction with identifying those research initiatives that we anticipate will be complementary and form the basis for our future development as a truly comprehensive cancer center. To this end, we held a strategic planning retreat on Saturday, October 22, that emphasized innovation and discovery. It was a great group discussion and we will be working on finalizing a plan by early next year.

Also, it is with great pleasure that we announce the recruitment of Dr. Mark Pegram as Director of the Breast Oncology Program in the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center and Stanford Cancer Institute.  Dr. Pegram is an internationally renowned leader of breast cancer translational research and has served most recently as Professor of Medicine in the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute at the University Of Miami Miller School of Medicine.  He received his MD degree and clinical training at the University of Texas Southwestern School of Medicine and was an oncology fellow and faculty member at the UCLA School of Medicine from 1990-2007. While at UCLA, he played a major role in the development of the drug Herceptin for the treatment of Her-2 positive breast cancer. 

Mark will oversee the translational research and clinical programs in breast cancer at Stanford and will participate actively in the development of new therapeutics for malignant diseases.  His recruitment as Professor of Medicine in the Division of Medical Oncology has been enabled by the broad support of donors, the Stanford School of Medicine, and Stanford Hospital and Clinics. 

We welcome Dr. Pegram to Stanford.  He will arrive February 1, 2012.



Foundations with November deadlines:
California Breast Cancer Research Program Conference Award (Nov. 8)

Foundations with December deadlines:
Sidney Kimmel Foundation for Cancer Research (Dec. 1)
Alex's Lemonade Stand for Childhood Cancer Epidemiology Award (Dec. 15)


Sam Gambhir head shot.jpgSanjiv Sam Gambhir, MD, PhD, Chair of Radiology and Director of the Cancer Institute’s Imaging Program was awarded $10,000,000 over five years by the Ben and Catherine Ivy Foundation for his project, “Development of a Neuro-oncology Imaging Program Using MRI-PET and Molecular Probes for Improving the Management of Glioma.”

BeverlyMitchell head shot.jpgBeverly Mitchell, MD, George E. Becker Professor in Medicine and Professor, by courtesy, of Chemical and Systems Biology, and director of the Cancer Institute has been awarded the Albion Walter Hewlett Award.  This award was developed by the Department of Medicine to honor an exceptional physician with ties to Stanford.

Dr. Scarlett GomezThe work of Scarlett Lin Gomez, PhD, a research scientist at the Cancer Prevention Institute of California, was highlighted by the National Cancer Institute as an example of breast cancer research funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. For more information:


2011 MIPS/Philips Molecular Imaging Seminar Series – “Applications of Proteomics to Characterizing Cancer Cell State": Christopher Contag, PhD, Associate Professor, Pediatrics – Neonatology,  Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford University School of Medicine
November 7, 2011 (Mon.) | 4:30 – 5:30 pm |
Clark Auditorium

Cancer Education Seminar Series – TBA: Christina Clarke, PhD, MPH, Research Scientist, Cancer Prevention Institute of California; Consulting Assistant Professor, Division of Epidemiology, Department of Health Research & Policy, Stanford University School of Medicine
November 8, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, (CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Program in Radiology Biology – Attardi/Axelrod
November 8, 2011 (Tues.) | 3:00-4:00 pm |
CCSR-N, Room 4105

Cancer Education Seminar Series – TBA: Carolyn Britten, MD, Associate Clinical Professor of Medicine (Hematology/Oncology), University of California Los Angeles; Associate Director, Signal Transduction and Therapeutics Program, Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
November 15, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, (CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Pathology Grand Rounds – “Problems of prognostication in soft tissue tumors”: Christopher D.M. Fletcher, MD, FRCPATH, Professor of Pathology, Harvard Medical School, Director of Surgical Pathology, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Chief of Onco-Pathology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts
November 15, 2011 (Tues.) | 12:00 – 1:00 pm |
Alway Building, Room M-106
Lunch served @ 11:30 am – Alway Courtyard

Cancer Biology Seminar Series – “Cilia, wounding and Hedgehog – three bad actors collaborate to cause skin cancer”: Jeremy Reiter, MD, PhD, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, UCSF
November 17, 2011 (Thurs.) | 12:00 – 1:00 pm |
Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center

Center for Cancer Systems Biology Seminar – “Human Acute Myeloid Leukemia: Identification, characterization and targeting of tumor-propagating populations": Paresh Vyas, Professor, Hematology, University of Oxford, UK 
November 18, 2011 (Friday) | 11:00 -12:00 pm |  
LKSC, Room 101

Cancer Education Seminar Series – “Small Molecules, Immunotherapy and siRNAs to Treat Melanoma”: Antoni Ribas, MD, Associate Director for Clinical Research, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins; Professor, Department of Oncology, Johns Hopkins University
November 22, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, (CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Program in Radiology Biology – Brown/Cappelli
November 22, 2011 (Tues.) | 3:00-4:00 pm |
CCSR-N, Room 4105

Cancer Education Seminar Series – “Interventional Oncology”: John D. Louie, MD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Interventional Radiology, Stanford University Medical Center
November 29, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, (CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive


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