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September 2011 Cancer Institute Bulletin


Strategic Planning

Building on a nearly completed cancer clinical services strategic plan, the Cancer Institute is embarking on a planning process for the academic mission.  The focus of this phase is translation and basic research. 

We are gathering input from the Cancer Institute Leadership.  We would like to hear from each member, but with almost 300 members it is impossible to have individual interviews.  We are hosting group sessions for those that wish to contribute ideas.  These are:

Room G1002 Lokey Building  September 8, 5:30-7:00 (dinner will be served)
Room G1000 Lokey Building  September 13, 12:00-1:30 (lunch will be served)
Room G1002 Lokey Building  September 21,  5:30-7:00 (dinner will be served)

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions please let us know at  Attendance is limited.  We will schedule additional sessions to accommodate demand.  Some background on the planning process and the questions that will be addressed in these sessions can be found at:

The 21st Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure/Stanford Team

The race will take place September 25th along San Francisco’s Embarcadero.  The Komen Race for the Cure is a unique event, designed and implemented to promote positive awareness, education and early detection of breast cancer.  The Race is an opportunity for thousands of women, men and their families, running or walking, to spread the breast cancer message within their communities.  Sign up for the Stanford team!

Registration begins at 7:30 AM.  The running race begins at 9:00 AM, immediately followed by the start of the walk.  Both will start and finish at the Ferry Building.  For more information:


From September 12-16 the Cancer Institute will be hosting the Fifth Comprehensive Cancer Research Training Program (CCRTP) at the Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, Calif.  The program is designed to give graduate students, postdoctoral students, residents, clinical fellows, and research fellows a broad introduction to cancer research.  This dynamic, educational event features a daily plenary session on a topic of general interest followed by nine half-day sessions on two scientific themes, each with three to four presentations. Nationally and internationally renowned faculty from Stanford and UCSF will present 32 didactic lectures and discussions on current topics of basic, translational, and clinical cancer research.

(More) Comprehensive Cancer Calendar

Another reminder about our (more) comprehensive Stanford Cancer Calendar.  We are trying to identify all cancer related seminars and events occurring at Stanford and put them in a single calendar.  There is a link on our home page and the calendar can be found at  If you would like to add events to the calendar please notify us at

Cancer Prevention Institute of California Newsletter


The Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Board has named Max Diehn as a 2011 Baxter Faculty Scholar.  The Foundation provides a $100,000 gift award to each Faculty Scholar.  The purpose of the Donald E. and Delia B. Baxter Foundation Faculty Scholar Program is to help prepare and support new investigators at the Assistant Professor level as they begin their careers.


Ravi Majeti was recently awared a Translational Research Program Grant from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  Ravi’s proposal topic involves Bispecific antibodies targeting CD47 on AML stem cells and non-Hodgkin lymphoma cells.  The grant provides $600,000 over 3 years.



Cancer Education Seminar Series – “Cancer: Tough on the Patient, Tough on the Physician" : Rick Van Rheenen, MD, Clinical Professor, Medical Oncology, Stanford University
September 6, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Stanford Cancer Institute presents “Translational Epidemiology of Human Papillomavirus-Related Malignancies in the Post-Vaccine Era”: Marc Goodman, PhD, MPH, Professor and Researcher, Cancer Research Center, University of Hawaii
September 7, 2011 (Wed.) | 2:30 – 3:30 pm |
Li Ka Shing Center, 102

 Radiology Oncology presents: Dr. Nancy Lee of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center – Topic: “Head & Neck Cancers”
September 12, 2011(Mon.) | 4:30 – 5:30 pm |
Radiation Oncology Classroom, Ground Floor of Cancer Center
875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Cancer Education Seminar Series – “How to Give a Talk”
Gilbert Chu, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Oncology and of Biochemistry, Stanford University
September 13, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

 Program in Radiation Biology - Knox/Koong
September 13, 2011 (Tues.) | 4:00 – 5:00 pm |
LKSC, 1st Floor Lecture Hall (LK120)

Center for Cancer Systems Biology Seminar - "Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Cancer Cell Proliferation": Sean Morrison, Professor, Center for Stem Cell Biology, University of Michigan
September 14, 2011 (Wed.) | 9:00 – 10:00 am|
Clark Center, S360

2011 MIPS/Philips Molecular Imaging Seminar Series - "Smart Probes for Early Cancer Detection": Grigory Tikhomirov, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Rao Lab
September 19, 2011 (Mon.) | 2:30 – 3:30 pm |
Clark Auditorium

Cancer Education Seminar Series – “The Ethics of Clinical Trials" David Magnus, PhD, Director, Stanford Center for Biomedical Ethics
Thomas A. Raffin Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Ethics and Professor of Pediatrics, Stanford University
September 20, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

 2011 MIPS/Philips Molecular Imaging Seminar Series - "Ultra-pH Sensitive (UPS) Nanomedicine: Amplifying Tumor Microenvironment Signals for Cancer-Specific Imaging”
Jingming Gao, PhD, Prof. Oncology & Pharmacology
UT Southwestern Medical Center           
September 26, 2011 (Mon.) | 4:30 – 5:30 pm |
Clark Center, S360

Cancer Education Seminar Series – “Biostatistics in Clinical Research": Kristin Cobb Sainani, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor, Health Research and Policy, Epidemiology, Stanford University
September 27, 2011 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Cancer Center, CC 2103-2104), 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Program in Radiation Biology - Le/Loo
September 27, 2011 (Tues.) | 4:00 – 5:00 pm |
LKSC, 1st Floor Lecture Hall (LK120)



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