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March 2012 Cancer Institute Bulletin


The Stanford Cancer Institute’s annual member retreat will be held from 8:30AM to 5:30PM on Monday April 16 at the Quadrus Center on Sand Hill Road.  We hope that you all can attend.

Dr. Steven Gruber, MD, PhD and Director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, will deliver the keynote address.  Dr. Gruber is a medical oncologist, cancer geneticist and epidemiologist whose research focuses on genetic and environmental contributions to cancer.

We are planning an interactive day with discussions stimulated by three panels: 1) the role of bioinformatics in cancer research, led by Dr. Sylvia Plevritis, 2) genomics and personalized medicine, led by Dr. Jim Ford, and 3) drug development, led by Dr. Amato Giaccia.  We will also have short talks by two new members, Dr. Mark Pegram, who is leading our breast oncology program and Dr. Kathy Sakamoto, who is leading our pediatric hematology/oncology program.

We will close the day with a poster session and some libations.  We would like to feature the posters of members and trainees that have been presented at national meetings. We will also have posters from all of our Developmental Cancer Research Awards (seed grants) recipients.  

Please contact Denise Baughman ( with any questions related to the retreat.  We hope to see you there. 

We would very much like to include your accomplishments in future editions of the Bulletin.  Please let Michael Claeys ( know of any new grants, awards and major publications.


Tseng Memorial Lecture
  Wednesday, April 4th – 4:00 to 5:00 PM
Where:  LKSC, Berg Hall
Who:  Mary-Claire King, PhD
            Professor of Genome Sciences and of Medicine
            University of Washington School of Medicine

2012 SCI Member’s Retreat
  Monday, April 16th – 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where:  Quadrus Conference Center, 2400 Sand Hill Road

2ND Annual Canary Challenge Bicycle Ride Benefitting the SCI
When:  Saturday, September 29th
Where:  Start and finish at the Palo Alto VA Center
Who:  Open to the public.  Stanford-affiliated participants receive discounts for early registration:
      $25 until March 2nd
      $50 until May 31st
      $75 until June 30th
      $100 until Sept 29th



V Foundation – Translational Research Award
The Jimmy V foundation will be announcing the availability of a $600,000 grant for an unfunded translational research project that brings together pre-clinical and clinical investigation. Its purpose is to develop novel approaches to the prevention, detection, and treatment of human cancer that requires collaboration of investigators from the lab and the clinic.
Funding: $600,000 total ($200,000/yr x 3 yrs)
Internal Deadline: To be announced in mid-March


Clinical Trials Week will be held April 23rd through 27th at the Clinical Cancer Center. 

Scheduled Events include:

Tuesday April 24th   
Poster Session  11am - 1pm  presenters available for questions
Patient Stories  1 - 2pm  Rm CC2105    Susie Brain, moderator

Wednesday April 25th
Talk on Clinical Trials  1:30 - 2:30PM  Rm CC2105   George Fisher MD, PhD 

Thursday April 26th
Patient Stories  11am - 12pm  Rm CC2105   Susie Brain, moderator
Poster Session  12 - 2pm  presenters available for questions



Cancer Education Seminar Series - “Targeting VEGF in Lung Cancer": Millie Das, MD, Clinical Instructor in Medicine (Affiliated, Stanford University) and Staff Physician, Oncology, VAPAHCS
March 6, 2012 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Clinical Cancer Center, Second Floor (cc 2103-2104) 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Biomedical Seminar – “Overcoming meLanoma resistance to BRAF inhibitors”: Robert Lo, MD, PhD, UCLA
March 8, 2012 (Thurs.) | 12:00-1:30 pm |
Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center

CCNE Nano-Bio Seminar Series - “Protocells: Mesoporous Silica Supported Lipid Bilayers for Targeted Delivery of Multicomponent Cargos to Cancer”: C. Jeffrey Brinker, PhD, Distinguished Professor, University of New Mexico
March 8, 2012 (Thurs.) | 5:30-6:30 pm |
LPCH Freidenrich Auditorium

The 13th Multidisciplinary Management of Cancers: A Case-based Approach - Registration required @
March 9 & 10, 2012 |

Cancer Education Seminar Series - "Advances in Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer": Maximillian Diehn, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Stanford University
March 13, 2012 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Clinical Cancer Center, Second Floor (cc 2103-2104) 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Frontiers in Biology - “Genome Organization and Disease” with Dr. Tim Mistelli, National Cancer Institute
Marh 14, 2012 (Wed.) | 4:00-5:00 pm |
Clark Center Auditorium

CME Radiology Grand Rounds - “Quantitative Imaging to Personalize Cancer Management”: Richard Wahl, MD, FACR; Director, Division of Nuclear Medicine/PET and Henry N. Wagner, Jr. MD, Professor of Nuclear Medicine, Professor of Radiation and Oncology, Vice Chair, Technology and New Business Development, Johns Hopkins Medicine
March 15, 2012 (Thurs.) | 5:30-6:30 pm |
LPCH Auditorium

CCSB Seminar Series - "Quantitative Modeling of the terminal differentiation of B-cells and mechanisms of lymphomagenesis": Gustavo Stolovitzky, Manager, IBM Computational Biology Center
March 16, 2012 (Fri.) | 11:00-12:00 noon |
LKSC, Room LK130

Cancer Education Seminar Series - "Biology and Targeting of Leukemia Stem Cells": Ravi Bhati, MD; Director, Stem Cell and Leukemia Research; Co-leader, Hematologic Malignancies Program, Comprehensive Cancer Center; Professor of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, City of Hope
March 20, 2012 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Clinical Cancer Center, Second Floor (cc 2103-2104) 875 Blake Wilbur Drive

Cancer Biology Seminar Series - "Epigenetics and Cancer: Lessons Learned from Yeast": Ali Shilatifard, PhD, Stowers Institute for Medical Research
March 22, 2012 (Thurs.) | 12:00-1:30 pm |
Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center

Cancer Education Seminar Series - "Novel Non-Invasive Detection of Biological Targets of Lung Cancer in Exhaled Breath": Daya Upadhyay, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Stanford University
March 27, 2012 (Tues.) | 8:00-9:00 am |
Clinical Cancer Center, Second Floor (cc 2103-2104) 875 Blake Wilbur Drive


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