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May 2012 Cancer Institute Bulletin

DIRECTOR’S UPDATE

Member Retreat Recap: Thanks to all the SCI members who participated in the annual retreat and contributed to an interactive and productive day of discussion, education and networking. Special thanks to our keynote speaker, Steven Gruber, MD, PhD, MPH, Director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, and to all of our distinguished guests. Thanks also to all our terrific speakers, to the leaders of the panels and breakout sessions, and to all the presenters at the lively poster session. Lastly I want to acknowledge the SCI administrative staff for all their work planning and executing such a well-organized event.

May 7 will be a busy day. The Stanford Cancer Institute External Science Advisory Board (ESAB) will be meeting. The second annual Stanford Center for Cancer Systems Biology symposium (http://ccsb.stanford.edu/events/symposium.html) and the official launch of the School of Medicine’s $1 billion fundraising campaign will also take place on that date.   

Other SCI News: We would very much like to include your accomplishments in future editions of the Bulletin and the SCI Newsletter. Please advise Michael Claeys (mclaeys@stanford.edu) of any new grants, awards and major publications.

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SAVE THE DATES:

 

Saturday, September 29th
2ND Annual Canary Challenge Bicycle Ride Benefitting the Stanford Cancer Institute

Where:  Start and finish at Wmware in Palo Alto
Who:     Open to the public.  Stanford-affiliated participants receive discounts for early registration:
              $50 until May 31st
              $75 until June 31th
              $100 until Sept 29th
More:   www.canarychallenge.com

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES

2012 Developmental Cancer Research Awards
SCI is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds to support the development of Interactive, Population Sciences and/or Translational Research projects.

Timeline:
RFA Posted: April 4, 2012
Applications Due: Tues., May 29, 2012, (by 3:00 p.m.)
Award Notifications: July 11, 2012

Funding:  One Interactive Project for up to $100,000 and multiple Population Sciences and Translational Research Projects for up to $50,000 each will be awarded. The number of awards will depend upon the quality of the proposals received and the available funding. Funding will be for a one-year: September 1, 2012 through August 31, 2013.

Please refer to the DCRA website: http://cancer.stanford.edu/research/DCRA.html for the 2012 DCRA RFA, guidelines and application forms.  

Internal Submissions:  Due May 29 by 3:00 p.m. – email one PDF file containing the complete application to Denise Baughman at deniseb@stanford.edu, and submit one hardcopy of the original application to:

Denise Baughman, Project Manager
Stanford Cancer Institute
265 Campus Drive, 2nd Floor, Suite G2103
Stanford, CA 94305   MC 5456

SHARED RESOURCE UPDATES

Flow Cytometry Shared Resource
Marty Bigos, Director

The FACS Facility hired a new operator, Bianca Gomez, in the beginning of April. She will provide needed operator time on the Aria sorters, as well as being part of our training team.

Genomics Shared Resource
John Coller, PhD, Director

The Genomics Shared Resource (CCSR 0120) has recently acquired an Illumina MiSeq Personal Sequencing system.  Currently researchers can submit DNA, RNA, or prepared libraries for high-throughput sequencing on this instrument.  Next month we will open this system up so that researchers can reserve and use this system on a 24/7 basis. Please contact the lab by phone: 736-2434 or email: microarray@stanford.edu if you are interested in using the MiSeq system.

Biostatistics and Research Information Shared Resource    
Brit Turnbull, PhD, Contact

Fee-for-service biostatistics experiment:

In response to many requests, we are providing fee-for-service biostatistics data analysis support as part of the Data Coordinating Center. This is an experiment currently involving one staff member, and it will be dropped or expanded depending on demand. Ruby Wong, PhD is an experienced cancer biostatistician, having worked for two decades on the Bone Marrow Transplant Program Project biostatistics core. She is an expert SAS programmer, has many years of survival modeling experience, and has the resources of the rest of the biostatistics community at her back. To access the service, and to obtain a free initial consultation, register your study with Study Navigator and indicate your desire to meet with Ruby when the registration process calls for it.  If you decide to use the service, you will need to set up a PTA for billing. The current billing rate for DCC services is $114/hr, but that rate is reset annually in line with University rules for service centers. It is a substantially lower rate than you will find at most institutions, for a PhD statistician with such experience, and a fraction of what you would expect to pay for an outside consultant.

 

KUDOS

Susan Swetter, MD, Professor of Dermatology and Director of the Pigmented Lesion and Melanoma Program, will be honored May 17th with the Melanoma Research Foundation’s 2012 Humanitarian Award for her commitment to the prevention, treatment and cure of melanoma.

 

 

Jeffrey Norton, MD, Professor and Chief of Surgical Oncology, received the Flance-Karl Award, the American Surgical Association’s highest recognition of sustained scientific and clinical contributions for his contributions to the understanding of tumor and cytokine interactions, and translational studies have fundamentally altered the surgical therapy of a number of malignancies.

 

Joseph B. Shrager, MD, Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery and
Chief of the Division of Thoracic Surgery, received a Department of Defense Lung Cancer "Concept Award" for his proposal "Lung Cancer Therapy with microRNA-320a." Concept Awards support new ideas in lung cancer therapy that merit further development.

 

Firdaus Dhabhar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Director of Research, Stanford Center on Stress & Health published online April 25 in PLoS ONE a study showing that anxiety increased cancer severity in mice.

 

 

Firdaus Dhabhar, PhD, Associate Professor, Department Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, and Director of Research, Stanford Center on Stress & Health published online April 25 in PLoS ONE a study showing that anxiety increased cancer severity in mice.

 

CANCER PREVENTION INSTITUTE OF CALIFORNIA NEWSLETTER

http://www.cpic.org/site/c.skI0L6MKJpE/b.5730819/k.5CBE/In_Front__eNewsletters.htm

 

MAY CANCER SEMINARS

 

May 2  Medical Grand Rounds
8:00-9:00 am  Cardiac Toxicity from Cancer Therapy: A Bigger Problem Than You Think
Ronald Witteles, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine & IM Residency Program Director, Stanford University
LKSC, Berg Hall, B&C conf. Room

May 3  Biomedical Seminar
12:00-1:30 pm  Recurrent Gene Fusions in Common Solid Tumors: Implications for Personalized Medicine
Arul Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD
Professor, Pathology and Urology
Department of Pathology, University of Michigan - HHMI
Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center

May 7  CCSB 2nd Annual Symposium: Systems Biology of Cancer
8:00 am-5:00 pm               
Presenters include:
Stuart Orkin, Professor, Harvard University
Dimitris Anastassiou, Professor, Columbia University
David Dingli, Professor, Hematology, Mayo Clinic
Ihor Lemischka, Professor, Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Li Ka Shing Conference Center

May 8  Pediatric Grand Rounds
8:00-9:00 am  Reading the Genetic Tea Leaves: Understanding Who Gets Cancer and Why
Joshua Schiffman, MD
Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology,
Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah
LPCH Auditorium

May 8  Cancer Education Seminar Series - GU Cancer, Melanoma
8:00-9:00 am  Fertility in Men Post Cancer Treatments
Michael Eisenberg, MD
Assistant Professor, Urology
Stanford University Medical Center
Clinical Cancer Center, Second Floor (cc 2103-2104)
875 Blake Wilbur Drive

May 8  Pathology Grand Rounds (lunch served @ 11:30 am)
12:00-1:00 pm  Integral Diagnosis and Prognosis-based Classification of Adult Mastocytosis
Luis Escribano, MD, PhD
Director, Instituto de Estudios de Mastocitosis de Castilla La Mancha (CLMast)
Hospital Virgen del Valle, Toledo, Spain
Red Española de Mastocitosis (REMA)
Li Ka Shing Conference Center, LK 130

May 10  2012 Nanobiotechnology Seminar Series
5:30-6:30 pm  Quantitative Profiing of Cancer Biomarkers and Biomedical Imaging using Quantum Dots
Peter Searson, PhD
Professor, Department of Materials Science and Engineering,
Johns Hopkins University
Li Ka Shing Conference Center, LK 130

May 15  Cancer Education Seminar Series - GU Cancer, Melanoma
8:00-9:00 am  Moving the Bar Forward in Renal Cell Carcinoma
Lauren Harshman, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, Oncology
Stanford University Medical Center
Clinical Cancer Center, Second Floor (cc 2103-2104)
875 Blake Wilbur Drive

May 16  Frontiers in Biology
4:00-5:00 pm   Structural Basis for EGFR/ErbB Signaling and ErbB-targeted Cancer Therapies
Daniel Leahy, Professor
Johns Hopkins University
Clark Center Auditorium

May 17  CME Radiology Grand Rounds
5:30-6:30 pm  Oncologic Imaging: A Guiding Hand of Personalized Cancer Care
Hedvig Hricak, MD, PhD, Dr HC
Chair, Department of Radiology
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Li Ka Shing Conference Center, LK 130

May 18 Cancer Biology Science Pizza Talk
12:00-1:00 pm  Kinase Signaling in MLL Leukemia
Hsu-Ping Kuo, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow
Lokey Stem Cell Building, Room G1002 (1st floor)

May 22  Department of Surgery Grand Rounds
7:00-8:00 am  Perfusion Mapping to Reduce Complications in Breast Cancer
Irene Wapnir, MD, Associate Professor Division of General Surgery
Geoffrey Gurtner, MD, Professor Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
Li Ka Shing Conference Center, LK 130

May 22  Cancer Education Seminar Series - GU Cancer, Melanoma
8:00-9:00 am  Melanoma Update
Sunil Reddy, MD
Clinical Instructor Medicine, Oncology
Stanford University Medical Center
Clinical Cancer Center, Second Floor (cc 2103-2104)
875 Blake Wilbur Drive

May 24  Biomedical Seminar
12:00-1:30 pm  Genetic Screens Based on Cancer Genome Alterations for Oncogenic Drivers and Therapeutic Targets
Scott Powers, PhD,
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Munzer Auditorium, Beckman Center

May 29  Cancer Education Seminar Series - GU Cancer, Melanoma
8:00-9:00 am  Immunotherapy in Prostate Cancer
Russell Pachynski, MD
Instructor, Medicine Oncology
Stanford University
Clinical Cancer Center, Second Floor (cc 2103-2104)
875 Blake Wilbur Drive

 

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