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This week's grand rounds

January 13 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Blood Pressure Targets in Limbo: How Low Can You Go?

Tara Chang is an assistant professor at Stanford University. She received her medical degree from the University of Michigan, and completed her residency at UCSF.

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The “terribly exciting” days of Stanford’s young Department of Medicine

In the summer of 1959, not long after Stan Schrier, MD, joined Stanford’s Department of Medicine as an assistant professor, he attended his first meeting with just 12 other faculty members.

U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommends statins for those at risk

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends adults between the ages of 40 and 75 take a cholesterol-lowering statin drug to help prevent heart attacks and strokes if they are at risk of cardiovascular disease.

Medical schools get an “F” at grading graduates, study suggests

Performance evaluations, an important piece of the medical residency application packet, are often incomprehensible, sometimes useless and, at worse, misleading and unfair.

At the heart of reproducibility lies the problem of transparency

One of the frustrating recent discoveries about biomedical research is that, all too often, initially exciting results can’t be reproduced.

Closing in on cancer

Edgar Engleman's lab gives the immune system 'a little kick in the butt,' to stunning effect.

Aim higher: Dean Lloyd Minor calls for widespread embrace of precision health

Dean Lloyd Minor, MD, calls for President Barack Obama to use next week’s State of the Union to embrace precision health.

Social policy is health policy: Addressing the “causes of the causes” of health disparities

Although the U.S. boasts the most advanced medical technologies in the world, hundreds of thousands die each year from preventable diseases like stroke and lung cancer.

Paul Kalanithi’s book will probably make you cry

Just over a year ago, I received a first draft of an article for Stanford Medicine magazine that electrified me. It was gorgeous. It was heartbreaking.

Watch Sanjiv Narayan’s Grand Rounds talk, “Improving Therapy of Atrial Fibrillation Based on its Mechanisms.”

Upcoming Grand Rounds

January 20 @ 8:00-9:00 am

With Christine Seidman

Christine Seidman is a Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

January 27 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Kidney Transplants: Worth $1.3 Million Each, Who Wins The Lottery?

Philip J. Held, Ph.D., has a notable record as a builder and nourisher of medical research projects and organizations. Under Dr. Held’s tenure as Principal Investigator, the United States Renal Data System (USRDS) was founded and operated successfully for 9 years.

Department Events

January 12 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Why Should We Care About BRAF Targeted Therapy for Melanoma in the Era of Immunotherapy?

Cancer Education Seminar

January 12 @ 8:00-9:00 am


ID Lecture Series

January 13 @ 1:00-2:00 pm

Case Discussions With Katrina Lam and William Auyeung

PCCM Joint Chest Conference

January 13 @ 3:00-4:00 pm

John Hennessy on Careers and Research

TRAM Personal Perspectives Lecture

January 13 @ 4:00-5:00 pm

Exploring HIV Prevention and Cure Strategies

ID Special Seminar

January 15 @ 7:00-8:00 am

Dermatologic Disorders of the GI Tract

Fellows Didactic Lecture

January 15 @ 7:00-8:00 am

Inhaled Beta Agonists for Obstructive Lung Disease

PCCM Didactic Lecture

January 15 @ 1:00-2:00 pm

The Evolving Spectrum of Ciliopathies and Airway Disease

PCCM Grand Rounds

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities
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In the News

“Global health forecast for 2016: Which diseases will rise…or fall?” - Four infectious disease experts, including Michele Barry, predict the big global health stories for 2016.

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“My marriage didn’t end when I became a widow” - Lucy Kalanithi writes about losing her husband, writer and neurosurgeon Paul Kalanithi.

New York Times

“Cardiology 2015: The Year in Review” - In the latest episode of the Bob Harrington show, Bob Harrington and Michael Gibson look back on the year in cardiology.


“More confusion about who should take a statin” - The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force has issued new advice on the use of statins to prevent heart attacks or strokes. Douglas Owens, a member of the task force, is quoted.

“Government revises dietary guidelines for Americans: Go ahead and have some eggs” - Christopher Gardner weighs in on new dietary guidelines.

Washington Post

“Tracing a cellular family tree” - A new technique by MIT researchers allows tracking of gene expression over generations of cells. Dean Felsher provides comment.

MIT News

“Missing mice: gaps in data plague animal research” - A new study led by John Ioannidis found widespread flaws in the reporting of animal experiments.


Additional Coverage:
The Scientist: "Study: Transparency lacking in biomedical literature"
Smithsonian: "Biomedical science studies are shockingly hard to reproduce"
Yahoo News: "Two studies cast doubt on credibility of biomedical research"

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