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Grand Rounds

March 22, @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Teaching Awards

Kelley Skeff, MD, PhD

Latest News

Pancreatic cancer, diabetes link explored by Stanford researchers

A lot has been written here and elsewhere about the unpredictability and deadliness of most forms of pancreatic cancer. In short, it’s difficult to diagnose at the early stages, and very difficult to cure in its later stages.

Moderate exercise may benefit patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

Moderate exercise may not only be safe for patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the heart disease most commonly associated with sudden death in athletes, but could provide important health benefits as well, according to a study published in JAMA today.

Sarita Khemani authors perspective on religion and the doctor-patient relationship

In a recent opinion piece published at Medium, Sarita Khemani, MD, describes a scene where her patient’s care team assembled at the bedside to save the patient’s life. Noting the diversity of the team, she writes, “We all worked together to help save a human life, no questions asked.” And it’s exactly how she likes it to be.

Match Day 2017: What will the envelope reveal?

Today, at 9 a.m. Pacific time, around 18,000 medical students across the U.S. will find out the direction of the next two to five years of their lives. Yes, it’s Match Day, the day that students open letters from the National Resident Matching Program and learn where they’ll be starting their residencies.

Minor reappointed dean of the School of Medicine

“As I look back on my first term, I am filled with gratitude for the role that each of you has played in the many successes we have achieved and the challenges we have overcome,” Minor said in a statement. “Thank you for your support, your advice and the work you do every day to push our mission forward. I couldn’t ask for better colleagues and collaborators.”

“The tip of the iceberg”: A look at stem cell science at Stanford

For outsiders, it’s easy to get confused about the status of stem cell science. If you have questions, a recent Stanford Magazine article offers a reader-friendly entrée.

Patient mindset matters in healing and deserves more study, experts say

A growing body of research has shown that people’s mindsets can measurably affect physical healing.
Social context, including patients’ relationships with their doctors, as well as patients’ expectations about healing can drive these placebo responses.

Gun violence and suicide by firearm is a public health epidemic

When Americans think of gun violence, we typically think of homicide and the never-ending debate over Second Amendment rights. But we rarely consider gun violence —and the growing rate of suicide by firearms — as a public health epidemic.

School working to assist faculty, staff affected by Edwards Building fire

Medical school officials are working with faculty and staff who are being temporarily displaced because of a fire early March 11 on the third floor of the Edwards Building.
The fire was reported at 7:30 a.m. and was believed to have originated in a fume hood in a lab on the third floor. Firefighters extinguished the blaze; no hazardous materials or chemicals were involved.

The future of baby-making: Stanford’s Russ Altman hosts a discussion

Wanna talk about making babies? Russ Altman, MD, PhD, a Stanford professor of bioengineering, genetics and medicine, does. He recently dedicated an episode of the “Future of Everything” radio show, which he hosts and which originally appeared on SiriusXM Satellite Radio, to the topic.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

March 29, @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

21st Thomas Merigan Jr. Lecture: Surveillance at the Molecular Level: The Good, The Bad, and the Evil.

David Heymann, MD

April 5, @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Fourth Annual Karl G. Blume, MD, Memorial Lecture: With Mary Horowitz

Mary M. Horowitz, MD, MS

Department Events

March 20, @ 8:30 am – 9:30 am

Faculty Meeting

Department of Medicine

March 20, @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

With Michael Specter

Dean’s Lecture Series

March 21, @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Hepatocellular Carcinoma

Cancer Education Seminar

March 22, @ 7:00 am – 8:00 am

CCM Board Review

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

March 22, @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

PCCM M&M Conference

Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine

March 23, @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

ICD Therapy for Primary Prevention in Nonischemic Cardiomyopathy

Cardiology Grand Rounds

March 23, @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Painfully Deep Phenotyping – Extracting Patient Reported Pain from Clinical Notes

BMIR Research in Progress

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

Stanford Global Health and Media Fellowship.
Applications are open now through March 20 for the 2017-18 Stanford Global Health & Media Fellowship. This opportunity is targeted to provide medical students, residents or fellows with 12-months of practical training in global health reporting using a variety of media platforms including print, online, broadcast, social and digital media while learning the fundamentals of journalism and communications. Learn more.

Stand Up to Cancer – Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team
Stand Up to Cancer is now soliciting RFPs’s for the Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team (LOI deadline March 22). The Dream Teams will be comprised of multi-disciplinary investigators from a minimum of three institutions. Priority will be given to applications that are characterized by a diversity of team members, including and not limited to those from fields outside the traditional realms of biomedical research. Specific aims of the project may include basic research, translational studies and populations studies but the overall proposal must have a strong clinical research component. $7 million over four years will be provided, and any indirect costs will be negotiated. Learn more about the Pancreatic Cancer Dream Team. Stanford faculty can contact Joy Morimoto at 650-736-9749,, or Michelle Heeseman at 650-736-8968,, for application assistance.

Spectrum Child Health Research Institute Grant and Postdoctoral Support Program
The CHRI supports child health research grants for Instructors, Assistant, Associate, Professors, and Postdoctoral Fellows. All applicants must have or plan on having a focus on child health or obstetrics research, or wish to expand their interest in child health research. All applicants must be a CHRI Member (except postdoctoral fellows), or his/her primary research mentor must be a CHRI Member. Submissions are due April 3. Learn more.

Harrington-scholar Innovation Program
Applications are being accepted through April 5 for the Harrington-Scholar Innovation Program. The goal of the Harrington Scholar-Innovator Program is to advance physician-scientist-initiated projects aimed at clinical introduction of new medicines. The Scholar-Innovator Award provides research and drug development funding as well as non-financial support to selected innovators and their institutions to help bridge the gap between basic discovery and clinical introduction. Applicants are encouraged to contact their department’s Research Process Manager in the Research Management Group at least 3-4 weeks before the deadline so they can help you with your application. Contact information here. Learn more.

Intermountain-Stanford Collaboration Grants
Applications are being accepted through April 25 for Intermountain-Stanford Collaboration Grants. Through the Grant Program, the Intermountain-Stanford Collaborative Committee will provide project awards to teams of investigators from both institutions conducting T3/T4 research to advance healthcare transformation. Investigators will receive up to $75,000 for one year to teams of investigators from both institutions to advance healthcare transformation. Learn more.

Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) Faculty Scholar Award
Applications are open now through June 1 for the 2017 CHRI Faculty Scholars Program. The CHRI Faculty Scholar Program will provide funds first for the scholar's remuneration and benefits and second to support research and other costs of the faculty member such that there shall be demonstrable, significant and meritorious scholarship/research activities related to innovation in maternal and child health. Learn more.

CERC Design Fellowship
Applications are now open for Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center (CERC) design fellowship. CERC is seeking early-career aspiring innovators from diverse backgrounds who have the potential to become leaders in the design of higher value health care. Fellows will work in multi-disciplinary teams to design new care models. Admissions are accepted on a rolling basis; and candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. For further information contact Dominic Boccaccio at Learn more.

Announcements »

As immigration policies continue to change, Stanford has compiled a list of immigration resources and information. Learn more.

View a list of upcoming Stanford Faculty workshops. Learn more.

The next Dean’s Lecture Series will be held on March 20, and will feature Michael Specter. Michael Specter has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 1998 and focuses on science, technology, and public health. Learn more.

The next faculty meeting will be held on March 20. Learn more.

Nominations for the 2017 Amy J. Blue Awards are now being solicited. The Amy J. Blue Awards honor staff members who are exceptionally effective, supportive of colleagues, and passionate about their work. Nominations must be received by March 22. Learn more.

Register and join Stanford’s Racing Hearts 5K/10K on March 26. Learn more.

Join the Stanford Center for Innovation in Global Health on March 28 for a conversation with David L. Heymann, renowned leader in global health and security, to hear about his life and career in which he headed the global response to SARS and worked on the first and second outbreaks of Ebola. Learn more.

USCIS has announced that it will suspend Premium Processing for all H1B petitions effective April 3 for a period up to 6 months. The Bechtel international scholar advisors are in the process of evaluating this development and its impact. Subscribe here to learn more.

Registration is now open for TEDxStanford 2017: In the Moment, which will be held on April 23 at Cemex Auditorium. Learn more.

In the News

"Evidence-based hearsay – clinical medicine’s fake news" - Research of John Ioannidis is highlighted in this article on the reliability of scientific studies.

American Council on Science and Health

"Future therapies look promising for HER2 treatment-resistant patients" - Mark Pegram is featured in this piece about new treatments for patients with HER2 receptor-positive breast cancer.

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