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Grand Rounds

April 5, @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Fourth Annual Karl G. Blume, MD, Memorial Lecture: Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in 2017 – Everyone Has a Donor.

Mary M. Horowitz, MD, MS

Latest News

Meet Stanford’s newest residents.

With the tearing open of envelopes, thousands of medical students across the country learned where they will spend their next few years training as resident physicians. The event, known nationally as Match Day, is a momentous – and never wracking – occasion. After a year of interviews, applicants and residency programs are ‘matched’ by a computer algorithm developed by the non-profit National Resident Matching Program.

Two Senior Vice Chairs appointed.

As the Department of Medicine has grown over the last 5 years, so has the complexity of its relationships with Stanford Health Care, the School, the University, the Dean’s office and other departments. To ensure that the Department continues to be well-represented across Stanford Medicine and the University, Chair Robert Harrington, MD, has appointed two new Senior Vice Chairs.

Stanford launches short online course to boost understanding of transgender kids.

In 2011, Stanford Medicine lecturer Maya Adam, MD, had just finished teaching her undergraduate course on critical issues in child health when a student approached her with some feedback. "I loved your class, but you are missing one issue," the student said. "You need a lecture on transgender children’s health."

Previously elusive targets for cancer immunotherapy identified.

Training the body to seek out and destroy cancer cells is one of the hottest and most promising potential therapies. After all, this kind of cancer immunotherapy merely capitalizes on the natural response of immune cells like T cells, which work to eliminate diseased, infected or dying cells by noticing telltale bits of protein flags called antigens on their surfaces. These protein pieces are displayed by a structure called the major histocompatibility complex, or MHC.

Stanford expert: Don’t eliminate "one of the most effective tools we have to fight global diseases."

When President Donald Trump released his budget blueprint earlier this month, he included an 18 percent (or $5.8 billion) reduction in funding for the National Institutes of Health, as well as “a major reorganization of NIH’s Institutes and Centers to help focus resources on the highest priority research and training activities.” He also called for the elimination of the Fogarty International Center, a move that is of great concern to the global health community.

From a single patient to a global clinical trial: One hematologist’s journey.

Confronted in 2002 by a medical record that was literally two feet in height, Stanford hematologist Jason Gotlib, MD, had no idea that his career path had just been established. Chasing down a treatment for his 39-year-old patient with a rare blood disease — which transformed into acute myeloid leukemia — Gotlib turned to a newly-approved therapy for a different blood cancer, imatinib, and within one month the patient was in remission.

A glimpse inside Stanford Coordinated Care, an innovative model of health care.

For out-of-the box thinking on improving care while saving money, you might think to call health-care delivery experts from a top medical school. But when Arnold Milstein, MD, who leads Stanford’s Clinical Excellence Research Center, decided to try to shave costs from Stanford’s own health insurance plan, he turned to a region better known for its marijuana than for its health care expertise: Humboldt County.

$50 million gift to Packard Children’s Hospital will advance care, research of pediatric heart disease.

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford has received a gift of $50 million from Gordon and Betty Moore to deliver exceptional patient care and advance research that improves the health of children with heart disease.

Conference on future of medical education set for April 22-23.

Stanford Medicine X | ED, an academic conference on the future of medical education, will be held April 22-23 at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Team places third in data analysis contest.

A team led by Sanjay Basu, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine, has been awarded third place in contest designed to promote the sharing of clinical trial data. Contestants used a data set to identify a new scientific or clinical finding. The data set was developed during the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial, known as SPRINT, which compared intensive management to standard management of blood pressure.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

April 12, @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

A Hundred Year Flood: Rethinking Modern Medicine.

Medicine Grand Rounds

April 19, @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Diagnosis and Treatment of HLH in Adults.

Medicine Grand Rounds

Department Events

April 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Cancer Education Seminar: ASCO 2016 – Gastrointestinal Cancer Updates.

Pamela L. Kunz, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine (Oncology)

April 4, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Palliative Grand Rounds: Ready for Palliative Care.

Steve Pantilat, MD

April 6, 2017 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 am

Cardiology Grand Rounds: Coarctation – All Things Great and Small.

Course Director: Dr. David Maron and Co-Course Director: Dr. John Giacomini

April 6, 2017 @ 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Continuity of Care Clerkship Didactic Conference.

CCSR 4205

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities
  • 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 3Learn 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.
  • The V Foundation 2017 Cancer Research Program
    The V Foundation is offering a limited $200,000 funding opportunity for all Stanford assistant professors whose research involves either laboratory-based fundamental research or translational cancer research. Because up to two applicants are permitted, a university-wide internal selection process is required. Internal applications are due April 17. Learn more.
  • George Rosenkranz Prize for Health Care Research in Developing Countries
    The Dr. George Rosenkranz Prize is awarded to a young Stanford researcher whose work aims to improve health care in the developing world. Aimed at fostering innovative and thoughtful research, the Rosenkranz Prize is a stipend of US$100,000 to foster innovative, thoughtful research over a two-year period. The Rosenkranz Prize is not simply a financial resource—it will also give its recipients an incubating network as they develop their careers. Eligible recipients include Stanford instructors, research associates, postdoctoral students or Stanford professors early in their career, without respect to chronological age, working in variety of disciplines. Applications are due April 21. 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.
  • Stanford Child Health Research Institute (CHRI) Harman Faculty Scholar Award
    Applications are open now through June 1 for the CHRI Harman Faculty Scholars Program. The CHRI Harman Faculty Scholar Program will provide funds first for the scholar's remuneration and benefits and second to support research and other costs. Applicants must have a mid-career faculty appointment and have their primary site of clinical and academic activity at the LCPH. Research must be related to 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 »
  • View the latest version of Dean Lloyd Minor’s The Brief. Learn more
  • View the Stanford Global Health Dean’s Letter. Learn more
  • As immigration policies continue to change, Stanford has compiled a list of immigration resources and information. 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.
  • Julieta Gabiola will read from a new book, DISRUPT 2.0 Filipina Women: Daring to Lead, at Portland State University on April 12. Learn more about the event here, and explore the book here.
  • 1st Generation Mentorship Program mentors and mentees, as well as the 1st Generation community at Stanford are invited to attend a panel discussion and dinner on April 11. The panel will be moderated by Mijiza Sanchez and will feature guest speakers Bob Harrington, Sharon Drost, Carlos Gonzalez, and Rosa Yu. Learn more
  • Stanford’s IT Open House will be held on April 13. During the event, you'll have the opportunity to engage with University IT staff, campus IT providers, and vendors who provide IT services and support to Stanford. Learn more
  • Registration is now open for TEDxStanford 2017: In the Moment, which will be held on April 23 at Cemex Auditorium. Learn more
  • Registration is now open for Stanford CVI’s 2nd Annual Drug Discovery Symposium on April 24. The conference will cover a broad range of policy, research and venture topics. Learn more
  • Save the date! The next All-Staff Meeting will be held on June 7.
  • Save the date for our annual State of the Department presentation. The event will be held June 27 from 5 – 6 p.m.
In the News

"Global health leadership role at risk in Trump budget: Column" - In this op-ed, Michele Barry discusses the potential ramifications of Donald Trump’s budget plan.

USA Today

"Measuring heart toxicity of cancer drugs" - Joseph Wu and colleagues used heart muscle cells made from stem cells to rank chemo drugs based on their likelihood of causing lasting heart damage.

Technology Networks

"10 things your doctor wants you to know" - In this article, several physicians - including Marilyn Tan – share their experiences.

Huffington Post

"In pain? Many doctors say opioids are not the answer" - Chwen-Yuen Angie Chen provides comment about opioid use for chronic pain.

California Healthline

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