This Week's Grand Rounds

October 26 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Cancer Drugs and the Cost of a Human Life: How Much Can We Afford?

Presenter: Leonard Saltz, MD

Latest News

Mark Musen elected to National Academy of Medicine

The National Academy of Medicine (NAM) has announced the election of Mark Musen, MD, PhD, professor of medicine (medical informatics) and of biomedical data sciences, to the Academy for demonstrating outstanding professional achievement and commitment to service.

Faulty DNA repair makes for old, crotchety immune cells; triggers inflammatory disease

I recently wrote an article for our magazine, Stanford Medicine, about the disturbing tendency of our immune systems, as the years go by, to get stuck in a state of low-grade inflammation — a phenomenon some have nicknamed "inflammaging."

Health Policy 2020: Tackling Obamacare

Health policy expert Bob Kocher likes to show a slide of the signature page of the Affordable Care Act, which he helped draft when he worked in the White House.

Celebrating the successes, and global reach, of Stanford’s SPARK

SPARK was designed to bridge the gap between academia and industry. Founded by Daria Mochly-Rosen, PhD, and co-directed by Kevin Grimes, MD, the program transports research from the lab to patients by guiding and supporting researchers, with the help of industry advisors.

American India Foundation Symposium addresses maternal and newborn health in India

As long-awaited rain streamed down outside, several hundred physicians, entrepreneurs and philanthropists gathered inside the medical school’s Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge last week to make inroads on a persistent, troubling problem: Hundreds of thousands of newborns and mothers continue to die each year in India.

Stanford Medicine, VA will collaborate to build nation’s first hadron therapy center

Hadron therapy, which relies on beams of charged particles including protons and heavier ions such as carbon, is expected to increase cancer cure rates because it can be used to treat larger tumors or those resistant to conventional radiotherapy.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

November 2 @ 8:00-9:00 am

With Joel Katz

Medicine Grand Rounds

November 9 @ 8:00-9:00 am

With Tim Church

Medicine Grand Rounds

Department Events

October 25 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Regional Nodal Irradiation in Early Stage Breast Cancer

Cancer Education Seminar

October 26 @ 12:00-1:00 pm Update

The Stanford Education Planning Initiative

October 27 @ 10:00-11:00 am

Seminar on Clinical Trials Compliance

Department of Medicine

October 27 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

Patient Engagement and Outreach

BMIR Colloquium

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

The Emerson Collective is proud to announce the second round of funding under its oncology research program. The Emerson Collective Cancer Research Fund is requesting individual or team proposals by December 9 for research projects related, but not limited to, immunotherapy, ‘high risk/high reward’ initiatives, KRAS targeting, or antibody therapies. Positive criteria include the potential of a project to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer. Gift awards range from $50,000 up to $200,000. Please contact Sandy Yujuico by phone at 497-3873 or email for any questions.

Applications are now open for the Presence-Biomedical Ontology Fellowship. The Presence-Biomedical Ontology Fellow will work under the guidance of Mark Musen and Abraham Verghese to research and define a framework for the ontology of the psychosocial aspects of healthcare and disease prevention. Learn more.

The Division of Cardiovascular Medicine is seeking postdoctoral fellows with experience in molecular or genetic epidemiology, statistical genetics, bioinformatics, human genetics, computational biology and/or analyses of different kinds of –omics data. Learn more.

Announcements »

The School of Medicine is consolidating its endpoint computing support structure under Information Resources & Technology (IRT). This new model—which affects desktops, laptops, and mobile devices, but not servers—is defined by teams responsible for geographically delineated zones such as Lokey/CCSR or Edwards/Lane. IRT already provides support for some of our remote locations including Redwood City and 1520 Page Mill, and in the coming weeks, they will begin to adopt CV Medicine employees based in Falk, BMIR in MSOB, and SCCR in 1070 Arastradero. IRT’s transition team will work closely with Division Chiefs and Managers, Cathy Garzio, Jack Zeng, Jeff Melton, and Medicine’s IT staff throughout this process to ensure a smooth, carefully planned hand-off. For questions, contact Jack Zeng of Medicine or Daniel Paepcke of IRT.

Open Enrollment is approaching (October 24 through November 11). To help you prepare and make your 2017 benefits elections, attend an upcoming Benefits Open Enrollment fair or information session. Can't attend an event in person? Check out the Open Enrollment webinars that you can join from anywhere. Learn more.

Representatives from the Stanford Center for Clinical Research, Clinical Research Quality, and Cancer Clinical Trials Office will host a panel discussion on October 27 about "Reporting Study Results on Why it Matters and Ways to Improve Compliance." Learn more.

The Palliative Care Section is now soliciting short stories or poems about chronic or life-limiting illness for the first ever Paul Kalanithi Fiction Award. Short story entries should be less than 2,500 words and poems should be less than 50 lines. Submit all work to Joy Li at by November 1. Learn more.

The Department of Medicine will host an all-staff meeting on November 8.

Save the date! The Department of Medicine holiday party will be held on December 14.

In the News

"Prostate cancer & dementia: Do hormone blockers boost risks?" - Research shows that men being treated with testosterone-lowering prostate cancer therapies are twice as likely to develop dementia within five years than men whose testosterone levels are not altered. Senior author Nigam Shah is quoted.

Tech Times

"A blood test devised by Stanford scientists may be able to predict the development of cardiovascular disease" - A blood test devised by Stanford researchers may be able to predict development of cardiovascular disease. Study co-author Francois Haddad was interviewed.


"Hispanic youth may be more tempted to smoke than other kids" - Andrew Chang comments on a new study.


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