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Stanford updates app for sharing data on heart health

A new version of the free MyHeart Counts app is available. It now features graphical feedback, interventions and coaching.

Gene activity predicts progression of autoimmune disease

Stanford researchers and their collaborators have found a way to tell whether patients with systemic sclerosis were improving during drug treatment a year before a standard clinical test could.

Samuel Strober awarded $6.6 million from state stem cell agency

The California Institute for Regenerative Medicine awarded Samuel Strober, MD, $6.6 million to study a “deceptively simple” way to help kidney transplant recipients tolerate their new organ.

David Chan on the ‘black box’ of rising costs, inconsistent care

A physician and economist, Chan aims to shed light on why costs and patient outcomes can vary widely, even from one hospital to the next in the same city.

5 Questions: Infectious disease researcher on bread-baking

Fiona Strouts began baking bread as a hobby. Now, she sells her homemade loaves at the Portola Valley Farmers Market.

Tech support at medical school gets ‘lean,’ raises the bar for service

Ever since the IRT Help Desk established a lean process improvement team, help-ticket response times and customer satisfaction have been steadily improving.

The writer: Ilana Yurkiewicz

Ilana Yurkiewicz, MD, is in her second year of Internal Medicine residency. While she hasn’t yet decided on her specialty post-residency, she is leaning toward either primary care or hematology-oncology.

Why become a doctor? Research plus caregiving equals “an incredibly exciting career”

Stanford physician James Ford, MD, might just be a jazz bass player now, had he not fallen hard for biomedical science as an undergraduate.

Watch the Dean’s Lecture Series video featuring FDCA Commissioner of Food and Drugs, Robert Califf

Fireside chat with Robert Califf, MD, MACC and Robert Harrington, MD to discussing the collaboration between the FDA and academic medical institutions.

Some glioblastoma patients benefit from ‘ineffective’ treatment

Glioblastoma patients with a high degree of vascularization of their tumors were found to have benefited from a treatment previously deemed ineffective, a new Stanford study shows.

Upcoming Grand Rounds

January 18 @ 8:00-9:00 am

With David Eagleman

Medicine Grand Rounds

January 25 @ 8:00-9:00 am

With Fernando Mendoza

Medicine Grand Rounds

Department Events

January 9 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

Department of Medicine Faculty Meeting

January 10 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Blood and Marrow Transplantation

Cancer Education Seminar

January 12 @ 8:00-9:00 am

Clinical Value of Cardiac CT in Ischemic Heart Disease

Cardiology Grand Rounds

January 12 @ 11:00-2:00 pm Hack-a-Thon 3

Stanford Medicine and the Stanford Center for Clinical Research

January 12 @ 1:30-4:00 pm

Period 7 Didactic Conference – Continuity of Care Clerkship

Primary Care and Population Health

January 12 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

ImmunoStates – A New Strategy for Accurate Cell Mixture Deconvolution Across Multiple Gene Expression Platforms and Sample Types

BMIR Research in Progress

January 13 @ 12:00-1:00 pm

WHSC1L1 as an Oncogenic Methyltransferase in Head and Neck Cancer

Special Oncology Seminar

Funding and Fellowship Opportunities

Fellows, visiting scholars and research affiliates: Applications are now being accepted for the CASBS summer institute, which will be held July 10-21. The institute offers n all-expenses paid dive into the study of organizations and their effectiveness. Bob Gibbons of MIT and Woody Powell from Stanford will lead the program. Applications are due January 9. For more information email Sarah Wert at, or visit the CASBS website. Learn more.

The Realizing Environmental Innovation Program (REIP) program of the Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment is accepting letters of intent for the 2017 grant cycle. REIP is a source for next-stage funding to advance existing interdisciplinary environmental research projects toward solutions that can be implemented by external stakeholders and partners. Letters of intent must be submitted by January 9. Learn more.

Spectrum Child Health is accepting proposals through February 1 for their Stanford Child Health Research Institute Clinical Trainee Awards. The awards support MD or MD/PhD fellows for up to 100% salary for up to two years. Applicants must Demonstrate a commitment to an investigative career in obstetrics, pediatrics, pediatric subspecialty or subspecialty primarily focused on child health (e.g., pediatric surgery). Learn more.

Proposals are being accepted now through February 3 for Stanford Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center Pilot Projects. Applicants may request up to $50K in direct costs for a one-year duration project under this program. The Center plans to fund two projects. Any Stanford faculty with PI Eligibility may apply. Proposals should describe innovative basic, clinical, behavioral, translational, or epidemiologic research likely to advance an understanding of the basic and clinical underpinnings of Alzheimer’s disease and related disorders (including Parkinson’s disease and Lewy body disease); aid in prevention or treatment; or enhance caregiving, community outreach and education. Programmatic questions should be directed to Dr. Tony Wyss-Coray, chair of the Pilot Project Review Committee (, administrative questions to Nusha Askari (, Senior Administrator of the ADRC. Learn more.

Applications are being accepted through March 1 for Spectrum’s KL2/TL1 Training Awards. The awards are career mentored training awards for junior faculty, fellows, residents, medical and doctoral students providing both tuition and salary support with an emphasis on education and training in clinical and translational research. The KL2 Program is especially designed for senior fellows and junior faculty, and provides complete tuition support and partial salary support (75%) for a period of 2 years. The TL1 Program would serve your pre-doctoral and post-doctoral awardees who seek formal training in CTR-related methods. The TL award provides limited tuition and the potential for full stipend support for one year (depending on pre or post-doctoral status), and requires full-time research or study. Learn more.

The Division of Geriatrics at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine seeks candidates for associate or full professor positions in either the non-tenure clinician-educator track or the tenure track. Applications must have an MD or MD/PhD and have completed geriatric medicine training. Learn more.

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.

RNA Therapeutics Institute at the University of Massachusetts Medical School is now seeking MD and MD/PhD applications for a tenure-track, physician-scientist faculty position. Successful candidates will conduct innovative research to understand normal physiology and development, investigate disease mechanisms or develop novel diagnostics or therapies. Learn more.

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.

Announcements »

Clifton Leaf, deputy editor at Fortune, will join Dean Lloyd Minor for the Dean’s Lecture Series on January 11. Registration is required. Learn more.

The 3rd Annual Stanford Global Health Research Convening will be held on January 18. The convening is a one-day symposium bringing together students, faculty and researchers across Stanford University who are working in global health. The even is designed to build community among researchers across schools disciplines, highlight and share the many facets of global health research on campus, and connect students with researchers and mentors. This year’s theme focuses on "Pathway from Research to Impact" and will feature a keynote presentation from Diana Chapman Walsh, PhD, President Emerita of Wellesley College and Senior Adviser to the Center for Innovation in Global Health, as well as 11 oral presentations and over 50 poster presentations by Stanford University faculty and students, and networking opportunities. Learn more.

The Office of Academic Affairs will host a Faculty Workshop entitled “Explanation of Stanford Benefits,” on January 30. Learn more.

An adverse patient event can have a powerful negative effect on physicians. Learn more about Stanford’s anonymous and confidential Physician Peer Support Program. Learn more.

The Stanford Research Development Office (SRDO) offers additional resources for School of Medicine faculty applying for grants. Its priorities for grants include: large center or program project grants, grants on topics aligned with the Dean’s initiatives, and junior faculty applying for their first major research grants. SRDO’s services include identification of funding opportunities, editing of proposals, project management, interfacing with sponsors and university central offices, and promoting collaborations. To learn more, contact SRDO Director Michael K. Helms (, 650-723-4526) or Grand Development Officer Sandra Holden (, 650-723-4526).

Faculty members from both Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Medicine have combined their research and strategic insights into a rigorous, relevant and experiential curriculum, which they'll deliver over the course of a week in March. Learn more about "The Innovative Health Care Leader" here.

The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association are now accepting applications for their Ten Day Seminar July 23-August 4. The Seminar is a unique program for physicians, researchers, public health practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare professionals designed to provide training in new areas of investigation and application of new methods related to the promotion of cardiovascular health and prevention of heart disease and stroke, including descriptive epidemiology, quality of care and outcomes research, genetic epidemiology, policy, and environmental approaches to health. Learn more.

In the News

"Gene activity predicts progression of systemic sclerosis" - Researchers have found a way to tell whether patients with systemic sclerosis were improving during drug treatment a year before a standard clinical test could. Senior author Purvesh Khatri is featured.


"Research on gun violence is severely underfunded compared with other causes of death" - In a letter in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Nigam Shah and a co-author bring attention to the small number of research papers on gun violence.

Science Now (LA Times)

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