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October 17, 2019 UCSF OACC Program Meeting 3-4 pm (400 Parnassus, A498 and via Zoom).
June 13, 2019 UCSF OACC Program Meeting 3-4 pm (400 Parnassus, A498 and via Zoom)
Older Adult Cancer Care Program: News
July 2020: Dr. Li-Wen Huang was awarded the Pepper Center Research Education Core Scholar Award
Dr. Li-Wen Huang was awarded the UCSF Pepper Center Research Education Core Scholar Award for her project titled "Impact of diagnosis type on cognitive trajectories of older adults with hematologic malignancies."
September 2020: Dr. Li-Wen Huang was accepted for the Clinician Specialists’ Rising Stars in Aging Research Program
Dr. Li-Wen Huang was accepted for the Clinician Specialists’ Rising Stars in Aging Research Program, which is sponsored by the American Geriatrics Society (AGS) through the American Foundation for Aging Research (AFAR) Clinician-Scientists Transdisciplinary Aging Research (Clin-STAR) Coordinating Center and the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to provide mentoring and career development resources to early career clinician investigators with a focus on aging research.
July 2020: Dr. Natalie Young was awarded a 'For the Benefit of Patients at PCMB' Award
Dr. Natalie Young was awarded a grant from the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center to improve the care of older adults with cancer at the Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building. Dr. Young will collaborate with Dr. Melisa Wong, Chris Pollak (Director of Operations Strategy, Cancer Services), Christa Sundberg (Nurse Manager), Son Ho (Pharmacy), and Vivian Lam (CRC) to provide geriatric assessment and recommendations starting with older adults in thoracic oncology.
December 2019: Dr. YaoYao Pollock was awarded a Prostate Cancer Pilot Research Funding Award
Dr. YaoYao Pollock was awarded a Prostate Cancer Pilot Research Funding Award for her research project entitled, "Are the Benefits of Treatment Intensification in Older Adults with Metastatic Hormone Sensitive Prostate Cancer Offset by an Impact on Functional Status and Mobility?"
October 2019: Melisa Wong discusses abstract presented at the 2019 ASCO Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium
Dr. Melisa Wong and mentors Drs. Louise Walter, Alex Smith, and Chris Miaskowski presented an oral rapid abstract on their “Mixed methods comparison of functional decline during chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and/or targeted therapy in older adults with non-small cell lung cancer” at the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology Supportive Care in Oncology Symposium. Dr. Wong was interviewed by Dr. William Dale of ASCO about her findings.
July 2019: Li-Wen Huang Accepted to American Society of Hematology (ASH) Class of 2019 Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI)
Dr. Li-Wen Huang was accepted for the American Society of Hematology (ASH) class of 2019 Clinical Research Training Institute (CRTI), a prestigious year-long education and mentoring program to help refine her idea of a pilot study to better understand cognitive function in older adults undergoing allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
July 2019: Melisa Wong awarded NIA Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging
Dr. Melisa Wong was awarded a 2019-2024 NIA Paul B. Beeson Emerging Leaders Career Development Award in Aging (K76) titled “Advancing patient-centered decision making in older adults with lung cancer: Incorporating risk of functional decline into treatment discussions.“ Mentored by Drs. Louise Walter, Alex Smith, and Gretchen Schwarze, Dr. Wong will identify risk factors for functional decline during chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy in older adults with lung cancer and adapt the Best Case/Worst Case communication tool for use during geriatric oncology treatment discussions.
May 30, 2019: Li-Wen Huang awarded 2019 Conquer Cancer Foundation YIA in Geriatric Oncology in honor of Dr. Arti Hurria.
Dr. Li-Wen Huang was awarded the 2019 Conquer Cancer Foundation of the American Society of Clinical Oncology first Endowed Young Investigator Award in Geriatric Oncology in honor of Dr. Arti Hurria. for her project titled “Understanding the Relationship Between Frailty and Cognitive Decline After Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplantation in Older Adults” with her mentors Dr. Rebecca Olin and Dr. Michael Steinman.
May 22, 2019: Melisa Wong accepted to 2019-2020 Tideswell Emerging Leaders in Aging ProgramDr. Melisa Wong was accepted to the 2019-2020 Tideswell, AGS and ADGAP Emerging Leaders in Aging Program. The program augments and leverages existing leadership skills for clinical, research, policy and educational initiatives in aging. The program consists of activities spanning one year, with the anticipation that the community of leaders will remain meaningful colleagues for each other throughout their careers.
May 9, 2019: Ashwin Kotwal awarded 2019 National Palliative Care Research Center awardCongratulations to Dr. Ashwin Kotwal for his National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) grant. Dr. Kotwal was awarded the Junior Faculty Career Development Award for his "Social Health among Older Adults in the Last Years of Life" research.
April 1, 2019: Drs. Huang, Smith, and Wong publish editorial in Journal of the American Geriatrics SocietyDrs. Li-Wen Huang, Alex Smith, and Melisa Wong published an editorial in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society titled “Who Will Care for the Caregivers? Increased Needs When Caring for Frail Older Adults With Cancer.