HDFCCC Newsletter
In Service of Patients: Precision Cancer Medicine at UCSF
The new watchword for the frontlines of cancer treatment is "precision." Whether here at UCSF or other leading centers around the world, the field's best minds are probing more deeply than ever into the cellular and molecular underpinnings of cancer, and working to harness vast amounts of new data to revolutionize everything from diagnosis to the most effective drugs and the costs of care.
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news It's About Living, Not Dying: Q&A With a Palliative Care Expert
Steven Pantilat, MD, is chief of UC San Francisco's new Division of Palliative Medicine, an international expert in the field, and a lover of poetry that speaks to the heart.
news Watch Video Presentations from the Patient Conference on Prostate Cancer
On June 8, the HDFCCC and California Prostate Cancer Coalition presented a day-long informational event for patients, families, caregivers, and health care providers.
  Hosted by the HDFCCC Office of Education and Training, this workshop is open to UCSF cancer researchers of all levels who are curious about the startup world. Learn about entrepreneurship, how to know if your idea is a commercial opportunity, business plans, business models, IP & investment.

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Welcome New Members
Johannes Kratz, MD - Associate Member, Experimental Therapeutics
Vadim Koshkin, MD - Associate Member, Cancer Immunology
Awards & Distinctions
Alexander Marson, MD, PhD is among the inaugural cohort of scientists chosen for the Cancer Research Institute's Lloyd J. Old STAR Program (Scientists Taking Risks). Read more.
Eric Collisson, MD and Adam Renslo, PhD received a 2019 Pancreatic Cancer Action Network (PanCAN) Translational Research Grant. Their project is called, "Targeting Pancreatic Cancer Through Iron Dependent Drug Activation."
Margaret Tempero, MD is chair-elect of the PanCAN Scientific and Medical Advisory Board. Read more.
Chloe Atreya, MD, PhD and Jean-Philippe Coppe, PhD are co-PIs on a NIH/NCI R01 entitled, "Kinome-guided Targeting of Cooperative Dependencies in BRAF and KRAS Mutated Colorectal Cancer."
Suju Shrestha, RN and Christa Sundberg, RN received the Ernest H. Rosenbaum, MD, Commitment to Patient Care Award at the Symptom Management Service's 2019 Annual Awards Ceremony.
Judy Patt Smoker, LCSW and Cindy Perlis received the Isadora Rosenbaum Champion of Service Award at the Symptom Management Service's 2019 Annual Awards Ceremony.
Jessi Humphreys, MD received the Bakar Cancer Hospital Palliative Care Service Award for Excellence at the Symptom Management Service's 2019 Annual Awards Ceremony.
Allan Radaic, PhD, post-doc in Yvonne Kapila's Lab, was awarded the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) Philips Oral Healthcare Young Investigator Research Grant and Award for a project entitled, "The Oral Microbiome Signature of Oral Cancer Transitions."
In the News
news A Call for More Research on Cancer's Environmental Triggers
NPR | Jul 12, 2019
news Billionaire Sean Parker Is Nerding Out on Cancer Research
STAT | Jul 9, 2019
news Scientists Discover Autoimmune Disease Associated with Testicular Cancer
UCSF | Jul 5, 2019
news Don't Tell Me When I'm Going to Die
New York Times | Jun 22, 2019
news [Video] In Pursuit of Cancer Cure: Conversations with Immunotherapy Advocates – Kole Roybal PhD
Tessa Therapeutics | Jun 14, 2019
news [Video] Immunotherapy for Prostate Cancer featuring Lawrence Fong, MD
Peter Michael Foundation | Jun 7, 2019
Recent Publications

Gbenedio OM, Bonnans C, Grun D, Wang CY, Hatch AJ, Mahoney MR, Barras D, Matli M, Miao Y, Garcia KC, Tejpar S, Delorenzi M, Venook AP, Nixon AB, Warren RS, Roose JP, Depeille P. RasGRP1 is a potential biomarker to stratify anti-EGFR therapy response in colorectal cancer. JCI Insight. 2019 Jun 25;5.

Shain AH, Bagger MM, Yu R, Chang D, Liu S, Vemula S, Weier JF, Wadt K, Heegaard S, Bastian BC, Kiilgaard JF. The genetic evolution of metastatic uveal melanoma. Nat Genet. 2019 Jul;51(7):1123-1130.

Muñoz DP, Yannone SM, Daemen A, Sun Y, Vakar-Lopez F, Kawahara M, Freund AM, Rodier F, Wu JD, Desprez PY, Raulet DH, Nelson PS, van 't Veer LJ, Campisi J, Coppe JP. Targetable mechanisms driving immunoevasion of persistent senescent cells link chemotherapy-resistant cancer to aging. JCI Insight. 2019 Jun 11;5.

Jul 21: Get Your Rear in Gear - SF Bay Area Walk/Run - Lake Merced
Hosted by the Colorectal Cancer Coalition, this 5k walk/run will benefit Operation Access.
Join or support the UCSF-SFCAN team!
Aug 11: Courage Over Cancer 5k Walk & 10K Walk/Run - Crissy Field
Proceeds will benefit the GI Oncology Survivorship Clinic, supporting cutting edge research and initiatives to promote wellness amongst patients with gastrointestinal cancers.
Sep 4-6: World Congress on Controversies in Breast Cancer - Hyatt Regency SF
The 5th CoBrCa Congress will directly address key and controversial issues facing clinicians in their daily practice in an effort to find solutions to unresolved clinical and therapeutic problems.
Sep 11-12: Sokolow Memorial Cancer Endowment Lectureship - Mission Bay & Parnassus
This year's visiting scientist is Dr. David Tuveson, Professor and Director of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Cancer Center.
Education and Training

Don't miss these career development events coming in Fall 2019!

Applying for Faculty Positions, Part 1: Seminar
Aug 26, 11am - 2pm, Mission Hall Rm 1401. Application packages, hiring process, what hiring committees look for & more. Register here.
Applying for Faculty Positions, Part 2: Newly Hired Faculty Panel
Aug 27, 4:00pm - 6:00pm, Helen Diller Building Rm 160. New HDFCCC faculty describe their experience & answer your questions. Register here.
Introduction to Entrepreneurship Short Course
Sep-Oct, weekly for four weeks. This course will cover: how to know if your idea is a commercial opportunity, business plans, business models, IP & investment. Appropriate for faculty, postdocs, graduate students, and clinical faculty/students. Email Stephanie Marrus to register.
Cancer Foundation Grants Seminar
Nov 14, 12pm - 2:15pm, Helen Diller Building Rm 160. Representatives from ASCO, AACR, ACS & Damon Runyon will talk about their funding opportunities, followed by a panel of HDFCCC faculty who have served as reviewers for these grants. Register here.
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