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Calendar and Events — For Health Professionals

Cancer Biology Research Seminars

for health professionalsCancer Biology Research Seminars are sponsored by the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Basic Sciences Program. Refreshments will be served.

Date: Thursdays, weekly
9 to 10 a.m.
UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X St., Sacramento


Date: May 28, 2015
"Development of a peptide modified prodrug for prostate cancer therapy"
Kun Cheng, Ph,D.
Associate Professor
Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Host: Yvonne Wan, Ph.D.

Date: June 4, 2015
"Understanding biological heterogeneity through mass cytometry"
Anita Kant, Ph.D.
Fluidigm Corp.
Host: Cliff Tepper, Ph.D.

These seminars are digitally streamed for live broadcast and may be available online for later viewing.
Note: Internet Explorer version 10 or above is required to view the webcast and video recordings.

For more information: Contact Edson Kong at 916-734-8689, email or Hongwu Chen at 916-734-7743, email.


2015 Hideo "Dale" Kubo Memorial Lecture – Benedick Fraass

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Date: Thursday, May 28, 2015
Time: 5 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X St., Sacramento

Title: "Can we improve safety and quality while implementing and studying personalized (adaptive) radiation therapy?"
Speaker: Benedick Fraass, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Research
Professor and Director of Medical Physics
Department of Radiation Oncology
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles

Fraass co-founded the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Michigan in 1984. He served as the first director of the Radiation Oncology Physics Division from 1984 until 2011. He was instrumental in the treatment planning revolution in the 1980s and early 1990s, leading the development and first routine clinical use of 3-D treatment planning and 3-D conformal therapy.

RSVP for this event: Contact Lisa Escobedo at 916-734-8170 or via email.

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The Hideo “Dale” Kubo Endowed Lectureship in Radiation Oncology is made possible through and endowment by Paula Kubo in honor of her late husband. Kubo was a chief physicist in the UC Davis Department of Radiation Oncology and served the department from 1991 until his death in 2003. The endowment supports a biennial lectureship in the department, and provides an opportunity for a wide variety of relevant specialists with national and international reputations of excellence to visit UC Davis Health System.


2015 Stowell Lecture and Reception – Arlene Sharpe

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Date: Monday, June 1, 2015
Time: 5 p.m.
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X St., Sacramento

Title: "Multi-faceted functions of the PD-1 pathway"
Speaker: Arlene Sharpe, M.D., Ph.D.

George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology
Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology
Harvard Medical School

Dr. Sharpe is one of four co-recipients of the 2014 William B. Coley Award for Distinguished Research in Tumor Immunology for their work identifying PD-1 (programmed cell death-1) as a new immune checkpoint that can be exploited in cancer immunotherapy.  PD-1 is located on T cells and dampens immune responses. Drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors target and block this checkpoint, effectively “taking the brakes off” T cells, enabling a more powerful immune response against cancer. Recent clinical trials have shown that these new drugs are an astonishingly effective way to treat an increasing number of cancers, including melanoma, lung, bladder, and kidney cancer. The work of Dr. Sharpe and her colleagues has been described a triumph of scientific collaboration, made possible by a continuum of research spanning more than a decade.


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Brought to you by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine


9th Annual "Spotlight on Junior Investigators" Cancer Research Mini-Symposium
cancer research © UC Regents

Date: Thursday, July 2, 2015
1 to 5 p.m.
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Auditorium, 4501 X St., Sacramento

Come join us as we learn about the exciting research being conducted by our junior colleagues. Mentors, show your support by attending this event.

Format: Oral and poster presentations given by students, post-docs, research staff and residents/fellows.
Focus: Any area of cancer research

Registration required: Please use the link below to register and find instructions on submitting your abstract.    **** ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Monday, June 8, 2015 ****



Molecular Oncology Tumor Board

Date: Every fourth Tuesday of the month; next meeting Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Time: 1 to 2 p.m.   **** NOTE change of time ****
Location: UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, Breakout Rooms 1101/1103

The purpose of  this tumor board is to focus on oncology cases for which Foundation Medicine has molecularly analyzed the patient's tumor, and to discuss targeted therapy for our patients. The Molecular Oncology Tumor Board will meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month. The format will include an overview of the patient's case history by the physician and a pathology report of the tumor, followed by a case report by Foundation Medicine of their molecular profile findings. This tumor board should be interesting and informative to physicians, researchers and physician scientists alike.

For more information: Contact Sonal Desai via email or call 916-734-5818.


Biostatistics Workshop

Date: Tuesdays, weekly
Time: Noon to 1:30 p.m.
Location: Clinical and Translational Science Center (CTSC) Building, Room 1477, 2921 Stockton Blvd., Sacramento. Parking and entrance are behind the building.

Researchers often have questions about statistics in designing a study or analyzing data. Some statistical questions can be easily answered in a short conversation with a knowledgeable statistician. In order to efficiently and effectively meet the statistical needs of clinical and translational investigators at UC Davis, the CTSC — in collaboration with the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center — maintain weekly office hours for statistical consultations. These office hours are an opportunity for investigators to consult with a statistician about the design, analysis or presentation of medical research studies in a friendly, informal setting.

Due to the popularity of this program, investigators wanting to attend one of the upcoming office hours are asked to reserve a spot in advance. You may make a reservation up to 30 days in advance. In order to be able to adequately address each attendee’s question, space is limited. If time permits, we will take questions from attendees without a reservation.

For more information: Sandra Taylor