the spring issue of Synthesis, I outlined the origins and
goals of the UC Davis Cancer Program. It is a pleasure to report
now that a number of these plans are coming to fruition.
greatest sense of excitement stems from hiring Hsing-Jien Kung as
basic science director for the UC Davis Cancer Program. Dr. Kung
is an expert in signal transduction, a very broad field of research
that will allow him and his fellow researchers to interact with
many individuals and groups throughout our campus. Dr. Kung has
already begun recruiting his first colleague, an expert in evaluating
how chemotherapeutic agents interact with cancer cells.
have also completed our search for a biostatistician. This candidate,
whose appointment is awaiting approval, has a long track record
working with clinicians and researchers in a cancer center and is
interested in looking at mathematical programs that will speed testing
of new drugs to bring them into the clinical arena quickly without
recent months we have reorganized our clinical research program
and have partnered with the venture group Velos Oncology of New
York to build a cancer information system known as HOMER. HOMER,
a source for patient management, clinical trials and research units,
will support patient care, and clinical and translational research
in the new century.
are also committed to using our research to help treat our patients.
The Cancer Center at UC Davis has been a major participant in national
clinical trials for the past 10 years, providing our patients access
to new treatment and prevention strategies. Still, many patients
wonder if new treatments will come soon enough. To address their
concerns UC Davis oncologist and principal investigator David Gandara
collaborates on Phase I and Phase II experimental drug treatment
programs with other researchers at the University of Southern California
and the City of Hope.
the use of teleconferencing we are also starting a program our patients
can use to consult with a cancer specialist without leaving their
own doctors' offices. This innovative program allows patients to
receive the best care in an appropriate and convenient setting close
to home. It also means that if they need to be referred to cancer
specialists, they will already have a relationship with this cancer
center and our physicians.
Ralph W. deVere White, MD
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