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Primo "Lucky" Lara, Jr.

Primo "Lucky" Lara named UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center Director

Please help us congradulate Dr. Primo Nery Lara, Jr. who has been named director of the National Cancer Institute-designated UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, leading a team of more than 300 scientists with an estimated $90 million in annual research funding and a clinical enterprise that serves more than 10,000 adult and pediatric patients throughout the region every year.

“Dr. Lara is well-respected among his peers and his advice is sought by many,” said UC Davis School of Medicine Interim Dean Lars Berglund. “He is a resourceful and experienced leader, and I know he will build upon the strong foundation already in place at the Comprehensive Cancer Center to bring it to new heights and continued national prominence. With instrumental institutional support from both UC Davis Health and UC Davis, he is well-positioned to do so.”

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Julie Sutcliffe
Julie Sutcliffe, Ph.D.

Please help us congratulate Dr. Sutcliffe who has been elected as a fellow of the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging. She will be recognized as a recipient of SNMMI Fellowship during the Classen Lectureship and SNMMI Business Meeting at the 2018 SNMMI Annual Meeting held in June, 2018.

Edward Kim, M.D., Ph.D.

Please join us in congratulating Dr. Edward Kim who was selected as the 2018 Christine and Helen Landgraf Memorial Research Award recipient. Dr. Kim was awarded $25,000 to support his ongoing reserach in pancreatic and colon cancer. The Landgraf Family will honor Dr. Kim at their annual fundraising event "The Spaghetti Western" on June 16th, 2018 at the beautiful Vineyards in Amador County. The Landgraf Family continues to raise funds for their endowment with many other dedicated individuals in Amador County.

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Please join us in congratulating Dr. Theresa Keegan who recently received an award to study “Disparities in Late Medical Conditions among AYA Cancer Survivors.” This grant is funded by the Rich and Weissman Family Lymphoma and Survivorship Fund, a St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund. Jared Weissman is a Hodgkin’s lymphoma survivor thanks to a clinical trial made possible by research. He was diagnosed at the age of 13 and endured grueling but life-saving treatment which inspired this Hero Fund. The fund honors Jared’s survivorship and his grandparents, Terri and Barry Rich who have been his biggest supporters, by focusing on research for new treatment options for cures and less toxic after effects for survivors. To learn more about this St. Baldrick’s Hero Fund visit: https://www.stbaldricks.org/hero-funds/richweissman/.

David R. Gandara, professor and director of thoracic oncology at UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been named a “Giant of Cancer Care” in lung cancer by OncLive in recognition of his work to advance the field of oncology through his contributions in research and clinical practice.

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