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Saul A. Rosenberg, MD, Professor of Lymphoma
Ranjana H. Advani, MD is the Saul Rosenberg Professor of Lymphoma and serves as the Physician Leader of the Lymphoma Clinical Care Program. She specializes in research and treatment of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas and has developed a broad collaborative investigative program, encompassing clinical trials and translational correlates. She is the Principle Investigator on numerous clinical trials. She currently serves on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) non Hodgkin and Hodgkin Lymphoma (vice chair) guidelines panel, Lymphoma Core Committee of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and is the co-chair of the National Cancer Institute Lymphoma Steering Committee.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Stem Cell Transplantation) at the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital
Kenneth Fong Professor and Professor of Bioengineering, of Genetics, of Medicine (General Medical Discipline), of Biomedical Data Science and, by courtesy, of Computer Science
Russ Biagio Altman is a professor of bioengineering, genetics, medicine, and biomedical data science (and of computer science, by courtesy) and past chairman of the Bioengineering Department at Stanford University. His primary research interests are in the application of computing and informatics technologies to problems relevant to medicine. He is particularly interested in methods for understanding drug action at molecular, cellular, organism and population levels. His lab studies how human genetic variation impacts drug response (e.g. http://www.pharmgkb.org/). Other work focuses on the analysis of biological molecules to understand the actions, interactions and adverse events of drugs (http://feature.stanford.edu/). He helps lead an FDA-supported Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science & Innovation (https://pharm.ucsf.edu/cersi). Dr. Altman holds an A.B. from Harvard College, and M.D. from Stanford Medical School, and a Ph.D. in Medical Information Sciences from Stanford. He received the U.S. Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and a National Science Foundation CAREER Award. He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (ACP), the American College of Medical Informatics (ACMI), the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine, IOM) of the National Academies. He is a past-President, founding board member, and a Fellow of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB), and a past-President of the American Society for Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics (ASCPT). He has chaired the Science Board advising the FDA Commissioner, currently serves on the NIH Director’s Advisory Committee, and is Co-Chair of the IOM Drug Forum. He is an organizer of the annual Pacific Symposium on Biocomputing (http://psb.stanford.edu/), and a founder of Personalis, Inc. Dr. Altman is board certified in Internal Medicine and in Clinical Informatics. He received the Stanford Medical School graduate teaching award in 2000, and mentorship award in 2014.
Assistant Professor of Medicine (Endocrinology)
Dr. Justin Annes specializes in the treatment of hereditary endocrine disorders with particular focus on neuroendocrine-related conditions. He developed the Stanford Endocrine Genetics Clinic in 2012 which is part of the interdisciplinary Stanford Hypertension Center and Stanford Neuroendocrine Tumor Program. He has medical practice has focused on hereditary endocrine disease since 2008.
Associate Professor of Medicine (Blood and Marrow Transplantation) at the Stanford University Medical Center
Dr. Arai has formal training in clinical research with a Masters in Epidemiology from Stanford University. She has a clinical practice seeing all diseases in hematopoietic cell transplantation, with a clinical research focus on the prevention and treatment of post-transplant complications.
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Stanford Cancer Center
Until now, most medical treatments have been designed for the “average patient.” As a result of this “one-size-fits-all” approach, treatments can be very successful for some patients but not for others. Precision Medicine, on the other hand, is an innovative approach that takes into account individual differences in people’s genes, environments, and lifestyles. The interaction between genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors is called epigenetics. My research investigates the role of epigenetic changes in obesity and weight-loss to design precision-medicine solutions that are tailored to people’s unique characteristics. To this end I am studying how obesity and weight loss modify our epigenetic landscape, and how these changes interact with genetic and lifestyle factors to predict disease status and reversal for the design of personalized medicine strategies. My ultimate goal is to change the very nature of health care—true patient-centered care based upon prediction and prevention rather than relying exclusively on diagnosis and treatment. For this project I have been awarded a Marie-Curie Fellowship, Europe’s most competitive research grant, scoring #1 among the applicants in the entire Life Sciences panel. Previously, I received a Hertha Firnberg award from the Austrian Science Funds, and became project leader at the Vienna-Biocenter in Austria. I have also received science communication awards from Europe PubMed Central and FameLab International. I have research experience from the University of Oxford, University Federico II of Naples, University of Vienna, University of Southern California, and Stanford University. I have published research papers in top-ranked peer reviewed journals such as Cell, Genes and Development, the EMBO Journal and Nucleic Acid Research.