SCI Member Kudos

Congratulations to SCI Members

Stand Up To Cancer – LUNGevity – American Lung Association Lung Cancer Award 

SCI members, Maximilian Diehn, MD, PhD,and Ash Alizadeh, MD, PhD, in collaboration with MGH were awarded $2 million by AACR. The aim of the grant is to develop a composite blood-based biomarker to be used in conjunction with imaging for early diagnosis of lung cancer.  Specifically, the researchers will explore combining circulating tumor DNA and circulating tumor cell analyses into an integrated assay.

In addition, SCI member Sanjiv “Sam” Gambhir, MD, PhD, professor and chair of radiology and director of the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection at Stanford, is the principal Stanford investigator of the SU2C-LUNGevity American Lung Association Lung Cancer Interception Dream Team. This $5 million, four-year project entails creating a molecular atlas of precancerous lung tissue; developing blood tests capable of identifying patients with early lung cancer recurrence and nasal, blood and radiological techniques to discern whether abnormalities on chest imaging are cancerous; and developing tests to determine who is most likely to benefit from particular treatment strategies. 

2017 NCI Director's Awards Recipient

Shivaani Kummar, MD, FACP, SCI Translational Oncology Research Program Leader and Director of the Phase I Clinical Research Program, Professor Of Medicine (Oncology) And Of Radiology (Molecular Imaging Program At Stanford) received an NCI Director's Award for Rare Tumor Initiative Team, recognizing her accomplishments "For establishing the Rare Tumors Initiative in the CCR and advancing collaboration and research in the field of rare tumors".   The award was presented at the 2017 NCI Director's Awards Ceremony on October 18, 2017.

The V Foundation - Pediatric Cancer Research Immunology or Immunotherapy Award 

Kara Davis, D.O., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology and Oncology, was awarded a $600,000 V Foundation research grant for her project titled, “Understanding Phenotypic Flexiblity in B-Cell ALL and it impact on CAR-T therapy success”.

Jennifer Cochran appointed chair of bioengineering

Jennifer Cochran, PhD, has been appointed chair of Stanford’s Department of Bioengineering, which is jointly operated by the School of Medicine and School of Engineering. Her five-year term begins Sept. 1.

Mary Kay Foundation Award

Jiangbin Ye, PhD, Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, recently received a $100,000 Mary Kay Foundation 2017 research grant for his project titled, “Targeting serine and one-carbon unit metabolism in metastatic breast cancer.”