08:00 AM - 09:00 PM
Alumni Day 2023
The Science of Longevity
On behalf of Stanford Medicine Alumni Association, we would like to invite you back to the Stanford School of Medicine for a day of celebration with our vibrant alumni community of medical and bioscience graduates. Reconnect to the campus and with your former classmates, meet new colleagues, and enjoy inspiring faculty presentations as we explore this year’s theme— The Science of Longevity.
Hear from leaders in the study of healthy aging about the array of medical advances and emerging technologies that are transforming how we age and extending our years of health. Join us as we explore new research about the genetic, molecular, and cellular mechanisms responsible for common chronic conditions and age-related disease, and gain insights into the promise of new treatments and regenerative medicine.
This year’s MD reunion alumni include the classes of 1953, 1958, 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003, 2008, 2013 and 2018. PhD and other School of Medicine degreed alumni, residents, postdocs, and fellows will also be attending. In addition, we are celebrating 50+ years of the MSTP program.
Daytime Activities - LI KA SHING CENTER FOR LEARNING AND KNOWLEDGE
8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome | Volney F. Van Dalsem III, BA BA ’71, MD ’75, Stanford Medicine Alumni Association
8:45 a.m. Keynote Address | David Furman, PhD, PostDoc ’13
9:45 a.m. Break
10:00 a.m. Micro Lectures | A Panoramic View
10:50 a.m. Break
11:10 a.m. Seminars | A Closer Look
12:00 p.m. Lunch—Paul and Mildred Berg Hall
12:45 p.m. Dean’s Remarks | Lloyd B. Minor, MD
1:15 p.m. RISE Award Presentation
1:45 p.m. Break
2:00 p.m. Afternoon Tours
Join us for a variety of afternoon activities, including tours of the Cantor Museum, The Anderson Collection and a virtual tour of the new Stanford Hospital.
Evening Activities - FRANCES C. ARRILLAGA ALUMNI CENTER
6:00 p.m. Dean’s Reception
7:00 p.m. Reunion Dinner
Daytime Activities - Li Ka Shing Center for Learning & Knowledge
Volney F. Van Dalsem III, BA ’71, MD ’75
President, Stanford Medical Alumni Association
Dr. Van Dalsem III has had a long engagement with Stanford University, receiving his BA in Biology in 1971 and M.D. in 1975. He completed his internship, residency and fellowship in Diagnostic Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco in 1980, where he continues to serve on the Diagnostic Radiology Margulis Society Alumni Board of Directors.
Dr. Van Dalsem practiced Diagnostic Radiology at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, California from 1980 through 2007, and has served as the Medical Director of the Radiologic Technology and Diagnostic Medical Sonography Training Programs at Foothill College since 1991. In 2007, he returned to Stanford Medical School as an Associate Professor, Clinical Educator faculty member and Medical Director of Outpatient Imaging for Stanford Hospital and Clinics. He was appointed Professor of Abdominal Imaging in the Stanford Department of Diagnostic Radiology in 2012.
Dr. Van Dalsem has been a member of the Board of Governors of the Stanford Medicine Alumni Association since 2014, and is currently president-elect of the association.
8:45 - 9:45 AM
"Human Aging: The Immune System Takes The Lead"
DAVID FURMAN, PHD, POSTDOC ’13
Director, Stanford 1000 Immunomes Project,
Associate Professor and Director of the Bioinformatics Core,
The Buck Institute for Research on Aging
Dr. Furman is the director of the Stanford 1000 Immunomes Project and director of the Bioinformatics Core at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging. He received his PhD from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, for his work on the identification of factors produced by tumors that enable cancer cells to escape immune attack. During his postdoctoral training at the Stanford School of Medicine, he focused on the application of advanced analytics to study aging of the immune system in humans and to decipher how cumulative inflammatory responses associated with aging lead to accelerated cardiovascular aging. Dr. Furman has published dozens of scientific articles in top-tier journals such as Cell, Nature Medicine, PNAS, The Lancet, and others.
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
"The Genetics Of Healthy Skin Aging"
ANNE LYNN S. CHANG, MD, RESIDENT ’07
Professor of Dermatology and Director of the Advanced Basal Cell Carcinoma Clinic
Dr. Chang’s research is both translational and clinical in nature and centers on the human genetics and epigenetic mechanisms of healthy skin aging and diseases related to aging skin including new treatments for advanced skin cancers. As director of Dermatologic Clinical Trials, Dr. Chang has worked with Stanford’s own research panel, leading pharmaceutical companies, and the FDA to safely and ethically expand the medical field’s knowledge of dermatologic treatments. She completed her MD degree from Harvard Medical School, her internship at UCSF, and her dermatology residency and fellowship at Stanford.
"Sleep As A Predictor Of Health And Mortality"
EMMANUEL MIGNOT, MD, PHD, FELLOW ’96
Craig Reynolds Professor of Sleep Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health
Dr. Mignot discovered the cause of the sleep disorder narcolepsy, an autoimmune disease affecting neurons secreting the wake-promoting substance orexin. This discovery is leading to pharmaceuticals for insomnia, hypersomnia, and narcolepsy. His lab uses state-of-the-art techniques to study sleep and sleep disorders. He also studies the role of the immune system in neurological and neurodegenerative disorders. Originally from Paris, he studied at the École Normale Supérieure and received his MD and PhD from Paris V and VI University. He joined Stanford in 1993 and became professor in 2001. Dr. Mignot has received numerous awards for his work, including a 2023 Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences.
"The GPS Of Aging: How To Optimize Spatial Awareness"
LISA GIOCOMO, PHD
Associate Professor of Neurobiology
Dr. Giocomo is a member of Stanford’s Bio-X and the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. Her research focuses on the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the organization of cortical circuits important for spatial
navigation and memory. This includes work to understand the plasticity of the aging brain. Her research has been supported by awards from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the Klingenstein-Simons Fellowship, the Office of Naval Research, the James S. McDonnell Foundation, and the Vallee Foundation. Dr. Giocomo received her PhD in neuroscience at Boston University and completed her postdoctoral training at the Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience.
"Vibratory Glove: A New Way To Treat Parkinson’s Disease"
PETER A. TASS, MD, PHD
Professor of Neurosurgery
Dr. Tass investigates and develops neuromodulation techniques for understanding and treating neurologic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, dysfunction following stroke, and tinnitus. His work creates therapeutic procedures by means of comprehensive computational neuroscience studies and advanced data analysis techniques. From this research, he has pioneered a neuromodulation approach that employs dynamic self-organization, plasticity, and other neuromodulation principles to produce sustained improvement after stimulation. Dr. Tass received his MD from the Universities of Ulm and Heidelberg in Germany and his master’s degree in mathematics and PhD in physics from the University of Stuttgart in Germany
11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
"Longing For Longevity: Turning Back The Epigenetic Clock"
How old are we, really? Should we still measure our age in years? In this fascinating session, Dr. Aronica will discuss how the science of epigenetics is opening up new ways to measure the true biological age of our cells and tissues. She will explain the difference between chronological and biological age, describe how we can use epigenetic clocks to estimate biological aging, and inspire us all to make healthy lifestyle choices to potentially turn back our epigenetic clocks. Don’t miss this chance to learn how new discoveries in the field of epigenetics can help us all live healthier, longer, more robust lives.
LUCIA ARONICA, PHD, POSTDOC ’15, POSTDOC ’17
Lecturer, Stanford Prevention and Research Center and Instructor, Stanford Genomics Certificate
Dr. Aronica investigates how diet, genetics, and epigenetics interact with each other to impact our health and longevity, and how to use this information to design personalized lifestyle interventions. Dr. Aronica received her PhD from the University of Vienna and has research experience from the University of Oxford, the University of Southern California, and the University of Naples Federico II, and completed her postdoctoral
work in cancer and medicine at Stanford School of Medicine. She is also the genomics lead investigator at Metagenics, Inc., and editor of the peer-reviewed journal Life by MDPI.
"Longevity: Betting On 21St Century Science"
Location: LK 101/102
We’re now living decades longer than even a few generations ago, yet aging is still often considered a disease. Dr. Kado, a geriatrician and longevity specialist, will share some of the groundbreaking work occurring at Stanford and the Stanford Center on Longevity to help people stay mentally sharp and physically fit, and thrive well into their later years. Discover how Stanford researchers are accelerating and implementing scientific discoveries, technological advances, and behavioral practices to help people live healthy, productive, and purpose-driven lives that may span a century.
DEBORAH M. KADO, MD, MS
Professor of Medicine, Primary Care and Population Health and Co-Director, Stanford Longevity Center
Dr. Kado is co-chief of the Geriatric Section of the Department of Medicine, and co-director of the Stanford Longevity Center. A specialist in geriatrics and bone health, she has conducted extensive research on osteoporosis and age-related hyperkyphosis. Dr. Kado previously practiced at UC San Diego where she started a dedicated osteoporosis clinic. Her research also includes other aging-related topics such as the gut microbiome and the effects of cancer treatments on aging. She received her MD degree from Weill Cornell Medicine Medical College and trained at UCSF and UCLA. She also has an MS degree from the UCLA School of Public Health.
"Cognitive Function As We Age"
Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten why you came in? Do you continually misplace your wallet or car keys? Adults of any age can identify with these “senior moments,” but at what point do they become something more than an innocuous—and temporary—lapse of memory? And how do we separate normal forgetfulness from pathological aging? Join Dr. Tan as he discusses the various stages of normal cognitive aging, as well as symptoms that could be cause for concern. He’ll also dispel common myths about aging while examining the notion of brain fitness.
SIMON TAN, PSYD, ABPP, ABAP, MS
Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated), Department of Neurology and Neurological Sciences
Dr. Tan is a licensed clinical psychologist and board-certified neuropsychologist specializing in the diagnosis of developmental, psychiatric, and neurologic disorders. He has spent more than 20 years conducting both inpatient and outpatient assessments at hospital-based settings and clinics. At Stanford, he is involved in didactic training of neurological residents and fellows. Dr. Tan received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Yeshiva University, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center at Harvard. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in clinical neuropsychology at the Behavioral Neurology Unit at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Cambridge Hospital at Harvard.
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
LLOYD B. MINOR, MD
Carl and Elizabeth Naumann Dean, Stanford University School of Medicine
Dean Minor is a scientist, surgeon, and academic leader. He has served as dean of Stanford University School of Medicine since December 2012. In addition, he is a professor of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck
Surgery and, by courtesy, of Neurobiology and Bioengineering at Stanford University. As dean, Dr. Minor plays an integral role in setting strategy for the clinical enterprise of Stanford Medicine. He also oversees the
quality of Stanford Medicine’s physician practices and growing clinical networks. With Dr. Minor’s leadership, Stanford Medicine has established a strategic vision to lead the biomedical revolution in precision health.
RISE Award Presentation
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
LARS OSTERBERG, MD, MPH, RESIDENT ’94
Professor of Medicine, Primary Care and Population Health
Co-Director, Stanford Medicine Teaching and Mentoring Academy and Director, Educators-4-CARE
The RISE (Reach, Inspire, Serve, Engage) Award will be presented to Dr. Osterbeg in recognition of his exceptional dedication to nurturing Stanford Medicine and its alumni community through acts of leadership, volunteerism, mentoring, and teaching.
Afternoon Tours - Join us for tours of the Stanford Hospital, the Anderson Collection at the Cantor Arts Center, or the Hoover Institution Observation Tower and Bread + Medicine exhibit.
More details coming soon.
6:00 PM - 7:00
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Celebrate more than 50 years of the Stanford MSTP!
Friday, April 21: MSTP alumni from across the years will gather for an evening of cocktails, catching up and connecting at the home of current MSTP Co-Director Katrin Chua, together with other current and previous program directors, faculty, and students.
Saturday afternoon, April 22: After a morning of Stanford Medicine reunion educational offerings at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on campus, please join us from 2:00-4:00 pm at Stanford Medicine’s Li Ka Shing Conference Center for a special MSTP alumni program, including a Directors’ welcome, fellow alumni addresses, and time for mingling and networking with fellow alums and current students.
Saturday evening, April 22: Our MSTP alumni will attend a special cocktail reception and dinner in honor of all Stanford University School of Medicine reunion classes. MSTP graduates will be seated together and have the chance to reminisce over delicious food and drinks at the Arrillaga Alumni Center.
Michelle Monje-Deisseroth, MD, PhD, MSTP '04
Michelle Monje, MD, PhD, is a professor of Neurology and Neurological Sciences at Stanford University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Her research program focuses at the intersection of neuroscience, immunology and brain cancer biology with an emphasis on neuron-glial interactions in health and oncological disease. Her laboratory studies how neuronal activity regulates healthy glial precursor cell proliferation, new oligodendrocyte generation, and adaptive myelination; this plasticity of myelin contributes to healthy cognitive function, while disruption of myelin plasticity contributes to cognitive impairment in disease states like cancer therapy-related cognitive impairment. Her lab discovered that neuronal activity similarly promotes the progression of malignant gliomas, driving glioma growth through both paracrine factors and through electrophysiologically functional neuron-to-glioma synapses. Dr. Monje has led several of her discoveries from basic molecular work to clinical trials. Her work has been recognized with numerous honors, including an NIH Director’s Pioneer Award, a MacArthur Fellowship and election to the National Academy of Medicine.
Binbin Chen, MD, PhD, MSTP '21
Dr. Chen is a Stanford MSTP alumnus and studies the intersection of immunology and machine learning. During his Stanford training, advised by Russ Altman and Ash Alizadeh, he developed MARIA, the leading algorithm for predicting cancer antigen presentations. Users from more than 200 institutes have applied MARIA to their work. Inspired by his clinical experience in oncology, Dr. Chen co-founded Vcreate, a biotech company focusing on developing new treatments for late-stage cancer patients with a combination of high throughput screening and machine learning approaches. He received the PD Soros Fellowship, Brown Magic Grant and Stanford Bio-X fellowship for his MSTP training. Currently, he is the CEO of Vcreate Inc. and is the principal investigator on two federal SBIR grants.
Aashish Manglik, MD, PhD, MSTP '16
Aashish Manglik's laboratory seeks to understand how cells sense and respond to their external environment, studying the numerous proteins that lie at the cellular surface that enable individual cells to decipher the enormous number of stimuli that coordinate normal physiology. The Manglik lab uses a diverse array of techniques spanning biochemical and biophysical interrogation to protein engineering with the ultimate goal of using these insights to discover new approaches to precisely control cellular signaling. Aashish has been named a Pew, Searle, Klingenstein, Mallinckrodt and Vallee Scholar and is a recipient of the NIH Director’s Early Independence Award and the Amgen Young Investigator Award. Aashish graduated from the Stanford MSTP in 2016 to start his independent lab as a Stanford Distinguished Fellow, and moved to UCSF in 2017.
Nathan Lo, MD, PhD, MSTP '19
Nathan Lo is a Faculty Fellow in Infectious Diseases at UCSF. He is an infectious diseases epidemiologist and studies the transmission of infectious diseases with an ultimate goal of informing public health policy. His current work focuses on vaccine-preventable infections and tropical diseases. Nathan received a BS in Bioengineering from Rice University, and MD/PhD (Epidemiology) from Stanford University. He completed clinical residency at UCSF, with subspecialty training in infectious diseases. In 2022, he received a NIH/NIAID New Innovator award.
Laura M. Prolo, MD, PhD, '12
Dr. Prolo is a Pediatric Neurosurgeon at Stanford University School of Medicine. After receiving her A.B. in Biology and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, she completed her MD and PhD in Neuroscience from Stanford University. She remained at Stanford for Neurosurgery residency, then completed a fellowship in Pediatric Neurosurgery at University of Washington/Seattle Children’s Hospital. Dr. Prolo’s research program focuses on advancing and applying cutting-edge molecular technologies for the diagnosis, characterization and treatment of children with brain tumors.
Deadline to Register is Wednesday, March 31
Please know that this event will sell out.
All-Day Package (includes all daytime and evening events and meals):
Recent graduate*: $125
Daytime Activities Only (includes breakfast and lunch):
Current students: $30
Evening Activities Only (Dean's Reception & Reunion Dinner):
*Graduated from Stanford University between 2017-2022.
Saturday Afternoon Tours
Bread & Medicine Exhibit and Observation Deck at Hoover Tower
Tour Time - 2:3o p.m.
Departure: Curbside Dean’s Lawn/Alway – Campus Drive
"Bread + Medicine: Saving Lives in a Time of Famine" brings to light an American rescue operation during the catastrophic famine in Soviet Russia and Ukraine a century ago. The American Relief Administration, led by humanitarian Herbert Hoover, distributed food to millions of people. Yet, while food saved many lives, the ARA’s medical relief campaign proved to be equally critical to the mission’s success. Through photographs and archival material, visitors will discover the medical plight of those suffering from starvation and meet the American doctors and local medical teams who worked together to prevent a potentially devastating spread of disease. The SMAA exclusive exhibit tour will also provide for access to the Observation Deck of Hoover Tower for a spectacular view of the campus and Bay Area.
New Stanford Hospital – Walking Tour
1st Tour - 2:30 p.m.
2nd Tour - 3:15 p.m.
Departure Location: Li Ka Shing Herb Garden
Opened in Fall of 2019, Stanford’s new hospital was the culmination of more than a decade of planning and construction. Designed with the patient experience in mind, the new 824,000-square-foot facility features 368 single-patient rooms, a 76-bay trauma center, 20 state-of-the-art operating rooms, five gardens and a meditation room. A reimagined space for health and healing, this extraordinary new facility blends the most advanced medical technologies with a human-centered approach to patient care.
Cantor Arts Center and Anderson Collection at Stanford University
Tour Time - 2:30 p.m.
Departure: Curbside of Li Ka Shing – Campus Drive
The Cantor Arts Center provides an outstanding cultural experience the Cantor’s collection spans 5,000 years and includes more than 38,000 works of art from around the globe. These include our renowned collection of Rodin bronze sculptures. With 24 galleries and more than 15 special exhibitions. The SMAA tour will showcase the Anderson Collection of modern and contemporary American paintings and sculptures, including works by Willem de Kooning, Nancy Graves, and Jackson Pollock. Explore on your own or join the docent led tour.
Sheraton Palo Alto
625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Westin Palo Alto
675 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
Mention Stanford University to receive a discount. Reservations are subject to availability.
A Stanford shuttle will provide limited pickup and return transportation to both daytime and evening locations.