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Cancer Institute symposium to feature young researchers

Stanford graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and other junior investigators will convene Feb. 23 share their latest research projects and hear advice from established cancer scientists.

The Stanford Cancer Institute is sponsoring its second annual symposium to highlight the work of young cancer investigators.

Graduate students, postdoctoral scholars and other junior researchers will convene from 12:30-6 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge to share their latest research projects and hear advice from established cancer scientists. The event is free and open to the Stanford Medicine community. Lunch will be provided.

Registration is required to attend.

“Part of our mission is to train and prepare the next generation of outstanding cancer researchers and clinicians,” said Beverly Mitchell, MD, institute director and the George E. Becker Professor in Medicine. “This symposium is a terrific forum for young investigators to network with their peers and receive guidance from accomplished mentors.”

The symposium will feature a keynote address from Tito Fojo, MD, PhD, who served as director of the National Cancer Institute Medical Oncology Fellowship Program from 2006 through 2015. An expert on neuroendocrine tumors, Fojo is now a professor of medicine at Columbia University.  

Participants will also hear about cancer research career paths from Stanford faculty members Sean Bendall, PhD, assistant professor of pathology; Ami Bhatt, MD, PhD, assistant professor of medicine and of genetics; and Allison Kurian, MD, McS, assistant professor of medicine and of health research and policy.

The symposium will include a poster session highlighting the work of young researchers, six of whom will also give oral presentations on their research projects. The topics span the breadth of cancer-related science, including basic, translational, clinical and population-based research. (The deadline for abstract submission has passed.)

The Stanford Cancer Institute coordinates and supports all aspects of cancer-related research and treatment conducted or provided through Stanford Medicine.

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