HDFCCC Newsletter
Pandemic Brings Career Setbacks for Women in Medicine
Women in academic medicine are facing the prospect of career setbacks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Drs. Katherine Van Loon and Bridget Keenan recently published a Viewpoint article in JAMA Oncology addressing the issue and offering solutions. In a Q&A, they offer additional insights and discuss the formation of a new HDFCCC Gender Equity Task Force. [read more]
news New Test Predicts Tumors Most Likely to Respond to Radiation, Chemotherapy
Cancer patients might respond better to treatments with the help of a new prognostic indicator based on a distinctive pattern of gene activity within tumor cells.
news New Video Series on Career Paths in Cancer Care and Research
In a series of virtual interviews from the HDFCCC Office of Education and Training, staff and faculty from the UCSF cancer community share their unique career paths.
  If you are interested in serving as a member of the HDFCCC Gender Equity Task Force, please email Amanda Sibley and include a brief statement of your motivation for participating. All gender identities are welcome.

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Welcome New Members
Paola Betancur, PhD - Associate Member, Breast Oncology
Mallika Dhawan, MD - Member, Molecular Oncology
Andrew Horvai, MD, PhD - Associate Member, Non-Programmatically Aligned
Noriyuki Kasahara, MD, PhD - Member, Neurologic Oncology
Amar Nijagal, MD - Associate Member, Pediatric Malignancies
Sima Porten, MD, MPH - Member, Prostate Cancer
Awards & Distinctions
Darrell Young was appointed Executive Director of University Development, Cancer Programs. Read more.
Pamela Ling, MD, MPH was appointed Director of the UCSF Center for Tobacco Control Research and Education (CTCRE). Read more.
Erin Van Blarigan, ScD and team received a National Cancer Institute R01 grant for a project, "Optimization of a remote intervention to improve nutrition and physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors."
Hani Goodarzi, PhD received a Transformative Cancer Research Grant from the AACR-MPM Oncology Charitable Foundation for his project, "Discovering and targeting cancer-engineered pathways of metastasis."
Fangyu Liu, PhD received a Damon Runyon Fellowship Award for a project, "Discovery of novel ligands with polypharmacology and selectivity profiles for GPCRs involved in pain."
Jennifer E. James, MSW, MS, PhD is among the 2021 Class of Deans' Population Health and Health Equity (PHHE) Scholars. Her project is entitled, "Community engaged research on aging, incarceration, and health: The development of an Inside-Outside Prison Advisory Board."
Ann Griffin, PhD, CTR received the National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA) 2020 Distinguished Member Award.
Nola M. Hylton, PhD was inducted into the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) College of Fellows, Class of 2021. Read more.
Kevin Shannon, MD recently delivered the 63rd Annual Faculty Research Lecture in Basic Science. Watch the recording.
In the News
news Response to Cancer Immunotherapy May Be Affected by Genes We Carry from Birth
UCSF | Feb 11, 2021
news Millie Hughes-Fulford, NASA Shuttle Scientist, Dies at 75
New York Times | Feb 11, 2021
news Camp Okizu, a Refuge for Families Affected by Childhood Cancer, Pledges to Rise from the Ashes
UCSF | Feb 8, 2021
news How Scientists Shot Down Cancer's 'Death Star'
New York Times | Feb 5, 2021
news Changemakers: UCSF Researcher Spearheads COVID-19 Fight in Black Communities
NBC Bay Area | Feb 1, 2021
news Cancer Drug Shows Potent Activity in the Lab Against SARS-CoV-2, Including B.1.1.7 Variant
UCSF | Jan 25, 2021
Recent Publications

Rabow MW, Huang CS, White-Hammond GE, Tucker RO. Witnesses and Victims Both: Healthcare Workers and Grief in the Time of COVID-19. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2021 Feb 5:S0885-3924(21)00164-0.

Sloan EA, Chiang J, Villanueva-Meyer JE, Alexandrescu S, Eschbacher JM, Wang W, Mafra M, Ud Din N, Carr-Boyd E, Watson M, Punsoni M, Oviedo A, Gilani A, Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Coss DJ, Lopes MB, Raffel C, Berger MS, Chang SM, Reddy A, Ramani B, Ferris SP, Lee JC, Hofmann JW, Cho SJ, Horvai AE, Pekmezci M, Tihan T, Bollen AW, Rodriguez FJ, Ellison DW, Perry A, Solomon DA. Intracranial mesenchymal tumor with FET-CREB fusion-A unifying diagnosis for the spectrum of intracranial myxoid mesenchymal tumors and angiomatoid fibrous histiocytoma-like neoplasms. Brain Pathol. 2020 Nov 3:e12918.

Philipo GS, Vuhahula E, Kimambo A, Mmbaga EJ, Van Loon K, Ng DL. Feasibility of Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy and Rapid On-Site Evaluation for Immediate Triage in Breast Cancer Screening in Tanzania. JCO Glob Oncol. 2021 Jan;7:146-152.

Education and Training

trainingCURE High School Summer Internship is looking for mentors:
The CURE High School Summer Internship gives African American and LatinX high school juniors a cancer-focused research experience and college application support. We are looking for faculty, postdocs or graduate students to be mentors for the program. Postdocs or graduate mentors will receive a $500 stipend. The interns’ stipends are already funded, so mentors do not need to provide funding. Internships can be virtual. Students can also be in the labs if it's possible, and safe, for them to do so with COVID restrictions. If interested, email

New Nurse Practitioner Fellowship in Hematology/Oncology
An opportunity for two novice Nurse Practitioners to complete a rigorous twelve-month program providing over 2,000 total hours of cancer-based training with didactic and focused clinical rotations. Application deadline is March 31, 2021. Learn more about the program.

Feb 18: UC Pancreatic Cancer Consortium Seminar Series
Guido Eibl, MD (UCLA) will present, "Statins in Obesity Promoted Pancreatic Cancer."
Feb 19: Friday Cancer Center Seminar Series: Laura Attardi, PhD
Laura Attardi, PhD (Stanford) will present, "Viewing Ras-driven cancers through a p53 lens."
Feb 25: 5th Annual Precision Imaging of Cancer and Therapy (PICT) Symposium
This virtual meeting will include talks and power pitches by students and fellows. Invited speakers include Anna Wu, PhD; Larry Fong, MD; and Atul Butte, MD, PhD.
Mar 3: Breast Oncology Program Retreat: Prevention and Intervention
The 26th annual Breast Oncology Program retreat will be held over two days: Mar 3 and Apr 7.
Mar 5: First Annual Brain Tumor Center Update Symposium
Join us for a comprehensive program on the latest in diagnosis, treatment, and research for brain tumor patients.
Mar 10: NCI/DOE Workshop Series: Accelerating Precision Radiation Oncology through Advanced Computing and Artificial Intelligence
Join four interactive, multidisciplinary workshops + a World Cafe to help shape a "blue-sky" vision for the future of Radiation Oncology.
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