The Brief  
Stanford Medicine
August 2017
Message From Dean Minor
Courtesy of Gaby Escobar
Message from Dean Minor
Dear Colleagues,
Summer is a busy time around Stanford Medicine. For high school students like Gaby Escobar, pictured, the Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) offers a unique opportunity to do basic research with faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and students. Working in one of our stem cell research labs, Gaby learned firsthand the excitement of discovery.

SIMR is just one of Stanford Medicine’s many signature summer programs, which also include the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program for students from low-income families and underrepresented minority groups, and — for diverse undergraduates — the Stanford Summer Research Program and the Stanford Summer Health Career Opportunities Program.

It’s been a pleasure having so many talented and enthusiastic young people on campus this summer. Thank you for sharing with these students your passion for biomedicine and for your commitment to training the next generation of leaders.

Spotlight
Pioneering New Stanford Center for Cancer Cell Therapy
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Pioneering New Stanford Center for Cancer Cell Therapy
Professor Crystal Mackall will lead the recently launched Stanford Center for Cancer Cell Therapy, which was made possible through a generous $10 million gift from Silicon Valley entrepreneur Jeffrey Rothschild and his wife Marieke. With Crystal’s visionary leadership, the Center will advance the science of using a patient’s own immune system to target tumor cells, transforming our approach to cancer care and research. Learn more.
Stanford Hospital Receives Top Honors in U.S. News & World Report
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Stanford Hospital Receives Top Honors in U.S. News & World Report
I’m delighted that Stanford Health Care again received top honors in U.S. News & World Report’s Honor Roll of the best hospitals in the nation. This recognition is a tribute to the excellence of our faculty and caregivers and the depth of our commitment to providing every patient with personalized and proactive care. Learn more.
Siblings Breathe Easier Following Double-Lung Transplants
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Siblings Breathe Easier Following Double-Lung Transplants
Like many of you, I was deeply touched by the story of twelve-year-old Doris and her nine-year-old brother, David, both of whom have had a double-lung transplant. After undergoing the surgery three years ago, Doris comforted her brother as he received the same procedure, performed by an outstanding team at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford. Read more.
Former Federal Health Leader Karen DeSalvo Discusses Data Sharing
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Former Federal Health Leader Karen DeSalvo Discusses Data Sharing
It was an honor to host Karen DeSalvo, former acting assistant secretary for health, in a fireside chat that covered a variety of topics, including health data sharing, leadership, and the value of public service. Karen, who also served as the national coordinator for health information technology, is an advocate for data sharing and patient privacy. Learn more.

Precision Health News
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Stanford Researchers Develop Algorithm to Diagnose Arrhythmias
Stanford computer scientists have developed an algorithm that diagnoses heart arrhythmias with cardiologist-level accuracy. This new deep learning algorithm could speed diagnosis and improve treatment for people in rural locations. Read more and watch video.
New Virtual Reality Software Gives a 3D Tour of the Brain
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New Virtual Reality Software Gives a 3D Tour of the Brain
With new software that combines imaging from MRI and CT scans and angiograms, the Neurological Simulation Lab takes residents, physicians, and patients on an interactive journey into the brain to prepare for neurological procedures. Learn more.
FDA Panel Recommends Approval for Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment
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FDA Panel Recommends Approval for Gene-Altering Leukemia Treatment
With unanimous approval, a Food and Drug Administration panel has cleared the way for gene therapy. The FDA will likely accept the recommendation, according to The New York Times, allowing treatment for a type of leukemia to reach the United States market. Read more.

Responding to Charlottesville: A Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion
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Responding to Charlottesville: A Town Hall on Diversity and Inclusion
All members of our community are invited to gather for a conversation with Stanford Medicine leadership about the recent acts of violence in Charlottesville and vandalism on our campus.
Thursday, August 24
6:15 pm–7:15 pm
Berg Hall

PHIND Center Webinar: Multimodal Population Brain Imaging in the UK Biobank
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PHIND Center Webinar: Multimodal Population Brain Imaging in the UK Biobank
In this Precision Health and Integrated Diagnostics Center (PHIND) webinar, University of Oxford professors Karla Miller and Steve Smith will discuss the UK Biobank, an initiative that is generating images of the brains, hearts, bones, and other key anatomical functions of 100,000 people.
Tuesday, September 5
9:30 am –11:30 am
Clark S360 and online
How Far Should We Go with Data Sharing? A Debate on Open Science
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How Far Should We Go with Data Sharing? A Debate on Open Science
Stanford Medicine’s Nigam Shah and McMaster University’s P.J. Devereaux will offer opposing views on whether broadly sharing data will improve the application and replicability of research without creating harmful unintended consequences.
Wednesday, September 13
11:00 am–12:30 pm
Clark Auditorium

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