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Jonathan Katz, MD, commented on advances in the diagnosis and treatment of multifocal motor neuropathy in Neurology Now (Nov. 17, 2016).

Breast cancer prevention research by Shanaz Dairkee, PhD, and her focus on environmental contributors to the illness were described in UC Berkeley's California Magazine (Oct. 26, 2016).

Stroke telemedicine technologies and research at CPMC were noted in Lakeport's Record Bee Community News (Oct. 11, 2016).

Stanely Leong, MD, and his pioneering use of a high-powered camera to detect melanoma was highlighted on ABC News (Aug. 25, 2016).

Kenneth Binmoeller, MD, was interviewed by ABC news regarding his use of endoscopic devices to treat stomach reflux (Aug. 24, 2016).

Perspectives by Senior Scientist Steven Cummings, MD, on aging and longevity were noted in the New York Times (July 8, 2016).

Technologies and research pioneered at CPMC advance the treatment of stroke, as highlighted on ABC News (June 23, 2016). 

A study co-authored by Mohammed Kashani-Sabet, MD, and David Minor, MD, was highlighted in the American Society of Clinical Oncology News and Cancer Therapy Advisor (June 14, 2016).   Their study assessed the effects of of talimogene laherparepvec (T-VEC) - a virus that preferentially infects and kills cancer cells -  used with the immunotherapy ipilimumab, to treat advanced melanoma.  The combination was shown to be more effective and safer than either agent alone. The results were published this month in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Perspectives by William Goodson, MD, were featured in the American Society of Clinical Oncology News regarding the impact of environmental chemicals on cancer risk (ASCO, June 10, 2016).

John Chan, MD, published research in The New England Journal of Medicine about a new strategy for treating ovarian cancer. The findings were highlighted in Time Magazine (Feb. 24, 2016), Pharmacy Choice (Feb. 21, 2016) BioPortfolio News (Feb. 21, 2016), and HemOnc Today (Feb. 24, 2016), among other news outlets. 

The ALS Association awarded new funds to CPMC's ALS research team, to further the work of Robert Miller, MD, and Jonathan Katz, MD (Feb. 8, 2016).

Read perspectives from Senior Scientist and San Francisco Coordinating Center Director Steve Cummings, MD, on the potential risks of high-dose vitamin D. His editorial in JAMA Internal Medicine was highlighted in Med Page Today, WebMD, and CBS News (Jan 4-5, 2016).

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Stay tuned for upcoming events!

If you or someone you know has melanoma, register for a Living WIth Melanoma symposium on Feb. 11, 2017 hosted by the AIM at Melanoma Foundation, and co-hosted by California Pacific Medical Center.  Hear presentations by experts at CPMCRI.

Recent Previous Events:

On January 10, 2017, Senior Scientist Greg Tranah, PhD, presented new research on healthy aging as part of the San Francisco Bay Area's Wonderfest series of science events.

On Thursday, June 9, 2016, Senior Scientist Greg Tranah, PhD presented his latest research on healthy aging. Learn more.

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