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September 13, 2018

Engineered natural killer cells may be the next great cancer immunotherapy

Earlier this year, for instance, stem cell biologist Dr. Dan Kaufman and colleagues reported that in mice, CAR NK cells perform about as well against ovarian tumors as CAR T cells do—and substantially better than unaltered NK cells.


August 30, 2018

Frontline Cancer: Doctors debate best age to screen for colon cancer

Dr. Scott Lippman discusses Dr. Samir Gupta's recent paper in Gastroenterology that explores potential consequences of recommending persons be screened for colorectal cancer first at age 45 instead of age 50.


August 27, 2018

Researchers to Test Novel Drug Combination Against Toughest Breast Cancers

The Phase I clinical trial will combine standard chemotherapy with cirmtuzumab, a drug that has shown promise against a variety of cancer types. The drug was originally developed by Dr. Tom Kipps, with Co-PIs Drs. Barbara Parker and Rebecca Shatsky, and will be in the Alpha Clinic run by Dr. Catriona Jamieson.


August 26, 2018

Why did Carter and McCain have such different brain tumor results?

Dr. Ezra Cohen weighs in on deadly brain tumors that have challenged political icons President Jimmy Carter and Senator John McCain.


August 22, 2018

Why Dr. Samir Gupta is calling for caution over the American Cancer Society's new screening guideline

The American Cancer Society lowered the recommended age to begin screening for colorectal cancer from 50 to 45, but Dr. Samir Gupta said the updated guideline should be implemented cautiously.


August 21, 2018

Natural killer cells as effective as, less toxic than T cells

Natural killer cells engineered with chimeric antigen receptors demonstrated comparable efficacy as T cells but appeared less toxic, according to study results and Dr. Dan Kaufman.


August 21, 2018

Cover Your Butt: When to Screen for Colorectal Cancer

A diverse team of national experts, led by Dr. Samir Gupta, published a commentary in Gastroenterology calling for cation in the widesoread implementation of recommendations for early screening of colorectal cancer for the entire population.


August 19, 2018

Surfing legends, researchers and survivors ride La Jolla waves to fight cancer

Dozens of accomplished surfers teamed up with medical experts and cancer survivors to compete in the 25th Annual Luar and Legends of Surfing Invitational, including Dr. Andrew Sharabi.


August 10, 2018

Meeting the Challenges of Immunotherapy-Related Toxicities

The ASCO Post discusses overcoming the treatment challenges of immunotherapy in the palliative care setting, assessing the risk factors for immunotherapy side effects, and managing patients’ unrealistic expectations, featuring expert commentary from Dr. Sandip Patel.


August 8, 2018

Genetic Mutations of Appendix Cancer Identified, May Impact Treatment

Appendix cancer is currently treated like colon cancer, but significant differences may alter therapy choices, says senior author Olivier Harismendy giving expert commentary.


July 30, 2018

Pregnant with Cancer: Second Opinion Critical

Dr. Parag Sanghvi at UC San Diego and colleagues came up with a plan that let a pregnant woman with tonsil cancer keep her baby.


July 30, 2018

Drinking while breastfeeding tied to cognitive problems in young kids

Breastfeeding mothers who drink alcohol may be more likely to have children with cognitive problems than women who abstain while nursing, an Australian study suggests, with Christina Chambers, PhD, MPH giving expert commentary.


July 26, 2018

Panel on BRCA genes in La Jolla explains cancer risks

Moderated by author and journalist Jill Werman Harris, the panel included Basser Center for BRCA executive director Susan Domchek, Abelsohn, Scripps Hospital Surgical Associates founder Paul Hyde, La Jolla IVF founder and medical director David Smotrich, and UC San Diego’s Moores Cancer Center family center genetics program director Lisa Madlensky.


July 18, 2018

Frontline Cancer: Some cancers may be suitable targets of iPSC-derived NK cells

In a recent paper, published in Cell Stem Cell, Dr. Dan Kaufman and colleagues reported that modified NK cells derived from human-induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs, the cells that can become almost any type of cell) also displayed heightened activity against a mouse model of ovarian cancer.


July 18, 2018

Cancer victim gets new tongue made from her leg

'I was so hungry I wanted to bury my face in KFC': Cancer victim gets new tongue made from her leg - and the first thing she could taste was super salty fried chicken, featuring her surgeon Dr. Joseph Califano, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center genetics program director.


July 18, 2018

Early dinner time associated with lower risk of cancer, says study

A new study suggests people who eat dinner early or wait at least two hours before going to sleep have a lower risk for cancer. The research is not new - in 2015, a study published in PLoS One from UCSD found eating more frequently and less often at night could lower the risk of breast cancer.


July 10, 2018

Free panel to explore living with inherited cancer risk

According to UC San Diego researchers, curcumin binds to the DYRK2 at the atomic level, and this previously unreported biochemical interaction of curcuminnyone who has cancer in their family tree can benefit from a free expert panel discussion on July 17, featuring Dr. Lisa Madlensky, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center genetics program director.


July 9, 2018

Crystal Structure Reveals How Curcumin Impairs Cancer

According to UC San Diego researchers, curcumin binds to the DYRK2 at the atomic level, and this previously unreported biochemical interaction of curcumin leads to inhibition of DYRK2 that impairs cell proliferation and reduces cancer burden.


July 6, 2018

Why Vitamin D May Reduce Risk for Breast Cancer

In a new study, researchers get down to the molecular level to determine why vitamin D appears to decrease a woman’s chance of developing breast cancer.


June 28, 2018

CAR-T Immunotherapies May Have a New Player

Study with senior author Dan Kaufman, MD, PhD finds that natural killer cells engineered with chimeric antigen receptors are equally effective and bring different advantages with less toxicity.


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2019 Symposium


The 15th Moores Cancer Center Industry/Academia "Next Generation Precision Oncology" Symposium will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

Confirmed Speakers:

Keynote Speaker

Susan Band Horwitz, PhD

Distinguished Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology
Rose C. Falkenstein Chair in Cancer Research
Einstein College of Medicine

Keynote Speaker

Gordon Mills, MD, PhD

Director, Precision Oncology, Knight Cancer Institute
Director, SMMART Trials, Knight Cancer Institute
Wayne and Julie Drinkward Endowed Chair, Precision Oncology, Knight Cancer Institute
Professor, Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology
OHSU Knight Cancer Institute


Laure Escoubet, PhD
Director, Head of Epigenetic Drug Discovery, Celgene

Napoleone Ferrara, MD
Distinguished Professor of Pathology
Senior Deputy Director of Basic Science, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Analeah Heidt, PhD
Vice President of Translational Research, Inhibrx

Catriona Jamieson, MD, PhD
Deputy Director, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
Professor of Medicine and Chief, Division of Regenerative Medicine
Koman Family Presidential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Deputy Director, Sanford Stem Cell Clinical Center
Director, CIRM Alpha Stem Cell Clinic

Yi Liu, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer, Kura Oncology

Rana McKay, MD
Assistant Professor of Medicine, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Teresa McKeown
Patient Advocate

Mike Pellini
Chairman of the Board, Foundation Medicine

José Ricardo Pérez
Executive Medical Director, Medical Affairs, Exelixis

Shabnam Shalapour, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology, UC San Diego

Jason Sicklick, MD, FACS
Associate Professor of Surgery, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center

Michael White, PhD
VP, Tumor Cell Biology, Chief Scientific Officer, Pfizer

Travis Young, PhD
VP, Biologics, California Institute for Biomedical Research (Calibr)


2018 Symposium Featured Talks


The 14th Moores Cancer Center Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium was held on Thursday, February 22, 2018. See the Agenda here.


Keynote Presentation: Duane Roth Award Lecture
Engineering T-Cells: The Sky is the Limit


Carl June, MD
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine




Keynote Presentation:
A New Model for Translational Research in the Nonprofit Sector


Peter Schultz, PhD
California Institute for Biomedical Research



Welcome Remarks


Ida Deichaite, PhD, Symposium Organizer, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center
Pradeep Khosla, PhD, Chancellor, UC San Diego



Welcome Remarks


Thomas Kipps, MD, PhD
Symposium Chair, UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center





In silico drug discovery of dual inhibitors of combinatorial synthetic lethality inhibitors in the era of prevision medical oncology; proof of concept


Donald Durden, MD, PhD
UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center


Visit our Symposium page for more Symposium Featured Talks.





2015 Symposium Slideshow



Thank you to all that came and participated in the 2015 Symposium - we hope you enjoy the memories!



2014 Translational Oncology Symposium

A decade of fostering collaborations, fueling innovation & saving lives



San Diego ABC 10 News reporter Michael Chen interviewed San Diego resident Heather Clark, a patient of Moores Cancer Center, along with Ida Deichaite, Director of Industry Relations & Symposium Organizer, in a video report about the I-SPY Clinical Trial and Symposium. The I-SPY Clinical Trial is lead by Symposium Keynote Speaker and Principle Investigator Laura Esserman, MD, MBA. For the video, see below.



The article is available here.

  • Xconomy’s San Diego Life Sciences Roundup included Bob Klein’s Proposal presented at the Moores Cancer Center Symposium, outlining the $5 billion ballot initiative for funding California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2016.
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  • Xconomy's San Diego Life Sciences Roundup also included the Moores Cancer Center Symposium and Laura Esserman's acceptance of the Duane Roth Award.
         » Read Here
  • The San Diego Daily Transcript published an article about Dr. Esserman's acceptance of the Duane Roth Award and the Symposium.
         » Read Here
  • The San Diego Union Tribune wrote an article on the Symposium, namely the iSPY Trial and patient from the trial, San Diego Resident Heather Clark.
         » Read Here
  • Symposium Speaker Bob Klein was featured in a San Diego Union Tribune article, outlining the $5 billion ballot initiative for funding California Institute for Regenerative Medicine in 2016, presented at the Moores Cancer Center Symposium.
         » Read Here


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9th Symposium Featured on San Diego ABC 10 News




San Diego ABC 10 News reporter Michael Chen interviewed San Diego resident Linda Lowe, a patient of Moores Cancer Center Investigator Dr. Catriona Jamieson, along with Moores Cancer Center Director of Industry Relations Ida Deichaite, PhD , in a video report from the 6PM News on April 11 covering the successful 9th Industry/Academia Translational Oncology Symposium.

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