School of Medicine
What comes next?
For our first year medical students, it's Clinical Foundations of Medicine
Scheduled to follow Health Care Disparities in the Genes to Society first year curriculum is Clinical Foundations of Medicine (CFM). And thanks to Dr. Rob Shochet, who sat down for an interview with us, we were able to gain a better understanding of why this course is second in line. Dr. Shochet is the course director and director of the School of Medicine’s Colleges Advisory Program.
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Hannah Carter, Med '12, wins prestigous NIH award
November 22, 2013 - With support from the University of California San Diego's Clinical and Translational Research Institute (CTRI), bioengineer Hannah Carter, PhD, received the highly prestigious NIH Early Independence Award and recently began her transition to a junior faculty position at UC San Diego. Presently she is acquiring a research team and computational resources to delve into her project: network approaches to identify cancer drivers from high-dimensional tumor data.
Carter, who received her PhD in biomedical engineering from the School of Medicine in 2012, uses computer modeling and technology to study genetic mutations in cancer to identify molecular signatures that could lead to novel ways to use cancer therapies.
The NIH Director’s Early Independence Awards provide an opportunity for exceptional junior scientists to accelerate their entry into an independent research career by forgoing the traditional post-doctoral training period. Carter is one of 15 receiving the 2013 NIH award, and the first recipient from UC San Diego. The award and start-up packages from CTRI, as well as from UC San Diego’s School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center, support her as an assistant professor in UC San Diego’s Department of Medicine, Division of Genetics, and help her create her laboratory and build a team.
“Hannah is a gifted young researcher who has shown tremendous promise. I’m delighted CTRI could help launch her career at UC San Diego,” said fellow alumnus, Gary S. Firestein, Med '80, who is Director of CTRI, Dean and Associate Vice Chancellor of Translational Medicine at UC San Diego School of Medicine.
Carter’s project proposes a new way to identify “driver” mutations by modeling how molecular changes detected in tumors rewire biological networks and change the behavior of tumor cells. Drivers push cells toward cancer while “passenger” mutations are by-products that don’t contribute to cancer development.
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Issac Kinde wins third-place in Collegiate Inventors Competition
Since 1990, the Collegiate Inventors Competition has recognized and rewarded undergraduate and graduate students who are committed to research, discovery, invention and innovation.
In this year's graduate-level competition, Isaac Kinde, an MD-PhD candidate, received third-place honors for developing a test to detect ovarian and endometrial cancers using cervical fluid obtained during routine Pap tests. In a pilot study, the PapGene test, which relies on genomic sequencing of cancer-specific mutations, accurately detected all 24 (100 percent) of endometrial cancers and nine of 22 (41 percent) ovarian cancers.
Kinde, part of a research team at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, and his colleagues say larger-scale studies are needed before clinical implementation can begin, but they believe the test has the potential to pioneer genomic-based cancer screening tests. Kinde's faculty adviser is Bert Vogelstein, Med '74, professor of oncology and co-director of the Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins.
Kinde has shown promise for some time and was recognized in December 2012 as a rising star in health care by the Forbes '30 under 30' list: 15 lists of the "brightest stars" under the age of 30 in fields ranging from Finance to Hollywood to Games & Apps.
"Kinde is developing techniques to improve the accuracy of DNA sequencing technology and demonstrating that it might be used to detect cancers arising from the colon, pancreas, and ovaries in a simple, noninvasive manner," states Forbes. "Already, several patents have been applied for and he's been published in Science Translational Medicine, Nature, and other journals."
Off the Cuff Evenings at the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
The School of Medicine's Evenings at the BSO provide a wonderful opportunity to not only enjoy spectacular music, but connect with School of Medicine alumni, faculty and current students.
At these events, guests attend a concert and a dinner reception at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, where they also get to meet conductor Marin Alsop and some of the BSO's musicians.
The next event is Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 7:00pm. The title of the performance is Dvorak's New World Symphony. For more information and to register, click here.