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NCI Sponsors Science Writers’ Seminar: “The Basics of Clinical Advances”


San Diego, Calif., February 14, 2006

What: San Diego, with three of the National Cancer Institute’s 61 designated Cancer Centers, is a major stakeholder in the partnership to end suffering and death due to cancer. The National Cancer Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health, has teamed up with leading cancer researchers from the Burnham Institute for Medical Research, the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) to provide an inside glimpse to reporters and freelance journalists on several exciting recent developments in laboratory research related to cancer. Four scientists will describe research that has clinical implications.
Who: Jerry Collins, Ph.D. (NCI): NCI’s role in turning discoveries into medicines
Reuben Shaw, Ph.D. (Salk): How decoding circuitry underlying tumor development may lead to targeted cancer therapies
Dwayne Stupack, Ph.D. (Moores UCSD Cancer Center): New opportunities to control tumor spread
Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D. (Burnham): From breakthroughs in the laboratory to the discovery of new drugs: San Diego Center for Chemical Genomics
When: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, February 14, 2006
Two Q&A sessions with the scientists will occur: one before a complementary lunch and the second in the afternoon to conclude the workshop. Speakers will be available for additional discussion during lunch. Tours of the cancer center will be available for those interested.
Where: Moores UCSD Cancer Center, 3855 Health Sciences Dr., La Jolla, Calif. Directions and map:
How: To register for the press briefing, please contact Dorie Hightower or Ann Benner in the NCI Media Relations Branch at (301) 496-6641 or at

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