UCSF: finding funds to fight cancer

Dr. Mitch Berger, UCSF
Dr. Susan Chang, UCSFDr. Mitch Berger, the neurosurgeon who performed an exploratory craniotomy on me last November, and Dr. Susan Chang, my neuro-oncologist were 2 of the presenters at an event highlighting recent advances in brain tumor research and treatment at UCSF.

The presentation, held at UCSF’s new Mission Bay campus last Friday, highlighted more than a dozen promising research areas, including ‘translational technologies’ – techniques that can speed the movement of research from the lab into the clinic.

A common theme, unfortunately, has been the great reduction in NIH and other federal grants to fund this work: Iraq, it would seem, is a huge sink for money that would otherwise be saving, rather than taking lives. We attended with friends Terye, Cathy and Mike – Cathy gave me a lift in her cool, new PT Cruiser – and we later ate at Fringale where Terye’s husband Jacob joined the group…

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About Chris Gulker

Chris Gulker, a self-described Infuential Blogger, lived in Menlo Park, California with spouse Linda. He passed away in late October 2010.
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3 Responses to UCSF: finding funds to fight cancer

  1. Monika says:

    I found your blog via google. My dad was recently diagnosed with brain cancer (frontal lobe) and is being treated at Stanford. I pray for your quick recovery and HEALTHY future. Best regards.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Back in grad school, there was virtually no government funding for cancer research and that was under Clinton. All the money came from private physician’s budgets, private donations, or pharmas. At least now we have an excuse with Iraq, but what will we blame after that ends? Social Security?

  3. cg says:

    Thanks, Monika. Best wishes to your dad….

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