Winter 2003

Volume 20 Number 1
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Mission: Translational

Clinical trials researchers straddle worlds of research and patient care

By Linley Erin Hall
Photographs by Bryce Duffy

Many physicians at Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital conduct clinical trials. But a few, like Mark Genovese, MD, assistant professor of medicine, and Alexa Boer Kimball, MD, MPH, assistant professor of dermatology, make it their life's work. >> Read Story

Frozen Assets Illustration Detail

Frozen Assets

An unusual path to motherhood brings joy to a cancer survivor

By Ruthann Richter
illustration by Paul Wearing
photographs by Bryce Duffy

In February 2002, Gail and Bill Murray came to a Stanford University Medical Center laboratory to collect a precious piece of cargo -- 14 of their embryos frozen 2 1/2 years before, nestled in a bath of liquid nitrogen and stored inside a metal canister. They gently ferried the padded tank to the car and strapped it in, literally carrying their hopes for future progeny to a private clinic in San Francisco. There, eight of the embryos were thawed and three of the most viable-looking candidates were implanted in Gail's 25-year-old niece. >> Read Story

Sleepy Child Illustration

Don't be Noddy

Relieving a child's sleep troubles can vanquish a whole host of woes

By Krista Conger
Illustration by Gregory Clarke
Photography by Bryce Duffy

Eric was bouncing off the walls of the exam room when Rafael Pelayo, MD, walked in."He has so much more energy now," said his mother with mixed delight and chagrin, disentangling the 7-year-old from the exam room curtain. "He's not sleepy anymore." >> Read Story

Brain Stem Cells

Focus on the Stem Cell

Stanford launches the Institute for Cancer/Stem Cell Biology

By Ruthann Richter
Photograph by Nobuko Uchida

A School of Medicine announcement Dec. 10 that it would establish an Institute for Cancer/Stem Cell Biology and Medicine reignited national debate about stem cell research. The institute aims to harness the power of stem cell biology and Stanford's cancer research prowess to develop treatments for cancer and other genetically determined diseases. >> Read Story

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Letter from the Alumni Dean

Ross Bright, MD, '58
Associate Dean for Alumni Affairs

The SMAA is looking for a few good men and women to serve as class representatives, a very important role that maintains the crucial connection between the SMAA membership and the medical school. However, there seems to be some misunderstanding about the actual amount of work involved so I would like to clarify the situation. >> Read Letter

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