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Conquering Cancer Series

Please join is for our in-person community "Conquering Cancer Series". This is a seminar series which the goal of introducing different cancer research being done at UCI to our community members. We invite a basic cancer researcher (bench-top), a clinician (clinical trails, patient work) and a community or patient advocate. They each give a short talk about the current trends in each of their areas of expertise and then end with a light reception and Q&A.  The CRI shares updated opportunities for community involvement and welcome collaborations moving forward.  This series launched in March 2023 with talks covering Colon Cancer, Skin Cancer, Blood Cancer, Breast Cancer and Pancreatic Cancer.

If you are a student interested in our certificate program, please go to our High School information link for more information: HERE

The Next Community Seminar

Thursday, May 23, 2024,

6:00 – 7:30pm

Sprague Hall, RM 105
839 Health Sciences Road
Irvine, CA 92697

Refreshments will be served.
Parking free for guests who RSVP.

Email for questions.

Our May Speakers

Charles Limoli

Charles Limoli, Ph.D.

Professor, Radiation Oncology

Stem cell research in my lab is focused on the mechanisms regulating stress responses in compromised tissue beds, and how stem cells can be used to lessen the severity of radiation- and chemotherapy-induced normal tissue injury in the brain. Long-standing interests continue to explore the adverse effects of exposure to the space radiation environment, where in vitro and in vivo models are used to define biological responses to charged particle irradiation.

Aaron Simon Md Phd Ph

Aaron B. Simon, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Simon specializes in the management of malignant and benign tumors of the brain and spinal cord and also has an interest in the treatment of skin cancers and soft tissue sarcomas. As an expert in the use of radiosurgery, Dr. Simon is actively involved in investigational studies to improve the efficacy and safety of radiation therapy for brain tumors. His research interests involve the incorporation of advanced, quantitative imaging techniques into the specialty of radiation oncology. Dr. Simon has received prestigious grants from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) for his translational research.

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Other Community Talks

Beyond Cancer Speaker Series

Wednesday, May 22, 2024,
12:00 – 1:00 PM

Dr. Tung Nguyen, MD
Professor of Medicine at UCSF

Join the CFCCC and Cancer Control leadership team for a Beyond Cancer Speaking event featuring Dr. Tung Nguyen from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. Dr. Nguyen will share insights from his personal journey and discuss community-engaged, patient-centered cancer control research in Asian American communities.

Bio: Dr. Nguyen, a Professor of Medicine at UCSF, offers primary care to a diverse patient population. His research emphasizes health equity through community-based participatory research (CBPR), patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR), and other partnered methods. Dr. Nguyen has conducted intervention studies with culturally and linguistically diverse groups on various health topics including cancer screening, patient navigation, tobacco control, hepatitis B and C screening, nutrition, physical activity, and end-of-life care. Read Dr. Nguyen's full bio here.

Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month Seminar Series: Advancing Leaders

Thursday, May 23, 2024
9:00 – 10:30 AM PST

Sunmin Lee, ScD, MPH
Co-Leader, Cancer Control Program
Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor, Dept of Medicine
School of Medicine, UC Irvine

Join the NCI Center for Cancer Research Office of Equity & Inclusion for virtual seminar event featuring Dr. Sunmin Lee "Community-Engaged Research to Reduce Cancer and Sleep Health Disparities in Asian Americans: Challenges and Opportunities".

Bio: Dr. Sunmin Lee is a professor in the School of Medicine's Department of Medicine at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine), and a co-leader of the Cancer Control Program at the Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at UC Irvine. As a social epidemiologist and health disparities researcher, Dr. Lee’s research has focused on reducing health disparities among minority and immigrant populations, especially Asian Americans, over the last two decades. Dr. Lee has led multiple NIH- and CDC-funded epidemiologic and intervention studies. These studies aim to comprehensively examine the etiologies of health disparities and design and implement randomized controlled trials that are culturally and linguistically appropriate to reduce health disparities.

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