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UA Cancer Center and Tucson J team up for education series

The University of Arizona Cancer Center is partnering with the Tucson Jewish Community Center to deliver a free, four-part educational series on cancer starting in February.

Classes will focus on trends in research and clinical care, from precision medicine to novel drug development to the new frontiers of immunology. The “Bear Down, Beat Cancer” lectures will be held at the Tucson J at 6:30 p.m.

• On Feb. 2, Andrew S. Kraft, M.D. will present “From Bench to Bedside: Translating Cancer Research into Clinical Patient Care.” Kraft is the Sydney E. Salmon endowed chair and director of the UACC, associate vice president for oncology programs for UA Health Sciences and senior associate dean for translational research in the UA College of Medicine.

• On March 2, Julie Bauman, M.D., M.P.H.  will speak on “Head and Neck Cancer: The Emerging Epidemic.” Bauman is associate director of translational research at the UACC.

• On April 6, Cindy Thomson, Ph.D., R.D., will discuss “Diet and Cancer: What’s a Person to Eat?” Thomson is associate director of cancer prevention and control at the UACC.

• On May 4, Joyce Schroeder, Ph.D., and Pavani Chalasani, M.D., M.P.H. will present “Breast Cancer Research and Patient Care.” Schroeder is head of the metastatic breast cancer research initiative and professor of molecular and cellular biology at the UACC. Chalasani is assistant professor of medicine, hematology-oncology at the UACC.

The UACC is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Arizona.

For more information, visit uacc.arizona.edu or tucsonjcc.org