JAMES M. FORD

M.D., Associate Professor of Medicine and Genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine

Dr. Ford’s overall research goals are to understand the role of genetic changes in cancer genes in the risk and development of solid tumors. The laboratory focuses on how DNA repair and DNA damage response pathways are critical to tumorigenesis and are potential candidates for targeted therapeutics and prevention. A major focus is the characterization of DNA repair defects in solid tumors, and the synergistic activity of DNA damaging chemotherapy drugs and radiation with PARP inhibitors in basal-like breast cancer and GI cancers. The translation of these ideas to the clinic proceeds through clinical trials in patients with defined genetic risk for cancer. Dr. Ford also directs the Stanford Cancer Genetics Clinic, where with a team of cancer genetic counselors, patients receive genetic counseling and testing for hereditary cancer syndromes, and are offered clinical research protocols for prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer in high-risk individuals. Dr. Ford has extensive experience in training and mentoring students, fellows and junior faculty members in biomedical sciences and translational research, and many former students and fellows have gone onto faculty positions at prestigious academic centers. He is the Director of the Stanford Oncology Fellowship Training Program and PI of an NCI-supported T32 training grant. In summary, Dr. Ford has a demonstrated record of successful laboratory and translational clinical research, and a track record of mentoring physician-investigators into independent academic careers.

 

Implementing a Clinical Cancer Genomics Program

This talk will address the Stanford experience in developing a personalized genomic oncology program at a major academic university cancer center, including practical challenges, unexpected successes and future plans.

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