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Help MD Anderson Land Charity Miles

The frequent flier programs for Continental and United are giving away 10 million charity miles, and you can help MD Anderson get a bigger share.

The merging airlines have chosen 45 charities to split the miles, and how many miles each charity gets depends on how many votes it receives online. MD Anderson has been in the top 10 for much of the voting period, which ends at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 31.

To help increase the percentage of miles that MD Anderson receives, visit the 10 Million Charity Miles Giveaway site and cast your vote. You don't have to be a member of Continental's OnePass or United's MileagePlus programs.

Sir Richard Branson Interview to benefit MD Anderson

HOUSTON ― The 22nd annual A Conversation With a Living Legend® , in Dallas, benefiting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, showcases Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, in an interview with broadcast journalist Miles O'Brien. Supported by Dallas-Fort Worth area business and community leaders, the luncheon, 11:45 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Jan. 4 at the Hilton Anatole, benefits research and patient care initiatives at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Andrews Distributing Company and AT&T are this year's event underwriters. Co-chairs are Stephanie and Hunter Hunt. Ana and Don Carty are honorary chairs.

Branson and O'Brien available for media questions at 1:30 - 2:00 p.m. press conference immediately following program. Contact MD Anderson staff below for details:

Sarah Watson |
Office: 713-745-6109
Victor Scott |

MD Anderson Alumnus receive discount on Cancer Care Series monographs

Members of the MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association receive a discount off of the list price on all monographs in the MD Anderson Cancer Care Series.

In each volume of the MD Anderson Cancer Care Series, the experts at MD Anderson Cancer Center describe their current standard approach to the treatment of patients with cancer.

Designed for the busy practitioner, this series offers an in-depth view of the current standard of care at MD Anderson, without extensive literature review or discussion of approaches not yet incorporated into routine clinical practice.

Each chapter ends with an up-to-date list of suggested readings and a list of "key practice points" highlighting the most important principles presented. These books offer a clear picture of how MD Anderson is successfully treating patients today.


DePinho Inducted Into American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Monday, October 3, 2011


From left: Francisco Cigarroa, M.D.; Ronald DePinho, M.D.; and Janet Cockrell with her husband, Ernie Cockrell.


MD Anderson President Ronald DePinho, M.D. was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences over the weekend, along with Ernie Cockrell, immediate past chairman of the Board of Visitors; and Francisco Cigarroa, M.D., UT System chancellor.

They were among 178 influential scientists, scholars, authors, artists and institutional leaders to join the academy at a ceremony in Cambridge, Mass. Other luminaries on the list included veteran diplomat Edward Djerejian of the Baker Institute for Public Policy at Rice University; novelist Oscar Hijuelos; singer-songwriter Paul Simon; and Robert Kraft of the New England Patriots and The Kraft Group.

Founded in 1780 by John Adams, John Hancock and other scholar-patriots, the academy's membership includes more than 250 Nobel laureates, some 100 Pulitzer Prize winners, and many of the world's most celebrated artists and performers.

John Seymour is 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award honoree

Seymour_2009 small picture for calendar.jpgMark your calendars and plan to attend two events honoring John Seymour, MBBS, PhD as he is recognized with the MD Anderson 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award on Thursday, November 3, 2011.

Professor Seymour's lecture begins at 10:00 a.m. in the Hickey Auditorium, Clark Clinic, 11th Floor.   A reception in his honor is scheduled at 1:30 in the Pickens Academic Tower, 3rd Floor, Rooms 4 & 5.

He will also be recognized at the Faculty Honors Convocation held that same day at 4:00 p.m. and hosted by the Faculty Senate.

Professor Seymour currently is the Head of the department of Haematology a the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

For more information, call the alumni office at 713-794-1955.

Alumni Surveys are Live

If you are a former postdoctoral fellow, a former clinical trainee or a former faculty member, we want to hear from you! Alumni surveys for specific MD Anderson alumni populations are available.  Go to Alumni Surveys for eligibility and to find the surveys links.    Your completed survey is an entry for a drawing for three prizes.

Regional Care Center Events Shed Light on Breast Cancer

55852-pink-ribbon-edited.jpgMD Anderson's regional care centers in the Bay Area, Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with free evening community events, and you're invited.

At each event, faculty and other employees from our regional centers will hand out educational materials and pink glow necklaces to spread the pink light of breast cancer awareness and hope.

Katy Regional Care Center

Saturday, Oct. 1
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Heritage Square in La Centerra at Cinco Ranch

The square will be illuminated in soft pink light as faculty and other employees from the Katy center promote early detection and celebrate survivorship.

Sugar Land Regional Care Center

Saturday, Oct. 1
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The Plaza in Sugar Land Town Square

The plaza and fountain will be aglow in pink light. The Town Square will host a free performance by the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, while the regional center's team offers giveaways and greets its neighbors.

The Woodlands  Regional Care Center

Thursday, Oct. 13
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The Woodlands Market Street Central Park

Pink lighting will set the mood for a free musical performance that's part of Market Street's weekly concert series. Meet your colleagues who work in The Woodlands as they spotlight MD Anderson in the community.

Bay Area Regional Care Center

Friday, Oct. 21
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
 Ballunar Liftoff Festival at NASA's Johnson Space Center

The Bay Area team will showcase a hot-air balloon in the shape of a pink ribbon during the nighttime balloon glow.

Show up in your black MD Anderson T-shirt, bring a blanket or camping chair, and invite your friends and family to enjoy the festival as you get to know your colleagues who work in the community.

To learn more about the regional care centers, call 713-745-9940 or visit the Regional Care Centers site.

Alumni & Faculty Association steering committee member named Sr. VP


74557-bogler-o.jpgMessage from Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President

Oliver Bogler, Ph.D., vice president of Global Academic Programs, has been named senior vice president for Academic Affairs, succeeding Stephen Tomasovic, Ph.D., who retired last month after a distinguished 31-year career at MD Anderson.

Bogler, whose new job began Sept. 1, joined MD Anderson in 2005 as associate professor of Neurosurgery. At that time, he also was named director of basic research in the department and research director of the Brain Tumor Center.

Born in Germany, Bogler earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and his doctorate from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London. In 1992, he came to the United States for his postgraduate training: a research fellowship in molecular neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calf., and a research fellowship in brain tumor biology from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in San Diego.

Prior to joining MD Anderson, he had appointment at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, with a joint appointment at Wayne State University.

At MD Anderson, he served as co-principal investigator for our SPORE in Brain Cancer until 2010, and is a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on three other grants, two of which are from the National Cancer Institute. He has contributed to 15 book chapters and review articles and had 50 original papers appear in peer-reviewed publications. He serves on the editorial boards of Neuro-Oncology and Neurosurgery journals and is chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the National Brain Tumor Society.

MD Anderson facilities threatened by wildfire


MD Anderson Employees at both our Science Park - Research Division campus in Smithville and the Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop have been directly impacted by the recent wildfires in Central Texas.

The wildfires prompted the Sept. 5 evacuation of our Smithville campus, which remained closed all week. Employees at the Bastrop campus were on alert in the meantime. Neither facility incurred physical damage, but employees returned to work on Sept. 12 with harrowing stories of survival and escape.

Interactive Directory Retired: Use form for address updates

The MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association has retired its online directory as part of an overall plan to migrate member data to a new application.   Going forward, members will use the Web form linked below to make updates to home and business information, as well as awards and other news.  Questions about this change may be made to

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