Latest Issue | Winter 2020
This edition of UCI Magazine highlights myriad efforts by campus researchers and UCI Health physicians in “Conquering Cancer,” a disease that sees about 1.7 million newly diagnosed cases in the U.S. each year. Our cover story, “Beating Cancer – One Patient at a Time” (page 14), illustrates how clinicians at the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center are making strides ranging from earlier detection using AI to translating lab discoveries into promising new trials and therapies. “Battling Brain Cancer on All Fronts” (page 26) profiles neuro-oncologist Daniela Bota and her groundbreaking work with aggressive glioblastoma. “Gut Feelings” (page 30) takes an in-depth look at how UCI’s H.H. Chao Comprehensive Digestive Disease Center has adapted an endoscopic technique from Japan to treat esophageal cancer, and “Saving Mother and Child” (page 34) tells the poignant stories of how multidisciplinary teams came together to help two pregnant women diagnosed with cancer. Finally, “The Speed King” (page 38) chronicles how chemistry professor Greg Weiss, motivated by personal loss and a desire to be quick, developed a way to detect cancer on the molecular level – in mere minutes.