Ridley-Tree Cancer Center
Lecture Series

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center and the Cancer Foundation of Santa Barbara host free lectures open to the community to discuss relevant topics in cancer care and cancer prevention.

Lectures are held at the Wolf Education and Training Center at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center located at 540 W. Pueblo Street in Santa Barbara. Attendees can park in the Ridley-Tree Cancer Center parking garage.

Reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, please call (805) 879-5698 or email events@ridleytreecc.org


CANCELLED: Personalized Medicine: Redefining Cancer Treatment

Thursday, March 26 at 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Julie Taguchi, MD and Mukul Gupta, MD - Medical Oncologists, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center

Cancer categories are defined more frequently now by genetic mutations. Oncologists look for these genetic targets to treat more accurately and effectively. Medical Oncologists Julie Taguchi, MD and Mukul Gupta, MD will discuss how Personalized Medicine can help to create individualized treatment plans that target genetic mutations when treating cancer.

CANCELLED: Countering Chemo Brain: Strategies and Interventions to Counter Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment 

Thursday, April 23 at 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Linda M. Ercoli, PhD - Health Sciences Clinical Professor and Director of Geriatric Psychology, UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

Many cancer patients complain about decreased cognitive efficiency both during and after different cancer treatments. Dr. Ercoli will discuss the syndrome called Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment or CRCI (colloquially named ‘chemo brain’ or ‘chemo fog’). For some cancer survivors, these symptoms persist post-therapy and negatively impact their everyday activities. The lecture will include an update on the potential causes of CRCI and the latest research on strategies and interventions to counter it.

Advances in Melanoma and Skin Cancer Prevention

Thursday, May 28 at 5:30 - 6:30 pm
Julian Davis, MD, MA - Medical Oncologist, Ridley-Tree Cancer Center
Mark Burnett, MD, FAAD - Dermatologist, Santa Barbara Skin Institute

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center’s Medical Oncologist and Hematologist Julian Davis, MD, MA offers a view on latest advances in treating melanoma and what patients can do to best reduce their risk of skin cancer.


Managing Taste and Smell Problems: Why Does My Food Taste Different?

Thursday, February 20 at 5:30 - 6:30 pm 
Sarah Washburn, MS, RDN, CSO - Ridley-Tree Cancer Center 

You might eat for enjoyment and nutritional health, but what if your food now tastes less appealing? Could this impact your overall health?  Come learn about the science of taste and smell and your unique ability to use those senses. In this experiential workshop, we’ll discuss what medical conditions may impact taste and smell and explore how to manage or overcome these problems with your palate.

Vaping Among Youth and Young Adults

January 29, 2020 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm 

Assistant Professor of Preventative Medicine at USC’s Keck School of Medicine Jessica Barrington-Trimis, PhD, will share the latest research on vaping, what about vaping appeals to youth, what makes some children more susceptible to using e-cigarettes and how marketing has affected usage.  

Featured Speaker: 
Jessica Barrington-Trimis, PhDDr. Barrington-Trimis is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California, and director of the USC Epidemiology of Substance Use Research Group.  Dr. Barrington-Trimis' research focuses on investigation of the rapidly changing tobacco, alternative tobacco, and cannabis landscape. Her work aims to identify intra-individual psychological, behavioral, and social processes associated with nicotine and cannabis product use in adolescence and early adulthood, and to elucidate the behavioral consequences (e.g., transition to more harmful patterns of substance use) and physiological consequences (e.g., adverse respiratory health effects of e-cigarette use) of varying patterns of cannabis and nicotine product use in adolescence.

Genetic Counseling and Hereditary Cancer - Thursday, November 14, 2019

Danielle Sharaga, MS, LCGC discussed how genetic counseling can help patients and families with a history of cancer better understand and manage the risk of developing cancer through genetic risk assessment and genetic testing. Danielle provided an overview of the genetic counseling process including how genetic counselors assess family history for features of hereditary cancer and what information individuals may learn from genetic testing.

Featured Speaker:

Danielle Sharaga Genetic CounselorDanielle Sharaga, MS, LCGC is a licensed certified genetic counselor at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center. She has a Master's Degree in Genetic Counseling from the University of Pittsburgh and has been a practicing genetic counselor for 8 years.

Stress and Cancer: Why Stress Reduction Is Essential - Saturday, September 14, 2019

Cheri Clampett discussed the heightened stress response that is naturally experienced when going through a cancer diagnosis and treatment, and how with greater awareness of the physiology of stress and some simple techniques, stress reduction is just a breath away. Cheri highlighted ways to unravel the harmful effects of stress and to help support your body so that it can focus on using energy towards healing.

Featured Speaker:

Sansum Clinic Employee, Cheri ClampettCheri Clampett, is the Founder and Director of the Therapeutic Yoga Training Program. She is a certified yoga therapist with over 25 years of teaching experience. Cheri started the yoga classes at Ridley-Tree Cancer Center in 1999, where she continues to teach weekly classes.

Improving Outcomes from Colorectal Cancer: Diet, Lifestyle, and Chemoprevention With Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH - Thursday, April 25, 2019

Dr. Ng disentangled the web of data surrounding the role of dietary and lifestyle factors for primary prevention of colorectal cancer in healthy individuals, as well as for secondary prevention of recurrence and treatment of established colorectal cancer patients. She established an evidenced-based framework for how to counsel patients about the dietary and lifestyle behaviors that may reduce the risk of developing colorectal cancer and improve prognosis in colorectal cancer patients.

Featured Speaker: 

Dr. Kimmie Ng HeadshotDr. Kimmie Ng is the Director of Clinical and Biospecimen Research at the Center for Gastrointestinal Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She recently became the Founder and Director of the newly-launched Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Medical Cannabis and Cancer: What You Need to Know

With Kelay Trentham, MS, RDN, CSO and Liz Rogan, Cannabis Consultant and Educator
February 22-23, 2019

Kelay Trentham, MS, RDN, CSO and Liz Rogan, cannabis consultant and educator spoke about medical cannabis and cancer including potential benefits, adverse effects, modes of use and other important considerations. Kelay Trentham, MS, RDN, CSO joined us from the MultiCare Regional Cancer Center in Tacoma, WA. She has been working in palliative care and oncology for 15 years, and has lectured nationally about cannabis for cancer symptom management. Liz Rogan is from Santa Barbara and provides consultations for businesses as well as healthcare professionals and patients seeking education and customized cannabis treatment programs. She has been educating the public about the use of medical cannabis for the past 15 years.

Cancer Prevention: From Research to Public Benefit

With Peter Greenwald, MD, DrPH
May 17, 2018

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center celebrated the opening of the Wolf Education & Training Center by hosting the first community event in the new space, Cancer Prevention: From Research to Public Benefit.Peter Greenwald, MD, DrPH, former Associate Director for Cancer Prevention at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health (NIH), and a former Assistant Surgeon General in the U.S. Public Health Service, discussed the history of cancer prevention from his career experience, and addressed current and future cancer prevention research initiatives.