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Publication News 

Effect of a Behavioral Intervention to Increase Vegetable Consumption on Cancer Progression Among Men With Early-Stage Prostate Cancer: The MEAL Randomized Clinical Trial”, by lead investigator Dr. J. Kellogg Parsons, Department of Urology, is making news in the local, national, and international press.

Dr. Parsons and his co-authors designed The Men’s Eating and Living (MEAL) Study (CALGB 70807 [Alliance]), the first randomized clinical trial to test the effect of dietary intervention on prostate cancer, and they report their findings in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). According to Dr. Parsons, “These data indicate that, despite prevailing scientific and public opinion, eating more vegetables will not alter the course of prostate cancer. It will not, to the best of our knowledge, suppress or cure it.” He added, “However, while eating a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables and getting more exercise may not cure cancer, it may keep the body stronger and healthier, which may help patients tolerate cancer treatments.”

Below are links to news articles about this important publication.

The New York Times
UC San Diego Health Newsroom
San Diego Union Tribune
U.S. News & World Report
The Buffalo News
Med India
Medical Research
Science Blog
The Medical News
Medical Xpress
The Science Times
Cure Today  


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Introducing Dr. Monga

The Department of Urology welcomes 
Dr. Manoj Monga as our new chair, effective April 1st. Dr. Monga began his career in academic medicine here at UC San Diego as an assistant professor in the Division of Urology, following his residency in urology at Tulane University School of Medicine, in New Orleans. More recently, starting in 2010, he served as Director of the Stevan B. Streem Center for Endourology & Stone Disease at the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute of the Cleveland Clinic. Prior to this he was Joseph Sorkness Professor and Vice-Chair of Urology at the University of Minnesota, where he also served as the residency program director.

In his letter of application, Dr. Monga noted “… the rich intellectual community in San Diego, the diverse urology community and the wonderful opportunities to continue the department’s tremendous growth and forward momentum in research, education and clinical excellence that has occurred over the last decade.” He returns to a region and an institution already familiar to him, but brings with him a fresh perspective on leadership, teaching, and clinical management gained from his years of experience at University of Minnesota and Cleveland Clinic. As Chair of Urology, Dr. Monga is charged with overseeing the department’s academic and clinical success, and with building on the department’s accomplishments of the last decade. He will also create and implement a strategic vision to help the department accomplish long-term goals, teach and mentor trainees and students, and provide leadership by building collaborative relationships among team members.

Dr. Monga is recognized as an international authority in endourology and stone disease, with clinical expertise in the medical and surgical management of kidney stone disease and endoscopic management of upper tract transitional cell cancer and benign strictures. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts and has lectured on endourology and stone disease around the world. He has served as the principal investigator or co-investigator for more than 45 funded research studies and has patented several medical devices. As Secretary of the American Urological Association, an organization of 22,000 members, he has advocated for racial and gender diversity and shared governance within the field and the AUA.

Dr. Monga brings years of leadership, teaching, and management experience to his new role as Chair of Urology, along with expertise in clinical and translational research and an understanding of how to blend academics and clinical practice. Please join us in wishing him a warm welcome!

Grant Spotlight

     Dr. Kelly Parsons
Dr. Christina Jamieson

J. Kellogg Parsons, MD, and Christina Jamieson, PhD, from the Department of Urology, and their collaborator Rana McKay, MD, Department of Medicine, have been awarded a Padres Pedal the Cause pilot grant. The grant will fund their study “A Phase 1B, Nonrandomized Trial Investigating Docetaxel Combined with Cirmtuzumab in Patients with Metastatic Castration Resistant Prostate Cancer.”

Padres Pedal the Cause is a peer-to-peer cycling, running, and walking fundraiser held annually in San Diego. It has donated more than $10 million to cancer research collaborations among Moores Cancer Center at UC San Diego Health, the Salk Institute for Biological Sciences, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute, and Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego.

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