Berg Joins Division of Cancer Prevention
Dr. Christine D. Berg has joined NCI's Division of Cancer Prevention (DCP) as a senior program director within the Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group. In this position, she coordinates clinical research at leading Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP) sites across the United States. CCOPs work to improve cancer treatment, ameliorate treatment toxicities, and develop cancer prevention strategies. Dr. Berg also will chair the DCP Cancer Prevention and Control Concept Review Group and will be exploring novel and innovative strategies for streamlining the clinical trials process.
Previously, Dr. Berg served as the first and only full-time medical director of the Suburban Hospital Cancer Program in Bethesda Md., where she coordinated the opening of a dedicated outpatient facility and developed the clinical research program. Before joining Suburban Hospital she served as chief of the Lung and Upper Aerodigestive Cancer Research Group, also in DCP. Dr. Berg also has served in leadership positions at the Lombardi Cancer Center, Georgetown University Medical Center.
von Eschenbach Updates NCAB
Dr. von Eschenbach also spoke about the launch of the NCI Cancer Bulletin and the redesign of cancer.gov, both important communication vehicles for the institute. He addressed issues regarding NCI's budget and funding of new strategic initiatives such as the cancer biomedical informatics grid (caBIG), and also gave updates on several meetings including the NCI intramural principal investigators retreat, the joint board retreat, and the upcoming cancer center directors' retreat. Dr. von Eschenbach also recognized the exemplary contributions to NCI and the National Cancer Program of several outgoing NCAB members: Mr. Stephen Duffy, Dr. Elmer Huerta, Dr. Susan Love, Dr. Larry Norton, and Dr. Amelie Ramirez.
NCI Launches caBIG
Aziz Honored for Advancing Survivorship Research
Dr. Aziz was recognized for initiating and promoting NCI's research priorities and efforts related to cancer survivorship and follow-up care. Recently, she coordinated a request for proposals for an initiative on the concerns of long-term survivors, many of whom are breast cancer survivors. Dr. Aziz has authored several peer-reviewed papers outlining cancer survivorship as a challenge and opportunity and has organized two international conferences on post-treatment follow-up care of cancer survivors. She currently oversees more than 60 ongoing research studies and also pursues her personal research on cancer survivorship issues and the prognostic role of weight gain on breast and other hormonally dependent cancers.