- Chief, Pediatric Oncology Branch at NCI
- Special Advisor to the NCI Director for Childhood Cancer
“As we improve tumor sample analysis, we learn more about each person’s cancer and can further personalize their treatment. Imagine if we could connect and meaningfully share data from many patients—we could accelerate so much learning.” What’s encouraging to Dr. Brigitte Widemann (she/her) is that most people with childhood cancer or other tumors want to make their data available to help others. Brigitte wants these data shared thoughtfully, with the needs of children, adolescents, and young adults (AYAs) front and center. A leader of CCDI since it began, Brigitte firmly believes it’s not just about advancing research—it's about improving outcomes for young people with cancer. Her experiences shaped this determination. Every time she celebrated or mourned with a patient or family has pushed her to work harder and help find better solutions that ultimately benefit all children and AYAs. Harnessing data through initiatives like CCDI is a crucial part of making that happen.