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Wednesday, November 03, 2010
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UAMS Surgeon Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., Named to National Breast Cancer Research Committee
LITTLE ROCK – Ronda Henry-Tillman, M.D., breast cancer surgeon at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has been named to a newly formed advisory committee charged with developing a strategic federal research agenda on environmental and genetic factors related to breast cancer.
Henry-Tillman is professor of surgery in the UAMS College of Medicine and director of the Cancer Control Program in the UAMS Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute.
The 19-member Interagency Breast Cancer and Environmental Research Coordinating Committee (IBCERCC) was established by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (NCI), to review all breast cancer research efforts conducted or supported by federal agencies.
The committee will develop recommendations for the secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other federal agencies, to improve existing research programs related to breast cancer research.
The IBCERCC includes representatives of federal agencies; non-federal scientists, physicians, and other health professionals from clinical, basic, and public health sciences; and advocates for individuals with breast cancer.
UAMS is the state’s only comprehensive academic health center, with colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy, Health Related Professions and Public Health; a graduate school; a 540,000-square-foot hospital; a statewide network of regional centers; and six institutes: the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute, the Jackson T. Stephens Spine & Neurosciences Institute, the Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy, the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, the Psychiatric Research Institute and the Donald W. Reynolds Institute on Aging. UAMS has 2,775 students and 748 medical residents. It is the state’s largest public employer with more than 10,000 employees, including nearly 1,150 physicians who provide medical care to patients at UAMS, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, the VA Medical Center and UAMS’ Area Health Education Centers throughout the state. Visit www.uams.edu or www.uamshealth.com.