Sixteen Leaders in Breast Cancer Research Join Susan G. Komen® as Advisors, New Komen Scholars

New Members Expand Breadth and Depth of Komen’s Research Program

DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, welcomes
16 leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy who will serve as Komen
– an international advisory group which helps to guide
Komen’s research and scientific programs, education and advocacy work,
and public health efforts in the U.S. and abroad.

The new members join 44 current Komen Scholars who since 2010 have
advised and provided expertise to Komen in a variety of capacities,
including a primary responsibility of leading and participating in the
annual peer-review process that Komen uses to fund its research program.
At $889 million since 1982, Komen’s is the largest breast cancer
research investment of any nonprofit.

“Our newest Komen Scholars bring additional expertise to Komen’s
research program and our peer-review process,” said Komen President and
CEO Judith A. Salerno, M.D., M.S. “Very importantly, they serve as
experts and advocates for our network of more than 100 Komen Affiliates
and in communities around the globe. They share our vision of a world
where no one dies from breast cancer. We are delighted to welcome them
to our Komen team.”

Komen Scholars are chosen for their knowledge and leadership within the
scientific, research and advocacy communities, and for their own
contributions to breast cancer research. Scholars bring a wide range of
proficiencies across the spectrum of breast cancer science and care,
including metastatic breast cancer, immunology, prevention, public
health, disparities and patient advocacy.

The latest experts to join the Komen Scholars include:

  • Abenaa M. Brewster, M.D., MHS – The University of Texas MD
    Anderson Cancer Center (Risk Reduction, Survivorship, Disparities)
  • Jason S. Carroll, Ph.D. – Cancer Research UK Cambridge Research
    Institute (Biology, Endocrine Resistance)
  • Dawn L. Hershman, M.D., MS – Columbia University Medical Center
    (Survivorship, Health Outcomes, Disparities)
  • Yibin Kang, Ph.D. – Princeton University (Biology, Metastasis)
  • Tari A. King, M.D. – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Clinical
    Research, Treatment
  • Keith L. Knutson, Ph.D. – Mayo Clinic (Biology, Immunotherapy)
  • Mia A. Levy, M.D., Ph.D. – Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (Big
    Data, Precision Medicine
  • Jennifer A. Ligibel, M.D. – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Treatment,
    Lifestyle Interventions
  • Anna M. Napoles, Ph.D., M.P.H. – University of California, San
    Francisco (Survivorship, Disparities)
  • Lisa A. Newman, M.D., M.P.H. – Henry Ford Health System (Risk
    Reduction, Disparities, Global Health
  • Steffi Oesterreich, Ph.D. – University of Pittsburgh (Biology,
    Endocrine Resistance
  • Charles M. Perou, Ph.D. – University of North Carolina (Genomics,
    Precision Medicine
  • Kornelia Polyak, M.D., Ph.D. – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Biology,
    Tumor Diversity,
    Risk, Prevention)
  • Lajos Pusztai, M.D., D.Phil. – Yale University (Clinical
    Research, Treatment, Big Data
  • Deborah J. Rhodes, M.D. – Mayo Clinic (Early Detection,
    Imaging, Breast Density
  • Alana L. Welm, Ph.D. – Huntsman Cancer Institute (Biology,

“The Komen Scholars are a brilliant group of cancer researchers who
bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to our collective fight
against this disease,” said Komen Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. George
Sledge. “Their expertise goes from the bench to the bedside, and many
have already made important contributions to our understanding of the
disease, and to its conquest through better diagnosis and treatment.”

Dr. Eric Winer, Chief Scientific Advisor for Komen, spoke highly of the
new members as well, saying, “The Komen Scholars include the brightest,
most creative and most hardworking individuals in the field today. They
are not only leaders in the field, but support Komen in its fight
against all of breast cancer — every stage of the disease, and in every
woman and man. We are pleased and proud to partner with them, and
support their research efforts.”

Komen Scholars whose terms have ended will continue to partner with the
organization through Komen’s research program, network of Affiliates,
and other programs combating breast cancer worldwide.

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization,
funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while
providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding
in 1982, Komen has funded more than $889 million in research and
provided $1.95 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and
psychosocial support programs. Komen has worked in more than 60
countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised
her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed
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