FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 11, 2008
Contact: Ilya Sloan, (520) 626-6401
Celebrated Arizona Cancer Center researcher Anne Cress, PhD, has recently been appointed as chairperson of the Tumor Progression and Metastasis Study Section by the Center for Scientific Review. She will serve in this prestigious position for the term beginning immediately and ending June 30, 2010.
The Center for Scientific Review (CSR) is the portal for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications and their review for scientific merit. Study sections evaluate the majority of the research grant applications sent to NIH, which is responsible for 28 percent of the total biomedical research funding spent annually in the U.S.
Membership on a study section represents a major commitment of professional time and energy as well as a unique opportunity to contribute to the national biomedical research effort. Members are selected on the basis of their demonstrated competence and achievement in their scientific discipline as evidenced by the quality of research accomplishments, publications in scientific journals, and other significant scientific achievements and honors. The skill and leadership offered by the chairperson determine to a significant extent the effectiveness and efficiency of the review group.
Dr. Cress is a professor of cell biology and anatomy and associate dean for research at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. She is investigating strategies to stop tumor cells “in their tracks” and prevent tumor metastasis, a catastrophic event for decreased patient prognosis and quality of life. Her current focus is on how cell surface molecules called integrins behave abnormally in tumor cells enabling their transit along nerves to their final destination in the bone. Through her collaborative research, Dr. Cress is helping to design strategies that will prevent these harmful and painful processes from occurring and at the same time providing new ways for physicians to determine if a patient’s cancer is likely to spread.
“Dr. Cress is one of the top cancer biology scientists in the world today. Her work on prostate metastases to bone is especially compelling. Her appointment as Chairperson for the Tumor Progression and Metastasis Study Section is a magnificent academic achievement. The best part is she is such a stalwart research colleague in the Arizona Cancer Center – thank you, Anne,” says Arizona Cancer Center Director, David S. Alberts, MD.
Dr. Cress has a 25-year history of contributing to interdisciplinary science through more than 100 publications, several grant awards and permanent national study section service membership.