The year 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of the declared "War on Cancer," with the passing of the National Cancer Act and the creation of the National Cancer Program. The 2011 Georgia Cancer Summit gives state leaders in cancer control and research the opportunity to "Look Back" at advances in biomedical science and technology and "Move Forward" to future initiatives in this ongoing battle.
John R. Seffrin, PhD, has been Chief Executive Officer of the American Cancer Society (ACS) since 1992, building it into the world's largest voluntary health organization fighting cancer. He spearheaded the creation of the ACS Cancer Action Network, of which he is also CEO, and he helped to create what is now the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. In 1997, he was appointed to the National Cancer Policy Board for the Institute of Medicine. In 1999, he became a charter member of C-Change and Co-Chair of the National Cancer Legislation Advisory Committee. He currently serves on the Advisory Committee to the Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The Chief of the Comprehensive Cancer Control Branch in the Division of Cancer Prevention and Control at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Laura Seeff, will open the 2011 Cancer Summit with a presentation on Emerging Issues in Cancer Prevention and Control, addressing CDC's national priorities. Dr. Seeff joined the CDC in 1998; her expertise is in Colorectal Cancer Screening. She designed and led CDC's Colorectal Cancer Screening Demonstration Program and was the medical director for CDC's new Colorectal Cancer Control Program. Prior to joining CDC, she was on the faculty of Emory University School of Medicine in Internal Medicine and delivered primary care at Grady Memorial Hospital. She attended medical school at Georgetown University School of Medicine and completed residency training at Emory.
The goal of the 2011 Cancer Research Symposium is to provide a forum for exchange of ideas, information and best practices to further collaborative efforts to combat cancer in Georgia.
The mission of the Georgia Cancer Coalition is to reduce the number of cancer deaths in the state and ensure that Georgia becomes a national leader in cancer control by accelerating prevention, early detection, treatment and research.