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U-M Cancer Center names Gruber to head prevention program-added 04/24/09 Ann Arbor - The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center has named molecular genetics researcher and public health scientist Stephen Gruber, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H., as the center's new associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control.
Gruber will begin his appointment May 1, replacing Victor Strecher, Ph.D., who steps down after 14 years in the position.
"Testing and improving the effectiveness of cancer screening and detection methods, as well as considering the impact of environment, food, lifestyle choices and other factors on the occurrence of cancer is crucial to our mission of the conquest of cancer through innovation and collaboration. Dr. Gruber is an exceptional researcher and visionary in his field, and we are thrilled that he will be stepping into this new role to lead these efforts," says Max S. Wicha, M.D., director of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Gruber is the H. Marvin Pollard Professor of Internal Medicine and a professor of internal medicine, human genetics and epidemiology at U-M. He currently serves as co-director of the Cancer Center's Biomedical Prevention program, and his research is devoted to understanding the contributions of environmental and genetic risk factors to cancer susceptibility.
As director of Clinical Cancer Genetics at the Cancer Center, Gruber sees patients seeking genetic testing and counseling to determine their genetic risk of cancer occurring. His clinical practice focuses on the prevention of cancer in high-risk families.
Gruber received his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his doctorate in epidemiology from Yale University. He completed a fellowship in medical oncology and cancer genetics at Johns Hopkins University and a medical genetics fellowship at U-M.
The Cancer Center's original associate director of Cancer Prevention and Control, Strecher is highly regarded for his work in developing innovative health communications programs, as well as implementing strategies for the modification and maintenance of health-related behaviors in community, occupational and medical care settings. Strecher is the principal investigator for the Center of Excellence in Health Communications grant, recently renewed for $8 million over five years.
"Vic Strecher's contributions to cancer control research at U-M have been enormous and we thank him for his dedicated service and leadership in this role. The Cancer Center will continue to take advantage of the innovative ideas for personalized messaging that he's pioneered," Wicha says.
A company spun off from his research, Health Media, was recently bought by Johnson & Johnson. Strecher will take a year-long sabbatical to help Health Media transition to its new owner.
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Written by Nicole Fawcett