Internationally Recognized Cancer Expert to Speak on ‘Clean Air Policy and Your Health’


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An internationally recognized cancer expert will speak Tuesday, April 21, on “Clean Air Policy and Your Health” at the Center for the Environment building on the Catawba College campus.

Dr. Kim Lyerly’s presentation, scheduled for 6:30 p.m., is free and open to the public but registration is required.

Lyerly is the George Barth Geller Professor of Cancer Research, professor of surgery, associate professor of pathology, and assistant professor of immunology at Duke University School of Medicine. He is the former director of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. 

Lyerly has been named by his peers as one of country’s most outstanding clinical physicians. He is an internationally recognized expert in cancer therapy and cancer immunotherapy and has published more than 200 scientific articles and has edited 10 textbooks on surgery, cancer immunotherapy and novel cancer therapies.

He serves on the editorial board of 12 scientific journals. Dr. Lyerly has been the principal investigator of the significant federal grants, including a NCI Cancer Center Core Grant, a specialized Program in Research Excellence (SPORE) grant in breast cancer, and a program project grant directed toward developing antigen specific immunity in patients with cancer.

 Lyerly currently serves on the external advisory boards of the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of Michigan Cancer Center, the University of Chicago Cancer Center, the University of Alabama Cancer Center, the Boston University Cancer Center and the Purdue Cancer Center. He also serves as an advisory to the University of Washington and Case Western Reserve Clinical and Translational Science Institutes.

He is currently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation. In 2008, Lyerly was appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB) by President George Bush and has served as chair on the Cancer Center’s subcommittee of the NCAB. He currently serves as a member of the Global Health subcommittee and is on the technical advisory committee of the Global Task Force on Expanded Access to Cancer Care and Control in Developing Countries.

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