publication date: Feb. 7, 2020

In Brief

Satish Gopal named director of the NCI Center for Global Health

Satish Gopal was named director of the NCI Center for Global Health effective Feb. 3.

Gopal is a physician-scientist who led the cancer program for UNC Project-Malawi, a research and care collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Malawi Ministry of Health, since 2012. Gopal holds faculty appointments in the UNC School of Medicine and UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and is a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.

“The global cancer burden is enormous. About two-thirds of cancer deaths occur each year in low- and middle-income countries, and that’s increasing,” Gopal said in a statement. “NCI can hopefully play a key role in addressing cancer as a truly global public health probblem. Studying cancer everywhere should benefit cancer patients everywhere.”

At NCI, Gopal will provide oversight and vision for global research into the prevention and treatment of cancer, promote cancer control efforts in collaboration with non-governmental partners, and work with U.S. federal agencies to brief them on the NCI activities with respect to global cancer.

“Satish’s training and faculty time in sub-Saharan Africa allowed him to truly understand the cancer burden, leading to both thoughtful and important publications and a national reputation in the emerging field of global oncology,” Shelton Earp, director of UNC Lineberger, said in a statement. “He understands firsthand the challenges a cancer diagnosis poses in communities and countries in which the care resources might not readily available. He not only cared for cancer patients in Malawi, he helped build a care system for … Continue reading Satish Gopal named director of the NCI Center for Global Health

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