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Program Steering Committee

As the main organizational structure that provides external advice to the Partnership, the Program Steering Committee:

  • Provides recommendations for establishing overall priorities, changing directions;and identifying new areas of opportunity
  • Reviewing current pilot projects and programs and recommending their continuation, triage or application for external funding through traditional mechanisms
  • Reviewing and recommending changes in the institutional commitment of resources to the partnership
  • Providing guidance and advice in the planning and submission of other grants


The Program Steering Committee consists of a group of nationally recognized leaders in cancer research. Members of the committee hold leadership positions at their respective institutions and have extensive expertise in cancer research, training and working with minority populations.

  • William T. Beck, Ph.D., PSC Chairperson
    Professor, Pharmacology and Molecular Genetics
    Head, Department of Biopharmaceutical Sciences
    Associate Dean for Research, College of Pharmacy
    The University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Moon Chen, Jr., Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Professor and Associate Director, Population Research
    and Cancer Disparities
    University of California- Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Karen Emmons, Ph.D.
    Professor, Society, Human Development and Health
    Associate Dean for Research, Harvard School of Public Health
    Deputy Director, Center for Community Based Research
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute
  • Rafael Irizarry, Ph.D.
    Professor, Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
    of Public Health
  • Electra Paskett, Ph.D., M.P.H.
    Professor, Epidemiology, College of Public Health
    The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Roman Perez-Soler, M.D.
    Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
    Chief of Medical Oncology Division, Montefiore Medical Center
  • Peter Ogunbiyi, D.V.M., Ph.D.
    Program Director, Diversity Training Branch
    Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
    National Cancer Institute

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