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Last modified: Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Victoria L. Champion appointed to National Cancer Advisory Board

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Aug. 4, 2008

INDIANAPOLIS -- Victoria L. Champion, DNS, RN, associate dean for research at the Indiana University School of Nursing, was recently appointed to the National Cancer Advisory Board. This is a six-year appointment, ending in 2014. Champion also is the Edward W. and Sara Stam Cullipher Endowed Chair and Mary Margaret Walther Distinguished Professor at the school.

Victoria Champion

Victoria Champion

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The National Cancer Advisory Board is an 18-member board that advises the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the director of the National Cancer Institute. Members include leaders from the health and scientific disciplines as well as the fields of public policy, law, health policy, economics and management and the environment.

Champion's program of research in behavioral oncology has provided a significant knowledge base for the development of interventions that encourage primary and secondary cancer prevention activities, thus leading to the discovery of cancer at earlier and more curable stages. Her research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health for more than two decades and she is using interactive technology to test format delivery and cost-effectiveness for breast cancer screening. Champion also is studying quality of life issues in breast cancer survivors and pilot testing interventions to increase patient/provider communication.

Champion directs the Cancer Control Program for the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, serves as associate dean for research at the IU School of Nursing and recently was appointed to the Indiana Executive Board for Tobacco.

"This appointment is a reflection of the esteem in which Dr. Champion and her work is held. Her scientific contributions, her reputation for mentoring of young scientists across fields, and her high level of commitment to eradicating cancer through early detection is an inspiration to all of us. Early screening is the key to eradicating this disease, which impacts the lives of so many in our country. Women with cancer, and those at risk for cancer, will benefit from Dr. Champion's involvement in this very important advisory council," said Marion E. Broome, PhD, RN, Distinguished Professor and dean, IU School of Nursing.

"Because of recent scientific advances, we stand at the threshold of dramatically improving the cancer health of our nation," said Stephen Williams, M.D., director of the IU Simon Cancer Center and HH Gregg Professor of Oncology at the IU School of Medicine. "Dr. Champion brings a wealth of leadership experience to the National Cancer Advisory Board and will serve the administration well in these times of great challenge but also great opportunity."

To learn more about the IU School of Nursing, visit http://nursing.iupui.edu. To learn more about the Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, see http://cancer.iu.edu.