Media Advisory

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

NIH Hosts Cancer Health Disparities Summit 2007: Catalyzing Trans-disciplinary Regional Partnerships to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities


The annual Cancer Health Disparities Summit brings together some of the nation’s top researchers in the field of cancer health disparities. NIH grantees, health professionals, and community advocates from across the country will gather to discuss their research, successful program strategies, challenges, and accomplishments.

The Summit will provide an opportunity for journalists and science writers to learn more about current research in the field and dialogue with researchers and experts from across the nation. In addition, a dedicated media room will be available and interviews with spokespersons can be pre-arranged by contacting 301-402-4917 prior to the event.

The overall theme for the Cancer Health Disparities Summit 2007 is Catalyzing Trans-disciplinary Regional Partnerships to Eliminate Cancer Health Disparities. On Wednesday morning, the agenda will feature a session for researchers on working with the media to communicate important health messages. Members of the media are welcome to participate in the Q&A session that will follow that discussion.

For more information and a complete agenda, please visit


Keynote Speakers include:
John E. Niederhuber, M.D., Director, National Cancer Institute
Sanya A. Springfield, Ph.D., Director, NCI Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
Barbara Alving, M.D., Director, National Center for Research Resources
George Strait, Director, NCMHD Office of Communications
Hazel Edney, Black Press USA
Stella Choi, Asian Fortune Newspaper
Sandra Basu, US Medicine


Monday, July 16, 2007: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 17, 2007: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007: 8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.


Bethesda North Marriott Conference Center and Hotel 5701 Marinelli Road, Bethesda, Md. (across from White Flint Metro stop)
Telephone: 301-822-9200
Web site:
For directions, maps and other information, please go to:


To register for the Summit, members of the media should contact the NCI Office of Media Relations at (301) 496-6641 or at

Note: spokespersons will be made available for broadcast and print interviews. Call 301-402-4917 to make arrangements.

This year’s program is being co-sponsored by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), and the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD), all part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

For more information on the Summit, please visit and

For more information about cancer, visit the NCI website at or call NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237).

For more information about the National Center for Research Resources, visit the NCRR website at

For more information about the National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities, visit the NCMHD website at

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