News Release

Friday, May 5, 2006

Symposium on State-of-the-Science Health Communication Research


Cancer communication science has enormous potential to improve health and reduce health disparities. In 2003, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) announced the creation of four Centers of Excellence in Cancer Communication Research. These centers support research on how best to disseminate and use essential information about cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and survivorship. This symposium will illustrate the importance and scope of the research being conducted by the investigators.



  • John E. Niederhuber, M.D., Deputy Director, NCI
  • Robert T. Croyle, Ph.D., Director, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences (DCCPS), NCI
  • Brad Hesse, Ph.D., Acting Chief, Health Communication and Informatics Research Branch, DCCPS, NCI


  • David H. Gustafson, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison Center for Health Systems Research and Analysis, Using a Comprehensive Informatics Support System to Improve Patient Outcomes
  • Robert C. Hornik, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania Annenberg School for Communication, Extending the Reach, Effectiveness, and Efficiency of Health Communication
  • Matthew W. Kreuter, Ph.D., Saint Louis University Health Communication Research Laboratory, Communication-Based Strategies to Eliminate Health Disparities
  • Victor J. Stretcher, Ph.D., University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Distilling the Essential Ingredients for Tailored Communication in an Era of Personalized Medicine


May 10, 2006, from 3:00-6:00 p.m.


Natcher Conference Center, Building 45, NIH campus, Bethesda, Maryland. For more information on visiting the NIH campus, please go to Registration: NIH employees and the general public are encouraged to attend. No registration is required. 

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