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Columbia: Dr. Grace Hillyer to Present at American Society of Clinical Oncology Conference

Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health assistant professor in epidemiology, Dr. Grace Hillyer, has been selected to present findings from her new study, “Comparison of attitudes and beliefs about cancer clinical trial enrollment between physicians, research staff, and cancer patients,” at the 2019 Quality Care Symposium of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), September 5. Oncology professionals, patient advocates, industry representatives, and representatives from major media outlets worldwide are expected to attend the conference in San Diego.

Trained as an epidemiologist and health educator, Dr. Hillyer’s research centers on the social, cultural, and cognitive determinants of health behaviors for improving health outcomes, particularly among minority and underserved populations. Her recent projects include development of a tobacco cessation program for cancer patients who smoke and assessment of tobacco treatment needs among smokers in South Africa; promotion of clinical trial enrollment among minority and under-represented groups using tailored curricula; and design and implementation of community-based education to increase knowledge of cancer, cancer genetics, clinical trials, and precision medicine among Hispanics in Northern Manhattan. Dr. Hillyer also serves as the director of the Executive MS in Epidemiology program at the Mailman School, assistant director of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC) Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) Center, and the HICCC NCORP director of Community Clinical Trial Outreach.

Dr. Dawn Hershman, at Columbia Mailman School and Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, will also be attending and has posters. She is chair-elect of the program committee.

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