On November 10, the Southwest Oncology Group, formally known as SWOG, appointed two co-chairs of the survivorship committee. Dr. Halle Moore of Cleveland Clinic and Dr. Melinda Irwin of Yale School of Public Health.
[Photo: Dr. Melinda L. Irwin]
SWOG is a worldwide network of researchers that design and conduct cancer clinical trials. The group’s goal is to change medical practice so it improves the lives of people with cancer. SWOG trials test new ways to diagnose and treat cancer, as well as prevent it. SWOG researchers also study ways to improve the care cancer patients receive, and improve quality of life for both patients and survivors.
In her new role, Dr. Irwin will focus on understudied cancers, underserved populations and high-impact trials that will help people live longer, healthier, and happier lives. A prolific researcher, she has studied exercise and weight loss, treatment side effects, and quality of life. As co-chair, Dr. Irwin will also be responsible for mentoring junior investigators.
Dr. Melinda L. Irwin is professor of epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health, associate director (population sciences) in the Yale Cancer Center, co-program leader of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Yale Cancer Center, and deputy director (Public Health) in the Yale Center for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Irwin is a prominent leader in the field of lifestyle factors and chronic diseases. Her research over the past 15 years has focused on randomized trials of exercise and weight loss on biological markers, treatment side effects and quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. She has received funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the American Cancer Society (ACS), American Institute for Cancer Research, Komen for the Cure, Livestrong Foundation and other foundations and has published her research findings in top medical journals. For the past 10 years, Dr. Irwin has been the director of training and education on the National Cancer Institute (NCI) – Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) Initiative. At Yale, Dr. Irwin has advised, mentored and trained over 100 trainees on public health related studies. Dr. Irwin also serves on various national advisory committees to develop consensus statements on physical activity, diet, weight and cancer prevention and control.