BCC Rally learned about the Komen Scholars advisory group at the Inaugural Research Luncheon on June 6, 2015.
Led by the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) which serves as the executive committee, the Komen Scholars are an advisory group of 60 distinguished scholars and leaders in breast cancer research and advocacy. Each has made significant contributions to advancing the field or demonstrated significant promise of doing so in the future and all are committed to furthering Komen’s mission.
The Komen Scholars are an international group—representing institutions across the globe including Belgium, Canada, Israel, Italy, Switzerland, and the US—and span a wide range of expertise, including clinical research, laboratory research, pathology, prevention, radiation oncology, surgery, and other research disciplines and specialties.
Komen Scholars advise and provide expertise in a variety of capacities. They contribute in many ways to Komen’s mission programs and other activities and events, with primary responsibility for leading and participating as reviewers in Komen’s scientific peer review process. The Komen Scholars also serve as ambassadors and experts in our communities and across the Affiliate Network. In addition, several of the Scholars are Advocates in Science who ensure that the unique perspectives of those affected by breast cancer are fully integrated into decisions at every step of the research process.
Komen Scholar Kimberly Blackwell, MD was the keynote speaker at the Luncheon. She is a Professor of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Duke University School of Medicine. In 2013, Kimberly was named One of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World.
Find out more about the Komen Scholar program.