Lorna McNeill, Ph.D., assistant professor in Health Disparities Research at MD Anderson Cancer Center, is the recipient of the 2011 Julie and Ben Rogers Award for Excellence in Prevention. The award, which rotates annually among the areas of patient care, research, education, prevention and administration, recognizes MD Anderson employees who consistently demonstrate excellence in their work and dedication to our mission to eliminate cancer. McNeill co-directs the Center for Community-Engaged Translational Research. Her research seeks to eliminate cancer-related health disparities by increasing rates of physical activity in racial, ethnic and under-served communities. Those efforts include her work as lead investigator on a cohort study, Project CHURCH, designed to research and learn about cancer risk in African-Americans to improve cancer-related outcomes in this population. This collaborative effort between MD Anderson and the local community involves the largest United Methodist church in the nation.
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