The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has named Dr. Satish Gopal director of the Center for Global Health. He assumes his new role today.
Dr. Gopal is a physician-scientist who has led the cancer program for UNC Project-Malawi, a research and care collaboration between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Malawi Ministry of Health, since 2012. Dr. Gopal holds faculty appointments in the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health and the UNC School of Medicine, and he is a member of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the UNC Institute for Global Health and Infectious Diseases.
“The global cancer burden is enormous. About two-thirds of cancer deaths occur each year in low- and middle-income countries, and that’s increasing,” Dr. Gopal said. “ NCI hopefully can play a key role in addressing cancer as a truly global public health problem. Studying cancer everywhere should benefit cancer patients everywhere.”
At NCI, Dr. Gopal will provide oversight and the strategic vision for global research into the prevention and treatment of cancer; promote cancer control efforts in collaboration with non-governmental partners; and work with United States federal agencies within and outside the National Institutes of Health to brief them on NCI activities with respect to the global cancer challenge.Friday Letter Submission, Publish on February 14