IN THIS ISSUE of UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center magazine, we take a closer look at our

work with gastrointestinal (GI) cancers. In

particular, we focus on three types that often

do not receive as much attention as others:

liver, pancreatic and esophageal.

It is especially appropriate that we dis-

cuss GI cancers as the UAB Comprehensive

Cancer Center is in the early stages of our

GI Oncology Research and Patient Care

Initiative a $5.5-million fund-raising effort

to bring together the resources needed to

coordinate and enhance our GI programs and

create a nationally prominent research and

patient care enterprise in GI oncology at UAB.

Also in this issue we learn more about the

Cancer Center s Journey to Better Health proj-

ect, an initiative aiming to improve healthy

eating habits and physical activity in minority

populations in Alabama and Mississippi. We ll

also introduce you to our new clinical studies

unit, which is improving access and efficiency

for our clinical trial staff and patients.

Lastly, it is with great sadness that we

at the Cancer Center acknowledge the loss

of two our most respected and dedicated

leaders who passed away in late 2012 John

Durant, M.D., our founding director, and

Seng-jaw Soong, Ph.D., the founder of our

biostatistics and bioinformatics unit. Both of

these men were outstanding physicians and

instrumental in building the Cancer Center

into the world-class institution it is today.

We hope you enjoy this issue. Please know

that we are working every day to make a

difference in the fight against cancer and cre-

ate a world where this disease is no longer a

major public health problem. With your sup-

port, we ll make that vision a reality.

Edward Partridge, M.D. Director and Evalina B. Spencer Chair in Oncology

For a free subscription to UAB Comprehensive

Cancer Center, please call (205) 934-0321 or

send an e-mail with your name and address

to CCC Information@mail.ad.uab.edu.

2011 VOLU ME XXVII

NUMBER 1

AN NCI-DES IGNATED C

OMPREHEN SIVE

CANCER CE NTER SINCE

1971

of Progress an d Promise

2011 VOLUME XXVII NUMBER 2

AN NCI-DESIGNATED COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER SINCE 1971

COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER

THE IMPACT OF OBESITY ON CANCER

UAB COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER

Director Edward E. Partridge, M.D.

Associate Directors Etty Benveniste, Ph.D. Mary-Ann Bjornsti, Ph.D. Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., R.D. John Fiveash, M.D. Martin Heslin, M.D. Mansoor Saleh, M.D. Richard Whitley, M.D.

Director Emeritus and Advisor to the Director Albert F. LoBuglio, M.D.

Senior Advisors Kirby I. Bland, M.D. James Bonner, M.D.

Associate Director for Administration Michael Bertram, Ph.D., M.B.A.

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Editor, Communications and Publications Josh Till, APR

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