February 5, 1998
Health Science Center Professor Named to National Panel
Fort Worth–based international public health authority, Dr. Fernando Trevino, has
been asked to serve on a national committee to review the status of cancer
research affecting minorities in the United States.
Dr. Trevino, 48, is professor and chairman of the department of public health and
preventive medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center, Fort
The Institute of Medicine's Committee on Cancer Research Among Minorities and the
Medically Underserved, the ad hoc unit of the National Academy of Sciences, will
conduct its meetings in Washington, D.C., throughout 1998.
The committee's primary role is to review the status of National Institutes of
Healthsupported cancer research that relates to minorities at various institutes,
centers and divisions of the NIH, examine how well research results are being
communicated and applied to cancer prevention and treatment efforts, and to
evaluate NIH procedures for recruiting and retaining the participation of
minorities in various cancer–related clinical trials.
Finally, the newly formed committee, established by Congressional mandate in
1996, is asked to make recommendations to Congress on how the NIH might report
annually on cancer research initiatives that affect the nation's minority
Dr. Trevino was president of the World Federation of Public Health Associations,
Geneva, Switzerland, from 1995 to 1997, and was executive director of the American
Public Health Association, Washington, D.C., from 1993 to 1996. He earned his
master of public health degree at the University of Texas School of Public Health,
Houston, and his doctorate at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston.