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 Worth.

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 populations.

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.