Assistant Secretary’s Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion in 1990 and 1991 before returning to NCI.
She has published widely in the areas of diet, physical activity, weight, and cancer risk and prognosis, and in the areas of cancer control surveillance and breast cancer screening and treatment within clinical care. She is an author and co-author of more than 180 peer-reviewed publications and 7 invited book chapters. In addition to her research, she has participated in the development and review of both general population and cancer-specific reviews and guidelines related to diet, physical activity, and weight at the national and international level. She was the NCI program director for the Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium from 1995 to 2005, and has served as the NCI director of the International Cancer Screening Network since 1995. She directs the Health, Eating, Activity, and Lifestyle Study of Breast Cancer Prognosis. She leads an NCI effort to advance research on the combined effects of diet, physical activity, and weight on cancer, serves on the Senior Leadership Group for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Obesity Research Task Force, and advances NIH’s research in the NIH/Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research to advance research that identifies population-level solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic.
Nathan A. Berger, MD, is the Hanna-Payne Professor of Experimental Medicine and director of Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Center for Science, Health and Society. He is the 2007 recipient of the Frank and Dorothy Humel Hovorka Prize for exceptional achievements in teaching, research, and scholarly service that have benefited the community, nation, and world. In 2010 he was recognized as the CWRU Honorary Alumnus of the Year and in 2011 he was awarded a CWRU Distinguished University Professorship. In addition, he is an inductee into the Cleveland Medical Hall of Fame and a recipient of the Cancer Hall of Fame’s Research Award from the American Cancer Society.
He is professor of medicine, biochemistry, genetics, and oncology at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Berger is an active clinician and researcher. He leads two major interdisciplinary research initiatives funded by the National Institutes of Health, one focused on aging and cancer, the other on energetics and cancer. He is also co–principal investigator of the CWRU Specialized Program of Research Excellence in gastrointestinal cancer and the CWRU Barrett’s Esophagus Translational Research Network Program. Berger is the author of more than 160 papers,