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April 23, 2002


Oncology Research Ethicist Joins Winship Cancer Institute

Atlanta—Rebecca Pentz, Ph.D., has joined the faculty of the Winship Cancer Institute (WCI) at Emory University as a professor of Hematology & Oncology in Research Ethics.

Dr. Pentz comes to WCI from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, where she was associate professor of Clinical Ethics. She received her Doctorate of Philosophy in Philosophy from the University of California at Irvine.

Dr. Pentz is a widely published investigator and author in bioethics. Her research focuses on ethical issues involved in oncology research, genetic testing, informed consent and privacy.

Dr. Pentz also sits on various national research committees, among them: The Central Institutional Review Board sponsored by the National Cancer Institute; The ChildrenŐs Oncology Group Ethics Committee; The Cancer Genetics Network—Ethics Working Group; and The Centers for Disease Control Institutional Review Board.

"The Winship Cancer Institute is bringing in some of the most talented and innovative oncology researchers in the country," said Dr. Pentz. "With the new emphasis on cancer genetics and genomic medicine, we are seeing new ethical issues for our patients and investigators. We have the opportunity here to do cutting edge research that is ethically well-grounded."

"Dr. Pentz is one of the most highly respected ethicists in the country," said Jonathan Simons, MD, director of The Winship Cancer Institute. "She has pioneered some of the leading ethical approaches to improved cancer patient informed consent, and her research is advancing the standard of care for oncology healthcare and oncology research."

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