News Release: School of Medicine, Winship Cancer Institute, Woodruff Health Sciences

May 22,  2009

Linda Torrence To Chair Sindab Project Advisory Board

Emory Winship Cancer Institute has announced the appointment of Linda Torrence as chair of the Jean Sindab Project Advisory Board. The Jean Sindab Project was established to support research into aggressive breast cancers and poor survival rates, particularly among pre-menopausal African-American women.

"Linda Torrence is uniquely qualified to serve as chair of the Sindab Project Advisory Board," says Brian Leyland-Jones, MD, PhD, executive director of Emory Winship. "She brings a wealth of experience in senior-level management as well as a steadfast dedication to solving health disparity issues."

Torrence, former director of community affairs for FOX 5 Atlanta, currently serves as board member of the Boys and Girls Club of Metro Atlanta, Emory’s Rollins School of Public Health, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Georgia's Commission on Women and the Georgia Women's Institute.

"I am delighted to serve as chair of this important advisory board," says Torrence. "The work that is done as part of the Sindab Project will have far reaching implications for women’s healthcare in Georgia and beyond our borders."

The Sindab Project is named after Jean Sindab, PhD, an African-American scholar and activist who spent her life working on environmental and racial justice. In 1995 at age 50, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and died 13 months later. The research that is funded in her name is designed to focus on discovering new targets for cancer therapy based on the genetic composition of cancer cells.   

Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute is Georgia’s first and only National Cancer Institute Designated Cancer Center. It serves as the coordinating center for a vast array of resources in medical, surgical, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging and the subspecialties of cancer care throughout Emory University.


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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