President's Professors of Biomedical Research

Melissa Austin, Ph.D.
Professor, Epidemiology
Adjunct Professor, Bioethics and Humanities
Adjunct Professor, Department of Medicine
Adjunct Professor, Metabolism
University of Washington

Melissa Austin’s research program focuses on the genetic epidemiology of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and pancreatic cancer. Her NIH-funded projects have included studies of the genetics of lipoprotein disorders among hyperlipidemic families, the genetics of the metabolic syndrome among Japanese Americans, and candidate gene studies of pancreatic cancer. She is currently a co-investigator of the Northwest-Alaska Pharmacogenetics Research Network.

She has collaborated with several CANHR researchers on the Western Alaska Tribal Collaborative for Health Project, assisting with data analysis and manuscript writing. Future work with CANHR will include additional manuscripts and applications for collaborative research.

Art Blume, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
Washington State University Vancouve

Art Blum's research in addictive behaviors has focused upon applied and clinically relevant research among populations at high risk for developing substance abuse such as people with other psychiatric and cognitive problems in addition to substance abuse, military personnel, incarcerated populations, young adults, and traditionally under-served ethnic minority populations.

He has worked with several CANHR researchers preparing manuscripts and proposals as his expertise in addictions research and community-based participatory research match the interests and needs of our investigators.

Wylie Burke, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Bioethics and Humanities
University of Washington

Wylie Burke is a national leader in genetics research, particularly in the study of the ethical and policy implications of genetic research and its clinical applications. Her center is a resource and potential partner in understanding the complex ethical issues in conducting genetics research.

Kirk Dombrowski, Ph.D.
John Bruhn Professor
Department of Sociology
University of Nebraska - Lincoln

Bruce Fowler, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for Science
Division of Toxicology and Environmental Medicine
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry

Bruce Fowler is one of the U.S.'s major researchers in toxicology. His expertise directly relates to Native interests in contaminants in subsistence food.

Patrick Heagerty, Ph.D.
Director of Biomedical Sciences
Professor of Biostatistics
University of Washington
Member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Patrick Heagerty has expertise in the statistical analysis of longitudinal studies, advanced regression methods, and design and analysis of observational studies. His independent research has focused on two major themes: analysis of categorical longitudinal data with interest in likelihood-based methods, time-dependent covariates, and alternative sampling designs; and the development of time-dependent accuracy methodology that permits the use of classification summaries such as sensitivity and specificity for event-time outcomes. At the University of Washington he provides leadership to the Center for Biomedical Statistics (joint with UW School of Medicine) and to the Clinical Scholars Program (KL2 program).

David Henry, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Health and Psychology
Institute for Health Research and Policy
University of Illinois at Chicago

In addition to teaching and mentoring, primarily in the areas of research methods and statistics, Dr. Henry is involved in programs of research on community attitudes about disabilities, treatment of childhood psychopathology, prevention of antisocial behavior, substance abuse, and school failure, and developmental and ecological risk. Dr. Henry’s association with CANHR had been as a statistician.

John Himes, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Epidemiology
Public Health Nutrition, and Maternal and Child Health
School of Public Health, University of Minnesota

John Himes' research interests are closely aligned with those of CANHR: nutritional epidemiology, assessment of nutritional status, obesity, assessment of dietary intake and applied statistical analysis.

Kim Hopper, Ph.D.
Medical Anthropologist
Research Scientist
Nathan S. Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research,
Professor of Clinical Sociomedical Sciences
Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

Kim Hopper studies severe psychiatric disorders in a cross-cultural perspective, with a focus on understanding how local custom and practice shapes course of illness. He is considered a leading scholar in conducting and analyzing qualitative and mixed-methods research.

William Knowler, M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H.
Diabetes Epidemiology and Clinical Research Section
National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Health
National Institutes of Health

Dr. Knowler is a leader in the study of diabetes among American Indian tribes. He has developed and tested intervention programs with American Indians. His recent article in The Lancet demonstrated the follow up results of the national Diabetes Prevention Project that compared the effectiveness of lifestyle changes alone, drug treatment alone, drug treatment and life style changes in preventing diabetes. He was a leader of this multisite study and is an expert in the design of intervention studies.

Alan Kristal, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Associate Head
Cancer Prevention Program
Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center

Dr. Kristal is an epidemiologist with expertise in dietary assessment methodology. He had a long history with CANHR as a mentor and consultant for both our nutrition research projects and nutrition core before becoming a President’s Professor. He is one of the leading researchers internationally on prostate cancer prevention, with a focus on the use of micronutrients and other bioactive food components for disease prevention. He is also an expert in planning and executing clinical trials for disease prevention.

Dale Schoeller, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Nutritional Sciences
Institute on Aging
University of Wisconsin - Madison

Nancy Schoenberg, Ph.D.
Medical Anthropologist
Professor of Behavioral Sciences
University of Kentucky College of Medicine

Dr. Schoenberg studies chronic disease prevention and self-care among rural populations. She brings added strength in how to use qualitative and quantitative methods to understand cultural factors in the etiology and prevention of chronic diseases. She has significant expertise in the study of protection from and risk for cancer and other chronic conditions particularly relevant to rural, underserved populations. Most of Dr. Schoenberg’s work involves culturally appropriate interventions, using community-based participatory research to prevent cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and suboptimal energy balance.

Lisa Rey Thomas, Ph.D.
Research Scientist
Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute
University of Washington

Dr. Thomas  is currently a member-at-large of the American Psychological Association Division 45 Executive Committee, and past-chair of the APA’s Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs, as well as chair of the APA’s Division 18, Psychologists in Indian Country Section, and has recently been involved in the People Awakening Project, an NIAAA-funded project at the University of Alaska Fairbanks studying Alaska Native pathways to sobriety. She is also treasurer of the Native Research Network. At the University of Washington, she is co-investigator of the Healing of the Canoe project and PI of the Tribal Healing and Wellness Conference funded by NIH/NCMHD.

Beti Thompson, Ph.D.
Behavioral Scientist
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Thompson is a leader in doing community-based participatory research with minorities. She has a broad range of interests that will provide more depth in the areas of designing prevention research, data analysis and forming true research partnerships with communities. She works intensively in CBPR with Latino/Latina populations to reduce metabolic syndrome and risk for diabetes.

Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.
M. Lowell Edwards Chair
Professor of Medicine, Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Director, Center for Developmental Health, Knight Cardiovascular Institute
Director, OHSU Bob and Charlee Moore Institute for Nutition and Wellness                                                                            
Oregon Health & Science University   

Edison Trickett, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology
University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Trickett is a major figure in community psychology. His CBPR publications guide researchers in methods for evaluation of the effectiveness of interventions. He has also directed doctoral training programs and brings significant expertise in how research and training programs can become integrated.

Joseph Trimble, Ph.D.
Distinguished University Professor
Professor of Psychology
Professor in the Woodring College of Education
Research Associate in the Center for Cross-Cultural Research
Western Washington University

Dr. Trimble has been working in substance abuse and mental health prevention research models for American Indian and Alaska Native youth for over 20 years. He has received numerous recognitions and honors for his work, particularly for promoting psychological and sociocultural research in American indigenous peoples.

Nick Wareham, M.R.C.P., Ph.D.
Medical Research Council Epidemiology Unit
Cambridge University

Dr. Wareham is a leader in the field of gene by environment interactions and the precise measurement of environmental factors, such as activity.  He leads several population-based studies aimed at investigating gene-by-environment interactions.

Lisa Wexler, Ph.D.
Associate Professor Community Health Education
School of Pulic Health and Health Sciences
University of Massachusetts Amherst


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