Wendy Demark-Wahnefried, Ph.D., professor in the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) Department of Nutrition Sciences and associate director for cancer prevention and control at the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center, was elected president of the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO) during its 37th annual meeting in Memphis, Tenn. The ASPO is a multi-disciplinary society committed to serving as an advocate for cancer and control research.
Demark-Wahnefried has been a member of ASPO for 20 years and served as the president-elect this past year. For the past two decades, her research interests have included: diet/hormonal and genetic interactions and their association with neoplasia, specifically breast and prostate cancer; dietary intervention to prevent chronic disease factors affecting compliance and recidivism; and lifestyle modification among cancer survivors.
Demark-Wahnefried serves on several boards, committees and panels for organizations including the American Cancer Society, National Institutes of Health and the World Cancer Fund.
The mission of ASPO is to promote the exchange and dissemination of information and ideas relating to cancer prevention and control, identify and stimulate new research areas in cancer prevention and control and support the implementation and evaluation of national, state and local programs and policies in cancer prevention and control.