Alumni Events

November 13, 2014 at 8:00 pm

Alum on Cancer: The Poor Stepsister in Global Health Whose Time is Coming, Nov. 13

The Edison Biotechnology Institute Sponsored Seminar series presents “Cancer: The Poor Stepsister in Global Health Whose Time is Coming” on Thursday, Nov. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in the Konneker Research Center Room 100 at the Ridges.

Joe Harford

Joe Harford

The speaker is Ohio University alum Dr. Joe Harford, National Cancer Institute Senior Project Officer with the National Institute of Health.

Refreshments will be served.

Harford earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Ohio University, a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Maryland Medical School, and then conducted basic research in molecular biology and cell biology at the National Institutes of Health from 1979 to 1993. He has published more than 130 scientific papers. He has supervised the research efforts of a biotechnology company focused on drug discovery.

Harford is one of the founding editors for Current Protocols in Cell Biology. Within the National Cancer Institute, he served for a decade as Director of the Office of International Affairs. In this capacity, he has had responsibility for a number of bilateral and multilateral interactions between the NCI and foreign cancer research institutions and other foreign entities.

Harford’s efforts in global health have focused on capacity building in low- and middle-income countries with some emphasis on the Middle East and Africa. In 2007, Harford was recognized by the Arab Medical Association Against Cancer with an award, the citation of which reads “In recognition for his significant contribution to enhance the status of cancer care and cancer research in the region and for his unwavering efforts to support needed infrastructure and create opportunities in cancer education, training and capacity building to help cancer patients and their families throughout the Arab world.” In 2012, Harford was honored by the Jordan Palliative Care and Pain Management Society, and in 2013, Harford was selected by the American Association of Cancer Education to receive its highest honor, the Margaret Hay Edwards Achievement Medal to recognize his “outstanding contributions in the area of International Cancer Education.”

In 2014, Harford’s efforts in global cancer control were recognized by Ohio University Alumni Association with the Medal of Merit.


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