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Susan G. Komen for the Cure Announces Recipients of 2007 Komen Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction
Date:12/12/2007

exhibition of Ambassador Brinker's collection of Hungarian art, will be featured at the dinner event to celebrate the organizations 25th anniversary and the 15th anniversary of the Komen Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction.

The Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction was established in 1992 to honor the efforts of acknowledged pioneers in two critically important components of the fight to end breast cancer: clinical work and basic research. Since the award's establishment, the roster of Komen Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction laureates has grown to include names of researchers connected with some of the most significant advancements made in the way breast cancer is diagnosed and treated as well as the way research into the disease is conducted. This year, former Komen Brinker award laureates will also be acknowledged for their achievements.

Bernstein: Pioneer in Linking Exercise, Breast Cancer Risk

Leslie Bernstein, Ph.D., pioneered research on the link between physical activity and breast cancer, which is now well established. This research provides an evidence base for one of the few recommendations that can be made for breast cancer risk reduction. In addition to her studies on physical activity, she has contributed to the study of body size, including weight gain and obesity, another area of inquiry that has yielded insights into breast cancer risk reduction for post-menopausal women.

As director of the Los Angeles Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Registry, Dr. Bernstein is a leader in efforts to understand patterns in breast cancer incidence, including the troubling rise in risk among new immigrants to California. This work is fundamental to efforts in addressing breast cancer disparities and in anticipating risk among Asian-American women. Dr. Bernstein has a long and distinguished history of leadership at the University of Southern California, where she has advanced opportunities for women in science
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