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Thomas J. Glynn, MA, MS, PhD

Director, Cancer Science and Trends, and Director, International Cancer Control, American Cancer Society


Dr. Glynn advises the American Cancer Society about emerging research and policy issues in cancer prevention and control, recommends cancer prevention and control research and policy which is ready for national application, and aids in the development of an international cancer control program aimed at promoting cancer prevention-related research, advocacy, treatment, and policy change, particularly in middle- and low-income nations.

Prior to coming to ACS, Dr. Glynn was, from 1991 to 1994, Associate Director of the U.S. National Cancer Institute's (NCI) Cancer Control Science Program and, from 1991 to 1997, Chief of the NCI's Cancer Control Extramural Research Branch. There, he directed the development of a national program of research aimed at reducing the incidence and prevalence of cancer, primarily through dietary change, tobacco use reduction, and adherence to cancer screening guidelines. From 1983 to 1991, he was Research Director for the NCI's Smoking, Tobacco, and Cancer Program.

Dr. Glynn has published widely on cancer and tobacco use prevention and control, both in the scientific literature and for consumer, professional, and patient education, most recently as editor of the ACS monograph series on advocacy for policy change in tobacco control. In addition to his work at ACS and NCI, he has served as a consultant on cancer control and tobacco issues to such groups as the National Academy of Sciences/Institute of Medicine, the National Research Council, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a variety of pharmaceutical organizations, and state and local governments.

He has also served as a Senior Scientific Reviewer for the U.S. Surgeon General's Reports on Tobacco and Health, as Director of the World Health Organization Study of Health, Economic, and Policy Implications of Tobacco Growth and Consumption in Developing Countries, and has been active in tobacco control programs in Eastern Europe, Central America, and India. His awards include the U.S. National Institutes of Health Merit and Sustained Superior Performance Awards, the Polish Ministry of Health Service Award, the Guatemala National Council for Tobacco Prevention and Control Meritorious Service Award, and the American Society of Preventive Oncology Joseph W. Cullen Memorial Award.

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