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Pollock to head new Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics

Brad H. Pollock, M.D., has been selected to direct the Center for Epidemiology and Biostatistics, a joint program of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio's Children's Cancer Research Center (CCRC) and the San Antonio Cancer Institute.

Dr. Pollock, whose primary research focus is on the epidemiology, prevention and control of childhood cancer and its aftereffects, most recently has been professor and interim chairman of the department of health policy and epidemiology at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He begins in San Antonio Aug. 1 and will report to Steven A. Wartman, M.D., Ph.D., executive vice president for academic and health affairs and dean of the Medical School at the Health Science Center.

Dr. Pollock is expected to recruit several faculty members to the new Epidemiology and Biostatistics Center, which will occupy a portion of the new CCRC building to be completed in late 2003 or early 2004 near the Cancer Therapy & Research Center's Grossman Cancer Center and the university's Allied Health/Research Building. Until then, according to CCRC interim director Anthony Infante, M.D., associate dean of research in the Medical School and associate professor of pediatrics, the epidemiology and biostatistics group will probably occupy spaces in the medicine/medical oncology division and pediatrics department at the Health Science Center and at the CTRC.

"We look forward to Dr. Pollock's arrival," Dr. Infante said. "He is a dynamic and interactive personality, someone who will make things happen."

A native of Los Angeles, Dr. Pollock earned a bachelor of science in molecular biology from the University of California at Irvine and a master of public health and a doctor of
philosophy from the UCLA School of Public Health.
He is chair of the national Children's Oncology Group Cancer Control Committee, a member of the medical and scientific advisory board of the National Childhood Cancer Foundation, and a member of the advisory committee of the International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry. He serves on a number of grant review and advisory panels of the National Cancer Institute and is the author of numerous publications.

He and his wife, Nancy Cowen Pollock, have two children.

Contact: Will Sansom or Aileen Salinas