On January 3, 2017, the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy announced that one of its board members, Margaret Hamburg, M.D., has been named president-elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her term as president commences in February, 2017. Dr. Hamburg will continue to serve on the board of the Parker Institute and as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM).
Dr. Hamburg brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to AAAS. She held the position of senior scientist and vice president of the Nuclear Threat Institute in the Clinton Administration. In addition, she was the assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during that same time period.
More recently, Dr. Hamburg was a commissioner at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). She was involved in regulatory science and medical product innovation as well as implementing laws concerning food safety and curbing the use of tobacco.
She is extremely qualified to lead an organization dedicated to the advancement of science. Parker Institute is on the cutting edge of cancer treatment with its emphasis on immune therapies. This is certainly a significant advancement in science, and represents the hope of a cancer cure. Parker has partnered with many prestigious cancer centers and universities, all of whom are exploring all the possibilities of immune treatment for cancer.
Dr. Hamburg believes that the advancement of science depends in part on acceptance of the role of science in people’s lives. One way to do that it to get the results of scientific research out to the public in the form of treatments for medical conditions. Her involvement with Parker is doing just that, and that involvement will translate into her new position as the president of AAAS. It is very important that the public realize that scientific research has tangible benefits, and is not just done for the sole purpose of enhancing knowledge.
This is an exciting time for new developments in all areas of life. Advancements in science is one such area, and Dr. Hamburg is the right person at the right time to lead an organization dedicated to that goal. She has the experience, knowledge, and dedication needed to ensure that everyone understands how science makes life better, and the best is yet to come, especially in cancer research and treatment.