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Jean Andrews Distinguished Professor 2021


Anne McTiernan, MD, PhD,

Anne McTiernan is a Professor of Epidemiology and Geriatrics at the University of Washington Schools of Public Health and Medicine, and she is also affiliated with the Public Health Sciences Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Dr. McTiernan received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Washington in 1982 and a M.D. in Internal Medicine from New York Medical College in 1989.

Dr. McTiernan is a pioneer in women’s health research, leading studies that investigate the effects of obesity, diet, and exercise on breast cancer risk and prognosis, with the goal to reduce cancers caused by excess weight and sedentary lifestyles and improve survival of all cancer patients.  She was PI of the National Cancer Institute’s Seattle Transdisciplinary Research on Energetics and Cancer (TREC) program, a co-investigator in the Women’s Health Initiative, and has served on the Physical Activity Guidelines and Advisory Committee of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In addition to publishing over 400 scientific manuscripts, Dr. McTiernan has also published two memoirs entitled, Starved: A Nutrition Doctor’s Journey from Empty to Full, which chronicles her journey through a childhood of abuse and eating disorders, and Cured: A Doctor's Journey from Panic to Peace, which describes the challenges she faced in pursuing a medical degree following a successful career in research.  

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Public Talk:

"What Do Weight and Exercise Have to Do with Breast Cancer?"

April 1, 2021 6-7pm

Where: Youtube Livestream link 
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Past Speakers



Dr. Kevin Hall

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Dr. Kevin Hall is the Integrative Physiology Section Chief and a Senior Investigator in the Laboratory of Biological Modeling at the National Institutes of Health.  He is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in the factors that regulate energy balance.


Dr. Rob Knight
 Rob Knight Dr. Rob Knight is a Professor at the University of California, San Diego. A world leader in gut microbiomes, he is the co-founder of the American Gut Project and the Earth Microbiome Project.
Dr. Edward Giovanucci
 Giovannucci Dr. Edward Giovanucci is a Professor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. He spoke about nutritional, hormonal, and genetic factors related to various malignancies, especially those of the prostate and large bowel. 
Dr. Bruce Spiegelman
 Spiegelman Dr. Bruce Spiegelman is the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Professor at Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dr. David Heber
 Heber Dr. David Heber is a Professor of Medicine and Public Health and Founding Chief of the Division of Clinical Nutrition in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Dr. Randy Jirtle
 Jirtle Dr. Randy Jirtle is Professor of Epigenetics at the Department of Sport and Exercise Sciences, University of Bedfordshire, Bedford, UK and a senior scientist at McArdle Laboratory for Cancer Research at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Dr. Walter Willett
 Willett Dr. Walter Willett is the Fredrick John Stare Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Department of Nutrition, Harvard School of Public Health.
Dr. John Milner
Milner Dr. John Milner is Chief of the Nutritional Science Research Group in the Division of Cancer Prevention of the National Cancer Institute. 




History of lectureship

The Jean Andrews Centennial Faculty Fellowship in Human Nutrition was established by the Board of Regents of The University of Texas System on June 17, 1983, for the benefit of the College of Natural Sciences. Gift funds were provided by Jean Andrews, Ph.D. of Austin, Texas, a 1944 graduate of The University of Texas at Austin College of Natural Sciences. 

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