Gwen Darien

May 15, 2009 1:25:01 PM PDT
As a cancer survivor herself, Gwen Darien brings a wealth of personal and professional experience to her positions as editor-in-chief of CR magazine and director of the American Association for Cancer Research Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program, where she oversees initiatives to promote partnerships between advocates and researchers, including the organization's renowned Scientist-Survivor programs. Gwen Darien Director, Survivor and Patient Advocacy Editor-in-Chief, CR magazine The American Association for Cancer Research AACR established the department of Survivor and Patient Advocacy in November 2004 with Darien as its founding director. Accomplishments under Darien's leadership include: the expansion of the Scientist-Survivor program to three AACR conferences; the creation of a Survivor and Patient Advocate portal on; an expanded presence and integration of advocates in AACR's activities; and the development and launch of CR magazine and its website in spring 2006.

Under Darien's direction, CR magazine has published features on such timely issues as race and cancer research, how stress affects cancer, the screening debates, nanotechnology and profiles of survivors and scientists written by award-winning medical journalists, as well as insightful personal essays by survivors and advocates.

Darien was previously the editor-in-chief of MAMM, the country's only consumer magazine dedicated to women with breast and reproductive cancer.

Darien has addressed cancer survivors and scientists across the country and in Europe at many panels, workshops and conferences. Darien has served on the faculties of the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop, American Society of Breast Disease Annual Symposium, Accelerating Anti-Cancer Agent Development and Validation Workshop and the Milan Breast Cancer Symposium. Darien is a member of the Secretary's Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health and Society (SACGHS). Darien serves on the NCI Director's Consumers Liaison Group. She also serves on the advisory board of the Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence College and is an external advisor to the Breast Cancer SPORE at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center. She has received several awards for her work, including: the Avon Foundation Media Leadership Award, the LYMPHAdvocate Award from the Cure for Lymphoma Foundation, and the Sisters' Network Media Leadership Award.

Prior to her diagnosis of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in 1993, Darien was the executive director of Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Darien was also deputy director of P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center in New York City from 1984 to 1990. Darien is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.