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HCGH's Beerman on DoD panel

Contact:   Sharon Sopp, 410.740.7646, ssopp@hcgh.org

Columbia, MD – Howard County General Hospital: A Member of Johns Hopkins Medicine (HCGH) is proud to announce that Tina Beerman, RN, manager of the hospital’s Center for Breast Care, is a consumer reviewer in the evaluation of research proposals submitted to the Breast Cancer Research Program (BCRP) sponsored by the Department of Defense.

As such, she is a full voting member, along with prominent scientists, at meetings to determine how the remainder of Congress’ FY08 appropriation of $138 million will be spent on future breast cancer research. Consumer reviewers represent the collective view of breast cancer survivors and patients, family members, and persons at risk for the disease. Reviewers prepare comments on the impact of the research on issues such as disease prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment and quality of life after treatment.

Beerman is one of 116 consumer advocates participating in the July/August 2008 peer review meetings. Commenting on her role as a consumer reviewer, Beerman said that the opportunity to represent the many women diagnosed with breast cancer and be their voice in the scientific research community is a privilege.

Consumer advocates and scientists have worked together in this unique partnership to evaluate the scientific merit of breast cancer research proposals since 1995.

More than 3000 breast cancer research proposals are being reviewed for FY08 funds. Scientists applying propose to conduct innovative research aimed at the elimination of breast cancer.

As manager of the Center for Breast Care at Howard County General Hospital, Beerman helps newly diagnosed breast cancer patients navigate the maze of testing and treatment by providing support and guidance throughout the experience.

More information about the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program is available at the Website: http://cdmrp.army.mil.