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Lovly to chair foundation’s scientific leadership board

Oct. 29, 2020, 8:51 AM


by Tom Wilemon

Christine Lovly, MD, PhD, Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research, has been named incoming chair of GO2 Foundation’s Scientific Leadership Board (SLB). Lovly, co-leader of the Translational Research and Interventional Oncology Research Program at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, has served as an SLB board member since April 2019.

Christine Lovly, MD, PhD

“We are thrilled that Dr. Lovly will be leading and working with our Scientific Leadership Board as it continues to drive discoveries of innovative treatment approaches that will improve the lives and survivorship of lung cancer patients around the world,” said Bonnie Addario, co-founder and board chair of GO2 Foundation.

The SLB provides recommendations to GO2 Foundation leadership and staff to guide program and project development execution in support of the foundation’s mission.

The SLB works primarily on clinical and translational research programming but may also advise on medical outreach, public policy, patient services and other areas of the organization as needed.

Lovly is a physician-scientist known for her patient-centered approach. Her laboratory research is directed at understanding and developing improved therapeutic strategies for specific clinically relevant molecular subsets of cancer. She is also a collaborator with GO2 Foundation’s sister organization, the Addario Lung Cancer Medical Institute (ALCMI), an international research consortium that drives groundbreaking initiatives including genetic testing, therapeutic discoveries, targeted treatments, and early detection of lung cancer.

“Dr. Lovly is invaluable to GO2 Foundation and the patients we serve, bringing her brilliance and innovation to the research of understanding lung cancer gene mutations and resistance to biomarker driven therapies,” said Laurie Fenton Ambrose, co-founder, president and CEO of GO2 Foundation.

Lovly was a recent presenter at GO2 Foundation’s Lung Cancer Living Room where patients are brought together with lung cancer physicians and specialists to discuss information and breakthroughs on everything from early detection and treatment options to taboos and stigma.

“I am honored to be invited to chair GO2 Foundation’s Scientific Leadership Board where the focus is always on patient-centered research and care,” Lovly said.

“I look forward to continued partnership with my esteemed colleagues on the board as we strive to guide research and discoveries that lead to continued improvements for the care of all lung cancer patients.”

She received a BA in chemistry from Johns Hopkins University followed by MD and PhD degrees as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program at Washington University in St. Louis. She completed internal medicine residency and medical oncology subspecialty training at Vanderbilt University.

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