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Richard R. Love, M.D., M.S.,
Scientific Director

Dr. Richard LoveDr. Love is a medical researcher whose focus is on hormonal control of breast cancer. For the last 18 years his NIH and Breast Cancer Research Foundation-funded research has been done in collaboration with colleagues in Vietnam, and more recently in the Philippines, Morocco and Bangladesh.

His clinical trial of adjuvant surgical oophorectomy and tamoxifen established a new global standard of care, of significant importance to 500,000 poor women diagnosed with breast cancer annually around the world.

Currently a major new focus of Dr. Love’s and IBCRF's attention is in developing a model population-based program to reduce morbidity and mortality from breast cancer among the 7 million women residing in the Khulna division of Bangladesh. This program involves educational, service and research projects, in partnership with a rural information technology non-governmental organization. To achieve service sustainability, the program is being developed as a group of “social businesses”, following the entrepreneurial ideas and with the assistance of Muhammad Yunus, the Bangladeshi Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Review a list of Dr. Love's publications.

Heather Story Steiness, Clinical Research Manager

Heather Story Steiness is an international public health professional who focuses largely on women’s health issues in developing areas. She received her Master of Public Health from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing her PhD in Global Health at Arizona State University. Ms. Story has worked in low-resource settings around the world, including Nepal, South African townships, Bangladesh and Appalachia in the US.

Ms. Story spent two years living in Bangladesh as a US Agency for International Development fellow where she worked with non-governmental organizations to support nation-wide rural health clinics. In the last five and a half years Ms. Story has worked with the International Breast Cancer Research Foundation to manage breast cancer clinical trials based throughout Asia and Africa. In Bangladesh she serves as Program Director to develop and implement a comprehensive breast care program. Ms. Story’s skills include program development and management, program evaluation, data analysis, proposal development, strategic planning, clinical trial regulatory procedures, and human subjects protection. Her work has been published and presented in numerous places.

Ophira Ginsburg, Research Collaborator

Dr. Ophira GinsburgDr. Ophira Ginsburg is a medical oncologist, and an Adjunct Scientist at Women’s College Research Institute (WCRI). She is an assistant professor at the University of Toronto in the Department of Medicine, and Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

Since 2004, her research has focused on understanding population differences in breast cancer risk factors and outcomes. Her research portfolio includes a broad range of “Public Health Oncology” studies, the overarching aim of which is to inform best clinical practices for under-served women at home and abroad.

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