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Dr. Kathy Miller named interim associate director for clinical research at IU Simon Cancer Center

INDIANAPOLIS -- (Oct. 1, 2007) -- Dr. Kathy Miller has been named interim associate director for clinical research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center, effective today.

Miller, an associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology/oncology, will be charged with setting the overall direction and development of the cancer center’s clinical research program.  She will be responsible for recognizing promising areas of research and providing direction to faculty in pursuing research objectives.

Miller will replace Chris Sweeney, an associate professor of medicine in the division of hematology/oncology, who will return to his native Australia to be director of cancer clinical trials at Royal Adelaide Hospital Cancer Center in Adelaide. 

A national search remains open for Sweeney’s replacement.

The IU Simon Cancer Center research expertise is known around the world.  Its research offers renewed hope for patients and families and new options in cancer care.  As expert researchers and educators, IU Simon Cancer Center doctors and scientists are at the forefront of new ideas and solutions to treat, detect, and prevent cancer.

A renowned researcher herself, Miller discovered a dramatic benefit of giving women with recurrent breast cancer a drug that inhibits the development of tumor-sustaining blood vessels.  Her research findings suggest that adding a new drug to the standard chemotherapy treatment nearly doubled the time it took for cancer to grow in women whose breast cancer had returned or spread to other parts of the body, compared with women who received standard treatment alone.

Miller has earned research funding from the National Cancer Institute, the Komen Cancer Foundation, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation as well as numerous funded clinical trials.

Miller earned her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.  She completed both her internship and residency at Johns Hopkins and her fellowship at the IU School of Medicine.