Dr. Christopher Amos Named Associate Director for Population Sciences

September 07, 2012
Lebanon, NH

Christopher Amos, PhD

Christopher Amos, PhD

Christopher Amos, PhD, has joined Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center (NCCC) as Associate Director for Population Sciences and as Professor of Community and Family Medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. He will oversee NCCC's ongoing research programs investigating the interplay of cancer and genetics in the general population.

Dr. Amos leaves his position as Professor of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology and Epidemiology at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas in Houston, TX, where he served as the leader of the Human and Computational Genomics Program. He also directed M.D. Anderson's Human Pedigree Analysis Resource Center. Over the course of his career he has studied genetic risk in prostate, head and neck, lung, and colon cancers, as well as in Peutz-Jeghers syndrome, a condition characterized by increased risk of polyps and multiple cancers.

"We are enormously pleased to welcome Chris Amos onto our scientific leadership team," said Mark Israel, MD, Director of NCCC. "He brings to the Cancer Center an extensive record of insightful research, thoughtful administration, and accomplishment that will greatly benefit our population sciences research programs. We look forward to important contributions from Dr. Amos in the pursuit of our longstanding commitment to  understand, treat, and prevent cancer."

"It's a great privilege to become part of Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of the great research, teaching, and clinical cancer facilities in the world," said Dr. Amos. "I am excited to work with the exceptional and renowned NCCC research teams and staff that are already in place and look forward to the many accomplishments we will achieve together exploring novel opportunities I expect will emerge as the result of new collaborations and lines of investigation."

Dr. Amos earned his BA in mathematics from Reed College in Portland, Ore., and his MD and PhD, both in Biometry, from LSU Medical Center in New Orleans, La. He is the author or co-author more than 350 published research papers. Most recently, he directed a study to identify genetic risk factors for lung cancer using a genome-wide association approach. By this method, his team identified a novel locus in a region of chromosome 15q influencing lung cancer susceptibility.

Dr. Amos has directed the statistical genetics core for the North American Rheumatoid Arthritis Consortium and the Genetic Epidemiology of Lung Cancer Consortium. He is a co-leader of Transdisciplinary Research in Cancer, which is a consortium of investigators integrating genome-wide association studies of lung, ovarian, colorectal, breast and prostate cancer. He also serves as the secretary/treasurer for the International Genetic Epidemiology Society and has served as its president.

About Norris Cotton Cancer Center at Dartmouth-Hitchcock

Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Dartmouth College and the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth with patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock regional locations in Manchester, Nashua, and Keene, NH, and St. Johnsbury, VT, and at 12 partner hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. It is one of 41 centers nationwide to earn the National Cancer Institute's "Comprehensive Cancer Center" designation. Learn more about Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials online at

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