Three NCCC Members Named Fellows by AAAS

November 30, 2012
Lebanon, NH

Three members of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center been selected as fellows by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. The Cancer Center's new fellows—professors Christopher Amos, Mark A. Israel and Todd Heatherton—are among six named from Dartmouth College and 702 scholars selected overall this year.

The award recognizes distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications to society. Fellows are chosen based on an evaluation by peers in the same academic discipline.

"The AAAS recognition of these outstanding faculty members and their important scientific achievements is indicative of the significant research activity taking place at the medical school, " says Wiley "Chip" Souba, MD, ScD, MBA, dean of the Geisel School of Medicine and vice president for health affairs at Dartmouth. "They embody the Dartmouth ideals of improving lives through leadership, intellectual curiosity, and collaboration."

The new fellows are:

Christopher Amos, PhD, is associate director for population sciences at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and professor of community and family medicine at the Geisel School of Medicine. Since joining Dartmouth in September 2012, Amos has been leading the development of a center for genomic medicine. He also leads an international grant that is identifying new loci influencing lung cancer susceptibility, studying the new loci using animal and cellular models and then characterizing the impact that these variants have in population-based studies.

Mark A. Israel, MD, is director of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and professor of pediatrics and of genetics at the Geisel School of Medicine. As a cancer physician and translational scientist, he specializes in the molecular and cellular biology of brain tumors, and has made discoveries about nervous-system tumors to benefit children and young adults with cancer. He has identified genetic cues that go awry, causing cells to undergo malignant transformation and produce tumors.

Todd Heatherton, PhD, is a member of the Cancer Control program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center and the Lincoln Filene Professor in Human Relations in the department of psychological and brain sciences. He uses functional brain imaging to study social cognition and behavior. Much of his recent research examines the mechanisms that allow people to control their behavior and the circumstances under which self-control fails, focusing on the link between subcortical brain activity (i.e., reward and affect structures) and prefrontal executive control.

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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