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Summer Biomed Intern Returns
to UCSF Fresno 17 Years Later in a Key Role

As an Edison High School student, Robin L. Whitney, PhD, RN, participated in the 1999 UCSF Fresno Summer Biomedical Internship Program. Under faculty member Paul Mills, PhD, she investigated the incidence of cancer in children exposed to pesticides. Seventeen years later, Dr. Whitney, who is a cancer survivor herself, was named Director of Research for the Hillblom Center on Aging.  Now, she is overseeing research related to the care of older adults in the Valley with the goal of improving access for local patients to innovative clinical studies.  Whitney also will evaluate outcomes of new, collaborative models of care for older patients in the region.  An interest in public health guided her career, including her research at UC Davis, which examined outcomes of individuals living with advanced cancer.  Whitney’s abstract and dissertation work were featured in an issue of “Value Based Cancer Care.” Welcome back Dr. Whitney and kudos to the SBI program for developing biomedical leaders for the Valley. 


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