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CNNT Project Staff

Project Director – Katherine Chauncey, PhD, RD, LD - Contributor to N'Sights Newsletters and Website

The project director is Katherine Chauncey, PhD, RD, LD, a licensed, registered dietitian, with over 30 years experience.  As Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, she is actively involved in medical student and resident education participating in patient care activities with Texas Tech Physicians. Her interest in cancer nutrition education is illustrated:  fellow in the 1994 Advanced Training Fellowship of the Dietitian Oncology Nutrition Education Project (DONEP);  CATCHUM cancer education network since 1997;   CATCHUM Nutrition Task force and Steering Committee; National Advisory Board of the Nutrition Education of Practicing Physicians (NEPP) project. Sales of her book, Low Carb Dieting For Dummys exceed 60,000 copies i.e. US, Canada, and  UK. More importantly, Dr. Chauncey is proudly a survivor of both breast and colorectal cancer having undergone surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation.

Project Co-Director - Barbara Pence, PhD, CCRP - Contributor to N'Sights Newsletters and Website

The project co-director is Barbara Pence, PhD, Professor of Pathology and Certified Clinical Research Professional, at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. With training in the area of carcinogenesis and cancer chemoprevention, her research interest are in cancer prevention and clinical research. Professional activities include CNNT Chair of the Policy Council; co-investigator for NCI funded CATCHUM Project; member of Steering Committee of the Physicians Oncology Education Program of the Texas Medical Association; Scientific Review Panel; Editorial Board of the American Institute for Cancer Research; and chair of numerous grant review panels at The National Cancer Institute. She has had extensive research funding from National Cancer Institute,  American Institute for Cancer Research, Texas Cancer Council for research into mechanisms of diet and cancer prevention. Her prevention and nutrition articles, and book chapters are published, as well as her book, Nutrition and Women's Cancers, published by CRC Press.

Project Founder – Billy U. Philips, Jr., PhD, MPH, FACE - Contributor to N'Sights Newsletters and Website

The project founder is Billy U. Philips, Jr., PhD, MPH, FACE who currently serves as Vice President and Director for the F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health and Professor of Family and Community Medicine at the at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. His research and funded projects are numerous. His expertise is in cancer prevention and control and he is a well-published author on the subject. He is a Christian and dedicates his work to the honor of his Savior and the memory of his father. It is his experience as a caregiver and first hand knowledge of difficulties experienced by people battling cancer that gives his work deep meaning.

Project Associate Director - Janet Basom CSO, RD, LD - Editor of N'Sights Newsletters and Website

Janet Basom is the project coordinator for CNNT at Texas Tech University School of Medicine Family and Community Medicine. She is a  registered, licensed dietitian with more than 25 years of experience. As a Certified Specialist in Oncology, her most recent experience includes six years of clinical nutrition practice in an out-patient cancer research and treatment center.