National Cancer Institute Senior Investigator Moves to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California

Fremont, California (EastBayDaily) — Ann Hsing, Ph.D., M.P.H., has joined the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) as its new Director of Research. She will lead CPIC’s team of 16 research scientists in investigating the causes of cancer and cancer disparities and in reducing the burden of cancers that cannot yet be prevented.

Dr. Hsing, who comes to CPIC from her position as a senior investigator at the National Cancer Institute, brings national and international leadership in the research of several cancers. She is particularly known for her international work on prostate cancer in China and Africa.

“I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to lead the CPIC’s outstanding research program and its elite scientists,” said Dr. Hsing. “Together, we will expand cancer research to many groups and on many fronts, including investigations of cancer disparities affecting African-, Asian-, and Hispanic-Americans, immigrants, and various underserved populations in California. Through this work we will develop an effective model for cancer prevention that the nation and the world can follow.”

An established international authority on the molecular, genetic, and environmental risk factors of diseases, Dr. Hsing intends to lead CPIC to further preeminence in understanding the causes of cancer and developing effective means of prevention across all segments of the population. She will work toward her vision of building a center of excellence in global health research and advancing CPIC’s strong, ongoing work in cancer prevention and health disparity research. At CPIC, she also will continue her research program.

“Dr. Hsing’s oversight and leadership will enhance the cancer prevention work we do, maximizing the strategic potential of our individual and collective research,” said CPIC Chief Executive Officer Sally Glaser, Ph.D. “Her broad experience and international perspective on cancer will inform CPIC’s scientific work to keep Californians and all people healthy and cancer-free, and we are excited to have her directing our cancer prevention research team.”

Dr. Hsing holds a Ph.D. in epidemiology from The Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Public Health degree in biostatistics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Also known for her research on biliary tract cancers in China and, more recently, in Chile, she has authored nearly 200 scientific papers and is the recipient of numerous professional awards and honors at the national level. Her record of scientific leadership and service to the National Cancer Institute spans over 20 years.

“I am confident that the CPIC, with its multiethnic California population focus, state and federally supported cancer registries, deep expertise, and strong ties with the Stanford Cancer Institute, will continue to gain stature as a nationally and internationally recognized institution for cancer research and prevention,” said Dr. Hsing.

About the Cancer Prevention Institute of California The Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC) is the nation’s premier organization dedicated to preventing cancer and to reducing its burden where it cannot yet be prevented. CPIC tracks patterns of cancer throughout the entire population and identifies those at risk for developing cancer. Its research scientists are leaders in investigating the causes of cancer in large populations to advance the development of prevention-focused interventions. CPIC’s innovative cancer prevention research and education programs, together with the Stanford Cancer Institute, deliver a comprehensive arsenal for defeating cancer. For more information, visit CPIC’s official website at


Stephen Texeira
Cancer Prevention Institute of California