Big Ideas

Judy Garber, M.D., M.P.H.

October 31, 2013

Dr. Judy Garber received a Translational Grant from The V Foundation in 2008 to support her breast cancer research. She is Director of the Center for Cancer Genetics and Prevention at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and she has recently been elected to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), a nongovernmental organization that advises the nation on issues related to biomedical science, medicine and health. With breast cancer as their primary focus, Garber and her colleagues are leading studies of the long-term psychosocial and medical effects of genetic testing. Her work centers on identifying people with genetic factors that place them at an increased risk of developing cancer and devising strategies to lower that risk. Dr. Garber’s recent research includes evaluating novel drugs designed to target DNA repair defects in triple-negative or basal-like breast cancer, the most common form of cancer in women with germline BRCA1 mutations.