Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D.


Kristiina Vuori, M.D., Ph.D., has been a member of WebMD’s Board of Directors since July 2014. Dr. Vuori has been President of Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute since 2010, responsible for the Institute's academic, scientific and general operations. The Institute is a non-profit research organization dedicated to discovering the fundamental molecular causes of disease and devising the innovative therapies of tomorrow, with major research programs in cancer, neurodegeneration, diabetes, and infectious, inflammatory, and childhood diseases. Dr. Vuori also served as the Institute’s Interim CEO from 2013 to 2014. Dr. Vuori holds the Pauline and Stanley Foster Presidential Chair at the Institute and serves as Professor at the Institute's National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Cancer Center, an interdisciplinary basic and translational research effort mobilizing over 400 scientists. From 2005 until 2013, Dr. Vuori also led the Cancer Center. Dr. Vuori earned her M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at University of Oulu, Finland. After completing her internship and residency, she received postdoctoral training at Sanford-Burnham from 1992 to 1995 and was appointed to the faculty in 1996.

Dr. Vuori has received numerous research grants and awards from NIH, NCI, Department of Defense (DoD), Stand Up To Cancer Dream Team, and the California Cancer Research Programs. She was elected to the National Academy of Inventors (NAI) in 2014. She also serves in a wide variety of advisory capacities to NCI and other cancer organizations, including advisory roles for the NCI’s Developmental Therapeutics Program, Center for Strategic Scientific Initiatives, and the National Cancer Advisory Board. Additionally, Dr. Vuori serves or has served on the Boards of Directors for the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), and the California Breast Cancer Research Council. She has also served on numerous editorial boards for scientific journals and institutional scientific advisory boards.

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