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The Anita B. Roberts Lecture Series was established by the Women Scientist Advisors (WSA) Committee in 2006. The series is dedicated to the memory of Anita Roberts, chief of the Laboratory of Cell Regulation and Carcinogenesis at NCI from 1995 to 2006.
Roberts spent 30 years at NIH, arriving at NCI in 1976 after completing her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard University. She obtained her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of Wisconsin in 1968.
In March 2004, she was diagnosed with aggressive stage IV gastric cancer, which she fought for two years, until her death on May 26, 2006. She documented her thoughts, feelings, and experiencesas a scientist, a family member, and a cancer patientthroughout those two-plus years in her blog:
The Anita B. Roberts Lecture Series is sponsored by the NIH Women Scientist Advisors Committee and the Office of Research on Women's Health.