Eileen Parinisi Dimond '85: The Role of National Cancer I...

    May 27, 2020

    Eileen Parinisi Dimond '85 was part of The University of Scranton’s first graduating class of nursing students. From there, she went on to a deeply rewarding career at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in Rockville, Maryland, where she’s been an integral part of research teams responsible for numerous innovations in the treatment of the disease.

    "NCI doesn’t stop even when a pandemic hits the globe. Our mission in cancer research continues and, in fact, NCI has been tapped to use its unique resources and breadth of experience to address aspects of the pandemic," said Dimond.

    She weighed on what has changed at work during the pandemic.

    "While many of the cancer prevention trials I work with had to pause for accrual due to canceling of elective surgeries, research staff working from home and to limit participant exposure, the cancer treatment trials continued," she said. "It has been amazing to see everyone working together even though many of us are working from home, to do all we can to keep research moving forward."

    Read The Scranton Journal profile about Dimond, before COVID-19, here.

    Read more about the work NCI is doing on the NCI website or in this post about how NCI is involved in evaluating antibody tests.

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