Irene Tamí-Maury, DMD, MSc, DrPH
Irene Tamí-Maury has been involved with the CGNS since 2014. She is currently appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Behavioral Science at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She also holds an adjunct position at The University of Texas School of Dentistry at Houston, TX.
Prior to join MD Anderson, she served as Program Coordinator of the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization Collaborating Center on International Nursing at the School of Nursing in the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Currently, Dr. Tamí-Maury conducts research on two specific areas: 1) Cancer prevention and control in vulnerable populations (e.g., people living with HIV/AIDS, individuals infected with tuberculosis, sexual and gender minorities, adolescents and emerging adults, cancer patients, immigrants, etc.), and 2) eHealth/mHealth research and e-learning/training for health care providers. Dr. Tamí-Maury has a particular interest in developing, implementing, and evaluating tobacco prevention and cessation programs with a focus on developing countries and underserved areas of the US.
Dr. Tamí-Maury has been the recipient of several intramural research grants currently conducted in international settings. She is the Principal Investigator in a study that seeks to characterize betel quid/areca nut chewers and their withdrawal symptoms, in order to address an urgent oral cancer epidemiology issue in Taiwan. She also serves as Principal Investigator in a research effort aiming to change tobacco culture and norms in several cancer institutes in Latin America by establishing institutional capacity to promote relevant tobacco cessation services integrated into oncology practice. Being fluent in Spanish and her knowledgeable of the Latino culture has facilitated the collaborations with teaching and research institutions in the region.
Tamí-Maury is the author of over 25 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and a book chapter in DeVita, Hellman, and Rosenberg's Cancer: Principles and Practice of Oncology, a book thathas been acclaimed by the worldwide medical community as the standard-setting oncology reference. Dr. Tamí-Maury has presented her global health work at numerous national and international conferences, while at the same time she has served as moderator for workshops focused on basic biostatistics, epidemiology, scientific writing and publishing, among other topics in order to enhance individual and institutional capacity at several international universities and academic institutions. She is fluent in Spanish.