Lois B. Travis is a well-known medical researcher. Prior to her appointment to the IU School of Medicine, Dr. Travis was a Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and Director of the Rubin Center for Cancer Survivorship at the University of Rochester School of Medicine. Dr. Travis was trained at the Mayo Clinic and Harvard School of Public Health, and for two decades conducted research as a Principal Investigator at the National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Travis is known for her transdisciplinary, international research in cancer survivor populations that have provided new information with regard to the late effects of cancer treatment. Her team's investigations to date have been published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, Journal of the National Cancer Institute (JNCI), Cancer Research, and Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Travis' primary research interests center in the long-term physiologic and psychosocial effects of cancer and its treatment, with a goal of providing a foundation for risk-adapted evidence-based follow-up. Her current work focuses on selected, young adult cancers as a model for the construction of comprehensive survivorship studies (Travis LB, et al. JNCI 2010), with the eventual expansion of this approach to other populations. Dr. Travis' research interests also include the development of translational molecular approaches to identify patients at the highest risk of late effects (e.g., cardiovascular, pulmonary, renal) in order to develop preventive and interventional strategies.