Gwen Darien

Gwen Darien
Director, The Pathways Project


Gwen Darien, a cancer survivor herself, brings a wealth of personal and professional experiences to her position as a director of The Pathways Project—a radically inclusive organization that creates communities and catalyzes movements that put people at the center of health care research and delivery. Ms. Darien served as executive director of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. In this role, she was committed to developing collaborations across all segments of the cancer community to translate cancer research discoveries from the bench to the clinic.

Prior to joining SWCRF, Ms. Darien was editor-in-chief of CR magazine and director of the American Association for Cancer Research Survivor and Patient Advocacy Program where she led initiatives to foster mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships among leaders of the cancer survivor, patient advocacy and scientific communities through collaborations, communications and education. Ms. Darien was previously the editor-in-chief of MAMM, a consumer magazine dedicated to women with breast and reproductive cancer. During Ms. Darien’s tenure, MAMM won international acclaim for its coverage of survivorship, health disparities, controversies in women’s cancers and health care policy.

Ms. Darien is Chair of the NCI Director’s Consumer Liaison Group. She is a member of the Board of Directors of ENACCT (Education Network to Advance Cancer Clinical Trials) and the Strategic Advisory Group (SAGE) of the Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin. She has served on the Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Health, Genetics and Society and the faculties of the AACR/ASCO Methods in Clinical Cancer Research Workshop, Accelerating Anti-Cancer Agent Development and Validation Workshop and the advisory board of the Health Advocacy Program at Sarah Lawrence College. She has received several awards for her work, including: the Avon Foundation Media Leadership Award, the LYMPHAdvocate Award from the Cure for Lymphoma Foundation, and the Sisters’ Network Media Leadership Award. Darien is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College.


Patient Engagement
Location: Plaza Room B Level: Non-technical
Marcia Kean (Feinstein Kean Healthcare), Charles Hugh-Jones (Sanofi), Gwen Darien (The Pathways Project)
The cancer research community has been extremely resistant to data sharing, and cancer data of all kinds have been trapped. Now, cancer patients are awakening to a new day, enabled by numerous technological and societal shifts. A broad coalition led by patients and pharma companies is launching an initiative to drive standards-based data exchange to fuel research and improve care. Read more.


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