The Wistar Institute Names New Communications Director

The Wistar Institute Names New Communications Director

July 30, 2008

(PHILADELPHIA—July 31, 2008) – The Wistar Institute has named Staci Vernick Goldberg as its new director of communications. Goldberg will oversee Wistar’s internal and external communications and participate in strategic planning for the Institute. She will assume her post August 25.

Goldberg brings to Wistar nearly 20 years’ experience in communications and media relations. Most recently, she has served for the past two years as director of communications and public relations for the American Association for Cancer Research, the world’s oldest and largest scientific organization dedicated to advancing cancer research. Previously, she served for seven years as director of communications and public affairs for Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, the children’s hospital of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Goldberg’s responsibilities at Wistar will include management of the Institute’s media relations efforts, as well as its publications, community events, and Web site. She also will help to plan the Institute’s donor outreach, business development, and government relations initiatives.

“We are excited to welcome Staci aboard,” said Russel E. Kaufman, M.D., Wistar’s president and CEO. “With her extensive experience in strategic communications and her understanding of science and medicine, Staci will play a critical role in raising public awareness of Wistar and its lifesaving achievements in biomedical research.”

A Philadelphia-area native, Goldberg graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. She is an active volunteer for many local non-profits and serves on the steering committee of the Lance Armstrong Foundation’s Young Adult Alliance.

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer research and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the country, Wistar has long held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute. Discoveries at Wistar have led to the creation of the rubella vaccine that eradicated the disease in the United States, human rabies vaccines used worldwide, and a rotavirus vaccine approved in 2006. Today, Wistar is home to preeminent researchers studying skin cancer, lung cancer, and brain tumors, and Wistar Institute Vaccine Center scientists are creating new vaccines against pandemic influenza, HIV, and other diseases threatening global health. The Institute works to ensure that its research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. The Wistar Institute: Today’s Discoveries – Tomorrow’s Cures. On the Web at