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DCEG Distinguished Lecturer - Dame Valerie Beral, M.D.

A career in epidemiology: An observational study


Dame Valerie Beral, M.D.
Director, Cancer Epidemiology Unit and          Professor, Epidemiology
University of Oxford




Dame Valerie Beral, M.D. is the 2014 recipient of the NCI Rosalind Franklin Award, which she will receive at the NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat. Dr. Beral has extended her visit in order to come to NCI Shady Grove to spend a day with her collaborators. As a DCEG Distinguished Lecturer she will present a short talk about her career in epidemiology. Immediately following her remarks there will be a brown bag lunch and break-out group discussions on “A life in epidemiology” – focusing on career development issues, work-life balance, and modern challenges in the workplace.

Hosted by Katherine McGlynn, Ph.D., Amy Berrington de González, Ph.D., and Patricia Hartge, Sc.D.

About Dr. Beral

Dame Valerie Beral, M.D. is a Professor of Epidemiology at the University of Oxford and, since 1989, has been Director of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit (CEU) in Oxford. After studying medicine at Sydney University, Dr. Beral undertook clinical work in Australia, New Guinea and the UK and spent almost 20 years working in the Department of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. She is Principal Investigator for the Million Women Study on the effect of women’s lifestyle on health, with particular focus on the effects of hormone replacement therapy, and she leads international collaborative studies of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer.