In June, DCEG received the inaugural Alexander D. Langmuir Award for Training Program Excellence and Innovation. Jackie Lavigne, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of DCEG's Office of Education (OE), accepted the award during a ceremony at the Third North American Congress of Epidemiology in Montreal, Canada.
The objectives of the award are to highlight epidemiology training programs that emphasize research experience and skills development, the application of epidemiology principles and advanced methods, and the importance of collaborative and integrative epidemiologic approaches. "This award acknowledges NCI's training program for having developed and implemented creative educational offerings that effectively train future leaders in epidemiology," said Dr. John Vena, the Award Committee Chair.
Training the next generation of scientists was the strategic focus for Division Director Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., when he established OE in 1999. Having an office dedicated to training across the Division enables DCEG to offer its fellows the potential to work with and learn from experts in many aspects of epidemiology and genetics. Under the guidance of dedicated, experienced mentors, DCEG fellows gain in-depth experience in designing and executing research studies, analyzing data, and interpreting and publishing the results. Evidence for the success of trainees in the DCEG environment lies in their record of publishing innovative and high-quality research. Current and recent DCEG fellows are represented as lead authors in most of the top journals in the field. In addition, DCEG offers a variety of practical opportunities for fellows to develop a comprehensive set of professional skills, including giving research presentations (at local, national, and international meetings), planning scientific events, mentoring, and grant writing.
The award honors the memory of Alexander D. Langmuir, who created the Epidemic Intelligence Service, a combined training and service program for epidemiologists at what is now known as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.