In January, DCEG hosted Dame Valerie Beral, Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the Cancer Epidemiology Unit at the University of Oxford, for a two-day visit.
Dame Valerie is the 2014 recipient of the NCI Rosalind Franklin Award. She was presented with the award at the NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat, where she spoke on “Rosalind Franklin and Cancer in Women.”
After the retreat, Dame Valerie visited DCEG as a Distinguished Lecturer. She shared the story of Rosalind Franklin with DCEG staff and joined a vibrant discussion on career development issues, work-life balance, and modern challenges in the workplace. The event was hosted by Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil., Patricia Hartge, Sc.D., and Katherine McGlynn, Ph.D., Deputy Chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch.
Dame Valerie is an eminent epidemiologist with research interests in hormonal, reproductive, and infectious causes of cancer. After studying medicine at Sydney University, she undertook clinical work in Australia, New Guinea, and the United Kingdom and spent almost 20 years working in the Department of Epidemiology at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Dame Valerie is principal investigator for the Million Women Study on the effects of women’s lifestyles on health, with a particular focus on the effects of hormone replacement therapy. She also leads international collaborative studies of breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer.