DCEG staff members often receive scientific and professional society awards and recognition. In addition, they present their research at scientific conferences and participate in other events. Read about current DCEG people in the news below, and view an archive of past people in the news.
Over the past 14 years, researchers in the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB), led by Branch Chief Sharon Savage, M.D., have carried out a study of dyskeratosis congenita (DC) at the NIH Clinical Center to better understand the disorder and to identify the genes responsible for it.
Using exome sequencing, Dr. Savage and her team have identified several genes that cause DC, including RTEL1, a gene known to be involved in telomere biology. Discovery of a rare founder mutation in this gene has led to a direct benefit for at least one DC family. Read more about this discovery.
In June, Yikyung Park, Sc.D., left the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB) to take a position as an associate professor in the Division of Public Health Sciences, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.
Dr. Park joined DCEG in 2006 as an NIH-AARP postdoctoral fellow and was later promoted to a staff scientist. She managed the Division’s activities within the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study and supervised the linking of AARP and Medicare data. Dr. Park's leadership in this effort has provided a unique opportunity to create a longitudinal dataset that includes both pre- and post-diagnostic diet and lifestyle information, as well as cancer treatment and comorbidity data. This valuable dataset will strengthen ongoing research of medically-documented conditions related to cancer incidence, survival, and non-cancer outcomes.
In May, Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH. Dr. Abnet earned a Ph.D. in environmental toxicology from the University of Wisconsin in 1998 and an M.P.H. in epidemiology from the University of Minnesota in 1999. Since joining DCEG’s Nutritional Epidemiology Branch as a tenure-track investigator in 2005, Dr. Abnet has focused his work on the etiology of esophageal and gastric cancer and the lifestyle, environmental, and genetic contributions to the development of these diseases. He also studies the microbiome and its associations with cancer. Read more about Dr. Abnet.
Shelia H. Zahm, Sc.D., and Dalsu A.N. Baris, M.D., Ph.D., received an Honorable Mention Alice Hamilton Award in the category of Epidemiology and Surveillance from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). These awards recognize the scientific excellence of technical and instructional materials by scientists and engineers in the areas of biological science, engineering and physical science, human studies, and educational materials. Drs. Zahm and Baris were honored for their work on the firefighters study led by NIOSH, which included updated follow-up of the NCI Philadelphia Firefighters Study.
On May 6, cancer researchers from across the country and around the globe gathered with colleagues from NIH for a scientific symposium to celebrate 50 years of visionary leadership by Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., founding Director of DCEG. Nearly 350 scientists attended the symposium, titled “Cancer Epidemiology: From Pedigrees to Populations,” which focused on a selection of some of the major scientific themes that flourished and expanded out of Dr. Fraumeni’s groundbreaking research into cancer etiology and prevention. Read more about this special event.
In April, several DCEG staff members took part in the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in San Diego, California. This five-day event highlighted the latest scientific advances in basic, clinical, and epidemiologic cancer research. The theme of this year’s meeting was Harnessing Breakthroughs – Targeting Cures. Read more about the 2014 AACR meeting.