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People in the News

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.

DCEG Hosts Symposium on Applying Epidemiology

In June 2015, nearly 200 scientists from NCI, NIH, and other organizations gathered for the “Applying NCI Etiologic Epidemiologic Discoveries to Reduce Cancer Burden” symposium. The event, hosted by DCEG, targeted the etiologic epidemiologist considering the earliest steps of new discovery application. Learn more about “Applying NCI Etiologic Epidemiologic Discoveries to Reduce Cancer Burden.”

McTiernan Gives Third Arthur Schatzkin Lecture

In May 2015, Dr. Anne McTiernan of the University of Washington and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, gave the third Arthur Schatzkin Distinguished Lecture in Nutritional Epidemiology. Learn more about the Arthur Schatzkin lecture.

Louise Brinton Honored with SER Career Accomplishment Award

In June 2015, Louise A. Brinton, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch, received the Society of Epidemiologic Research (SER) Career Accomplishment Award during the 2015 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado. The award is given to honor an outstanding scholar with extraordinary contributions to the field of epidemiology, or an individual whose work has had a profound impact on epidemiology resulting in a shift in research practice. Read more about this honor.

Stephen Chanock Presents at ASCO

In May, Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., DCEG Director, delivered a talk at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Illinois. He spoke on “Risks and benefits of real-time molecular profiling” during an education session on “Real-time molecular genetic profiling: The future is now (or is it)?”.

DCEG Hosts 2015 Radiation Epidemiology Course

In May 2015, more than 200 researchers from 17 countries around the world came to NCI for the 2015 Radiation Epidemiology and Dosimetry Course, organized and hosted by DCEG’s Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB). Read more about the 2015 Radiation Epidemiology Course.

NIH Fogarty Newsletter Features Burkitt Lymphoma Research

Sam Mbulaiteye, MBChB, M.Phil., M.Med., was featured in the May/June 2015 issue of the NIH Fogarty International Center Global Health Matters newsletter. The article, titled "Burkitt lymphoma studies may also advance research on other cancers, HIV, malaria," highlighted Dr. Mbulaiteye's work on the Epidemiology of Burkitt Lymphoma in East African Children and Minors (EMBLEM) study in Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Read the article in Fogarty's Global Health Matters newsletter.

Marianne Henderson Receives ISBER Distinguished Leadership and Service Award

In May 2015, Marianne K. Henderson, M.S., CPC, received the Distinguished Leadership and Service Award from the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER), the leading international forum for addressing the technical, legal, ethical, and managerial issues relevant to repositories of biologic and environmental specimens. Learn more about this honor.

Staff Recognized at 2015 Spring DCEG Town Hall Meeting

In April, DCEG held a Town Hall Meeting to recognize the accomplishments of Division members during the past year. Director Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., welcomed staff and gave an update on Division activities. In addition, he paid special tribute to those who have made a substantial impact with their scientific contributions and service to the Division and Institute in 2014. Read more about the award recipients.

Mitchell Gail Gives 2015 AACR-ACS Award Lecture

Mitchell Gail
© AACR/Phil McCarten 2015

In April 2015, Mitchell H. Gail, M.D., Ph.D., received the 24th Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-American Cancer Society Award for Excellence in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention. Read more about Mitchell Gail's AACR-ACS Award lecture.

DCEG Participates in 2015 AACR Annual Meeting

In April 2015, several DCEG staff members took part in the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Read more about DCEG participation in the AACR meeting.

New Tenure-Track Investigator in REB

Cari Kitahara, Ph.D., is now a tenure-track investigator in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch. Her research focuses on low-dose radiation exposure and cancer risks in medical workers and the etiology of radiosensitive cancers, particularly thyroid cancer and glioma. Learn more about Dr. Kitahara.

Randomized Trial to Evaluate Proton Versus Photon for Treatment of Breast Cancer

Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil., Chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, is co-leading the late-effects working group on a new 20 center randomized trial to compare the effectiveness of proton beam versus traditional photon radiotherapy in treating breast cancer and minimizing collateral damage to healthy organs and tissue, like the heart. The project is coordinated by Dr. Justin Bekelman at the University of Pennsylvania and funded through the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). Read more about this new effort.

ASCO Features CT Lung Cancer Screening for 2015 Clinical Cancer Advances

The work of Hormuzd A. Katki, Ph.D., Anil K. Chaturvedi, Ph.D., and colleagues, was recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Clinical Cancer Advances 2015: Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer. The report surveys the clinical advances of the prior year, identifying those that are expected to make the biggest impact on improving cancer prevention, treatment, and care. Read more about this honor.

New Tenure-Track Investigators in OEEB

Jonathan Hofmann, Ph.D., M.P.H., and Stella Koutros, Ph.D., are now tenure-track investigators in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. Dr. Hofmann's research is focused on evaluating the role of agricultural exposures in the etiology of multiple myeloma and other cancers, and on understanding the biological mechanisms that influence the development and progression of multiple myeloma. Dr. Koutros’s research involves the design and conduct of epidemiologic investigations to evaluate occupational exposures as potential risk factors for cancer. Learn more about Dr. Hofmann and Dr. Koutros.

DCEG Findings Contribute to IARC Review of Selected Pesticides

IARC - International Agency for Research on Cancer

In March 2015 the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) reviewed the scientific literature on five pesticides as part of the monograph program to evaluate the carcinogenic risks of chemicals. Classification decisions were based on epidemiologic data, animal bioassays and mechanistic studies. Data from large case-control and cohort studies, which were conducted by DCEG investigators, made important contributions to these evaluations. Read more about DCEG contributions to IARC pesticide review

Dalsu Baris Returns to Clinical Medicine

Dalsu Baris, M.D., Ph.D., staff scientist in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB), retired from federal service in February 2015, to pursue a medical residency in the field of geriatric psychiatry. Read more about Dr. Baris.

Sam Mbulaiteye Presents NIH Director's Seminar

In March 2015, Sam M. Mbulaiteye, MBChB, M.Phil., M.Med., presented his research on Burkitt lymphoma for the prestigious NIH Director's Seminar Series. Learn more about Dr. Mbulaiteye's NIH Director's Seminar.

Hormuzd Katki Awarded NIH Scientific Tenure

Hormuzd A. Katki, Ph.D., was recently awarded scientific tenure by the NIH. Dr. Katki develops and applies quantitative methods to identify and answer the most pressing questions in cancer epidemiology, and seeks to translate these findings into tools for the prevention and early detection of cancer in individuals and populations. Learn more about Dr. Katki.

DCEG Hosts Visiting Scholar Christopher Wild

In February 2015, the Division welcomed Christopher Wild, Ph.D., Director of the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), as a DCEG Visiting Scholar. Over the course of his two-day visit, Dr. Wild participated in two round-table discussions, a lunch discussion with current DCEG Fellows, and gave an inspiring keynote lecture entitled “Necessity is the mother of prevention: Responding to the growing cancer burden worldwide.” Read more about Dr. Christopher Wild's lecture.

Stephen Chanock Delivers the Jeffrey M. Trent Lecture in Cancer Research

In February 2015, Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Director of DCEG, delivered the 11th annual Jeffrey M. Trent Lecture in Cancer Research. His lecture was titled "The Complexity of Genetic Susceptibility to Cancer". Learn more about Dr. Chanock's lecture.

DCEG Cohosts Workshop on Metabolomics in an Epidemiologic Consortium

In October 2014, DCEG partnered with the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences to host a two-day workshop titled “Think Tank on Metabolomics and Prospective Cohorts: How to Leverage Resources.” Read more about the metabolomics workshop.

2015 NCI Intramural Scientific Retreat Highlights

On January 13, 2015, DCEG scientists participated in the annual NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat. Three DCEG tenure-track investigators were invited to give presentations highlighting their research. Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Director of DCEG, and Robert H. Wiltrout, Ph.D, Director of the Center for Cancer Research, presented the 2014 NCI Director’s Innovation Awards, which are designed to support the development of novel approaches and technologies for accelerating cancer research. In addition, the Women Scientist Advisors Mentoring and Leadership awards were presented. Read the details on the 2015 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat.

Amy Berrington de González Appointed Chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch

On December 19, 2014, Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil., was named Chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB). Dr. Berrington is an internationally recognized expert in the field of cancer risk from medical radiation exposure. Read more about Dr. Berrington de González.

Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson Awarded NIH Scientific Tenure

Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson, Ph.D., was recently awarded scientific tenure by the NIH. Dr. Prokunina-Olsson studies the underlying molecular mechanisms of genetic susceptibility to cancer and explores possible translational applications for these findings. Learn more about Dr. Prokunina-Olsson’s research.

Dr. Besson-Maury Investigates Effect of Chronic Viral Infections on Lymphoma Risk as DCEG Guest Researcher

Dr. Caroline Besson-Maury recently joined the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB) as a guest researcher. She will be working with IIB investigators on lymphomagenic infections, particularly HIV, Epstein-Barr virus, and hepatitis C virus. Her sabbatical is supported by a Monahan scholarship through the Franco-American Fulbright Commission. Read more about Dr. Besson-Maury.

Neal Freedman Appointed Principal Investigator of PLCO Cohort Study

Neal Freedman, Ph.D., has been appointed as DCEG’s principal investigator for the Prostate, Lung, Colon, and Ovary (PLCO) Cohort Study, a long-term follow-up study of participants in the PLCO Screening Trial. Resources from PLCO support a range of molecular epidemiologic studies. Read more about Dr. Freedman's appointment.

DCEG Hosts Workshop on Microbiome Quality Control

DCEG recently hosted the first workshop to review findings from the MicroBiome Quality Control (MBQC) Project. The MBQC Project is a collaborative effort to comprehensively evaluate appropriate methodologies for this growing field of research, including variability in microbial assessment in sampling handling (including DNA extraction, DNA amplification, and sequencing) and bioinformatics. Read more about the Microbiome Quality Control Workshop.

View an archive of past people in the news.