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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.

Lindsay Morton Awarded Scientific Tenure by the NIH

Lindsay Morton

In October, Lindsay Morton, Ph.D., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH. Dr. Morton investigates the causes of and risk factors for second primary malignancies and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). Read more about Dr. Morton and her research.

DCEG Mourns Biostatistician and Mentor Sholom Wacholder

Sholom Wacholder

Sholom Wacholder, Ph.D., biostatistician and senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch, died October 4, 2015, at his home in Rockville, Maryland. "Dr. Wacholder made tremendous contributions to the fields of cancer epidemiology and biostatistics as well as to his community of colleagues at NCI and to those whom he mentored," said Dr. Stephen Chanock, Divsion Director. "He will be greatly missed by all of us. He was a special colleague and friend to so many." Read more about Dr. Wacholder.

NIH Fogarty Newsletter Features DCEG Benzene Research in China

Martha S. Linet, M.D., M.P.H., was featured in the Sep/Oct 2015 issue of the NIH Fogarty International Center Global Health Matters newsletter. The article, titled “Benzene research in China informs EPA regulations,” described how scientists at NCI and China’s Center for Disease Control have been studying benzene’s effects on Chinese factory workers for nearly 30 years. The collaborative research has benefited public health by reducing levels of exposure to this known carcinogen. Read the article in Fogarty’s Global Health Matters newsletter.

Montserrat García-Closas Named Deputy Director of DCEG

Montserrat García-Closas, M.D., Dr.P.H., has been appointed Deputy Director of DCEG. Dr. García-Closas is an internationally recognized expert in the use of biomarkers, sophisticated exposure assessment, and rigorous methodology in large-scale epidemiological studies to investigate of the causes of breast and bladder cancers. Read more about Dr. García-Closas.

Dean Named Chief of DCEG Laboratory Translational Genomics

Michael Dean, Ph.D., has been appointed Chief of the DCEG Laboratory of Translational Genomics. Dr. Dean takes over from Margaret Tucker, M.D., who has generously served as Acting Chief for LTG for almost two years. Read more about Dr. Dean.

Peter Inskip and Alice Sigurdson Retire from NCI

In summer 2015, Peter D. Inskip, Sc.D., and Alice J. Sigurdson, Ph.D., retired from NCI. They both contributed to the rigorous scientific excellence of DCEG’s Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB), including the organization of REB’s Radiation Epidemiology and Dosimetry Course (Dr. Inskip in 2004 and 2007; Dr. Sigurdson in 2011). Read more about Dr. Inskip and Dr. Sigurdson.

Winners Announced for the 2015 DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge

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Nine winners have been announced for the 2015 DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge, building on the successful launch of the Challenge in 2014. Submissions were evaluated for their innovative use of current technologies to address a specific research need, the ability for the project to be completed within one year of initiation, and the cost, which was not to exceed $20,000. Find out more about the 2015 Informatics Tool Challenge winning submissions.

B.J. Stone Dies at Age 80

BJ Stone
B.J. Stone, Ph.D., a talented scientific editor, statistician, and mathematician, and esteemed colleague in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics for 36 years, died August 29, 2015. Read more about Dr. Stone.

Mark Purdue Returns to DCEG

In July 2015, Mark Purdue, Ph.D., rejoined DCEG after serving as the Executive Scientific Director of the Ontario Health Study in in Toronto, Canada. Dr. Purdue returned as a tenure-track investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. His interests center on applying molecular and classical epidemiologic methods to study the causes of cancer and to improve exposure assessment. In particular, he investigates the etiology of non-Hodgkin lymphoma and kidney cancer, and evaluates the potential carcinogenicity of trichloroethylene and other chlorinated solvents. Learn more about Dr. Purdue.

Frederick P. Li, M.D., Pioneer in Genetic Causes of Cancer, Including Li-Fraumeni Syndrome, Who Had His Start at the NCI, Dies

Frederick P. Li, M.D., a pioneer in establishing genetic risk factors for cancer, and long-time collaborator with the Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG), passed away on June 10, 2015, at his home in Brookline, MA. Dr. Li is perhaps most widely known for his contribution to the discovery of the cancer predisposition syndrome named for him and his collaborator, former DCEG Division Director Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D. The two identified what came to be known as Li-Fraumeni Syndrome from the study of a group of families with an unexpected constellation of tumors occurring at very young ages. Read more about Dr. Li.

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
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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.
View an archive of past people in the news.