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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.

Neal Freedman Appointed Principal Investigator of PLCO

Neal Freedman, Ph.D., has been appointed as DCEG’s principal investigator for the Prostate, Lung, Colon, and Ovary (PLCO) Screening Trial, a large, population-based screening trial whose resources 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.

REB Investigators Participate in Conference on Radiation and Health

In September, several members of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB) participated in the 2014 Conference on Radiation and Health in Las Vegas, Nevada. The theme of the conference was "The Public Health Impact of Current Sources of Radiation Exposures, New Data and Insights from Biology, Epidemiology, and Statistics." REB scientists and fellows contributed by chairing sessions, giving talks, and presenting posters during the conference. Read more about REB participation in the 2014 Conference on Radiation and Health.

DCEG Hosts Visiting Scholar David Hunter

In September, DCEG welcomed Visiting Scholar Dr. David Hunter, the Vincent L. Gregory Professor in Cancer Prevention in the Departments of Epidemiology and Nutrition and Dean for Academic Affairs at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. His principal research interest is the etiology of breast cancer, with a focus on genetic susceptibility and gene-environment interactions. Dr. Hunter presented a seminar titled “Global cancer trends and what we can do about them.” His talk touched on a pivotal issue for all cancer epidemiologists: what steps can be taken to reduce cancer incidence and death? Read more about Visiting Scholar David Hunter.

2014 DCEG Intramural Research Awards

DCEG Intramural Research Awards (IRAs) are competitive funding opportunities designed to foster creative, high-impact research by fellows and tenure-track investigators. Proposals are evaluated on their potential for significant scientific or public health impact, innovation, interdisciplinary nature, ability to achieve the objectives within the proposed time frames and with the proposed resources, and programmatic relevance to DCEG’s mission. Read more about the 2014 DCEG IRA winners.

Joseph Fraumeni Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Duke Medical Alumni Association

Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., former Director of DCEG, has been chosen to receive the William G. Anlyan, M.D., Lifetime Achievement Award from the Duke Medical Alumni Association.  In announcing the award, Dr. Nancy C. Andrews, Dean of the Duke University School of Medicine, cited Dr. Fraumeni’s “numerous and far-reaching contributions …to epidemiology and environmental health during his career at the National Cancer Institute.” Read more about Dr. Fraumeni.

Xiaohong Rose Yang Awarded NIH Scientific Tenure

Xiaohong Rose Yang, Ph.D., M.P.H., was recently awarded scientific tenure by the NIH. Dr. Yang seeks to identify susceptibility genes for rare cancers that sometimes aggregate in families. To carry out this work she employs cutting-edge genomic technologies and novel statistical approaches to uncover genetic changes associated with risk for several familial cancers including melanoma and dysplastic nevi syndrome and chordoma. In her investigation of etiologic heterogeneity of breast cancer, Dr. Yang characterizes the molecular signature of tumors using tissue microarray and integrated tumor profiling analyses to identify risk factors for specific cancer subtypes. Learn more about Dr. Yang's research.

Gadalla and Trabert Selected as 2014 NIH Earl Stadtman Investigators

Shahinaz Gadalla and Britton Trabert
Shahinaz Gadalla, M.D., Ph.D., and Britton Trabert, Ph.D., M.S., were recently named as NIH Earl Stadtman Investigators. Named after a noted biochemist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, the Stadtman program is a trans-NIH recruitment initiative designed to attract the most talented early-career scientists to NIH. Read more about Drs. Gadalla and Trabert.

Scientific Workshop on Use of Immune Marker Panels to Uncover the Role of Inflammation in Cancer

DCEG and the Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) in NCI's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences held a workshop titled “Using Immune Marker Panels to Uncover the Role of Inflammation in Cancer.” Participants discussed their work using new multiplex inflammation marker technologies and reported findings from association studies. Workshop topics included disease associations, biological interpretation of findings, assay performance, and statistical considerations. Read more about the workshop.

Winners Announced for the Inaugural DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge

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Six winners have been announced for the inaugural DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge. The competitive funding challenge was conceived by DCEG Director Stephen J. Chanock, M.D. to encourage the innovative use of modern technologies and informatics to further enhance DCEG’s research approach. Learn about the winning proposals in the DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge.

Martha Linet Receives ACE Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology Award

In September, Martha S. Linet, M.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, was honored with the Outstanding Contributions to Epidemiology Award at the annual meeting of the American College of Epidemiology (ACE). This award recognizes an active epidemiologist for outstanding contribution to the field in one of three areas: 1) methods; 2) etiologic research; or 3) applied epidemiology. View a list of DCEG speakers and participants at the meeting

Stephen Chanock Serves as Medical Director for Camp Fantastic

Since 1995, DCEG Director Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., has served as the Medical Director for Camp Fantastic, a week-long recreational camp for pediatric cancer patients. Camp Fantastic provides classes, recreation, themed adventures, campfires, and other exciting activities, and a full staff of medical caregivers make it possible for children to attend in virtually any stage of treatment. The camp is a joint venture of NCI and Special Love, Inc. Learn more about Camp Fantastic.

DCEG Investigators Present at EPICOH 2014

In June, investigators from the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB) participated in the 24th International Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) Conference in Chicago, Illinois. EPICOH, which is part of the International Commission on Occupational Health, provides a forum for epidemiologists, occupational hygienists, and other occupational health scientists to share information and discuss issues related to occupational exposures and their effects on human health. View a list of DCEG presenters and their topics.

Carcinogenicity of Formaldehyde Affirmed by National Academy of Sciences Panel

An independent panel of scientists from the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) has affirmed the National Toxicology Program’s 2011 classification of formaldehyde as a “known human carcinogen” in its 12th Report of Carcinogens (RoC). Read more about the NAS panel's findings on formaldehyde carcinogenicity.

Aimée Kreimer Gives Plenary Talk at HPV Conference

In August, DCEG scientists participated in the 29th International Papillomavirus Conference in Seattle, Washington. The meeting highlighted basic, clinical, and public health science topics ranging from molecular virology to novel cancer screening and treatment strategies to global public health. 

Aimée R. Kreimer, Ph.D., presented a plenary talk on “Oral HPV natural history and its progression to oropharyngeal cancer.” View a list of other DCEG speakers and participants at the conference.

Christian Abnet Appointed as Acting Chief of NEB

In July, Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H., was named Acting Chief of the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB). Dr. Abnet joined NCI as a Cancer Prevention Fellow in 1998, became a tenure-track investigator in NEB in 2005, and was awarded tenure in May 2014.

Since 2011, Dr. Abnet, Demetrius Albanes, M.D., Sanford M. Dawsey, M.D., and Rashmi Sinha, Ph.D., served as joint NEB Acting Chiefs. Dr. Sinha will continue to serve as NEB Deputy Chief. 

Discovery of Susceptibility Gene Leads to a Family's New Start

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.

View an archive of past people in the news.