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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.

Choonsik Lee Awarded Scientific Tenure by the NIH

In September 2016, Choonsik Lee, Ph.D., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH, and promoted to senior investigator in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch (REB). Dr. Lee has made considerable contributions to the development of computational human phantoms and the improvement of the dosimetry calculations for a variety of radiation exposure scenarios. Read more about Dr. Lee.

Camp Fantastic, The Perspective from the Mountaintop

A Camp Fantastic counselor writes about her experiences at the weeklong summer camp for kids undergoing or having recently completed treatment for cancer. Camp Fantastic is the result of a partnership between NCI and the nonprofit Special Love, Inc. Read more about Camp Fantastic.

Ruth Kleinerman Awarded Doctoral Degree

Ruth Kleinerman

In August, Ruth Kleinerman, Assistant Chief and staff scientist in the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, successfully defended her doctoral thesis and was awarded the degree of Ph.D. from the School of Health Sciences, City University London, UK. The title of her dissertation was “Second cancers following treatment for retinoblastoma.” Read more about Dr. Kleinerman.

Aaron Blair Receives Inaugural EPICOH Award

The Scientific Committee on Epidemiology in Occupational Health (EPICOH) has bestowed the Inaugural EPICOH award for outstanding contributions to occupational epidemiology to Dr. Aaron Blair in recognition of his substantive and innovative work on the methods and practice of occupational epidemiology. Read more about Dr. Blair and his research.

Amundadottir, NCI Pancreatic Cancer Interest Group Host 4th Symposium

The Fourth NCI Pancreatic Cancer Symposium, “Current Advances and Future Challenges in Research and Treatment,” will take place September 8-9, 2016, on the NIH campus. Laufey Amundadottir, Ph.D., an investigator in the Laboratory of Translational Genomics and a Steering Committee member of the NCI-Pancreatic Cancer Interest Group, has been involved in the planning as part of the organizing committee. Learn more about Dr. Amundadottir and the symposium.

Friesen and Colleagues Recognized with Scientific Award from NIH

The Center for Information Technology (CIT) at the National Institutes of Health has bestowed a Scientific Award to a team led by Melissa Friesen, PhD, an investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. Read more about her award.

Paul Albert Appointed Chief of the Biostatistics Branch

In August 2016, Dr. Paul Albert joined the Division as Chief of the Biostatistics Branch. His research interests include complex modeling of correlated outcomes in biomedical sciences, including the analysis of longitudinal data, diagnostic testing, and data from biomarker studies. Read more about Dr. Albert.

Maria Isabel Achatz Applies a Whole-World Perspective to the Study of Cancer Predisposition Syndromes

Dr. Maria Isabel Achatz, newly appointed tenure-track investigator in the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB), is a leading geneticist studying inherited cancer predisposition syndromes. Read more about Dr. Achatz.

DCEG Members Participate in 2016 Epidemiology Congress

In June 2016, DCEG investigators and fellows travelled to Miami, Florida, to attend the Epidemiology Congress of the Americas. Read more about the Epidemiology Congress and presentations by DCEG scientists.

DCEG Mourns the Loss of Alfred Knudson, Visionary Geneticist

Al Knudson, visionary geneticist, came to the NCI in the 1990s to help develop the research agenda in cancer genetics across the Institute and its newly formed Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics. Read more about Dr. Knudson.

DCEG Investigators Participate in 2016 Li-Fraumeni Syndrome (LFS) Conference

In June, DCEG investigators participated in the 2016 International LFS Conference & The 3rd Annual LiFE Consortium and LFS Association Conference presented by Soccer for Hope in Columbus, Ohio. Read more about the Li-Fraumeni Syndrome meeting.

Steven Moore Presents Research on Physical Activity to NCAB/BSA

In June 2016, Steven C. Moore, Ph.D., M.P.H., presented his latest work on physical activity and cancer risk to the joint meeting of the NCI National Cancer Advisory Board and Board of Scientific Advisors. Read more about Dr. Moore.

Andreotti Elected First-ever Staff Scientist Women Scientist Advisor

Gabriella Andreotti, Ph.D., a staff scientist in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, has been elected to serve as a Women Scientist Advisor (WSA). Dr. Andreotti is the first staff scientist elected to this role. Read more about Dr. Andreotti.

James Goedert, Clinical Epidemiologist on Infections and Cancer, Retires from NCI

In June 2016, James J. Goedert, M.D., senior investigator in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch (IIB), and a leading expert in the epidemiology of infection-associated malignancies, retired after 36 years with NCI. Over the span of his career, Dr. Goedert has focused on critical, emergent public health concerns with high visibility and immediate impact. Read more about James Goedert.

Joanne Colt, Environmental Epidemiologist, Retires from NCI

Joanne S. Colt, M.P.H., M.S., Assistant Chief of the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch (OEEB), retired from the NCI in June 2016. Over the past two decades Ms. Colt has investigated occupational and environmental causes of cancer. Read more about Joanne Colt.

Pfeiffer, Morton Elected Women Science Advisors

Ruth Pfeiffer, Ph.D., and Lindsay Morton, Ph.D., have been elected to serve as Women Scientist Advisors (WSAs). The two will advise Division Director Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., on issues relevant to women scientists and engage with their peers on a wide range of topics to enhance and improve the workplace for women scientists. Read more about the new WSAs.

Winners Announced for the 2016 DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge

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Eight winners of the 2016 DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge were announced in June. Since 2014, the competitive funding challenge has provided support for innovative approaches to further enhance DCEG’s epidemiological methods, data collection, analysis, and other research efforts through the use of modern technology and informatics. Read more about the 2016 DCEG Informatics Tool Challenge winners.

Aimée Kreimer Awarded Scientific Tenure by the NIH

In June 2016, Aimée Kreimer, Ph.D., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH. Dr. Kreimer’s research focuses on the etiology and prevention of cancers caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). She has particular interests in translational research and the natural history of HPV infection at multiple anatomic sites. Read more about Dr. Kreimer's research.

Jianxin Shi Awarded Scientific Tenure by the NIH

In June 2016, Jianxin Shi, Ph.D., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH. Dr. Shi develops statistical approaches to study the role of genetics in cancer etiology and survival, and analysis of the microbiome. His work has focused on methods to analyze genome-wide association data for the detection and association testing of copy number variations and for estimating genetic heritability of cancer survival. Read more about Dr. Shi's research.

Maria Constanza Camargo Selected as 2016 Earl Stadtman Investigator

Maria Constanza Camargo, Ph.D., was selected as an NIH Earl Stadtman Investigator in the Metabolic Epidemiology Branch. Her research focuses on the etiology of gastric cancer, in particular the role of chronic infection with Helicobacter pylori, and molecular epidemiological characteristics of esophageal squamous cell carcinoma. Read more about Dr. Camargo's research.

Meredith Shiels Appointed Tenure-Track Investigator for Descriptive Epidemiology

Meredith Shiels, Ph.D., was appointed as a tenure-track investigator in the Infections and Immunoepidemiology Branch. Dr. Shiels employs descriptive epidemiological approaches to identify novel risk factors for cancer. She has a special interest in cancer among HIV-infected individuals, and the influence of tobacco on cancer risk. Read more about Dr. Shiels's research.

View an archive of past people in the news.