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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.

Highlights from the 2016 NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat

On January 12, 2016, DCEG scientists participated in the annual NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat. Mary H. Ward, Ph.D., received the NCI Women Scientist Advisors' Mentoring and Leadership Award. Montserrat Garcia-Closas, M.D., Dr.P.H., Gretchen Gierach, Ph.D., and Charles E. Matthews, Ph.D., gave presentations highlighting their research. Read more about the retreat.

DCEG Honorees at the 2015 NCI Director’s Award Ceremony

Several DCEG staff members were honored for their outstanding mentoring, leadership, and commitment to NCI at the Director’s Awards ceremony in November. Read more about this year's honorees.

Christian Abnet Appointed Chief of New Metabolic Epidemiology Branch

Christian C. Abnet, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been appointed Chief of the newly established Metabolic Epidemiology Branch (MEB). MEB is the result of a merger of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch and the Nutritional Epidemiology Branch (NEB). The new MEB will focus on enhanced scientific collaboration on research themes shared by principal investigators from the two original Branches. Read more about Dr. Abnet.

Neal Freedman Awarded Scientific Tenure by the NIH

In November, Neal D. Freedman, Ph.D., M.P.H., was awarded scientific tenure by the NIH. Dr. Freedman conducts multidisciplinary epidemiologic studies to investigate the role of lifestyle and metabolic factors in cancer etiology, in particular the mechanisms by which tobacco products cause cancer and the risk factors for liver cancer. Read more about Dr. Freedman and his research.

Gloria Petersen Gives Visiting Scholar Lecture

Gloria Petersen

Gloria M. Petersen, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Associate Director for Population Sciences Research, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, gave a DCEG Visiting Scholar lecture in October 2015. Her talk was titled “Recent advances in genetics and risk assessment of pancreatic cancer.” Read more about Dr. Petersen's lecture.

Staff Recognized at 2015 Fall DCEG Town Hall Meeting

In November, DCEG Director Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., held a Town Hall Meeting to commend the recent accomplishments of both scientific and administrative support staff and to provide an update on Division activities. Each year, the Division recognizes individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding service to their Office, Branch, or the Division as a whole. DCEG Special Appreciation Awards were given to Sarah Wagner, Cancer Genomics Research Laboratory, and Sharon Coles-Calloway, Administrative Resource Center. Read more about the Town Hall Meeting.

2015 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. Find out about this year's winning IRA proposals.

Michael Alavanja Retires from NCI

In October 2015, Michael C. R. Alavanja, Dr.P.H., retired after more than 30 years with NCI. Dr. Alavanja is a leading expert in environmental and occupational epidemiology, particularly recognized for his work to identify pesticide exposures that may be responsible for excess cancer risk among farmers. He was a senior investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch and a member of the U.S. Public Health Service (retired in 2008). Read more about Dr. Alavanja.

Jennifer Loud Receives the 2015 John P. Hartinger Leadership Development Award

Jennifer Loud

In October 2015, Jennifer T. Loud, R.N., C.R.N.P., D.N.P., Assistant Chief of the Clinical Genetics Branch, received the NCI John P. Hartinger Leadership Development Award. This award is competitively awarded each year to an NCI employee in recognition of leadership potential, commitment to public service, and desire to further his/her executive development. Read more about Dr. Loud's award.

Nilanjan Chatterjee Departs from NCI

Nilanjan Chatterjee, Ph.D., departed in September from the Biostatistics Branch after 16 years with NCI. In his new position he will serve as a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor at the Johns Hopkins University with joint appointments at the Bloomberg School of Public Health (Biostatistics) and the School of Medicine (Oncology). Learn more about Dr. Chatterjee.

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.

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.

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.

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)?”.

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.

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.
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