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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 Investigators Participate in "Measuring Estrogen Exposure and Metabolism" Workshop

In March, DCEG investigators participated in a workshop titled “Measuring Estrogen Exposure and Metabolism,” held in Bethesda, Maryland. The workshop provided an opportunity for experts to discuss how to improve and standardize methods for assessing estrogen exposure and metabolism in both epidemiologic and clinical research. A major focus was the need for improved methods for breast cancer research, prevention, and treatment. The workshop closed with the development of guiding principles for future research directions and clinical guidelines; summaries and conclusions will be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. Individual presentations will be published in the journal Steroids.

Regina G. Ziegler, Ph.D., M.P.H., co-chaired the workshop along with Dr. Laurence M. Demers, Penn State College of Medicine, and Dr. Richard J. Santen, University of Virginia. DCEG fellow Zeina Khodr, Ph.D., earned a travel award for her poster on “Associations between circulating hormones and terminal duct lobular unit involution of the normal breast”, which was one of the top five posters submitted.

Stephen Chanock Contributes Invited Perspective on TCGA

Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Division Director, discusses the role of The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) in understanding how germline variation informs the landscape of somatic alterations in cancer. He explains how findings from TCGA have generated new sets of questions that will shape future molecular epidemiology studies. Read Dr. Chanock's full post in the TCGA "Perspectives" blog.

DCEG Investigators Honored by the American Epidemiological Society

In March, Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H., presented the esteemed Feldman Lecture at the American Epidemiological Society’s (AES) 87th annual meeting at New Brunswick, New Jersey. His lecture was titled “Progress and challenges in preventing infection-related cancers.” During the meeting, Amy Berrington de González, D.Phil., was elected as a member of AES. Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Division Director, who was elected to AES in 2013, was also in attendance. Read more about the AES meeting.

Staff Recognized at DCEG Town Hall Meeting

In February, Stephen J. Chanock, M.D., Director of DCEG, acknowledged accomplishments of DCEG staff at a Town Hall Meeting. Mark H. Greene, M.D., received a DCEG Exemplary Service Award for his efforts in creating and growing an outstanding intramural program in clinical cancer genetics in DCEG and for his service to DCEG, NCI, and NIH over the past 15 years. Michael Cook, Ph.D., and Laura Beane Freeman, Ph.D., received DCEG Outstanding Mentor Awards in recognition of their exceptional commitment to the growth and productivity of junior scientists. Other staff members were recognized for service, leadership, and outstanding scientific manuscripts. Read more about the DCEG Town Hall Meeting.

Gladys Glenn, Physician-Researcher, Retires

In January, Gladys M. Glenn, M.D., Ph.D., retired from NCI after 30 years of government service. Over the course of her career, Dr. Glenn combined her background in molecular biology with expertise in clinical genetics to investigate the causes of hereditary kidney cancer and related syndromes. Her accomplishments included identification, with her colleagues, of the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) disease gene. Dr. Glenn earned an M.D. and a Ph.D. in molecular biology at the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Medicine and Graduate School, respectively, and became board certified in internal medicine. After completing an oncology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center in Baltimore, Maryland, she joined NCI in 1984. Read more about Gladys Glenn.

2014 NCI Intramural Retreat

In January, DCEG scientists participated in the annual NCI Intramural Scientific Investigators Retreat. Three DCEG tenure-track investigators were invited to give presentations highlighting their research. Douglas Lowy, M.D., NCI Deputy Director, presented the 2014 NCI Director’s Innovation Awards, which are designed to support the development of novel approaches and technologies for accelerating cancer research. These include Principal Investigator Awards, and Career Development Awards. In addition, the 2014 NCI Women Scientist Advisors Mentoring and Leadership Award was given. Read the details on the 2014 Intramural Retreat.

Sharon Savage Promoted to Chief, Clinical Genetics Branch

Sharon A. Savage, M.D., was named the new Chief of the Clinical Genetics Branch (CGB). She takes over from Mark H. Greene, M.D., who directed the branch since its creation in 1999. Dr. Greene will stay on in CGB as a senior investigator.

Dr. Savage joined CGB in 2006 as a tenure-track investigator and was promoted to senior investigator with tenure in 2012. Her research has focused on the genetic and molecular epidemiology of telomere biology, pediatric cancer etiology, and inherited cancer predisposition syndromes, including dyskeratosis congenita and Li-Fraumeni syndrome.  Dr. Savage currently leads an international effort focused on the genetic etiology of osteosarcoma, and serves as the NCI Liaison to the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Environmental Health. She was recently elected to the American Society of Clinical Investigation in honor of her scholarly achievements in biomedical research.

Tribute to Dr. Fraumeni in Epidemiology

In November, Robert N. Hoover, M.D., paid tribute to DCEG founding Director Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., in Epidemiology. The article is part of VOICES: a project of the journal to provide personal, historical, and scientific perspectives on the field of epidemiology, as seen through the eyes of the field’s most senior and accomplished practitioners. Read the article on Dr. Fraumeni.

 

Sam Mbulaiteye Awarded Scientific Tenure

Sam M. Mbulaiteye, M.D., has been awarded scientific tenure by the NIH. Dr. Mbulaiteye has focused his research on unraveling the role of infections, immunity, and genetic factors in the etiology of Burkitt lymphoma (BL) and Kaposi sarcoma. Both of these diseases are endemic in Africa, with substantially increased risk in the setting of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Mbulaiteye received his primary medical degree from Makerere University, Kampala in 1990. He earned an M.Phil. in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of Cambridge, U.K. in 1994, and received specialization in internal medicine (M. Med.) from Makerere University in 1996. Read more about Dr. Mbulaiteye.

DCEG Post-Docs Receive Sallie Rosen Kaplan Fellowship

Four DCEG fellows were selected to receive the 2014 Sallie Rosen Kaplan (SRK) Postdoctoral Fellowship for Women Scientists in Cancer Research: Anna Coghill, Ph.D., M.P.H., Immunoepidemiology and Infections Branch; Ashley Felix, Ph.D., Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch, Kristin Guertin, Ph.D., M.P.H., Nutrition Epidemiology Branch; and Rena Jones, Ph.D., M.S., Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch. The goal of the SRK program is to better equip NCI female postdoctoral fellows to remain in a biomedical research career. Fellows will receive additional mentoring and will take part in seminars and workshops designed to strengthen leadership skills.