In October 2011, DCEG Director Joseph F. Fraumeni, Jr., M.D., was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Academy's members include some of the world's most accomplished leaders from academia, business, public affairs, the humanities, and the arts. Read more in the NIH Press Release and the November 2011 issue of Linkage.
In 2011, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Ph.D., Chief of the Biostatistics Branch, received the COPSS Presidents’ Award which honors statisticians under the age of 41 for their outstanding research contributions and service to further the field of statistics. Dr. Chatterjee also received the George W. Snedecor Award, which is given bi-annually to a statistician who has made significant contributions to the theory of biometry and has a notable publication within the last three years. Read more in the November 2011 issue of Linkage.
Mitchell H. Gail, M.D., Ph.D., a senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch, is the 2011 recipient of the prestigious Nathan Mantel Lifetime Achievement Award for achievement in developing statistical methods for epidemiology. The award was given by the Section on Statistics in Epidemiology of the American Statistical Association. Read more in the November 2011 issue of Linkage.
In 2011, Arpita Ghosh, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Biostatistics Branch, won a prestigious Young Investigator Award from the Section on Statistics in Epidemiology of the American Statistical Association. The award recognized her contribution as a leading author of the paper titled “Unified analysis of secondary phenotypes in case-control association studies.”
In 2011, Mitchell H. Gail, M.D., Ph.D., a senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch, was elected as Chair-Elect of the Section on Statistics at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). His three year term, beginning in January 2011, will include service as Chair-Elect, Chair, and Retiring Chair. As Chair-Elect, Dr. Gail will organize scientific sessions at the widely attended AAAS annual meeting. His other responsibilities will include nominating statisticians as AAAS fellows.
Briseis Kilfoy, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, won the Outstanding Abstract by a New Investigator award from the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology (ISEE) at ISES–ISEE 2010, the 2010 Joint Conference of the International Society of Exposure Science (ISES) and ISEE in Seoul, Korea for her poster titled “Nitrate from drinking water and prevalence of abnormal thyroid conditions among the Old Order Amish in Pennsylvania.”
Christina Persson, Ph.D., a visiting fellow in the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch (HREB), won the first-place award for best student poster at the American College of Epidemiology's annual meeting in San Francisco, California in 2010. Her poster, titled “Risk of liver cancer among male U.S. veterans with cirrhosis”, was coauthored by Danny Carreon, M.S. (HREB); Barry I. Graubard, Ph.D., Biostatistics Branch (BB); Gloria Gridley, M.S., formerly of BB; Katherine A. McGlynn, Ph.D., M.P.H. (HREB); and Sabah M. Quraishi, M.P.H. (HREB).
In 2010, Nilanjan Chatterjee, Ph.D., Chief of the Biostatistics Branch, was named winner of the prestigious Mortimer Spiegelman Award by the Statistics Section of the American Public Health Association. This award is given annually to a public health statistician under age 40 who has made outstanding contributions to the field.
Laura Beane Freeman, Ph.D., a principal investigator in the Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch, was selected as the 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus by the University of Iowa College of Public Health.
Philip Castle, Ph.D., a principal investigator in the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch, was selected to receive the 2010 Distinguished Scientific Achievement Award from the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology. This is the highest honor conferred by the Society.
Mark Schiffman, M.D., M.P.H., a senior investigator in the Clinical Genetics Branch, received the 2009 American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)-Prevent Cancer Foundation Award for Excellence in Cancer Prevention Research. Dr. Schiffman delivered the award lecture titled “Biomarkers and cancer prevention: Cautionary lessons from the study of human papillomavirus and cervical cancer” at the 8th Annual International Conference on Frontiers in Cancer Prevention Research in Houston, Texas.
Louise A. Brinton, Ph.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch, received the prestigious 2009 Abraham Lilienfeld Award for her exceptionally productive career in cancer epidemiology. During the award lecture, Dr. Brinton reflected on the uniqueness of epidemiology as a science and the ways in which the discipline has evolved. She emphasized the critical importance of training the next generation of epidemiologists and knowing how to conduct field work.
Neil E. Caporaso, M.D., a senior investigator in the Genetic Epidemiology Branch, received the Special Appreciation Award at the International CLL Workshop held at the Mansoura Oncology Centre in Egypt in 2009. The award was presented by the President of Mansoura University, Dr. Ahmed B. Shehab El-Din, in appreciation of his collaboration with the International CLL group. At this workshop, Dr. Caporaso delivered a talk titled “Genetic aspects of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and the precursor condition, monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis.”
Kelly Bolton, M.Phil., an NIH-Oxford-Cambridge Scholars Program Fellow in the Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch, was the joint winner of the 2009 Nick Day Prize for the best M.Phil student in the epidemiology program at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her master's thesis was titled “Ovarian cancer prognosis: A genome-wide association study.”
Martha Linet, M.D., M.P.H., Chief of the Radiation Epidemiology Branch, was inducted into the Johns Hopkins Society of Scholars in 2009 in recognition of her seminal scientific contributions and leadership in the epidemiology of leukemia and radiation effects. The Society of Scholars consists of former postdoctoral fellows, postdoctoral degree recipients, house staff and junior or visiting faculty who have served at least a year at Johns Hopkins University, and have thereafter gained marked distinction in the fields of physical, biological, medical, social, or engineering sciences or in the humanities and for whom at least five years has elapsed since their last Hopkins affiliation.
In 2009, Joseph F. Fraumeni Jr., M.D., Division Director, received the 6th Annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Award for Lifetime Achievement in Cancer Research for his seminal research contributions in understanding the causes and prevention of human cancer. Among his many accomplishments are the discovery of a familial cancer syndrome that bears his name along with his colleague Dr. Frederick P. Li, and the development of the U.S. Cancer Mortality Atlas project that identified high-risk areas where Dr. Fraumeni and his colleagues conducted epidemiologic studies to uncover several environmental hazards that inspired cancer control measures. For over 30 years, Dr. Fraumeni has been the architect of NCI's intramural research program in epidemiology and related areas, while developing fellowship programs designed to train and mentor the next generation of interdisciplinary scientists.
Mitchell H. Gail, M.D., Ph.D., a senior investigator in the Biostatistics Branch, received the 2009 Distinguished Achievement Award from the American Society of Preventive Oncology (ASPO). The award was presented at the Annual Meeting in Tampa in March 2009. ASPO established this award in 1983 to recognize individuals whose research has greatly advanced the society's mission of cancer prevention and control.