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Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch Professional Service and Awards

Editorial Service

Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch (HREB) senior staff mentor junior staff, visiting fellows, and students, serve as journal reviewers, and are editors or members of editorial boards:

  • Dr. Brinton (Editorial Board of Breast Cancer Research, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Menopause; Senior Editor for Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention)
  • Dr. Cook (Editorial Board of Frontiers in Molecular Epidemiology of Cancer)
  • Dr. Gierach (Associate Editor, Breast Cancer Research and Treatment)
  • Dr. McGlynn (Editorial Board of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention)
  • Dr. Wentzensen (Editorial Board of Cancer Epidemiology Biomarkers and Prevention; Associate Editor of Frontiers in Women’s Cancer)

NIH Committee Service

Branch staff are active on NIH, NCI and DCEG committees:

  • Dr. Brinton chairs the DCEG Hormone Laboratory Advisory Committee and the Office of Education Advisory Group. She is also a member of the AARP Study Management Team and the AARP Steering Committee and the DCEG Senior Advisory Group.
  • Dr. Cook is a member of the Barrett’s Esophagus and Esophageal Adenocarcinoma Consortium (BEACON).
  • Dr. Cook serves on the Steering Committee of the Asian Barrett’s Esophagus Consortium (ABC).
  • Dr. Dallal serves on the DCEG Committee of Scientists, a group previously chaired by Dr. McGlynn.
  • Dr. Gierach serves on the Hormone Laboratory Advisory Committee and the NCI Women’s Health Activities Committee. She is also a member of the NIH Intramural Program on Research on Women’s Health Steering Committee.
  • Dr. McGlynn is chair of the Technology Transfer Committee, co-chair of the USMCI Epidemiology Steering Committee, and is the DCEG WSA Representative-elect.
  • Drs. Brinton, Sherman and Gierach are members of the NCI Breast Cancer Stamp Act Steering Committee.
  • Dr. Wentzensen serves on the CGEMS Data Access Committee (DAC) and is a member of the PLCO ovarian subcommittee.

Consortial Group Memberships and National and International Committees and Advisory Groups

HREB senior scientists are active members of a variety of consortial groups and are involved with providing support to a number of national and international committees and advisory groups:

  • Dr. Figueroa and Dr. Sherman are active members of the Breast Cancer Association Consortium.
  • Dr. Gierach is an active member of the DENSNP and Marker Of DEnsity (MODE) Consortia on the genetics of mammographic density.
  • Dr. McGlynn is a founding member of the Testicular Cancer Consortium (TECAC).
  • Dr. Brinton chairs the Steering Committee for Oxford University’s Collaborative Group on Epidemiological Studies of Female Cancers.
  • Dr. Brinton served on the American Association for Cancer Research Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Awards Committee.
  • Dr. Brinton is a member of the Gynecology Oncology Group’s Cancer Prevention and Control Subcommittee.
  • Dr. Wentzensen is a member of the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium.
  • Dr. Wentzensen is on the Steering Committee of the Ovarian Cancer Cohort Consortium.
  • Dr. Wentzensen is a member of the Cochrane Gynaecological Cancer Review Group, section “Prevention of Cervical Cancer.”
  • Dr. Wentzensen is a member of the Practice Improvement in Cervical Screening and Management (PICSM) Committee.
  • Dr. Wentzensen is member of the International Scientific Committee of the International Papillomavirus Conference 2011.
  • Dr. Wentzensen is faculty member of the American Society for Colposcopy and Cervical Pathology Biennial Meeting 2012.
  • Dr. Yang and Dr. Wentzensen are members of the Epidemiology of Endometrial Cancer Consortium.

Awards

Hormonal and Reproductive Epidemiology Branch Awards:

Louise Brinton
2009 American College of Epidemiology’s Abraham Lilienfeld Award
2008 University of North Carolina H.A. Tyroler Distinguished Alumni Award
2008 NIH Group Merit Award for the Polish breast, endometrial, and ovarian cancer study
2007 Noted as one of NCI’s top 10 female scientists in NIH Women in Science (Publication from NIH’s Office of Research on Women’s Health, ORWH)
2007 NIH Merit Award for "Selflessly and brilliantly guiding HREB, combining scientific leadership, administrative excellence and unparalleled caring mentorship"
2004 DCEG Exemplary Service Award
2003 NIH Group Merit Award for "Outstanding leadership and expertise in seamlessly planning and executing the NCI Workshop, Early Reproductive Events and Breast Cancer"
2002 NIH Plain Language Award
2001 NIH Quality of Life Award

Michael Cook
2011 Outstanding Research Paper by a Fellow award for the paper Cigarette Smoking and Adenocarcinomas of the Esophagus and Esophagogastric Junction: A Pooled Analysis From the International BEACON Consortium.
2010 Invited Speaker, Gordon Research Conference, Environmental Endocrine Disruptors, Les Diablerets, Switzerland
2009 Selected to attend AACR Pathobiology of Cancer Workshop, The Edward A. Smuckler Memorial Workshop, Snowmass, CO.
2009 Invited speaker, Masters in Public Health Course, The George Washington University, School of Public Health and Health Services, Washington DC
2008 NCI/DCEG Molecular Epidemiology Course Award for the research proposal entitled “A Pilot Study of Methylation Profiles for Testicular Germ Cell Tumors”
2008 NCI Director’s Intramural Innovation Award for the research proposal entitled “Serum Iron Levels and the Risk of Upper Gastrointestinal Cancers”
2008 NCI/DCEG Fellowship Achievement Award
2008 NCI/DCEG Fellows Award for Research Excellence for the research project entitled “Endogenous DNA Damage and Risk of Testicular Germ Cell Tumors"
2007 American College of Epidemiology Best Poster Award for the research project “Testicular Germ Cell Tumors and Childhood Physical Activity”
2005 Royal Society of Medicine’s Young Epidemiologist of the Year Award (Second Prize)

Jonine Figueroa
2010 NCI Director’s Intramural Innovation Award
2008 NCI/Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics Intramural Research Award
2007 NCI Cancer Prevention Research Training Merit Award
2007 NCI Director’s Intramural Innovation Career Development Award
2006 NCI/Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, Intramural Research Award
2006 NIH Fellows Award for Research Excellence

Gretchen Gierach
2011 NCI Office of Science Planning and Assessment and the NIH Office of Research on Women’s Health, Award to Advance Research on Cancers in Women
2008 NCI/Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics Molecular Epidemiology Research Funding Award
2008 NCI Merit Award in Cancer Prevention Research Training

Katherine McGlynn
2010 NCI Outstanding Mentor Award
2006 NIH Merit Award for "Completion of the Servicemen's Testicular Tumor Environmental and Endocrine Determinants Study, a novel investigation which should provide etiologic insights regarding this poorly understood tumor."

Nicolas Wentzensen
2009 Intramural Research Award (IRA): Methylation profiling of ovarian cancer in two population-based studies: Development of a marker panel for assessing etiologic heterogeneity and early detection.
2008 Intramural Research Award (IRA):Micro-RNA profiling of cervical precancer and cancer in the Study to Understand Cervical Cancer Early Endpoints and Determinants (SUCCEED).

Vikrant Sahasrabuddhe
2012 IAS/ANRS Young Investigator Award for “HPV genotype attribution of anal neoplasia in HIV-positive MSM: estimating the preventable fraction and disease misclassification”