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Occupational and Environmental Epidemiology Branch Highlights

OEEB 2018 Distinguished Lecture Series in Occupational and Environmental Cancer

The OEEB Distinguished Lecturer Series brings prominent scientists to DCEG to discuss research on occupational and environmental causes of cancer. The objectives of the series are to expand contacts between DCEG investigators and outside experts, provide an opportunity for junior staff to meet with distinguished scientists, and highlight research opportunities in occupational and environmental cancer.

Dr. Kurt Straif, Head of the Evidence Synthesis and Classification Section at the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), visited OEEB on October 29 and 30 as the 2018 Distinguished Lecturer.

2018 OEEB Distinguished Lecture

Dr. Straif presented a seminar to the Branch, titled “The role of occupational cancer epidemiology in cancer hazard identification and risk characterization,” during which he described occupational epidemiology’s contributions to the IARC Monographs Program. During his visit, he met with branch investigators to discuss areas of mutual scientific interest, and with trainees, to share experiences of his distinguished career.

Selected Previous Distinguished Lecturers:

2013: Kyle Steenland, Ph.D., Departments of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University.
Lecture: PFOA Is in All of Us – Does it Cause Cancer?

2011: David A. Savitz, Ph.D., Departments of Epidemiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology, Brown University.
Lecture: From Power Lines to Cell Phones: 25 Years of Epidemiologic Evidence on Non-Ionizing Radiation and Cancer.

2010: David Christiani, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Elkan Blout Professor of Environmental Genetics, Department of Environmental Health and Department of Epidemiology, Harvard University.
Lecture: Somatic Tissue Analysis in the Molecular Epidemiology of Lung Cancer.